Segment transcript on Jesus as the Radiance of God;
In the Bible, glory is associated a lot with light. God is glorious. ‚ÄėHe dwells in unapproachable light.‚Äô God is brilliant light. And what this text is saying is that God, who is light, projects light. God is glorious and his glory is radiant. God is light and that light shines. And what the author is saying is, ‚ÄėGod in himself is light but the shining of the light is the Son‚Äô, (S-O- N, the Son of God). And what he is arguing here is this: the Father is the source of light; the Son, we‚Äôre told, is light in himself; but you cannot separate the light from the shining, from the out- shining. You can‚Äôt do it. You can say, ‚ÄėWell, I‚Äôm going to switch off the light and still have the out-shining. I‚Äôll switch off the torch [flashlight], but I‚Äôll still have the beam.‚Äô You can‚Äôt do that. You go and experiment tonight. It won‚Äôt work. Because light shines. And so what the illustration is teaching us is this ‚Äď that though you can distinguish between the light and the shining, they are one. That‚Äôs what it is saying. The light and the shining are one. ‚ÄúYou notice that he is not saying that the Son reflects the glory of God; he‚Äôs not saying the Son is illuminated by the glory of God like [by] a spotlight. No, no. He is the shining forth of the glory of God.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúIf you think about the radiance, the out-shining, it invariably makes you think of its source, the light. And then if you want to investigate the light, the source, you cannot do that without following the outshining of the light, and seeing its radiance.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúThe radiance is always considered with the glory that is its source, the
Great Sermon! Never thought of it before. Not until this mini-series. But if Christ is not the eternal Son, God cannot be a Father. Liberals 'like to think of God...' as Father. But that is not possible unless he has a Son. The Son who is his eternal heir.
Dr. Liam Goligher began serving as Senior Minister of Tenth Presbyterian Church in May of 2011. He previously pastored churches in Ireland, Canada, England, and his native Scotland.
Dr. Goligher has been closely involved in Bible teaching and evangelistic ministry among...