Thursday, May 31, 2007

Christ is Everything: The "Door" that No One Can Close

Jesus said, “I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6. This is often understood very exclusively.
The message of “Christ is all” reconciling Jews, and Gentiles, and all things, into the one body of Christ back to the Father transforms the seemingly “exclusive” words, “I am the way”, into an absolutely inclusive and liberating message. [Colossians 3:11]. Through this One Body, through the Christ who is all, we all [Jews, Gentiles and all things] have access to the Father by one Spirit. [Ephesians 2:14,18].
“I am the way” is no longer seen as a narrow door excluding entrance to the Father now that we have the Pauline revelation that “Christ is all, and in all”. If Christ is everything, then everything is the Door. [John 10:9] Everything leads to God. Truth and Life are in everything. All things work together for the good bringing us to God.
Since there are no exceptions, this is absolutely inclusive.
Christ is all in all. All things are united in this one body, bringing us to God.
Yes, this Christ is revealed as the only way to God.
However, everything is included in Christ, who returns to the Father.
All is reconciled in this one body, bringing all back to God in Christ?
Given this revelation of the “Christ as all”, as the body who is filled with all things, who fills all things, and who is all things,… Given this revelation of Christ who is the only way,… now everything and anything is the path to God.
This is the one body [Ephesians 4:6].
Christ is all, and in all, and God is all in all, that we may be all… one.
Magnifying the Christ,
Dean Johnson

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