November 2, 2003
The Person of Christ - Who He is - What Place He fills in
He is Lord of the natural universe. (creative) - heaven & earth
He is Lord of the redeemed. (redemptive) - church
An “everlasting power and divinity are clearly seen from the
creation of the world” but as invisible things. Rom. 1:20-23
The latest secularism and agnosticism despairingly and/or
defiantly echo the cry of Job: “I go towards the east, but he
is not there; and westward, but I cannot perceive him; toward
the north, where he is working, but I cannot see him; where he
veileth himself in the south, but I cannot find him.”
Without the Holy Spirit and with worldly wisdom, vain man
is like a blind man in a dark room groping for a black cat
that isn’t there.
II Cor. 4:4-6 - In Christ, God becomes visible &
nature becomes intelligible.
Heb. 11:3 - What is seen hath not been made out of
things which do appear.
From the invisible, Christ comes forth to testify of Him whom
“no man hath seen nor can see” - I Tim. 6:16
John 1:14, 18, Heb. 1:1-3a
We now know what the Maker of the universe is like
The unknown God proves to be the world’s Father, and
His Son its elder brother.
The incarnation and resurrection of Christ, with the whole
course of His miracles (signs) assure us that natural law is,
and must prove itself ultimately to be, subservient to
spiritual law, the lower dimension to the higher order,
the material world, with which man is so obsessed, to
the moral world.
Science and philosophy can discover no truth which will
not verify and support in the end “truth as it is in Jesus” -
noumenon - apprehended in thought - known to exist
but no properties can be ascribed to it.
phenomenon - known by senses rather than thought
“God was in Christ” creating the heavens & the earth,
sustaining them, co-ordinating, directing the march of
the circling worlds, supporting the endlessly varied forms
of life (the Aquarium at Gatlinburg) -
The winds and the sea obey Him, the spirits of darkness
fled at His word, they know something of this secret even
if men do not. (New Era article of debate about God)
“The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God”
Despite the world’s confusion, it advances towards the
fulfillment of its destiny - “that God may be all in all”
I Cor. 15:28
v. 17 - “in Him all things consist” - (chained & woven
The will of God concerning His Son, Jesus Christ,
was the secret of creation.
It is the Father’s will from the beginning that all
should honor the Son as they honor the Father”
Christ is the Heir of all things - Heb. 1:2
and it is the glory of the Father “that every knee
should bow, of things in heaven and things on earth,
and things under the earth, and that every tongue should
confess that Jesus Christ is Lord” - Phil. 2:9-11
Luke 19:27 - “But those mine enemies which would
not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and
slay them before me”
The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus must penetrate,
transform and dominate every sphere of human thought
and action. “The works of the devil” everywhere and in
every form and shape must be destroyed. I John 3:8
This plan will certainly be carried out! v. 22, I Thess 3:13
All this is yours, the apostle says, “if ye continue in the
faith” - v. 23
v. 18 - “who is the beginning” - The First Principle,
the Originating Cause.
The Alpha and the Omega - “the firstborn of the dead”
“that in all things He might have the preeminence”
(to be first) - The purpose of creation as “unto Christ”
had been frustrated as it related to man by the entrance
of sin and death and His rightful preeminence denied
He must recover it and this He does by His death and
v. 19 - “in Him should all fulness dwell” - pleroma
Christ is a complete Christ and we are made
complete in Him - ch. 2:9-10
v. 20 - The blood of the cross is the one all-
sufficient atonement which brings men
into peace with God.
v. 21 - “enemies” - implies a fixed position -
describes the disposition of the sinner
v. 22 - Jude 24 - “faultless” - unreproveable - a
judicial term meaning without charge.
v. 23 - “all this is yours”
People will enter Readers Digest Sweepstakes,
sign up at Grand Openings for a weed eater,
play the lottery
but will not accept what is theirs provided by God.