The Glories of Christ

The Lord Jesus, Our Savior, was the only faultless, flawless, and spotless one who ever lived on this earth. He was unblemished, untarnished, unmarred, undefiled, and unimpeachable. Our impeccable Savior never had to recall a word, nor retrace a step. Even the very best of men we read about in the Scriptures, such as Moses, Elijah, David, Solomon, Peter, and Paul were sinful, flawed, and fault-filled. Moses, the chosen leader of God’s people, could not match our Great High Priest, who introduced a better covenant sealed and secured by His precious blood. He is the infinite, unchangeable, imperishable and immortal Christ. Song of Solomon presents a beautiful representative description of our Savior, saying, “He is white and ruddy—the chief among ten thousand—the altogether lovely one—My beloved, my friend.” (Song of Solomon 5:10, 16)

Let us consider some of the matchless, peerless, unsurpassed glories of Christ evident from the Scriptures. In Hebrews 3:1-3 we begin to see a description of the sevenfold glories of Christ. First, we are told that He is the final revelation of all things and the Son of God: “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son.” Next, it is revealed that He is the heir and creator of all things: “whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds.” Then we learn that He is the glory of God and the one who cleanses all sin: “who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins.” Lastly, we are told that Jesus is superior to even the angels, and that He “sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.”

The author of Hebrews then recalls several familiar Old Testament passages regarding these infinite glories of Christ, which exalt Him higher than the angels. He praises the Lord, remembering:

“For to which of the angels did He ever say, “You are my Son, today I have begotten You?” Or “I will be to Him a Father, and He shall be to me a Son?” When He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says, “ Let all the angels of God worship Him.”…But to the Son He says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness more than Your companions.” And, “You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; and they will all grow old like a garment; like a cloak you will fold them up, and they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will not fail.” (Hebrews 1:5-12)

Let us bask in the unchangeable, timeless glory of Christ, to whom we are united through His death and resurrection!