Connected to Reality Hebrews 1

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Lesson 4

Connected to Reality” - Hebrews 1

Therefore holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession. He was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was in all His house…Therefore, just as the Holy Spirit says, “Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as when they provoked Me, as in the day of trial in the wilderness.” Heb 3:1-2, 7-8
I. Repose: Eucharisteo Prayer

II. Review:

A. Called to enter a different reality – eternity

1. Consider Jesus: draw near, hear His voice and rest

B. To receive the calling as it is given, we have a need to DECONSTRUCT

Do not be conformed to this world . . .” (rom 12:2a)

1. the ways we avoid life (hide from God)

2. the ways we identify our life (independent from God)

3. the ways we build (reject God’s life)

C. Both deconstruction and reconstruction will be part of our road back to eternity, requiring:

“but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…” (rom 12:2b)

1. A Master Builder with expertise in our realm and the realm of Eternity

2. A Commitment to the Builder, rather than a “plan”

3. An intensive observation of the Builder’s handling of the pieces of our lives, as He creates a

masterpiece fit for eternity
III. Parallels

A. Defining Reality: Genesis 1

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…Then God said, ‘Let there be

light’ and there was light. And God saw that the light was good…Then God said, ‘Let Us

make man in Our image…in the image of God He created him; male and female He created

them….and God saw all that He had made and behold it was very good…God completed His

work which He had done and He rested…”

1. God is the source of all that is

2. Everything is related to Him – connected to Him

3. God is good – and manifests that in creating

4. God is love – and manifests that in relating

5. God is reality – without Him there is no good, there is no love, there is nothing

B. Re-establishing Reality: Hebrews 1

“God, God

after He spoke long ago… [preparing them for restoration]

in these last days in the beginning

has spoken to us in His Son… said

through whom also He made the world. Created the heavens & earth

And He is the radiance of His glory… ‘Let there be light

And upholds all things by the word of His power. Behold it was very good

When He had made purification of sins, God completed His work

He sat down at the right hand… and He rested
1. Hebrews 1 parallels Gen 1 in order to:

a. remind us of reality: God alone is

b. announce the reconnecting of all of creation to reality

c. to declare the last days

d. reaffirm that only what is connected to God is Real (lasting, worthwhile, good)

IV. Purpose: establishing the Deity of Christ

A. The evidence

1. God’s view

i. God speaks IN His Son – not through, as if only an instrument, but His power, will,

purpose, intention reside in Christ

ii. God appoints Him heir of all things – He alone inherits ALL of what is God’s. Not just

possessor, but disposer, director, ruler of all

iii. God made the world through Him – Christ is the very word and wisdom of the worlds

– both old and new (original and restored)
2. His person, nature

i. Christ is the radiance of God’s glory – He is not just a reflection of the eternal light, but

the actual shine emitting forth, the radiance (Shekinah glory of the tabernacle – what

they were able to see of God)

ii. Christ is the exact representation of God’s nature – the express image of God’s very

existence (the imprint of Him pressing into our realm)

3. His ability

i. Christ made the world (He is the Word spoken by God which produced creation)

ii. Christ upholds all things – He keeps the world from dissolving, even when it was

breaking to pieces due to our cutting connections, and in His hands He is binding it up

again, “leading it to a certain direction”

iii. and does so by the word of His power – He has inherent power to be able to uphold all

(the same power that created)

iv. Christ made purification of sins – He made ineffective sin’s power to cause a

missing of the true goal and scope of life
4. His relationship

i. Christ was seated at right hand of Divinity – to have someone seat you at their right

hand was to say that you deemed them to have equal honor and recognized them as

having equal dignity. God relates to Him as His equal

ii. Christ inherited a more excellent name – only begotten Son, coming from God’s

very being (not by creation, adoption or office)

5. His position

i. Christ is first-born – God introduced Christ as pre-eminent in all things:

-first-born of the virgin; first-born of creation; first-born of dead; first-born to arise

ii. Christ is worshipped by angels – God’s own command

iii. Christ occupies the throne of God in eternity

iv. Christ rules eternity with righteousness

v. Christ was anointed with the oil of gladness – marked out with the Holy Spirit’s

influence to enlighten men’s hearts to their need of God

6. His scope

i. Christ will always remain the same – each of these evidences have always belonged

inherently to Him and always will

B. The importance of Christ being God

1. because God alone is reality, Christ is therefore reality

2. all things must be connected to God in order to exist in reality/eternity, therefore Christ’s “job”

as connector, restorer must be grounded in Him being God

3. Restoration of all creation depends on re-connection with reality

4. Wholeness, Shalom means that all pieces of each of us must be reconnected with reality

V. Considering Jesus on a deeper level

Our awareness of His connectedness to each moment, circumstance, thought – gives new

potentiality to every single event.

A. Allowing Him His full work means trusting that all the pieces of my life are connected in Him

1. any area of my life in which I do not believe Jesus is connecting me with eternity/reality is an


2. refusing/ignoring re-connection makes a mockery of God’s purposes

3. refusing/ignoring re-connection blocks joy, mercy and grace (which all exist in reality, thus

are connected to Him)
B. Allowing restored vision to see the connection is a moment by moment proposition

1. The invitation is to live in the access He’s giving in the moment – this event, this feeling,

this beauty, this sin, gives space and opportunity for God to restore the person He made

you to be by bringing you closer to reality-Himself, right now

i. for each present thought, event, circumstance, emotion ask:

-how does Jesus see this?

-how is He providing Himself in this?

2. The invitation is not to live in the past or future – “Wherever you are, be all there”

-trying to change the past and its effects or trying to control the future means you will

miss the connections He is making with you in the here and now.

3. The invitation will necessarily slow you down

-b/c you will need to pause to recognize what you normally miss

-practicing the presence of God is like any other practice – it feels tedious and

unproductive, inefficient – until you look back and see that you have become a

more complete player – more connected to who you are becoming

3. The invitation is to join Him in the restoration process.

-living intentional enough to recognize His connections will grow me into a person:

who sees reason to give thanks always

who really sees others

who can easily let go of own agenda

who lives in rest, thus providing peace for others
. . . all of which make us living invitations to others to draw near for restoration

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