King's Business - 1966-04

am I even suggesting that the oft-quoted, “ Christ is the answer,” is an automatic cure-all for man’s ills. My criticism is not leveled against education or professional therapists. To the contrary, we praise God fo r all valid and constructive humanitarian disciplines, but the issue concerns the true believer who knows that Jesus Christ is the Sovereign Lord o f life and the universe and yet is relegating His person, power, and presence exclu­ sively to the spiritual realm.

molecular substance. Atomic cohesiveness, said to be a mysterious power by the physicist, is here revealed to be the power o f Christ. He is the supplying and sus­ taining force o f all life and this universe. Second, He­ brews 1:3 discloses the astounding fact that Jesus Christ, since the beginning o f creation, has been and shall continue to hold together the molecular structure o f all things, and is simultaneously moving all the ages o f history with their many events toward the pre­ determined goal o f God. What a tremendous, herculean, astronomical feat! Only God could perform it, and Christ is God (John 1 :1 -2 ; Col. 1 :15 ; 2 :9 ; Heb. 1 :3 ). (3 ) Jesus Christ is the consummator of all things. It follows logically that the One who creates and con­ tinues all things is also the One who consummates all things. This truth, in addition to Hebrews 1:3, is also revealed in the statements that “ all things were cre­ ated by Him, and for Him” (Col. 1 :16 ), and “ fo r thy pleasure they are and were created” (Rev. 4 :1 1 ). The main theme o f the divine plan, to be sure, is the fact of redemption, but it is equally true that the ultimate objective o f this plan is to glorify God the Father (John 5 :30 ; 7:17-18). This transcendent goal is the rationale for creation, and the Lord Jesus Christ as the sovereign creator, continuer, and consummator o f all things guar­ antees its achievement through His own glory and pre­ eminent exaltation (Phil. 2 :9 -11 ), for it is indeed true that he who honors the Son honors the Father (John 5 :23 ). We believe that the comprehensive work o f Christ in creation is sufficient reason to justify our conviction that He must always remain in the center o f all human activity, and yet to further strengthen this position there is His more than adequate work as Saviour (Luke 2 :11 ; II Cor. 5 :14-21). God’s Word teaches clearly that Jesus Christ has provided a perfect redemption fo r the believer through His once-for-all substitutionary death. While this truth is evident in every book o f the New Testament, it is most prominent in the book o f Hebrews (cf. 1 :3 ; 2:1-4, 9-18; 3:1, 6, 14; 4:14-16; 5 :9 ; 6:19-20; 7 :25 ; 8 :1 ; 9:11-28; 10:10, 14, 19-29; 12:1-4; 13:10- 15, 20-21).

It is my conviction that in these days of skepticism and unbelief during which the vast majority in the world are doing their utmost best to obscure the reality and value o f the Lord Jesus Christ that every child o f God and every God-ordained institution dedicated to the purpose o f serving Him should be proclaiming con­ sistently and courageously in love, without any mental reservation, the fact that He is the Sovereign Lord of life and the universe. Thus, instead o f leaving Christ out o f any sphere o f life, He must always constitute the center and circumference and the total sum and sub­ stance o f life (Phil. 1 :21). This means that He, to whom all power has been given in heaven and in earth (Matt. 2 8 :18 ), must always comprise the integrating and co­ ordinating dynamic of life fo r the redeemed. Beyond shadow o f doubt, the Lord Jesus Christ is the all-suffi­ cient crystallizing, cohesive, and completing force of life. I believe this truth is scripturally supported by the fact o f Christ’s work as Creator and Saviour. In His work as Creator, the Word o f God teaches clearly that: (1 ) Jesus Christ is the creator of all things. This fact is revealed in John 1:1-3, Ephesians 3:9, Colossians 1:16, Hebrews 1:2, 10-12, and Revela- tion 4:11. From among these texts Colossians 1:16 presents in the most concise form the full extent of Christ’s work as Creator fo r it declares that “ 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.” No amount o f exegetical gymnastics, apart from denying its clear meaning, can change the interpretation o f this text. It is stating in language simple and clear that Jesus Christ created this complex universe and all forms o f life. (2 ) Jesus Christ is the continuer of all things. In addition to being the creator o f all things, Scripture teaches that “by Him all things consist” (Col. 1 :1 7 ), and that He is “ upholding all things by the word of His power” (Heb. 1 :3 ). Two precious truths are dis­ closed by these profound statements: First, Colossians 1:17 declares that Christ is the cohesive force o f all







The experience o f salvation is a crisis—* supernat­ ural, miraculous act performed exclusively by the Holy Spirit resulting in the new birth (John 3:3, 5 ; Titus 3 :5 ; I Peter 1 :23 ). It is through this unique and glori­ ous experience that a sinner passes out of the state o f death into that o f everlasting life (John 3 :16 ; Eph. 2 :1 -1 0 ); out o f the position o f condemnation into that o f justification (Rom. 5 :1 ) ; out o f the sphere o f dark­ ness into that o f light (Eph. 5 :8 ) ; out o f the position of


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