Yet for us, there is one God, the Father, from whom all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.
1 Corinthians 8: 6 (ESV)
The choice words of passage used by the Apostle Paul in this verse are critical to understanding its powerfully embracing message. These keywords, from whom, for whom, and through whom, while differing in implication, form an intimate spiritual bond between God the Father, Christ Jesus, and we, their beloved children. It subtly suggests that we are to be considered forever-connected companions in loving communion. These words also imply our right-of-passage, as citizens, of the kingdom of God. They essentially mean that we were born into kingdom citizenship.
Christ Jesus is then our righteous gateway to the Father, our Royal Proxy and Holy Ambassador, a Regel Representative of the highest order. Even the Holy Spirit, who is our designated spiritual mentor, specifically prepares us to draw near to God through Christ Jesus. Yet Christ Jesus is even more intimately involved in our personal welfare; he is our personal Savior who thankfully, for a time, lived a human existence amongst his own creation. He is then a true God of the People through whom we have our existence. He saved our birthright unselfishly taking human iniquity upon his own shoulders that we would be saved from the consequences of our own transgressions. Only true love and unequivocal devotion fuel that kind of resolve.
He created the entire universe that we would have an intimate fellowship with God the Father as royal citizens of his vast unending kingdom. He understands us and empathizes with us, but most importantly he loves us dearly. He lovingly filters and clarifies our thoughts and prayers by adding meaning we embrace but can never ably express. And through his grace, he lovingly conveys his power and authority to our deepest needs and desires. Thank God for Christ Jesus!
He is with us at this very moment attending to our wellbeing. If we believe in him, abide in him and obey him he will faithfully cleanse us and purify us before God, the Father as we bring glory to the Fathers name (see John 15: 7-11). He will watch over us, protect us, and nourish us. And he will do all this for eternity because we were born for the Father’s loving companionship and to bring honor and glory to his righteous name.
Dear Lord Jesus, thankfully, you make certain that we can’t go around you, over you, or under you, only through you, in order to commune with God. Thank you for opening the Gates of Heaven for us and showing us The Way in. Amen.
A F Fischer