December 19, 2015 (No Comments) by Christian Israel

From the very beginning, it was Satan’s decided effort to obscure the character of God in the minds of men. For something to be revealed, it must be clearly and plainly acknowledged in the mind of the one it is being shown to. In every age since the fall of man, men have continually lost sight of the glory of God, although that glory may be seen all around us to the discerning eye. Scripture declares that “the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead,” (Romans 1:20) yet so often, man does not see the invisible things of God in His creation, more specifically: His goodness, His mercy, His longsuffering, and His love. It was for this cause, that Christ became a man.

(Psalm 37:37) “Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.”

We are told here to “mark the perfect man”, and Christ is the sum of perfection, and without Him there is no perfection to be seen in man at all. When we are told to “mark the perfect man”, and “behold the upright”, God has set before all mankind Christ, as the Son of man, for without Him, man would have been forever separated from God. Yet for man’s sake, Christ became a man and in Him, both God and man find a meetingplace. Christ says “without Me ye can do nothing.” (John 15:5)

Therefore no uprightness, no perfection can be seen in man at all except it finds it’s source from God through Christ. in Christ alone, man finds all that he needs, and all that he will ever need, so that he may know the God whose way is perfect. There is not one man that can truly reveal anything at all reflecting the glory of God unless He supernaturally endows that man with His glory. Even then, it is only by that Perfect man, God’s appointed channel among men, whether recognized or unrecognized by the human agent, that man may reveal anything at all in himself of God’s likeness.

The sad truth is that man’s tendency has been to not recognize the One with whom they have to do, and only the pages of history recorded in the books of heaven may tell exactly the terrible results which have followed.  For centuries, man had lost sight of the glory of God, and despite the lengthy record of human woe and man falling short of that glory, God sought to continually reveal Himself to, and in, man. Moses, a man with like passions as ourselves, was given a clear revelation of this goodness and man should have been able to see this revelation and taken it in fully; first notice how it came to him, and how it comes to us:

(Exodus 33:18-19)  “And he [Moses] said, I beseech thee, shew me Thy glory.  (19)  And He said, I will make all My goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee…”

Notice that the glory of God, His name, and His goodness are synonymous. (Exodus 34:5-7) “And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD.  (6)  And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, YAHUWAH, YAHUWAH God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,  (7)  Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty…” This was truly a mighty revelation left on record by Moses for every man to have, yet despite the clearest declarations of His goodness, men were continually losing sight of God’s glory. In the fullness of time, this revelation was to be manifested more definitely to the dull minds of men than ever before. That very word declared to Moses was to be made flesh.

THE WORD MADE FLESH

For man’s sake this revelation of God’s glory must be clearly beheld, for in doing so, man would be changed into that same image: therefore the consummation of that revelation was fittingly to be manifested in the Saviour of man who was came in our flesh. The Scripture tells us:

(John 1:14) “ …the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” The Word, the only begotten of the Father, the outflowing majesty of heaven and the express image of the Father’s person, “was made flesh.” That Word that made all things, that Word which relates the glory of God, was to find it’s consummated revelation to man in being Himself made flesh! What that means to us may itself be but dimly comprehended, but it means much more than we’ve taken in, yet it has everything, EVERYTHING, to do with us.

To better understand the glory of that statement conveyed by the beloved disciple, we should go back to that very thing which was made flesh, that is, the Word of God. The first word of the gospel on record for us speaks of Christ being made flesh:

Genesis 3:15 “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”

The promise of the woman’s seed was the covenant promise that Christ was to come in the flesh as the son of man. The gospel of Jesus Christ was even here given to reveal the true character of God, and so fully bound up is the gospel with Christ being made flesh that they are intimately inseparable realities. It was Satan’s definite purpose to deface the image of God in man, and more, to become the head over man: the creature exalted above the Creator. In submitting to the beast, man was lost, and unless the dominion of the serpent was destroyed in their hearts, and full restoration brought to the image of God, they would be without hope. Therefore the gospel, the Word of creation renewed, was given. It was only in beholding the true image of God through the gospel that complete restoration could be secured.

2 Corinthians 4:3-4  “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:  (4)  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”

The mind of man must be enlightened. It was only by virtue of that Word of the promised seed, which is Christ made flesh, that man could behold the mercy, love, and goodness of God. If that promise itself proved to be so glorious a revelation, how much more glorious would that Word appear when it was manifested! Of that manifested word made flesh, John said “and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father”. Not only to the disciples of that age was John’s statement true, but it encompassed all who ever believed on the gospel that Christ was to be made flesh, for it was the gospel, and the gospel is nothing less than the “righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith” (Romans 1:17). Therefore, we might say the gospel was made flesh in Jesus Christ.

