In this final installment of this series, we are going to finish examining what God said about your Jesus through the mouths of the apostles after His resurrection.
Continuing with the apostle Paul:
And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn of the dead, that in all things He may have preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. Col. 1:18 – 20. NKJV
For in the whole fullness of the Deity (the Godhead) continues to dwell in bodily form [giving complete expression of the divine nature]. And you are in Him, made full and having come to the full expression of life [in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – and reach full spiritual stature]. And He is the head of all rule and authority. Col. 2:9, 10. AMP
Old Testament prophets and Jesus raised others from the dead, but they all eventually died a natural death. Christ was the first to be raised to eternal life.
We see too that Jesus is both the focus point and ultimate authority of the church, whom through we are continually made presentable before God, by this divine indefinable amalgamation of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit who lives in us as well.
Are you seeing the unfathomable magnitude and desirability of your Jesus – your only connection to God?
For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all… 1 Tim. 2:5, 6. NKJV
Finally, let’s explore the post-resurrection Holy Spirit revelations sent through the apostle John. First, John sets the tone by showing us the glorified relationship we have available through Christ:
For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? 1 Jn. 5:4, 5. ESV
Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself…that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. Whoever has the Son has life… 1 Jn. 5:11, 12. ESV
…the One who was begotten by God carefully watches over and protects him [Christ’s divine presence within him preserves him against the evil], and the wicked one does not lay hold (get a grip) on him or touch [him]. 1 Jn. 5:18 AMP
Now we’ll make a big shift and observe Christ through the eyes of John as Jesus shows him how the world will end. First, we get to see Jesus as He looks now in His ascendant glory:
His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters…and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. Rv. 1:14 – 16. NKJV
And He placed His right hand on me saying, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living One; and I was dead, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.” Rv. 1:17, 18. NASB
The white hair suggests the wisdom of His Father (Dan. 7:9), the flaming eyes Jesus’ omniscience, His feet of brass omnipotence, and the voice demonstrating the power and authority to speak as God. (Ezek. 1:24)
Jesus was in the beginning God’s creative agent and Lord over life; and here at the last, He is Lord over death as well – victorious over the devil.
Jesus then speaks of seven actual churches (in John’s time) but His message is also metaphorical for all churches for all time – encouraging some, correcting others and warning those who make a mockery of His church. At the end of each description, Jesus tells us how He will reward those who throughout their lives remain in faith in and obedience to Him:
“To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.” Rv. 2:7 NKJV
” Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life…The one who conquers will not be hurt by the second death.” Rv. 2:10, 11. ESV
“To him who overcomes I will give some hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name which no one knows except him who receives it.” Rv. 2:17 NKJV
“The one who conquers and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations…And I will give him the morning star.” Rv. 2:26 & 28.
“He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.” Rev. 3:5 NKJV
“The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name.” Rv. 3:12 ESV
“To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne…” Rv. 3:21 NKJV
So, Jesus grants to His faithful: eternal life, heavenly blessings (manna), an acquittal from their transgressions (white stone), Himself (the morning star), His grace (white garments), a place within God’s temple in New Jerusalem as reflections of the Father and the Son and the ability to play out some part in His kingdom reign.
We turn now to the last day of the ‘tribulations’ – to the onset of Armageddon, and view our Champion:
Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called the Word of God. Rv. 19:11 -13. NKJV
From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron…And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.” RV. 19:15, 16. NASB
Jesus’ robe is dipped in atoning blood. (He hadn’t gone to battle just yet.) He then wipes out the devil’s minions with the sword in His mouth; i.e. by speaking only the word of God as His righteous weapon.
The devil is then bound for 1000 years; and Jesus’ rules over a peaceful earth filled with His followers and their descendants – some of whom rebel when Satan returns. Jesus kicks his butt and puts him down for eternity. At that point, time itself comes to an end.
All who did not accept Christ as their savior are resurrected for judgment and Jesus sends these ‘goats’ to join the devil for eternity.
Earth and the universe around it undergoes dramatic changes; and the children of God are led into eternal peace, joy, happiness and love…
Jesus then gives us His final invitation and encouragement at the very end of the Bible:
“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to everyone according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” Rv. 22:12, 13. NKJV
“He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly!” Rv. 22:20 NKJV
That’s your Jesus!
Goodnight and God bless.