(Continued from the 4th part…)
5) The Word is a celestial Personage. “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God” [Colossians 3:1]. ‘Risen’ is the Greek sunegeiro (soon-eg-ei’-ro) ‘1. to rouse (from death) in company with 2. (figuratively) to revivify (spiritually) in resemblance to.’ Death is conquered by the Word of God, resulting in one’s spiritual revivification. The word ‘above’ is ano (an’-o), meaning: ‘upward or on the top.’ You have heard of being ‘born again’ all the time, right? This ano is the root word for ‘again,’ anothen (an’-o-then) ‘1. from above 2. (by analogy) from the first 3. (by implication) anew.’ It says that Christ ‘sitteth’ which is kathemai (kath’-ay-mai) 1. to sit down 2. (figuratively) to remain, reside.’ Jesus, from eternity past to eternal existence to come, has His divine residence in the celestial assizes of the Rainbow Administration of the Almighty.
Jesus on His ascending way to the right hand of Majesty
What the ‘right hand’ betokens is found in Luke 22:69 “Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God.” God is Almighty, right? How great is Almighty? Indescribable. That is the power that the Word of God wields. Unquestionably an ineffability! The great power of God engenders latria obeisance. 1Peter chapter 3 in the last part of verse 21 and the 22nd read: “by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: 22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.” Now the word, ‘subject’ is hupotasso (hoop-ot-as’-so) ‘1. to subordinate 2. (reflexively) to obey.’ We know that the only One all in heaven is in subjection to is the LORD God, Himself; none else! Jesus receives latria due only to the Almighty. Is He Almighty? Find it out in Revelation 1:8. What is the Greek for ‘Almighty?’ it is pantokrator (pan-tok-rat’-ore) ‘he who holds sway over all things; the all-ruling, i.e. God (as absolute and universal sovereign).’
Pantokratōr (pan-tok-rat’-ore) comes from pas (pas): ‘all, any, every, the whole;’ and kratos (krat’-os): ‘vigor [“great”], (literally or figuratively).’ The word ‘Almighty’ is exclusively of Jehovah in Scripture. Its Hebraic couch (48 times) is shadday (shad-dah’-ee): ‘almighty, most powerful; Shaddai, the Almighty (of God).’ Fifty-seven times is its occurrence in Scripture. Nine times in the Greek New Testament and ten times –when you add ‘omnipotent’ of Revelation 19:6 which is the same Pantokratōr– bringing the total number of ‘Almighty’ to 58. Not one creature has the biblical description of Almighty. Note the article ‘the’ qualifying ‘Almighty.’ He did not say it by the employment of an indefinite article “an Almighty” or “one of those called Almighty.” The use of ‘the’ definite is a pointer to a particularly known Entity. Since the Creator alone is “The Almighty,” the Scripture “I and my Father are one,” becomes so limpidly couched. Selah!
“He that hath seen me hath seen the Father” John 14:9
For this reason, Colossians 3:2 enjoins, “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth”. ‘Affection’ is phroneo (fron-eh’-o) ‘1. to exercise the mind, i.e. entertain or have a sentiment or opinion 2. (by implication) to be (mentally) disposed (more or less earnestly in a certain direction) 3. (intensively) to interest oneself in (with concern or obedience).’ How important is the Word? Colossians 3:3 informs: “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” This is a double insurance. Of what benefit this eternal Word is to us is couched here in Colossians 3:4 “When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.” Is Christ eternal? What happens to whoever finds himself in Him? He most certainly lives eternally as his Divine Host, is it not? Certainly so! Amen!
Jesus knows that our life is hid in Him, ergo, He made the transpicuous statements of John 14:1 and John 6:40. “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me” [John 14:1]. “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day” [John 6:40]. Christ is the Eternity of God’s thought, will, strength and verbalism. And that is ineffably ponderous!
Get born again by saying this simple prayer.
“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”
(…to be concluded…)
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