Christ Jesus is the Head and we are His body. He is everything in everyone. His fullness is bestowed to us as His bountiful riches; we are given what He is Himself – the All in all. Christ is God’s reclamation project; in Him, all things are being restituted to their original state. In the ancient language used by the apostles, the term used to speak of the restitution of all things is the term “apokatastasis.” The One and Only is everything even in us.
This Christ mystery is God’s big picture. In the writings of the Enlightened Paul, we read that we were chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4). Christ preexists all things; He is the Trinitarian Institution by which God makes Himself visible and sharable. The Eternal Love loved us into being. God’s eternal agenda is none other than the Eternal Christ. We thus see Christ as the Godhead and the entire cosmos within one Person; a co-existence and indissoluble oneness, a mutual indwelling, a union that is mystical in nature because it is a synergy of shared properties; union and communion between the uncreated and the created. This is what the time in which we are living consists of, described as the dispensation of the fullness of time.
“Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell” – Colossians 1:15-19
Christ is the One to whom all things are appointed. He is the exact image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15). In His incarnation, we find the visible expression of God in human form. He is called the first born of every creature because He preexists creation as the Premium Son. He is before creation; thus, He is over it. God created all things by the Christ, His Logos and Image. The preexistent Christ, uncreated with the Father as the Son in the communion of the Holy Spirit is the “arche” (origin) and “telos” (consummate end) of all creation. All things were created by, through, and for Him. Thus, all things in creation have been given an eternal purpose which is sourced in Him.
By Him all things consist, have their cohesion and continue to be held together and derive their being in Him. It will therefore be an ignorant argument to claim there are certain people who are not in this Christ. Christ is the will of God for creation. He is the template of our human nature. He images His Father and that Father-Son relation is the basis from which we are created – we’re created to share in that relation. That is our protology and the goal of our nature.
When man turned away from God, he introduced a diabolical resistance. He held unto his own thought, which is a foreign conceptualization regarding his existence and the purpose of the cosmos. He thus introduced a disruption in the cosmic harmony and failed to live as the Imago Dei because he refuses to see himself in the light in which God knows him. But this was foreseen by God. In the fullness of times, this Christ who preexists all things, the One by whom and for whom all things are created, the One by whom all things consist and have their cohesion, entered into His creation. He recapitulated the history of man, rectifying it, putting all things under the new heading of Christ, bringing about the great reunification, the “apokatastasis”. He reorders the human disorder and in restituting the Icon of God in man, He causes man to surpass His original value. Within this new humanity, He becomes the Head of the new Body – the Church.
Apostle Paul presents the dominion of Christ as the One who preexisted all things and who is the Creator Himself. Christ did not just actively create the cosmos, but He is the One who founded the very purpose of the entire cosmos, which is imaged in Him. When man deviated from that purpose, Christ entered into creation, fulfilled time and space through the incarnation by which He surpassed the fall, crucifixion by which He surpassed sin, resurrection by which He surpasses death, and His Ascension, by which He reunites heaven and earth, inaugurating the new Body known as the Church, which is the New Creation.
It pleased the Father that in Him all fullness should dwell (Colossians 1:19). This is the true nature of the Godhead Christologically considered.
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