God’s Word say there is a narrow road that leads to eternal life with the Father (Matt 7:13-14). Yesterday we examined “that no lie is of the truth”. John further tells us that lies that paint Jesus in any light other than Son, Savior and Lord comes from antichrist. “Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.” (1 John 2:22-23) To deny that Jesus is the Christ is to deny the Father and the Son.
When our Lord gathered with His own, He Himself reveals to us something of the wondrous relationship that has eternally existed between the Father and the Son. We know that in the beginning was God—God in three persons: Father, Son, and Spirit. The supreme characteristic of God is that He loves: God is love. Therefore, the Father loved the Son, and it was always the Father’s delight to take the fullness in Himself and, through the eternal Spirit, to give it to the Son. Love always gives, and God is forever giving. The Father gives of Himself to the Son. All that is in the Father is given to the Son through the Spirit. This is why Jesus said in the Upper Room Discourse, “All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you” (John 16:15).
But the Son also must love and give, for He too is God. This is where creation comes in, for John has told us, “All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.” (John l:3). This was done in order that all the fullness that is in Him, which the Father has given to Him, might be given to the whole creation, headed by man. Paul says, “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.” (Col 1:16). He is the full expression of the Father, and the creation is to be the full expression of the Son. Everything that we see about us, the universe in all its wonder of complicated structure, is but an expression of the life of the Son.
The whole program of creation was intended to be the Father, taking of the fullness that was in Him, and, through the eternal Spirit, imparting it to the Son. The Son, in turn, takes of the fullness that He has received, and, through the eternal Spirit, imparts it to humans by faith in Christ, and the whole creation to the end that the fullness may be reflected back in visible manifestation to the Father, and so the whole created world would glorify God. That is God’s design for the universe.
This program was interrupted by people’s deliberate choice to repudiate their dependence on the Son and to be their own god, to turn creation to their own purposes. Then the Spirit of God was removed from the spirit of humans, and they lost their ability to love God and their capacity to know God as Father. This is why the devil attacks so vehemently this truth that Jesus is the Christ. Through a denial of this, he can get at that secret, that relationship that God desires for His people, the glory of knowing the Father and His love.
But if we humble ourselves before the Lord, and have faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we have the Father, Son and Holy Spirit made manifest in us so that we have the ability to love one another. “Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.” (1 Jn 2:23) The tri-unity of God is a profound mystery. The three persons, eternally One, are a love-giving unity. Are we allowing Christ in us to continue His ministry of love so that God will be glorified?
Father, I thank You that everything that is in You—the fullness of the Father—is imparted to the Son, and everything that is in Him is available to me. All that I need for everything has been provided in Him. Lord, teach me to live on this level.