Thus we may begin to see the principle that the glory of God is revealed to all flesh by that word, but that word is not revealed to any flesh at all if Christ did not covenant to be made that flesh in which it was to be revealed. It is true then that the gospel given to man is wholly bound up in the truth summed up by John “And the Word was made flesh”. We will explore this matter more fully.

THE CHANNEL OF GLORY

The only glory that has ever been revealed is the glory shining from the Throne of God. It is communicated to man by the revealed Word, and by the things that the Word has made. It is truly wonderful that that man has the glory of God revealed to them, but how can it be revealed in them? It is by that very same thing that made all things: by the Word. But that Word was made our flesh. Therefore, Christ, in bringing to man the glory of God, is the express human channel by which that glory is given to all men. Says John:

John 1:9 “That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.”

No dawning of day, no breath is given to any man except it comes from Christ, and this is true even in man’s fallen condition. Inasmuch as John said every man, he excluded no man from that statement, but all man are lighted by Him that come into the world. Thus every ray of glory that man may reveal has it’s source in Christ, whether that soul ascribes glory to God  or not. Christ, as pertaining to  the flesh is the only  sustaining view  of the glory of  God that  man has  ever  had if ever they have truly beheld something revealing true goodness at all. The light revealed in the Son of man is the light that may shine upon every son of man on either side of the cross; there is no difference, save the clarity at which it might be particularly manifested in any given age.

More than this, since Christ is the light of the knowledge of the glory of God given to mankind, it is also true that in Him, as the very epitome of what man is to be, is to be found the measure at which God’s glory can be manifested in a man, for by Him that glory comes to us. John 1:16 “And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.” Christ, as the Son of man, is the capacity which man may receive by Him.

CHRIST: THE SON OF MAN

We’ve just examined the glory of God shining to man, and to be revealed in man, as revealed in the gospel, but was it absolutely necessary for Christ to take upon Himself humanity to do this? Since Christ is the one by whom all things came, being the Word of God, the answer is an absolute, definite “yes”. He who “upholds the worlds” and by which “all things consist”, is He who was made flesh, and it was absolutely necessary in the gospel plan that Christ be made that which He was to redeem, that by Him man may be upheld. If we understand more completely the depths of this, we may find our hearts becoming more endeared to that great name He has taken upon Himself, as “The Son of man.” PROMISED SEED  John said that the glory that was beheld was the glory as of “the only begotten of the Father”. Here our minds may be taken back through the extensive ages, to the glory Christ had with the Father before the world was: to when the counsel of peace, the gospel, was formed.

Yet the statement takes in more than this. Christ, the woman’s seed, the “word made flesh:, was “made of a woman” (Gal. 4:4), whose conception was “of the Holy Ghost.” (Matt. 1:20) That is, the seed of God the Father: His offspring. Christ, the Son of the living God, was made flesh. Seeing as He is the “only begotten of the Father”, we may only be begotten truly by Him. “He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.” (Gal. 3:16) That Word made flesh was the gospel promise from the beginning, and that promise is enjoined to all the of seed of Eve which believe.

Galatians 3:26 “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”

The gospel promise of Christ coming in the flesh was given to Eve as being her “seed”, yet it is true that all mankind is that seed. And just as Christ is the “only begotten”, He is the only seed which was primarily spoken of in this gospel promise. However, all the seed of Eve may be included in this promise if they believe in the Son of God, who is that gospel made flesh. He is the only living connection to the gospel that man has. And that gospel promises “everything that pertains unto life and godliness” (2 Pet. 1:3), including enmity with the serpent. Yet this enmity came at a great cost.

THE GREAT INHERITANCE

When mankind was lost, they became something that the Word of God (that is Christ) had not made them to be. They became “heathen”: foreign to the citizenship of heaven. Christ was the heir of all of heaven as the firstborn, the Son of God. Yet when Adam and Eve stepped outside of the bounds of heaven, they no longer belonged to that inherited possession of the Word of God. God did not choose to immediately blot out the heathen world from the sinless universe, but it was this time that the gospel was to be executed. God said to His Son:

Psalms 2:8 “Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.”

How was Christ, the Prince of heaven, to inherit that which was alienated from Him? He, the Word, had to become the Upholder of man even in their fallen condition:

(Hebrews 2:14) “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same;”

BEARING ALL THINGS

Christ had to partake of flesh and blood: there was no other way. More than this, notice the accumulative force adding weight to this great act: “he also”, “himself likewise”. What is being emphasized here? It would have been an infinite condescension already for Christ to agree to come from the throne of glory and take upon Himself the flesh of Adam before his fall. Yet this was not enough. If He had left all the riches of heaven, so as to become poor in that flesh, that would have been more condescending. Yet still, even that would not have been enough. It was necessary for Christ to take upon Himself the very nature of fallen man. What does that glorious truth mean? It means that “He himself hath suffered being tempted”, “in all points tempted like as we are,” (Hebrews 2:18, 4:13). In all points, He knows what it means to truly suffer; He endured our sufferings. He even “learned obedience by the things which he suffered” (Hebrews 5:8). (Hebrews 2:10) “For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.”

