In the genealogy of Christ, Adam is included as the son of God (Luke.3:38). Where he lost authority on account of his fall the principle of Reconciliation shapes the Advent of the Son of man. Having fulfilled the mandate of his Father what does Jesus say? “All power is given to me in heaven and in earth (Matt.28:18).” Here we have the principle of Reconciliation.
God is One, the Lord Almighty. Power and Wisdom in Godhead is reconciled with the Trinity, which is the wisdom of heaven. Jesus Christ is the fullness that fills all. “He is all in all and through all.” While on earth reconciliation works along the fault lines of the Gentiles, Jews, Barbarians and the Greeks, circumcised and the uncircumcised for which atonement of Jesus Christ is validated in heaven. Purpose of reconciliation is “That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, which are on earth, even in him: (Eph.1:10 Col.1:16)”
Think of God’s sovereignty as the apex and the earth as the base of a cone. The imaginary envelope is love. The Spirit in setting the abstract ideas of Power and Wisdom of the Godhead and its domain provides us with concrete images. ‘Heaven is my throne and the earth is my footstool’ is an example. Love that permeates his domain gives other shades of meaning,- grace and mercy, which are personified by the Spirit in the same manner the throne and footstool conjure up divine omnipotence. The Father-Son aspect of God is invested with distinct personalities. Thus we are instructed Jesus Christ as the image of the Invisible God. Sure mercies of God, the Father and grace are abstract ideas made real by God, the Son of whom we read in the Gospel of John thus: “But grace and truth came by Jesus Christ (John.1:17). It is thus the Spirit has worked with realities of heaven and the earth. Authority of God the Father is extended to include his Son.
An abstract quality of the Father is made real in concrete terms through the actions of Jesus Christ God is love (‘for his great love wherewith he loved us (Eph.2:4))’ we see its proof on the cross. Jesus of Nazareth chose to die for all, the sinless for the sinful. Atonement is the reality that the principle makes its core value.
“And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ…(2 Cor.5:18)”
(To be continued)