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God found it necessary to make many changes to His creation from the way it was at the beginning; mainly because of man's disobedience and rebellion. God greatly reduced the life-span of humanity, as well as every other living thing, probably by changing the DNA of all cell life. We are told that during the Millennium, God will reverse that adjustment and people will once again live to be hundreds of years old; "There shall no more be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who dies prematurely; for the child shall die a hundred years old, and the sinner who dies when only a hundred years old shall be [thought only a child, cut off because he is] accursed" (Isa. 65:20).
God has also changed, from time to time, the way that He has revealed Himself to us, and how He has appeared unto us. Many students believe that The Son of God made several appearances in the Old Testament, before it was known that God was a triune being. The Trinity is beyond our ability to understand or explain, and so are some of the coming changes that that we will read about in this article.
HEBREWS 1:1-4.... IN MANY separate revelations [each of which set forth a portion of the Truth] and in different ways God spoke of old to [our] forefathers in and by the prophets, [but] in the last of these days He has spoken to us in [the person of a] Son, Whom He appointed Heir and lawful Owner of all things, also by and through Whom He created the worlds and the reaches of space and the ages of time [He made, produced, built, operated, and arranged them in order]. He is the sole expression of the glory of God [the Light-being, the out-raying or radiance of the divine], and He is the perfect imprint and very image of [God's] nature, upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His mighty word of power. When He had by offering Himself accomplished our cleansing of sins and riddance of guilt, He sat down at the right hand of the divine Majesty on high, [taking a place and rank by which] He Himself became as much superior to angels as the glorious Name (title) which He has inherited is different from and more excellent than theirs.
God has put a great amount of time and effort, down through the ages, into revealing Himself and His will unto us in order that we might be brought back into a right relationship with Him and saved from the awfulness of our sin. He makes known to us that the one who He has used to create all things and to make all this possible is none other than His own Son, the second member of the blessed Trinity or Godhead. God has given all of creation and redemption into the care and keeping of our Lord Jesus Christ; who is the perfect image and likeness of God Himself. Jesus admitted the same thing when He told Philip, "Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father" (Jn. 14:9b). God does not want us to make the mistake of thinking of the Son of God as being a created being or anything less than God, so He begins by informing us that He is far superior to any other heavenly beings.
HEBREWS 1:5-9.... For to which of the angels did [God] ever say, You are My Son, today I have begotten You [established You in an official Sonship relation, with kingly dignity]? And again, I will be to Him a Father, and He will be to Me a Son? [2 Sam. 7:14; Ps. 2:7.] Moreover, when He brings the firstborn Son again into the habitable world, He says, Let all the angels of God worship Him. Referring to the angels He says, [God] Who makes His angels winds and His ministering servants flames of fire; [Ps. 104:4.] but as to the Son, He says to Him, Your throne, O God, is forever and ever (to the ages of the ages), and the scepter of Your kingdom is a scepter of absolute righteousness (of justice and straightforwardness). You have loved righteousness [You have delighted in integrity, virtue, and uprightness in purpose, thought, and action] and You have hated lawlessness (injustice and iniquity). Therefore God, [even] Your God ( Godhead), has anointed You with the oil of exultant joy and gladness above and beyond Your companions. [Ps. 45:6,7.]
HEBREWS 1:10-14.... And [further], You, Lord, did lay the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the works of Your hands. They will perish, but You remain and continue permanently; they will all grow old and wear out like a garment. Like a mantle [thrown about one's self] You will roll them up, and they will be changed and replaced by others. But You remain the same, and Your years will never end nor come to failure. [Ps. 102:25-27.] Besides, to which of the angels has He ever said, Sit at My right hand [associated with Me in My royal dignity] till I make your enemies a stool for your feet? [Ps. 110:1.] Are not the angels all ministering spirits (servants) sent out in the service [of God for the assistance] of those who are to inherit salvation?
The list of things mentioned here about our Lord Jesus are marvelous beyond all comparison, and we can never throughout all eternity, praise, honor and extol our Lord and Savior enough for "In Him all the treasures of [divine] wisdom (comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God) and [all the riches of spiritual] knowledge and enlightenment are stored up and lie hidden" (Col. 2:3), and "For it has pleased [the Father] that all the divine fullness (the sum total of the divine perfection, powers, and attributes) should dwell in Him permanently" (Col. 1:19).
When we consider the magnitude of His greatness and majesty, we are appalled that He would willingly choose to give Himself as a ransom for miserable sinners. "Therefore [because He stooped so low] God has highly exalted Him and has freely bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, that in (at) the name of Jesus every knee should (must) bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue [frankly and openly] confess and acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" (Phil. 2:9-11). Here was humility, mercy, love and grace of the highest magnitude for the eternal Son of God to descend from heaven to earth and take up residence in a human body for the purpose of redeeming men back to God. There is nothing in all of history to compare with this act or the One who performed it! This is what makes Him worthy of all the glory that God has bestowed upon Him, and we should forever ponder and cherish it. Jesus is totally unique, one of a kind with both a divine and a human nature in one person, there will never be another as He is.
Jesus is called the firstborn (1:6), in that He has the preeminence over all born-again children of God, as well as all creation; and as such, is the heir of all things. He is also called the firstborn because He was the first resurrected from the dead never to die again. This has mainly to do with Jesus’ humanity, rather than His deity, because Jesus has always existed with and in the Father along with the Holy Spirit. God has chosen the designation of Son to introduce to us the second person of the Godhead or Trinity, the third person being the Holy Spirit.
HEBREWS 12:1-3.... THEREFORE THEN, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us, looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God. [Ps. 110:1.] Just think of Him Who endured from sinners such grievous opposition and bitter hostility against Himself [reckon up and consider it all in comparison with your trials], so that you may not grow weary or exhausted, losing heart and relaxing and fainting in your minds.
While we are waiting for God to make the changes He deems necessary, and to bring everything under the rulership of Christ, we should live as instructed above in preparation for our participation in His kingdom.
1 CORINTHIANS 15:21-28.... For since [it was] through a man that death [came into the world, it is] also through a Man that the resurrection of the dead [has come]. For just as [because of their union of nature] in Adam all people die, so also [by virtue of their union of nature] shall all in Christ be made alive. But each in his own rank and turn: Christ (the Messiah) [is] the firstfruits, then those who are Christ's [own will be resurrected] at His coming. After that comes the end (the completion), when He delivers over the kingdom to God the Father after rendering inoperative and abolishing every [other] rule and every authority and power. For [Christ] must be King and reign until He has put all [His] enemies under His feet. [Ps. 110:1.] The last enemy to be subdued and abolished is death. For He [the Father] has put all things in subjection under His [Christ's] feet. But when it says, All things are put in subjection [under Him], it is evident that He [Himself] is excepted Who does the subjecting of all things to Him. [Ps. 8:6.] However, when everything is subjected to Him, then the Son Himself will also subject Himself to [the Father] Who put all things under Him, so that God may be all in all [be everything to everyone, supreme, the indwelling and controlling factor of life].
The last sentence above is beyond our ability to fathom; What kind of existence and relationship did The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit have before creation, and what kind will they have after He makes all things new? We will know Him much better than we do now, but will we know everything about our God? – probably not because He is infinite. Even though our knowledge and understanding will be greatly expanded, we will probably continue learning about our God throughout all of eternity – which suggests a very exciting and glorious time ahead for all of God’s people.