His Eternal Covenant
In order to put in motion His “Word” or pattern of life of God the Son, God the Father did two things in the beginning:
First, He made an eternal covenant with His Son, the Christ, in whom He imputed all of Himself, even His own Spirit Life. Thus He is called the Word, and set in motion a process to fulfill it – a process which is to impart His honor and His glory to the Son. But when the Son was presented or revealed to the angelic realm, the Devil rebelled against God in His choice to have man, a lower race in his sight, to receive the fullness of His blessing, which is His honor, glory, power and His very Life. (Hebrews 2:5-8) He refused to worship the Son and rebelled against the eternal plan of God for Man. God the Father, in His full knowledge and righteousness, allowed the decision to be challenged, so that His justice and His love would rule and prevail and prove to be unshakable. That is why John in his first Epistle says that anyone who denies Jesus Christ came in the flesh is the anti-Christ, because such denial is not merely about a historical happening. Rather, it has much to do with the original intent of God and His purpose to have sons through Manhood into Sonship.
God’s plan is your full transformation from a natural being into a spiritual being.
Secondly, He extended His eternal covenant to include Man. However, the judgment of whether God is right or wrong, was not absent when God created the visible world. It is represented by the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. He created this visible world and placed Man in the Garden of Eden and then covenanted with him, through which the eternal covenant is fully activated in the Manhood of the flesh unto Sonship of the Spirit. He planted the seed of the spirit of Sonship in Man (male and female, He created them), and granted them full capacity to hear His voice, behold His form and receive His wisdom. Also, because of purity and holiness (to be set apart), Man, in his flesh, could walk in His presence and all creation would witness it.
When He created Man, He extended the fullness of His life to him if he would only have obeyed.
That is why John mentioned in his Gospel.
John 1:1-4 [NIV]
1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning. 3Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4In him was life, and that life was the light of men.
Paul commented on this in the Book of Colossians a lot. Let’s look at a few verses from this book.
Col 1:15-17 [NIV]
15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
Col 1:27 [NIV]
27To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Col 2:9-10 [NIV]
9For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.
This post is _Part 2_ in a series Restored Back to the Father: Son and Orphan. To continue with this series, click on Part 3. To use this as a growth tool to better understand your own calling, you might start by reading the explanation of this series and then read Pt 1.
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