THE COSMIC CHRIST
His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms according to His eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. In Him and through faith in Him, we may approach God with freedom and confidence. I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory (Eph. 3: 10-13).
God’s plan, it seems, is even bigger than bringing Jew and Gentile together under the Lordship of Christ, as powerful as that is. Through the church, that is, Jew and Gentile bonded together as a new family under the headship of Jesus, God will reveal His many-coloured or variegated wisdom to the powers and authorities that have defied and opposed Him since the rebellion of Satan at the beginning of creation.
In the Garden of Eden, Satan lied to the woman and lured the first pair into blatant rebellion and disobedience by calling in question the character of God. Through this one act of defiance, the entire human race was barred from enjoying the presence of God, from access to Him as their Father, and from experiencing the blessings of fellowship with Him and receiving His favour as His children.
Through His life, death and resurrection, Jesus took the punishment for man’s rebellion, reversed the curse of sin on the human race and reinstated all those who believe in Him as children of God, with the right of access to the Father restored. With the penalty of sin removed and the threat of punishment no longer hanging over us, we have the freedom and confidence to approach the Father because He has stretched out the golden sceptre to receive us.
Why do we call Jesus “the cosmic Christ”? He is not just an insignificant Jewish deity but the Son of the living God, the Creator of the ends of the earth and the sustainer of all things. Satan deceived the representatives of humankind, in full view and with the support of the rebellious angels and lured them into believing his lie. Paul called them “rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms”. They are the powerful and influential spirit beings who have led the whole world astray.
God has chosen, through the church – which is the body of Christ and the visible evidence of the wisdom and power of God – to vindicate His name by justifying and reinstating His children to sonship through the death of His Son. Satan believed that, by manipulating the religious and political powers to kill His Son, he would get rid of the one person who could expose him and bring about his downfall. Fool that he was, he did not understand that he had played right into God’s hands!
By getting Jesus killed for no sin of His own, Satan proved that he was the liar, not God, and sealed his own doom and the doom of all those who side with him, both human and angelic. He insinuated to Eve that God was lying when He said they would die if they disobeyed His instruction. The devil promised them god-like knowledge of good and evil. He suggested that they could call the shots and get away with it. They did not need to submit to God’s authority. They could set up their own, not realising that Satan’s ploy was to get them to submit to his authority until it was too late.
Paul wrote to the church at Rome of the eager expectation of the cosmos, waiting for God to pull back the curtain and reveal, once and for all, His masterpiece, the church of the Lord Jesus Christ, sons and daughters of God who have been redeemed and perfected through the sacrifice of His Son. In that instant, the effects of the death of Jesus will be felt in the entire universe. God will restore everything that was disrupted by sin to its original perfection. The revelation of God’s sons and daughters will trigger this cosmic event.
The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creations was subject to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God (Rom. 8: 19-21).
Yes, Jesus is indeed the cosmic Christ – redeeming and restoring all of creation from the devil’s grasp and influence to reset God plan to His original intention, the entire universe of animate and inanimate creation functioning together in perfect unity and harmony to reveal, once and for all to the rebellious angelic hosts that God is one, and that He is in fact, in charge. Satan and his minions will be banished and destroyed in the place prepared for them and we shall reign with Jesus forever and ever.
Scripture is taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
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