The word “brightness” or “radiance” in Greek is the word “apaugasma.”  This word occurs nowhere else in the New Testament. Its proper meaning is “radiated splendour,” or the light which radiates from a luminous body. The abstract concept of this is seen in the rays of the sun which is its “brightness” by which the sun is seen but the sun itself is not seen, it is the rays which radiate from it that are seen.

      "Hebrews 1:3 reads, "Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high."

 God is seen and radiated by the image of the luminous body of Christ (apaugasma.

Christ is the radiance of Gods glory. He also has His own essential light as He is God and it is through Him that the true character of God’s glory is revealed by the Holy Spirit who draws us to God by Christ. It is impossible to see the true character of God apart from Christ. That is why the Lord said that no one knows the father except whom the Son chooses to reveal, as seen from Matthew 11:27. ( audio correction)

Matthew 11:27 reads, " All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him."

God bless you all ... Gary 

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