The Preeminence of Christ:
Part One, To the Glory of God the Father

How can we really know someone without understanding his motivations? Part One surveys Genesis to Revelation to demonstrate the pervasive theme: God’s ultimate goal in all of His works is the glory of His Name. Many stumble at this, thinking it sounds egotistical. Yet God’s valuing Himself above all else is not sinful like prizing self would be for us. For God, it is right and holy because He is in reality the greatest worth!

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Part One defines glory and name, but also shows that God’s glory is more than an abstract idea. God’s Being eternally manifests as a perfect, infinite Person – the radiant glory of God is God the Son. And the brightest display of God’s glory was on the dark Cross of Christ. And so our salvation is not merely about getting us to heaven, but filling us with God’s glory in Christ. These weighty truths de-center us and draw us properly into God’s central and ultimate aim, in which we share His delight in His Son.

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The Preeminence of Christ:
Part Two, The I AM

Part One presented the abundant evidence from Genesis through Revelation that the ultimate reason God does everything is the glory of His Name. In this light, we lament that God’s Name, Yahweh, was avoided and prohibited by intertestamental Jews. Still more unfortunate: its replacement has been perpetuated by all major English translations today. Part Two seeks to restore the Biblical revelation of God’s Name, so we can more accurately and deeply trust, reverence, and rejoice in Him.

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The Man Jesus of Nazareth repeatedly claimed to be the I AM, quoting the emphatic explanation of God’s Name in Exodus 3:14. Then apostolic writers bluntly attributed Godhood to Jesus, honoring Him as Yahweh in flesh. Examining these Scriptures, we can clearly see that eternal destinies hang on the affirmation or denial that Jesus is Yahweh the Son, worthy of all our worship.

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