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TitleIn Light of the Son: Seeing everything through the Father's love for the Son
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                            Copyright
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Chapter 1 Unlocking the Trinity
Chapter 2 Son(s) of God
Chapter 3 The creation code
Chapter 4 The last man on earth
Chapter 5 The Spirit and the sons of God
Chapter 6 The perfection of Christ
Chapter 7 In light of the Son
Discussion guide
Notes
Commendations
About the Author
About Matthias Media
                        
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temptation takes place at the end of a 40-day fast in a desert. His test is harder,
coming as it does in a world like ours where there is more reason to doubt God.
This temptation comes to a man who is already at the limit of human endurance.

The most significant difference, however, is Jesus’ response. Adam and Eve
simply gave up on God. They forgot what God had done for them, and allowed
Satan to revise their understanding of God’s character. But Jesus waits patiently,
even as it takes him to the edge of starvation. He fixes his eyes on God’s past
record. He quotes Deuteronomy 8:3, which speaks of how God trained the
Israelites to trust him in the desert. He quotes Deuteronomy 6:13, which points
to the folly of forgetting who God is.

In this test Jesus shows himself to be the divine representative that we failed
to be. The words and ideas that furnish his mind are God’s. The reality he lives
for is God’s reality. The destiny he is holding out for is in God’s hands.

Humanity exalted
But what is that destiny? Luke 4 is clearly a stage in Jesus’ career, a test he has
to pass. What’s the goal for the life of this one true human being?[22]

We get one of the clearest answers to that question in Hebrews 2. The letter
to the Hebrews was written to Jewish Christians who were under pressure to
give up on Jesus. A noose was drawing tighter around those believers and there
was reason to believe that they would soon be put to the ultimate test (see 10:32-
34, 12:3-4). Some of them were being tempted to go back to Judaism because
the old way, with its signs and ceremonies, appeared more solid and tangible. Its
stories were more spectacular. Its past victories seemed more certain than those
claimed for the crucified messiah.

But the writer of Hebrews was ready to prove that Jesus is greater. In the
opening verses of chapter 1, he demonstrates that Jesus is greater because he is
God’s eternal Son and image. He goes on to explain that Jesus is greater because
he is the heir of David (vv. 5, 13). Finally, at the end of the first chapter, he
shows that Jesus is greater simply because he is God (vv. 9-12).

In Hebrews 2, however, we find an unexpected argument. Jesus, the writer
says, is greater because he is a human being. The Jewish Christians are drifting
back toward a form of Judaism that makes a big deal of angels, but the writer of
Hebrews sees this as the height of folly. It’s human beings, and not angels, who

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Table of Contents

Copyright
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Chapter 1 Unlocking the Trinity
Chapter 2 Son(s) of God
Chapter 3 The creation code
Chapter 4 The last man on earth
Chapter 5 The Spirit and the sons of God
Chapter 6 The perfection of Christ
Chapter 7 In light of the Son
Discussion guide
Notes
Commendations
About the Author
About Matthias Media

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