Commended in Christ
Basket of Figs, January, 2004
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. –Rom. 5:8
This answer shows that Jesus was going to the Father, and that He was the way by which they also could come unto the Father. The disciples understood because Philip asked, “We will be satisfied, Lord, if you show us the Father.” Although Philip understood that Jesus was returning to His Father, Philip did not understand the true nature of God and the Lord Jesus.
Jesus replied, “Have I been so long with you and you still don’t know me? He that has seen me has seen the Father. Why do you say, “Show us the Father”? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father in me?”
Jesus, then, is the one who gives concrete meaning to the idea of God. Not only that, but His claims are so absolute and total that there is no wiggle room left: we worship the Father in Jesus Christ, or we do not worship God at all.
1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high. –Heb. 1:1-3
In God there is perfect union, the three Persons in the Oneness of God. In this unity the Second Person, the eternal Son of God, was incarnate in Jesus of Nazareth, who lived and died and rose again. After His resurrection He ascended as the God/Man into heaven, to His Father, where He reigns over all things [Eph. 2] until the time appointed for Him to return to resurrect the dead, judge the world, and take us to be with Him forever.
Any dream of God that is not in Jesus Christ is vanity and lifeless. Dead people worship dead gods with a dead faith, bring forth dead works that are praised by people as dead as themselves. It is Jesus Christ who is the Son of the Living God. Without Him there is death and decay as far as you can see.