Mark the perfect man O Israel! The One by whom all things were made! This may give us much more humble, yet truly exalted views of what perfection is. He became a man to partake of our sufferings, to be made perfect for our sakes! More than this, He also Himself likewise took part in our temptations, “in all points…as we are”. Let us for a moment drink this reality in, and we may become forever thankful that Christ understands being assailed with those temptations. Yet His condescension to take upon Himself our nature means much more than even this. By Christ came all things as the heir of heaven, but in man’s lost state, He must inherit all things pertaining to man in order to do for that man that which he most needs to have done, but cannot do for himself: that is, that He might retrieve them from the depths of the dark pit of sin & death. That statement may well bear with it much more than many have conceived.

Christ has taken up all of mankind upon Himself. Therefore, by taking upon mankind, He has borne upon His shoulders man’s fallen condition. Being the Word of God, He had everything to do with creation. Being the Word made flesh, He has everything to do with man in the flesh: upholding man in their fallen condition by His own body, whilst upholding the integrity of heaven. Thus the Scripture of Isaiah holds certainly true: Isaiah 53:4 “Surely he hath borne our sicknesses, and carried our sorrows…” Christ has borne all the sicknesses and sorrows of the human experience in Himself, for the cross was but the final manifestation of the outworking of His life as a man, and any man’s life, whoever it may be, is but the upholding of that sustaining life of the Word made flesh. It says He “hath borne our sicknesses, and carried our sorrows”, and the same prophet declared that He is “a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief”. Why is He a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief? Because in His body, all the sorrows of man are borne upon Him, every woe that has afflicted man has been felt in the Son of man. Indeed, all sorrow and the curse of sickness, which is but the violation of the perfect law of God, must have been borne by Him at the cross. Therefore leaving no sorrow to be brought to man, nor grief afflicting man save that which befell Him in His body.

Our beautiful Saviour knew suffering, and to teach that He came in any other flesh is to say diminish His beauty and perfection. This was His portion, and what for? The prophet says it is for our healing, for in Him, the Word made flesh, is the only power by which a man can find healing for his soul, for it is written: “with His stripes, we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5) It is our privilege to understand more fully that Christ, in bearing upon Himself mankind, is intimately acquainted with every one of us without exception. If temptation has overtaken anyone, know that it overtook Him first, and nothing has ever come to any man but what He had to endure in that human experience. All of human experience is found in that great human experience of Christ for the sake of man’s blessing. Here we see the Christ principle in it’s true beauty: for not one soul is, nor can ever be, excluded from His human experience; though through unbelief, they may choose the curse of death rather than the blessing of life.

Therefore, He partakes of our suffering, and no suffering has man known except He agreed to first bear it in His body. Every wound, every temptation, every sorrow, He knows. In His human experience may be found the capacity for “every man that cometh into the world”. While He did not participate in the act of sinning, He endured all the ruin it brought to man. And man may choose not to participate in that blessing, but He has upheld them that they may make the choice for themselves if they will obey the gospel. Regardless of their choice, “He was wounded for our transgressions”; every sin that a man has done has struck the Son of God.

2 Corinthians 5:21 “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin;”

Now, though He was made sin, it means He suffered for sin. There must be no confusion that Christ Himself did not partake of any sin Himself, but was made it for it’s destruction. The inspired record says of Christ, “He did no sin,” he “knew no sin,” and “in him was no sin.” He was “holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners.” Yet, He was “numbered with the transgressors” for the sake of their redemption.

Hebrews 2:14 “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;”

To inherit all man, He must bear, yet Himself not partake of in heart, all of the curse declared in the Word of God; every sickness, every woe, even death. Thus Christ, who is the living Word, needed to be made that curse that befell mankind, which meant decided death. Deuteronomy 30:19 “…that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:” The Son of man must manifest this ultimate degree of suffering for the sake of mankind. The life of man to be made death. The Word of blessing to become the curse, for the purpose of destroying both in His body. He came to man who was cursed, and gave the Word to bless them. Therefore, it behooved Him now become that curse, as well as that blessing. In order to destroy that curse, the judgment which Christ must partake of was given well in advance:

Deuteronomy 21:23 “His body shall not remain all night upon the tree… (for he that is hanged is accursed of God;)”

Those who partook of the curse were separated from God, according to the Scripture, therefore Christ had to go to the greatest depths of human woe that none might be out of salvation’s reach. The Word of God had to be made that curse that was written. For it is written:

Isaiah 65:15 “And ye shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen: for the Lord GOD shall slay thee, and call his servants by another name:”  Christ inherited that name that was synonymous with the absolute goodness and glory of God, and now bore the depravity and malignity of our names on the cross to inherit us, and call us “by another name”.

