THE DIVINE INTENTION REVEALED
“So also it is written, The first man Adam became a living soul. The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.” 1 Cor. 15:45
THE INCARNATION IS FIRST A REVELATION TO MAN OF MAN AS TO FIRST DIVINE INTENTION. It is therefore also a revelation of God, for perfect man is the image of God. In Jesus there has been revealed to the race God's purpose for every human being, a mind of royal and loyal love, and the activity of self-emptying service, as expressive of that loyalty. The greatest injunction laid upon Christian men by the writers of the New Testament is that of the apostle, “Have this mind in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." (Phil 2:5) His mind was the mind wholly actuated by the principle of love. It was submissive and regnant, submissive to the dominion of love, reigning in the power of love. (Rom. 15:5; 1 Cor. 2:16)
From this consideration of ideal man, there breaks upon the consciousness the truth concerning God. In Jesus, man finds Him for Whom he has been searching, and being unable to find, has created the false deities that have cursed his whole life. According to this revelation, God's knowledge is the knowledge of personal interest in all His creation. His affection joys in the joy of His people, and sorrows in the midst of their sorrows. His will is ever impulsed by this perfect affection, and operates within this intimate knowledge. These truths, too large for perfect comprehension, are yet recognized as the lines project from the unique Personality of Jesus into immensity. Through the Man Jesus, MAN HAS FOUND GOD. He had built upon his ruined nature a false conception of God, but now upon the perfect nature of the LAST ADAM (1 Cor. 15:45), man forms a correct idea of the infinite God. Jesus of Nazareth is perfect in His humanity. That humanity is the cornerstone, and if its lines are all carried forth, as in the case of the cornerstone of the pyramid, the whole fact will be included.
The value of the Incarnation then at once becomes apparent. Human misconceptions of God have created human hatred of God. The hatred of the human heart therefore is not hatred of the true God, for He is not known. In Christ He is revealed, and when men know Him as THE REVEALER, they love Him.
Much more of course needs to be said, as in the mission of Christ much more needed to be done, for though the light of Deity has perfectly shone in the Person of the Christ, man does not see it. Something must be done to quicken his intelligence, to open his eye. That, the Incarnation does not do. It provides the true view of God for the quickened intelligence. In the present article the subject is merely that of the Divine self-revelation, contained within the Incarnation. When man through the mystery of Atonement, is reconciled, and the miracle of regeneration is completed, then in the vision of God granted in Christ, he will also be reconciled in intelligence, in emotion, in will.
Thus the Incarnation has made provision for the reconciliation of the whole man, but into this reconciliation man will only pass as he becomes reconciled through the death of Jesus. When so reconciled, his FULL SALVATION will proceed through the harmonizing of the facts of his being, with the revelation of the possibilities thereof in the Man Jesus, under the constraint of the infinite love of God revealed also in Him. “If while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, shall we be saved by His life." (Rom 5:10)