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Scripture speaks of "age-times" (II Tim. 1: 9; Titus 1: 2; Rom. 16: 25), and of what was
done "before" and "since" those times began; we also read of what God ordained "before
the ages" (I Cor. 2: 7). The ages have their characteristics, their beginning, and their
consummation; they pass one by one before the eye of faith as revealed in the Word with
their burden of sin and death, and their burden of grace and glory.
Three distinct creations of "heaven and earth" (II Pet. 3: 5, 7, 13) carry us from
before the ages on to the time when the ages cease, spanning, with the creation of six
days, the present evil age; these provide, as it were, the platform for the working out of
the purpose of redemption. The ages develop the unveiling of that purpose and witness
the growing accomplishment of all its parts. Christ is the centre of the purpose, and by
Him God made the ages; within the compass of the ages sin is dealt with and passes
away, rebellion and conflict give place to harmony and love. Christ as king reigns
supreme, heaven and earth, reconciled and united in Him, the heir of all things, brings the
glorious consummation of the ages to pass.
May we rejoice in that marvellous wisdom which has placed the whole conduct of the
ages and their purpose in the hands of Him who for our sakes died and rose again.
#6. The Brightness of the Glory (Heb. 1: 3).
pp. 57 - 63
There is in these opening verses a simple alternation in the theme that divides the
subject into two portions, (1) What God is, (2) What God does. Some may be disposed
to object and say, No, it is rather (1) What Christ is, and (2) What Christ does, for the
subject, as suggested in the sub-title of this very article is not the glories of God, but the
glories of the Son. We attempted to point out that the Scripture makes a decided
difference between the idea of God speaking in or by the prophets, using them as
instruments merely, and the idea of God speaking to men in Son. The Son, however
glorious, must not be looked upon merely as an instrument in the hand of God, but as
God Himself, setting aside all the previous instrumentality of prophets and angels,
coming among men as man, and that the Son is as much a title of the Most High God as
is Jehovah, El-Shaddai, and other names; therefore we repeat, the subject is (1) What
God is, and (2) What God does.
The new revelation.--The Son.
| His glories.--Heir of all things. Maker of the ages.
The brightness of His glory, express image of His substance.
| His glories.--Upholding all things. Purging sins. Sat down.
More excellent name.--Thou art My Son.
This is not to be taken as a literary structure, it is only intended to show the relation
which our present study has to the context. What Scripture intends us to understand in
the statement that God now speaks "in Son", or as it may be expressed "as a Son", is