Galatians 3:13 “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:”

There is no true death by sin except the second death, by which the accursed soul dies. Even so, it was necessary that He had to inherit both the sin of man, and that death to truly qualify the Scripture of receiving “the heathen for His inheritance.”

OVERCOMING

The Son of man has so intimately associated Himself with humanity. His human experience having taken in the capacity of what fallen man is found in Him. As a man, He partook of our temptations, and our sufferings in full. And what hope can this bring us! For He overcame in His own body our temptations,  arming flesh with the divine nature as the Son of God. Even so, by Him this is to be our experience; our victory is the one He has wrought in our flesh. He declares of those who overcome in His power “Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations.” (Luke 22:28) Do you notice how He calls our temptations His temptations?  He was made to know hunger, deprivation, and all the trials of life; He has borne the burdens of human woe upon Himself, and He has associated Himself with all mankind, who He has taken upon Himself. Notice the following:

Matthew 25:42-45 “For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:  (43)  I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.  (44)  Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?  (45)  Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.”

He has so associated Himself with us in our fallen state, that it is our privilege to so associate with Him in victory. That was the infinite cost necessary for God to place enmity in the heart of man, and that enmity is nothing less than victory over Satan. The first promise of victory over the enemy of souls  is secured for us in Christ alone. When that promise was given to Eve, all mankind was that woman’s seed. It is true that Christ alone is that seed, and that woman is both symbolic of heaven and a church, but yet it also constitutes a literal seed from a literal woman which would come in literal flesh. It is only by faith (see Gal. 3:26) in that seed that we may be called overcomers, and who are overcomers except the children of God? That divine seed of God taking flesh has enjoined all flesh that believes into this wonderful promise of victory:

1 John 5:4-5 “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.  (5)  Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?”

Therefore to overcome the devil is given to Christ alone, by whom all things came, and it is never given to any other to overcome. Yet to exclude man altogether from this promise is to exclude him from the victory that can be found alone in that seed by faith. That would be a sharp contradiction to the Scripture! The Word of God abundantly testifies that man can overcome in the power of God found in Christ:

Revelation 3:21 “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.”

Revelation 2:26  “And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:”

Notice also that those who overcome are those who keep the works of Christ. To keep the works of Christ is to be a partaker of that seed by faith, and it is nothing less than keeping the commandments of God. It is the manifest works of Christ in our flesh only in connection to Christ, but there is no connection to man at all unless the Word is dwelling in our flesh, by which it is made to fulfill those works in the flesh. It is only this way that we can become living epistles of the gospel of Christ:

2 Corinthians 3:2-3  Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:  (3)  Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. And we must understand also that God has shut out the promise of overcoming to any flesh at all independent of faith in the Son of man. Notice the following:

Romans 9:8  That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.

Galatians 3:29  And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

The Scripture calls those who believe “the remnant of her [the woman’s] seed [which is Christ]”, and “if ye be Christ’s” then you are included in that “seed”; overcoming is the gospel promise of what God will do in your flesh.

1 John 3:9  “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.”  This is the only way at all that we may overcome as Christ overcame: by faith.

John 6:27-29  “Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.  (28)  Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?  (29)  Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.”

Therefore, because that divine seed was made flesh, that same seed which would come in literal flesh of Adam, by faith dwelling in our hearts [who are of the flesh of Adam], is nothing less than the Word of God which takes root, and causes us to triumph gloriously.

1 Corinthians 15:45  And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

It is by Christ, “the last Adam”, that the promise was achieved; it is by faith in Him, that it shall be also achieved in us. Since He has so enjoined Himself with us in all things pertaining to this life, let us be joined to Him in the life to come. He has been made sin for us. He has been made our death. He has gone to the greatest depths to save us from hell. Now we may seem Him as our righteousness, and we may be “made the righteousness of God in Him” (2nd Cor. 5:21).

