It is all By Him, For Him and With Him
Colossians 1:16 -
For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
Yesterday I had a nonbeliever ask me about Jesus, not about the man Jesus Christ but His role in the Old Testament. If it was Jesus Who spoke to Abraham and other characters in the Old Testament and if it was He then how in the Old Testament He gave instructions that to kill and then in the New Testament He spoke of peace.
Paul was among the few who really understood Him and the Bible well. In the whole Bible the 8 verses (13-20) from which the message we received today gives the simplest introduction of Lord Jesus Christ yet does not cover everything. I am sure what I have been revealed till date is not all and there is more to know about Lord Jesus Christ. When I say this, I am not talk about His nature or character but Who He is, His origin, the things He did before our creation, His role in creation, His part in the readmission of man, His purpose for man etc...
It is very, very difficult to explain the hidden aspect of Lord Jesus Christ unless one has the understanding of God, the Godhead (Triune God), the background of things that happen before Genesis 1:2, the purpose God created this creation not only the destiny but also its reason of the process and what the awaited result is all about.
Let me put the story of salvation in a simple way. There is a river bank A on which the inhabitants whom God created got infected due their rebelling against His Nature and were given a period before everyone on that bank would be destroyed. To be saved they were given instructions by God to cross over to the other bank of the river before the destruction. When they started they started with a mistake so to prevent them from repeating the mistake and also never to rebel against God, the river was made very rough such that if they did cross they would never forget the journey. But the river was so violent and infected with wild beast in it that none had hopes to cross. They were not able to cross for the currents were very strong even the boat given unto them could not move directly so the only way of crossing was moving diagonal to the flow with great struggle. They were allowed to cross diagonally since it was impossible for anyone unless they had an anchor touching the bed of the river. The depth of the river and the beasts in the water would not allow any to put their feet in the river and survive. Also even if they did move diagonally in a boat they did not have sufficient time and distance to reach the other bank for the river ended at a distance ahead unto a steep fall and when the time was up all on the bank A and in the river would be destroyed. God said even if two could cross all connected with them would be saved.
God the Holy Spirit became the only means for He alone was not affected by the beast and was strong that the currents could not shake Him. God the Son came as man and paid the price so that the Holy Spirit would be available for all to cross. He also became an example as to how with the Holy Spirit anyone who believes in Him and listen to His instructions can cross and be saved.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, creation and all were doom to destruction but You alone could save them. Your mercy became the boat when kept us though this journey. You paid the price for us and made salvation possible for us. Lord, help us realize the consequence of this temporary creation which rebelled against You but You would not let it become vanity for You have a purpose. The purpose being to be part of your glory and we know we will receive it because of You...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scripturesr ]
13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
18 And 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.
19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
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