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2) Hebrews - In His Son
In His Son - This Sonship is in a unique sense:  He is the only one of His kind; He is not a son-but the Son.  He is the
Son in the parable of the husbandman (Luke 20:9-18, Matthew 11:25).

Jesus claimed to be the Son:
    John 14:2 - "in My Father's house."
    John 4:26 - "I am He - "
    Son - as seen in His miracles: John 20:30-31.
    Son - as seen in His superior teaching - John 7:46 - "never man so spake."
    Son - as seen in His superior life:  
            Luke 23:4 - Pilate: "I find no fault - "
            Hebrews 4:14 - "having then a great high priest...the Son of God..."
            John 18:46 - "which of you convicted Me of sin..."
    Son - as seen in His resurrection: Romans 1:4, Acts 17:30-31
    Son - as seen in the acclamation of God
            Matthew 3:17 - at His baptism
            Matthew 17:1-8 - at His transfiguration
Whom He appointed heir of all things:
    The word "heir" suggests something to inherit.  What was it?
            a) An excellent name (Hebrews 1:4, Phillipians 2:5-11)
            b) Lordship (Acts 2:36, Matthew 28:18)
            c) Power and judgment (John 5:22 - "given judgment unto the Son")

He made the worlds the Son:
    Christ was present in creation
            (John 1:3 - "all things were made through Him")
            (Genesis 1:26 - Let us make man in Our image, after Our likeness)

the worlds - The Greek word here translated, "worlds" is disputed by translators.  It means a number of things but:
    The singular form has three meanings:
            1) Endless duration
            2) Any age or period
            3) Anything that lives or exists
We may assume that it refers to the processes in each age by which God is bringing to pass His great purposes.
This word appears only once in the New Testament, "Effulgence" means a reflected splendor.  Jesus made it plain
that those who saw Him could say that they had seen the Father (John 14:8-9, John 14:11, John 17:21).  They saw
the Father only as they saw His qualities in Christ.  All that God is has been expressed in Jesus.

"the very image of His substance"  This make Him deity, which should be theological enough for us!
    Image means "impress"
            1) In the primary sense, it denotes the instrument used in engraving or carving
            2) The whole expression, "the very image of His substance", is used to set forth the dignity of Christ, in
                 order to build up our faith.

He is called the "impress of His substance", because the majesty of the Father is hidden until it shows itself
impressed as it were on his image (2nd Corinthians 4:4 - "Christ who is the image of God.")
    The very Substance:
            a) The word is hupos and means "what lies under".
            b) This is not the same word used in Hebrews 11:1 - faith is the substance of things hoped for

God is Spirit.  Man doesn't think of Spirit as having substance, although He does have form (Deuteronomy 4:15-16,
Exodus 24:9-10, Exodus 33:20 - "Thou canst not see My face for man shall not see My face - ").
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