Thursday, April 07, 2011

The Exalted Executor of Existence

God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; (Hebrews 01:01-02, NKJV).
In at least four separate places in the New Testament, Christ is identified as Creator. Here, and:

All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. (John 1:3, NKJV).
and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; (Ephesians 3:9, NKJV).
For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. (Colossians 1:16, NKJV).
As the Word of God, our Savior, in perfect submission and compliance with the Father, spoke existence into being.

If you ever wrestled with the idea of Christ as God, or were taught the heresy that He was a created being (Jehovah's Witness), or the spirit-brother of Lucifer (Latter Day Saints/Mormon), these verses (and many others)  make such erroneous conceptions insupportable. He is the transcendent (outside space and time), eternal (without beginning or end), omnipotent (possessing all power) Executor of Existence. As the beloved Apostle John declares, without Him nothing was made that was made.

This is vitally important in our understanding of the superiority of Christ above everyone and everything except the Father Himself. It also makes His voluntary sacrifice on the Cross for us and in our place that much more magnificent and boundlessly gracious.

Think about it. The spikes that were driven into His hands and feet, the wood from which the crucifix was made, the human beings who performed these heinous acts, and all of us who made it necessary, were materials or creatures made by the One who allowed Himself to be subjected to such vile mistreatment.

Think further. He who had the power to fashion existence to begin with, and sustain it moment by moment since, also had (and has) the power to unmake it with a mere word. In fact, the Bible teaches that the Universe consists, or is held together, by His power, and at the appointed time, its complete annihilation will be brought about by Him simply letting go. Then the elements will melt in a fervent heat, and all things will burn in preparation for the restoration of all things.

It is this same magnificent Sovereign who deigned to become a Man, born of a woman, under the Law, to live in a squalid, violent and sin-corrupted world in order to save us.

That is why we worship Him. That is why we fall on our faces in awe and unspeakable gratitude. That is why we serve Him, and desire to be transformed into His image. That is why we love Him.

True Christianity has nothing to do with ritual or ceremony or religion. It is, instead, the profoundly simple and miraculously transformative intimate relationship with God through faith in His Son.

And it is this very simplicity that often stumbles scoffers and skeptics of the world. It is this gift of relationship that often becomes the greatest obstacle to saving faith because we humans arrogantly want it to be something we earn in some fashion.

But it cannot be that. How could it? What could we possible do that would benefit or profit Christ, the Exalted One, the Author of Creation and Salvation?

He has need of nothing we could even conceive of giving - not even our love or worship or adoration. The Godhead, the Trinity of Deity, is utterly, transcendently self-sufficient and self-contained. It is perfect partnership, perfect relationship, perfect satisfaction - everlasting perfection Itself in every imaginable way. There is nothing we could add or take away.

And the majestic Second Person of that Perfect Trinity is He Who Came to Save - not out of necessity, but out of grace and obedience. He who made all things is also our Blessed Redeemer.

You can not meditate on the astounding truths of Hebrews and not come away with a more fervent love and appreciation for Jesus.

It is not possible.