Contact: the state of meeting or communicating
Unarguably, the coming of Christ to this earth was the most important event in post-creational history. He came to save us from ourselves – to unite us with the Father, through Him, for all of eternity.
In order to have that happen, we have to come in contact with Jesus. We can’t do that with our five senses, which are but elements of our flesh. Christ is a Spirit, as is His Father.
Jesus petitioned for, and God provided us with, the Holy Spirit so that through our connection between the Spirit and the piece of God our Creator planted within each of us (our spirit), we could make that contact. We make it through Holy Spirit-enabled prayer, in the course of revelation from observing Jesus’ life, and by making His word the light by which we live. Doing that, we can have the intimate experience of Christ in order to receive His grace in this world and beyond.
He laid His life down so that we might once again be part of His Father’s temple – where God Himself resides. This new series then, is about that journey to full contact…
In the beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself. He was present originally with God. All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him was not even one thing made that has come into being. In Him was life, and the Life was the Light of men. Jn. 1:1 – 4. AMP
The Word existed prior to any physical beginning – no universe or inhabitants thereof. Christ is the eternal Word that God spoke to create everything. Jesus in turn, spoke about the Father to us. He made contact.
The Word was with God, so He was distinct from His Father and yet in complete harmony because they were distinctly alone with each other – creating in unison.
The word was God. This is the cornerstone of the Trinitarian concept. Whether or not you accept that man-made treatise has no real consequences, as the complete understanding of the scriptural root of it is beyond our present ability to fully understand it. Nonetheless, according to the word of God (which by faith we must see as the unequivocal truth in order to be His child), Christ shares the powers of God (Heb. 1:3), He holds the entire universe together, God redeems the universe and its inhabitants through His Son and Jesus is the exact likeness of His Father. (Col. 1:15 – 20.)
God is a Spirit being, as is the Holy Spirit. The pre-incarnate Christ was also a Spirit being but is now a Spirit (God)-Man, the nature of which is beyond our comprehension. All Three share equal Divine attributes and exist within a unique harmonious relationship.
The Father puts forth His designs, which are created by the Son. Christ reveals God. The Holy Spirit reveals Christ and brings the spark of life to His creations. Similarly, God planned for our redemption, Jesus made it available on the cross, and the Holy Spirit imparts that salvation to God’s children.
There was a 1700’s theologian (Edward Swedenborg) who explained the ‘Trinity’ in this fashion: Jesus is the Son of God; and because God is infinite and cannot divide Himself without being finite, He must exist in Christ. After Jesus was resurrected, He re-arranged His human mind and body (was ‘glorified’) and became the God-Man. Prior to this glorification, Jesus’ human elements were not yet divine, which was why He spoke as if He and His Father were separate. But afterwards, God embodied Christ so that man could approach Him in his fallen state. Finally, Swedenborg taught that the Father was the Divine Soul, living in Christ (the Divine body), which proceeds out through the Holy Spirit (Divine love and wisdom) to work the salvation of man. Makes sense to me.
This first scripture also says that Jesus is the ‘light of men.’ The prophet Micah said:
He will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold His righteous deliverance. Mic. 7:9 AMP
Micah was speaking of God, who was going to bring His ‘light’ (Christ) for the deliverance of man.
See too how God prophesied over the baby Jesus regarding the same, through a man named Simeon when the Christ child was presented at the Temple:
“For my eyes have seen Your salvation which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, a light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel.” Luke 2:30 – 32. NKJV
A ‘light’ for all peoples of this earth. Can you see the immeasurable magnitude of who Jesus is and who and what He represents? It’s mind-boggling. As we get to know Christ, our contact begins…
Goodnight and God bless.