Friday, October 14, 2016

"Great Is the Mystery"

"Great Is the Mystery"

    The Lord Jesus Christ exists as the God who became man, and the man who remains God.

   "Unto the Son, He saith, Thy throne, o God, is forever and ever… There is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" (Hebrews 1:8; I Timothy 2:5).

   Our Savior serves as the bridge between God and humanity not only in His redeeming work on our behalf, but also in the very being of His Person.  He is no less Divine because He is human, and no less human because He is Divine.  How can this be?  The Apostle Paul confessed wonder - "Great is the mystery of godliness.  God was manifest in the flesh" (I Timothy 3:16).  Two thousand years after Paul's declaration, the mystery remains.  The very being of the Lord Jesus constitutes perhaps the greatest miracle God ever performed.  The Son of God is the son of man.  The Infinite resides in the finite.  The Eternal inhabits the temporal.  The Beyond dwells in the midst.  God is man in Christ, and man is God in Christ.  Great indeed is the mystery.

    If one were to ask me which truth of the Bible I believe to be the most important, I would decline to answer.  All Scriptural truth is precious and indispensable - "Every word of God is pure" (Proverbs 30:5).  If pressed, however, our present consideration would be my response.  God's eternal purpose involves the person and work of His Son.  He gave the Lord Jesus "a Name which is above every name".  He declares Christ to be the "beloved Son" in whom He is "well pleased".  He offers salvation solely in the person, work, and name of the Lord Jesus.  And He works to "gather together in one all things in Christ" (Ephesians 2:11; Philippians 2:9; Matthew 3:17; John 14:6; Ephesians 1:10).  Thus, if there is a most important truth in the Bible, we will find it in the One to whom all Scripture bears witness: "Search the Scriptures, for in them ye think ye have eternal life, and they are they which testify of Me" (John 5:39).

   We will never fully comprehend the person of our Lord.  We do not need to do so.  We rather need to know Him in personal, devotional reality, and to understand the Bible's teaching about Him well enough to walk with God in a manner that reflects the character, nature and way of the Lord Jesus.  Yes, our Lord is a miracle, an act of God that transcends all human imagining and understanding.  By His Spirit and His Word, we seek Christ, find Him, and in the discovery, realize that much more can be known, and must be known.  Little wonder that Paul declared our quest to know the Lord Jesus beckons us to a never ending realization of His glory…

"Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ."
(Ephesians 3:8)
"He is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence."
(Colossians 1:18)

Weekly Memory Verse
   The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.
(Proverbs 10:28)


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