Sunday School Material 10-2-16: The Radiance of God's Glory





(Hebrews 1:1-9; 10/2/16)

Introduction: A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that God has sent Jesus to give glory to the Father. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to live like Jesus brings glory to the Father.

Body:

Read Hebrews 1:1-2

I. Revealer of Truth. The Sunday School material talks about how God spoke to the ancestors through prophets and other means. However, in the “last days,” God spoke through His Son. His Son is the heir of all things, and the universe was made through Him.

Applications –

- God speaks. Notice in vss. 1-2 that God spoke to His people in various forms. In the Old Testament, He spoke through Prophets and other means. In the New Testament, He spoke through Jesus. In our time period, He speaks through His word, the Bible.

First, we should be thankful that God is concerned with communicating with us. We don’t have to guess what He wants. Second, we should prayerfully study the Bible as authoritative truth. The Bible is the best way for us to know God and His will for our lives.

Third, we should obey the will of God. When God communicates His will, it becomes our duty to obey it. Let’s work on hearing and obeying God’s will, especially as it is communicated through the Bible.

Read Hebrews 1:3-4

II. Revealer of Glory. The Son is said to be the exact representation of God. We learned in our Sunday School material that Jesus provided purification of sins. He now sits on the right side of the Father. He is superior to the angles.

Applications –

- Son of God. Notice in vs. 3 that Jesus is the Son of God and the exact representation of God the Father. It is a terrible mistake to think of Jesus as simply another Bible Character. He is in a category all by Himself. Let’s live like we believe that Jesus is the Son of God. Such living should be known for obeying Him.

- Purifier and mediator. Notice in vs. 3 that Jesus is the purifier and mediator. First, we had a sin debt to be purified from. Those who are not saved need to accept the purification of Jesus. As saved people, we should help people become purified (i.e., evangelism).

Second, Jesus sits on the right side of the Father mediating for us. We should be so thankful that we praise Him and obey Him. At the core of obeying God are the issues of making sure that we are saved and striving to live lives focused on loving God and others, as we love ourselves. Let’s work on living like we appreciate Jesus being our purifier and mediator.

Read Hebrews 1:5-9

III. Worthy of Worship. In our Sunday School material several passages are referred to as proof of Jesus being superior to the angles. For example, Jesus is referred to as God’s son, not so for the angels. Angels are called to worship Jesus; Jesus is not called to worship the angels.

Applications –

- God’s word. Notice in vss. 5-9 that scriptures are quoted as support material for the will of God. In like manner, we should prayerfully study the Bible, so we can refer to it as support material for God’s will.

When we cannot find any scripture to support our position, we may be standing on our opinion more than on God’s word. Let’s prayerfully study God’s word, so we can refer to it as a guide for our beliefs and practices.

- Justice. Notice in vss. 8-9 that God is concerned with justice. Justice loves righteousness and hates wickedness. As people of God, we should be concerned with justice, which should include loving righteousness and hating wickedness.

This idea includes our being involved in making things right, instead of wicked, in our communities. There is so much work to do in the areas of education, employment, health care, the distribution of government funds, and more.

We should be involved with our community, voting, and holding people in power accountable. Let’s demonstrate our concern with justice.

Conclusion: Let’s work on living like Jesus brings glory to the Father. God has much for those who obey His will.

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