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Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Stewardship of the Mystery # 56

The Heavenly Man and The Word of God

Matthew 4:4; John 6:63, 68, 8:47, 14:10; 1 Peter 1:23, 25; Hebrews 4:12, 13; 1 John 4:17

You will notice that what is said in the first four of these passages arises out of the fact that the Lord Jesus was the Heavenly Man. In the temptation in the wilderness, as recorded in the passage in Matthew, we see that it was following the opening of the heavens and the attestation from the Father, "This is My beloved Son ..." that the enemy made his challenge to all that this designation of Christ as the Heavenly Man implied. "If Thou art the Son ..." The temptations had their foundation in the fact of the heavenliness of the Lord Jesus. In the passage in John's Gospel the same feature is seen. As we have already noted, John keeps in view the heavenliness of the Lord Jesus all the way through, from the first words of his gospel to the end. The challenge of the Lord Jesus carries that same meaning: "Believest thou not that I am in the Father ..." The Heavenly Man is brought before us at this point in relation to the Word of God.

We closed our previous meditation by dealing with the vital principle of redemption, and we were saying that that principle, which is eternal life, makes the redemption that is perfect in Christ, progressive in us. Redemption is introduced into us with the receiving of eternal life, and as the life operates, works, and increases, we come increasingly into the good of redemption. The real values of redemption become ours in experience by the operation of the life of the Redeemer in us, the Redeemer operating in us by His own life.

~T. Austin-Sparks~

(continued with # 57 - (Christ The Beginning of the Creation of God)

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