I was discussing with a friend recently about the nature of Christ and as I listened to them talking and it occurred to me; the following trains of thought.....
1. Christ is lifted to equality with the Father through performance. That means Christ has INHERITED NOTHING from the Father, All the power, authority and life He has in himself. (underived, unborrowed!!!!). This also means that the Father is in actual fact not the father at all but simply a role played by a cooperative "other God", therefore, Christ is NOT the son as he is the other cooperative God in the plan of salvation and because they are two distinct beings, the Holy spirit cannot be shared by both and thus MUST be yet another Cooperative God. Hence the trinity! Christ here is lifted to such heights that we can no longer relate to him as our kinsman.
2. Christ was created and is thus inferior to the Father.... God was not always a Father . . . the Word of God was not always . . . [for] there was a time when he was not . . . neither is he like in essence to the Father; neither is he the true and natural Word of the Father; neither is he his true wisdom. . . . And the Father cannot be described by the Son, for the Word does not know the Father perfectly and accurately.
The two extremes including their variants are the results of leaving out a vital ingredient!!!!!!
Let me try to explain :-)
Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
It was in the image of the God head that Eve was brought forth from the substance of Adam (Genesis2:23)... He was made from the dust of the ground and God breathed into his nostrils and Adam became a living soul (Genesis 2:7), but Eve was made from the material of Adam and thus she was 'of ' Adam and thus we are referred to as the seed of Adam because all humanity came from this one seed (that of Adam) (Genesis5:1,2)
Galatians 4:1 Now I say, [That] the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;
The heir is recognized as "Lord of all" due to his relationship and origin in the father. Hence, the heir is equal to the father because the authority and kingdom over which the father has dominion over belongs to the son by birthright. It would therefore make sense why the prodigal son asked for his birthright while his father was still alive!!! (Luke 15:11,12) he claimed his right as heir.
Without this birthright or relationship with the father the son would have no claim to the fathers rights or attributes.
Proverbs 8:24 When [there were] no depths, I was brought forth; when [there were] no fountains abounding with water.
John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
John 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared [him].
As the son of God was brought forth in eternity past, He has, by virtue of his relationship with our Heavenly Father, access to all the authority and dominion and power which is the Father's and the Father freely bestows all these upon his only begotten son.(John5:26,27,30)
Thus it is written:
"1Corinthians 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman [is] the man; and the head of Christ [is] God. "
The channel of blessing as depicted above is the missing ingredient which causes the extremes that I shared above in points 1 and 2. Without the channel of blessing we misrepresent the relationship between Father and Son and both extremes cause the same result.......
A Christ with whom humanity cannot relate!!!!
why are people walking out the back door of the church today? because scripture is powerless without Christ as its foundation in the correct context!!!
You cannot expect for someone to share something with you which they don't have. I cannot give you a drink if I do not have one to give you.... thus our flock cannot receive the bread and water of life if those speaking from the pulpit do not have it....
I can only share from my experience. I cannot share of an experience which I have not had!!!!!
Thus Satan's greatest work is to distort the role and position of Christ to keep people from relating to him and being saved
Let us please pray that we do not step outside of the channel of blessing when we share the truth and our experience with others, that their hearts may be drawn to the Son of God who is our head and His Father who is Christ's head so that all things may come to an end and Christ can resume the position that he had before all this began!!!! (1 Corinthians 15:28)
Forgive me if I have not kept it simple :-)