He has been made our life. He is made our victory, and we are made to overcome, even as He overcome through faith. He is made man’s reconciled sonship with God. He has been made all things for the sake of all men, that by all means in the will of God, He might bring all who believe back into heavenly communion with God at His throne. No wonder the glorious question is set forth by the apostle:

Romans 8:35-39  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  (36)  As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.  (37)  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.  (38)  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  (39)  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 16:20  …the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

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December 19, 2015 (No Comments) by Christian Israel

From the very beginning, it was Satan’s decided effort to obscure the character of God in the minds of men. For something to be revealed, it must be clearly and plainly acknowledged in the mind of the one it is being shown to. In every age since the fall of man, men have continually lost sight of the glory of God, although that glory may be seen all around us to the discerning eye. Scripture declares that “the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead,” (Romans 1:20) yet so often, man does not see the invisible things of God in His creation, more specifically: His goodness, His mercy, His longsuffering, and His love. It was for this cause, that Christ became a man.

(Psalm 37:37) “Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.”

We are told here to “mark the perfect man”, and Christ is the sum of perfection, and without Him there is no perfection to be seen in man at all. When we are told to “mark the perfect man”, and “behold the upright”, God has set before all mankind Christ, as the Son of man, for without Him, man would have been forever separated from God. Yet for man’s sake, Christ became a man and in Him, both God and man find a meetingplace. Christ says “without Me ye can do nothing.” (John 15:5)

Therefore no uprightness, no perfection can be seen in man at all except it finds it’s source from God through Christ. in Christ alone, man finds all that he needs, and all that he will ever need, so that he may know the God whose way is perfect. There is not one man that can truly reveal anything at all reflecting the glory of God unless He supernaturally endows that man with His glory. Even then, it is only by that Perfect man, God’s appointed channel among men, whether recognized or unrecognized by the human agent, that man may reveal anything at all in himself of God’s likeness.

The sad truth is that man’s tendency has been to not recognize the One with whom they have to do, and only the pages of history recorded in the books of heaven may tell exactly the terrible results which have followed.  For centuries, man had lost sight of the glory of God, and despite the lengthy record of human woe and man falling short of that glory, God sought to continually reveal Himself to, and in, man. Moses, a man with like passions as ourselves, was given a clear revelation of this goodness and man should have been able to see this revelation and taken it in fully; first notice how it came to him, and how it comes to us:

(Exodus 33:18-19)  “And he [Moses] said, I beseech thee, shew me Thy glory.  (19)  And He said, I will make all My goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee…”

Notice that the glory of God, His name, and His goodness are synonymous. (Exodus 34:5-7) “And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD.  (6)  And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, YAHUWAH, YAHUWAH God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,  (7)  Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty…” This was truly a mighty revelation left on record by Moses for every man to have, yet despite the clearest declarations of His goodness, men were continually losing sight of God’s glory. In the fullness of time, this revelation was to be manifested more definitely to the dull minds of men than ever before. That very word declared to Moses was to be made flesh.

THE WORD MADE FLESH

For man’s sake this revelation of God’s glory must be clearly beheld, for in doing so, man would be changed into that same image: therefore the consummation of that revelation was fittingly to be manifested in the Saviour of man who was came in our flesh. The Scripture tells us:

(John 1:14) “ …the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” The Word, the only begotten of the Father, the outflowing majesty of heaven and the express image of the Father’s person, “was made flesh.” That Word that made all things, that Word which relates the glory of God, was to find it’s consummated revelation to man in being Himself made flesh! What that means to us may itself be but dimly comprehended, but it means much more than we’ve taken in, yet it has everything, EVERYTHING, to do with us.

To better understand the glory of that statement conveyed by the beloved disciple, we should go back to that very thing which was made flesh, that is, the Word of God. The first word of the gospel on record for us speaks of Christ being made flesh:

Genesis 3:15 “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”

The promise of the woman’s seed was the covenant promise that Christ was to come in the flesh as the son of man. The gospel of Jesus Christ was even here given to reveal the true character of God, and so fully bound up is the gospel with Christ being made flesh that they are intimately inseparable realities. It was Satan’s definite purpose to deface the image of God in man, and more, to become the head over man: the creature exalted above the Creator. In submitting to the beast, man was lost, and unless the dominion of the serpent was destroyed in their hearts, and full restoration brought to the image of God, they would be without hope. Therefore the gospel, the Word of creation renewed, was given. It was only in beholding the true image of God through the gospel that complete restoration could be secured.

2 Corinthians 4:3-4  “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:  (4)  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”

The mind of man must be enlightened. It was only by virtue of that Word of the promised seed, which is Christ made flesh, that man could behold the mercy, love, and goodness of God. If that promise itself proved to be so glorious a revelation, how much more glorious would that Word appear when it was manifested! Of that manifested word made flesh, John said “and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father”. Not only to the disciples of that age was John’s statement true, but it encompassed all who ever believed on the gospel that Christ was to be made flesh, for it was the gospel, and the gospel is nothing less than the “righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith” (Romans 1:17). Therefore, we might say the gospel was made flesh in Jesus Christ.

Thus we may begin to see the principle that the glory of God is revealed to all flesh by that word, but that word is not revealed to any flesh at all if Christ did not covenant to be made that flesh in which it was to be revealed. It is true then that the gospel given to man is wholly bound up in the truth summed up by John “And the Word was made flesh”. We will explore this matter more fully.

THE CHANNEL OF GLORY

The only glory that has ever been revealed is the glory shining from the Throne of God. It is communicated to man by the revealed Word, and by the things that the Word has made. It is truly wonderful that that man has the glory of God revealed to them, but how can it be revealed in them? It is by that very same thing that made all things: by the Word. But that Word was made our flesh. Therefore, Christ, in bringing to man the glory of God, is the express human channel by which that glory is given to all men. Says John:

John 1:9 “That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.”

No dawning of day, no breath is given to any man except it comes from Christ, and this is true even in man’s fallen condition. Inasmuch as John said every man, he excluded no man from that statement, but all man are lighted by Him that come into the world. Thus every ray of glory that man may reveal has it’s source in Christ, whether that soul ascribes glory to God  or not. Christ, as pertaining to  the flesh is the only  sustaining view  of the glory of  God that  man has  ever  had if ever they have truly beheld something revealing true goodness at all. The light revealed in the Son of man is the light that may shine upon every son of man on either side of the cross; there is no difference, save the clarity at which it might be particularly manifested in any given age.

More than this, since Christ is the light of the knowledge of the glory of God given to mankind, it is also true that in Him, as the very epitome of what man is to be, is to be found the measure at which God’s glory can be manifested in a man, for by Him that glory comes to us. John 1:16 “And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.” Christ, as the Son of man, is the capacity which man may receive by Him.

CHRIST: THE SON OF MAN

We’ve just examined the glory of God shining to man, and to be revealed in man, as revealed in the gospel, but was it absolutely necessary for Christ to take upon Himself humanity to do this? Since Christ is the one by whom all things came, being the Word of God, the answer is an absolute, definite “yes”. He who “upholds the worlds” and by which “all things consist”, is He who was made flesh, and it was absolutely necessary in the gospel plan that Christ be made that which He was to redeem, that by Him man may be upheld. If we understand more completely the depths of this, we may find our hearts becoming more endeared to that great name He has taken upon Himself, as “The Son of man.” PROMISED SEED  John said that the glory that was beheld was the glory as of “the only begotten of the Father”. Here our minds may be taken back through the extensive ages, to the glory Christ had with the Father before the world was: to when the counsel of peace, the gospel, was formed.

Yet the statement takes in more than this. Christ, the woman’s seed, the “word made flesh:, was “made of a woman” (Gal. 4:4), whose conception was “of the Holy Ghost.” (Matt. 1:20) That is, the seed of God the Father: His offspring. Christ, the Son of the living God, was made flesh. Seeing as He is the “only begotten of the Father”, we may only be begotten truly by Him. “He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.” (Gal. 3:16) That Word made flesh was the gospel promise from the beginning, and that promise is enjoined to all the of seed of Eve which believe.

Galatians 3:26 “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”

The gospel promise of Christ coming in the flesh was given to Eve as being her “seed”, yet it is true that all mankind is that seed. And just as Christ is the “only begotten”, He is the only seed which was primarily spoken of in this gospel promise. However, all the seed of Eve may be included in this promise if they believe in the Son of God, who is that gospel made flesh. He is the only living connection to the gospel that man has. And that gospel promises “everything that pertains unto life and godliness” (2 Pet. 1:3), including enmity with the serpent. Yet this enmity came at a great cost.

THE GREAT INHERITANCE

When mankind was lost, they became something that the Word of God (that is Christ) had not made them to be. They became “heathen”: foreign to the citizenship of heaven. Christ was the heir of all of heaven as the firstborn, the Son of God. Yet when Adam and Eve stepped outside of the bounds of heaven, they no longer belonged to that inherited possession of the Word of God. God did not choose to immediately blot out the heathen world from the sinless universe, but it was this time that the gospel was to be executed. God said to His Son:

Psalms 2:8 “Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.”

How was Christ, the Prince of heaven, to inherit that which was alienated from Him? He, the Word, had to become the Upholder of man even in their fallen condition:

(Hebrews 2:14) “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same;”

BEARING ALL THINGS

Christ had to partake of flesh and blood: there was no other way. More than this, notice the accumulative force adding weight to this great act: “he also”, “himself likewise”. What is being emphasized here? It would have been an infinite condescension already for Christ to agree to come from the throne of glory and take upon Himself the flesh of Adam before his fall. Yet this was not enough. If He had left all the riches of heaven, so as to become poor in that flesh, that would have been more condescending. Yet still, even that would not have been enough. It was necessary for Christ to take upon Himself the very nature of fallen man. What does that glorious truth mean? It means that “He himself hath suffered being tempted”, “in all points tempted like as we are,” (Hebrews 2:18, 4:13). In all points, He knows what it means to truly suffer; He endured our sufferings. He even “learned obedience by the things which he suffered” (Hebrews 5:8). (Hebrews 2:10) “For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.”

Mark the perfect man O Israel! The One by whom all things were made! This may give us much more humble, yet truly exalted views of what perfection is. He became a man to partake of our sufferings, to be made perfect for our sakes! More than this, He also Himself likewise took part in our temptations, “in all points…as we are”. Let us for a moment drink this reality in, and we may become forever thankful that Christ understands being assailed with those temptations. Yet His condescension to take upon Himself our nature means much more than even this. By Christ came all things as the heir of heaven, but in man’s lost state, He must inherit all things pertaining to man in order to do for that man that which he most needs to have done, but cannot do for himself: that is, that He might retrieve them from the depths of the dark pit of sin & death. That statement may well bear with it much more than many have conceived.

Christ has taken up all of mankind upon Himself. Therefore, by taking upon mankind, He has borne upon His shoulders man’s fallen condition. Being the Word of God, He had everything to do with creation. Being the Word made flesh, He has everything to do with man in the flesh: upholding man in their fallen condition by His own body, whilst upholding the integrity of heaven. Thus the Scripture of Isaiah holds certainly true: Isaiah 53:4 “Surely he hath borne our sicknesses, and carried our sorrows…” Christ has borne all the sicknesses and sorrows of the human experience in Himself, for the cross was but the final manifestation of the outworking of His life as a man, and any man’s life, whoever it may be, is but the upholding of that sustaining life of the Word made flesh. It says He “hath borne our sicknesses, and carried our sorrows”, and the same prophet declared that He is “a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief”. Why is He a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief? Because in His body, all the sorrows of man are borne upon Him, every woe that has afflicted man has been felt in the Son of man. Indeed, all sorrow and the curse of sickness, which is but the violation of the perfect law of God, must have been borne by Him at the cross. Therefore leaving no sorrow to be brought to man, nor grief afflicting man save that which befell Him in His body.

Our beautiful Saviour knew suffering, and to teach that He came in any other flesh is to say diminish His beauty and perfection. This was His portion, and what for? The prophet says it is for our healing, for in Him, the Word made flesh, is the only power by which a man can find healing for his soul, for it is written: “with His stripes, we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5) It is our privilege to understand more fully that Christ, in bearing upon Himself mankind, is intimately acquainted with every one of us without exception. If temptation has overtaken anyone, know that it overtook Him first, and nothing has ever come to any man but what He had to endure in that human experience. All of human experience is found in that great human experience of Christ for the sake of man’s blessing. Here we see the Christ principle in it’s true beauty: for not one soul is, nor can ever be, excluded from His human experience; though through unbelief, they may choose the curse of death rather than the blessing of life.

Therefore, He partakes of our suffering, and no suffering has man known except He agreed to first bear it in His body. Every wound, every temptation, every sorrow, He knows. In His human experience may be found the capacity for “every man that cometh into the world”. While He did not participate in the act of sinning, He endured all the ruin it brought to man. And man may choose not to participate in that blessing, but He has upheld them that they may make the choice for themselves if they will obey the gospel. Regardless of their choice, “He was wounded for our transgressions”; every sin that a man has done has struck the Son of God.

2 Corinthians 5:21 “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin;”

Now, though He was made sin, it means He suffered for sin. There must be no confusion that Christ Himself did not partake of any sin Himself, but was made it for it’s destruction. The inspired record says of Christ, “He did no sin,” he “knew no sin,” and “in him was no sin.” He was “holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners.” Yet, He was “numbered with the transgressors” for the sake of their redemption.

Hebrews 2:14 “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;”

To inherit all man, He must bear, yet Himself not partake of in heart, all of the curse declared in the Word of God; every sickness, every woe, even death. Thus Christ, who is the living Word, needed to be made that curse that befell mankind, which meant decided death. Deuteronomy 30:19 “…that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:” The Son of man must manifest this ultimate degree of suffering for the sake of mankind. The life of man to be made death. The Word of blessing to become the curse, for the purpose of destroying both in His body. He came to man who was cursed, and gave the Word to bless them. Therefore, it behooved Him now become that curse, as well as that blessing. In order to destroy that curse, the judgment which Christ must partake of was given well in advance:

Deuteronomy 21:23 “His body shall not remain all night upon the tree… (for he that is hanged is accursed of God;)”

Those who partook of the curse were separated from God, according to the Scripture, therefore Christ had to go to the greatest depths of human woe that none might be out of salvation’s reach. The Word of God had to be made that curse that was written. For it is written:

Isaiah 65:15 “And ye shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen: for the Lord GOD shall slay thee, and call his servants by another name:”  Christ inherited that name that was synonymous with the absolute goodness and glory of God, and now bore the depravity and malignity of our names on the cross to inherit us, and call us “by another name”.

Galatians 3:13 “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:”

There is no true death by sin except the second death, by which the accursed soul dies. Even so, it was necessary that He had to inherit both the sin of man, and that death to truly qualify the Scripture of receiving “the heathen for His inheritance.”

OVERCOMING

The Son of man has so intimately associated Himself with humanity. His human experience having taken in the capacity of what fallen man is found in Him. As a man, He partook of our temptations, and our sufferings in full. And what hope can this bring us! For He overcame in His own body our temptations,  arming flesh with the divine nature as the Son of God. Even so, by Him this is to be our experience; our victory is the one He has wrought in our flesh. He declares of those who overcome in His power “Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations.” (Luke 22:28) Do you notice how He calls our temptations His temptations?  He was made to know hunger, deprivation, and all the trials of life; He has borne the burdens of human woe upon Himself, and He has associated Himself with all mankind, who He has taken upon Himself. Notice the following:

Matthew 25:42-45 “For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:  (43)  I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.  (44)  Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?  (45)  Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.”

He has so associated Himself with us in our fallen state, that it is our privilege to so associate with Him in victory. That was the infinite cost necessary for God to place enmity in the heart of man, and that enmity is nothing less than victory over Satan. The first promise of victory over the enemy of souls  is secured for us in Christ alone. When that promise was given to Eve, all mankind was that woman’s seed. It is true that Christ alone is that seed, and that woman is both symbolic of heaven and a church, but yet it also constitutes a literal seed from a literal woman which would come in literal flesh. It is only by faith (see Gal. 3:26) in that seed that we may be called overcomers, and who are overcomers except the children of God? That divine seed of God taking flesh has enjoined all flesh that believes into this wonderful promise of victory:

1 John 5:4-5 “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.  (5)  Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?”

Therefore to overcome the devil is given to Christ alone, by whom all things came, and it is never given to any other to overcome. Yet to exclude man altogether from this promise is to exclude him from the victory that can be found alone in that seed by faith. That would be a sharp contradiction to the Scripture! The Word of God abundantly testifies that man can overcome in the power of God found in Christ:

Revelation 3:21 “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.”

Revelation 2:26  “And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:”

Notice also that those who overcome are those who keep the works of Christ. To keep the works of Christ is to be a partaker of that seed by faith, and it is nothing less than keeping the commandments of God. It is the manifest works of Christ in our flesh only in connection to Christ, but there is no connection to man at all unless the Word is dwelling in our flesh, by which it is made to fulfill those works in the flesh. It is only this way that we can become living epistles of the gospel of Christ:

2 Corinthians 3:2-3  Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:  (3)  Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. And we must understand also that God has shut out the promise of overcoming to any flesh at all independent of faith in the Son of man. Notice the following:

Romans 9:8  That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.

Galatians 3:29  And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

The Scripture calls those who believe “the remnant of her [the woman’s] seed [which is Christ]”, and “if ye be Christ’s” then you are included in that “seed”; overcoming is the gospel promise of what God will do in your flesh.

1 John 3:9  “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.”  This is the only way at all that we may overcome as Christ overcame: by faith.

John 6:27-29  “Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.  (28)  Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?  (29)  Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.”

Therefore, because that divine seed was made flesh, that same seed which would come in literal flesh of Adam, by faith dwelling in our hearts [who are of the flesh of Adam], is nothing less than the Word of God which takes root, and causes us to triumph gloriously.

1 Corinthians 15:45  And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

It is by Christ, “the last Adam”, that the promise was achieved; it is by faith in Him, that it shall be also achieved in us. Since He has so enjoined Himself with us in all things pertaining to this life, let us be joined to Him in the life to come. He has been made sin for us. He has been made our death. He has gone to the greatest depths to save us from hell. Now we may seem Him as our righteousness, and we may be “made the righteousness of God in Him” (2nd Cor. 5:21).

He has been made our life. He is made our victory, and we are made to overcome, even as He overcome through faith. He is made man’s reconciled sonship with God. He has been made all things for the sake of all men, that by all means in the will of God, He might bring all who believe back into heavenly communion with God at His throne. No wonder the glorious question is set forth by the apostle:

Romans 8:35-39  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  (36)  As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.  (37)  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.  (38)  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  (39)  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 16:20  …the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

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