Have We Forgotten?

by Rev. Mason Dorsey

(Joh 1:1-3 NAU) “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.”

(Col 1:15-18 NAU) 15 “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities– all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. 18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.”

From the Apostles’ Creed:   “I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord…”

From the Nicene Creed:   “We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through Him all things were made.”

How much do we believe all of these statements of our faith in God? Sometimes we think of Jesus as bursting onto the scene with His incarnation. We celebrate God taking on human flesh in Jesus the Son as the beginning of Jesus’ involvement in our world. Somehow in the incarnation we diminish Jesus’ eternal nature, forgetting that He did not begin to exist at the incarnation, but as the Son of God has always existed. And as the Son of God, He has always been in existence to the point that He has never not existed. As the eternal Son of God, Jesus has done all that the Father has done, including every aspect of creation.

Drilling this down more, do we realize the co-eternal Son of God created man and woman and gave them to one another? The Hebrews properly describe God with the collective noun in Genesis 1 as God says, (Gen 1:26 NAU) Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness;…”

And walking through the Bible further, we read the moral rules for how man and woman relate to each other, given at Sinai and in subsequent meetings with Moses in the tabernacle. Do we realize Jesus was every bit as involved as the Father, the Spirit and Moses were?

Then, when Jesus became incarnate and dwelled among us, He said that He came not to dismiss the Law of Moses but to fulfill the Law and that not one iota of the law would disappear, but all the Law would be fulfilled completely. The priestly and cleanliness laws were completely fulfilled in His crucifixion and resurrection. The moral laws were and are still being fulfilled in us. We have to live the moral law and only by the work of Jesus and the Holy Spirit in us can those laws be fulfilled in us. Jesus has not changed the laws, but has changed the fulfillment of them from the sacrificial system to Himself and to the ongoing work of His Holy Spirit in us.

Our response is to let Him fulfill the law in us. Granted there are some things in the Law I’m pretty safe on and need a bit of Jesus’ help. I’m not planning on killing anyone. I’m not lying on my income taxes or cheating on my wife. Still, the finer points of those laws and fulfilling them to the perfect degree God asks, can only be done by Jesus living in me. But the goal is still the same, complete fulfillment, not ducking or dodging, or changing God’s law.

Why is He the One to do this? Because He’s the One, along with the Father and the Spirit who created all things and determined how all things should interact. If we don’t let Him, we have not followed Him, nor have we given ourselves to be His disciples. If we don’t let Him, then have we been saved by His blood and His resurrection?

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