Tuesday, December 10, 2013


(A repeat from 2003)

     The most "human" person who ever lived was the incarnate God Himself, the Lord Jesus Christ.
      Only our Savior perfectly fulfilled the qualities and expressions of humanity, as designed by the eternal purpose of His Father.  "The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth" (John 1:14).  When thinking of the human race, we must begin our consideration with the Lord Jesus, who alone was and is "human" as defined by God Himself.  He is the epitome, the ideal, and the goal to which we all must aspire, and any purpose of living which does not begin with conformity to the image of Christ distracts us from the truth of our existence (Romans 8:29).
     To enable us for this great quest, "God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying Abba Father" (Galatians 4:6).  Being properly human means being inhabited, energized and led by God Himself, even as the Lord Jesus declared that He lived "by the Father" (John 6:57).  Our Lord began a new race in His incarnation, a truly "human" race which alone can fulfill the reason that God originally created man.  All those born of His Spirit through faith in Christ comprise that holy company, making it possible in this day to be truly human because we are united with He who is truly Divine.

     The Lord Jesus is the God who is man, and the man who is God, perfectly Divine and perfectly human, united in one singular, glorious Person.  He dwells within us by His Spirit to actualize and activate our humanity for its sublime purpose of serving as "the habitation of God through the Spirit" (Ephesians 2:22).  We become truly human when we believe, and our growth in grace increasingly unveils the wonder of God dwelling in those who were once alienated from His life, and thus far less than He made us to be.  We are humans as inhabited by Deity, never to become what He is, but eternally to be united to and energized by who He is.  "Christ in you, the hope of glory" proclaimed the Apostle Paul of all who discover their true humanity in relationship to true Divinity...

We know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know Him that is true, and we are in Him that is true, even in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life."
(I John 5:20)

Weekly Memory Verse
    But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved).
(Ephesians 2:4-5)

No comments: