The Mystery: Christ Jesus HimselfHandbook 5: Article 7 - Making Full The Word of God

"... in Whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge."

Colossians 2:2, 3

Scripture tells us that the mystery that is Christ began at the beginning:

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. This One was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him; and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it..."

John 1:1-4

"And He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation."

Colossians 1:15

The Word also tells us that the mystery that is "Christ in us, the hope of glory", also began at the beginning:

"Then God said, 'Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness...' And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him..."

Genesis 1:26, 27

The Psalmist writes:

"When I see Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers,
The moon and the stars, which Thou hast appointed;
What is man, that Thou dost remember him?
And the son of man that Thou dost care for him?
Yet Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels,
And dost crown him with glory and majesty!"

Psalm 8:3-5

"'I know the plans that I have (Lit. am planning) for you, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope,' declares the Lord the Lord. 'Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. And I will be found by you...'"

Jeremiah 29:11-13, 14

"...God has chosen you in the beginning for salvation in sanctification of the Spirit and faith in the truth. And it was for this He called you through the gospel to the gaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ."

2 Thessalonians 2:13, 14

"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us..."

"The Son of God became man to enable men to become sons of God. We do not know -- anyway, I do not know -- how things would have worked out if the human race had never rebelled against God and joined the enemy. Perhaps every man would have been 'in Christ' -- would have shared the life of the Son of God, from the moment he was born. Perhaps the natural life would have been drawn up into the created life, at once, and as a matter of course. But that is guesswork. You and I are concerned with the way things are now. "And the present state of things is this. The two kinds of life are now not only different (they would always have been that) but actually opposed."

C.S. Lewis

"...and we beheld His glory... "

John 1:14

I was just about to confess in writing that I have never beheld His glory, when a burst of knowing (seeing) filled me with such a shining splendor that although I do not understand or perceive its meaning at this moment I must boldly state it here:

The "Word of God" is not a "what," The Word of God is a "Who"!

And for the first time I noticed {saw, became aware of ) this:

"... and the Word was God."

The Apostle John was shown this in a vision:

"And I saw heaven opened; and behold a white horse, and He who sat upon it is called Faithful and True; and in righteousness He judges and wages war. And His eyes are a flame of fire, and upon His head are many diadems; and He has a name written which no one knows except Himself. And He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood; and His name is called The Word of God."

Revelation 19:11-14

Other Scriptures also "speak" of this:

"God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son... And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, upholding all things by the word of His power..."

Hebrews 1:1-3

And for the first time the "light of the gospel of the glory of Christ" begins to dawn on me! And I have been granted permission to press on and my astonished heart is filled with thanksgiving!

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