5. The Highest Point of God’s Gospel
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Scripture Reading: Eph. 3:9; 1:10; Gen. 1:26, 28; John 1:1, 12-14; Rom. 8:3; 1:3-4; 8:16, 29
Eph 3:9          And to enlighten all that they may see what the economy of the mystery is, which throughout the ages has been hidden in God, who created all things,
Eph 1:10        Unto the economy of the fullness of the times, to head up all things in Christ, the things in the heavens and the things on the earth, in Him;
Gen 1:26        And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of heaven and over the cattle and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.
Gen 1:28        And God blessed them; and God said to them, Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of heaven and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.
John 1:1        In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:12       But as many as received Him, to them He gave the authority to become children of God, to those who believe into His name,
John 1:13       Who were begotten not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
John 1:14       And the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us (and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only Begotten from the Father), full of grace and reality.
Rom 8:3         For that which the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God, sending His own Son in the likeness of the flesh of sin and concerning sin, condemned sin in the flesh,
Rom 1:3         Concerning His Son, who came out of the seed of David according to the flesh,
Rom 1:4         Who was designated the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness out of the resurrection of the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord;
Rom 8:16       The Spirit Himself witnesses with our spirit that we are children of God.
Rom 8:29       Because those whom He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the Firstborn among many brothers;
 
I.     The eternal God in His eternity had a “dream” according to the desire of His heart, and He made a plan, which in the New Testament is called God’s economy—Eph. 1:4-5, 9-10; 3:9; 1 Tim. 1:4:
Eph 1:4          Even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world to be holy and without blemish before Him in love,
Eph 1:5          Predestinating us unto sonship through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,
Eph 1:9          Making known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Himself,
Eph 1:10        Unto the economy of the fullness of the times, to head up all things in Christ, the things in the heavens and the things on the earth, in Him;
Eph 3:9          And to enlighten all that they may see what the economy of the mystery is, which throughout the ages has been hidden in God, who created all things,
1 Tim 1:4        Nor to give heed to myths and unending genealogies, which produce questionings rather than God's economy, which is in faith.
 
A.     God becoming man and man becoming God is the economy of God—Rom. 8:3; 1:3-4; 8:16, 29.
Rom 8:3         For that which the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God, sending His own Son in the likeness of the flesh of sin and concerning sin, condemned sin in the flesh,
Rom 1:3         Concerning His Son, who came out of the seed of David according to the flesh,
Rom 1:4         Who was designated the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness out of the resurrection of the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord;
Rom 8:16       The Spirit Himself witnesses with our spirit that we are children of God.
Rom 8:29       Because those whom He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the Firstborn among many brothers;
 
B.     The eternal economy of God is God’s eternal intention with His heart’s desire to dispense Himself in His Divine Trinity as the Father in the Son by the Spirit into His chosen people to be their life and nature so that they might be the same as He is for His fullness, His expression—2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 3:16-19.
2 Cor 13:14    The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
Eph 3:16        That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit into the inner man,
Eph 3:17        That Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith, that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
Eph 3:18        May be full of strength to apprehend with all the saints what the breadth and length and height and depth are
Eph 3:19        And to know the knowledge-surpassing love of Christ, that you may be filled unto all the fullness of God.
 
C.     God’s eternal economy is to make man the same as He is in life and nature but not in the Godhead and to make Himself one with man and man one with Him, thus to be enlarged and expanded in His expression, that all His divine attributes may be expressed in human virtues—1 Tim. 1:3-4; Eph. 3:9; 1:10.
1 Tim 1:3        Even as I exhorted you, when I was going into Macedonia, to remain in Ephesus in order that you might charge certain ones not to teach different things
1 Tim 1:4        Nor to give heed to myths and unending genealogies, which produce questionings rather than God's economy, which is in faith.
Eph 3:9          And to enlighten all that they may see what the economy of the mystery is, which throughout the ages has been hidden in God, who created all things,
Eph 1:10        Unto the economy of the fullness of the times, to head up all things in Christ, the things in the heavens and the things on the earth, in Him;
 
 
D.     At the end of this age, we are teaching and preaching the truth that God became a man in order to make man God, the same as He is in life and nature but not in the Godhead; it is a great blessing to hear this truth—John 1:12-14.
John 1:12       But as many as received Him, to them He gave the authority to become children of God, to those who believe into His name,
John 1:13       Who were begotten not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
John 1:14       And the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us (and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only Begotten from the Father), full of grace and reality.
 
II.   God created us for the accomplishment of His economy, with the intention that we would become God in life and nature but not in the Godhead for His expression—Rev. 4:11; Eph. 1:4-5; John 1:12-13:
Rev 4:11        You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive the glory and the honor and the power, for You have created all things, and because of Your will they were, and were created.
Eph 1:4          Even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world to be holy and without blemish before Him in love,
Eph 1:5          Predestinating us unto sonship through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,
John 1:12       But as many as received Him, to them He gave the authority to become children of God, to those who believe into His name,
John 1:13       Who were begotten not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
 
A.     God has a heart’s desire and a purpose; that is, God wants to make Himself man and to make man God so that the two—God and man—might be the same in life, nature, and expression—vv. 1, 12-14; Rom. 8:3; 1:3-4; 8:16, 29.
John 1:1        In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:12       But as many as received Him, to them He gave the authority to become children of God, to those who believe into His name,
John 1:13       Who were begotten not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
John 1:14       And the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us (and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only Begotten from the Father), full of grace and reality.
Rom 8:3         For that which the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God, sending His own Son in the likeness of the flesh of sin and concerning sin, condemned sin in the flesh,
Rom 1:3         Concerning His Son, who came out of the seed of David according to the flesh,
Rom 1:4         Who was designated the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness out of the resurrection of the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord;
Rom 8:16       The Spirit Himself witnesses with our spirit that we are children of God.
Rom 8:29       Because those whom He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the Firstborn among many brothers;
 
B.     God created the universe, making His heart’s desire—man—the center; this heart’s desire is nothing less than one who is the same kind as God is, one who would reproduce and fill the whole earth—Gen. 1:26, 28.
Gen 1:26        And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of heaven and over the cattle and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.
Gen 1:28        And God blessed them; and God said to them, Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of heaven and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.
 
C.     God created man in His image and according to His likeness (v. 26); therefore, man was not created according to his own kind but according to God’s kind:
Gen 1:26        And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of heaven and over the cattle and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.
1.      God did not create mankind; rather, He created man according to God’s kind—v. 26.
Gen 1:26        And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of heaven and over the cattle and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.
2.      From God’s point of view, the word mankind is a negative term, for there should be no mankind, only the man created by God as God’s kind.
3.      After the fall, man separated himself from God and became mankind.
 
D.     Eventually, God became a man, the God-man Jesus, and this God-man, through His death and resurrection, reproduced Himself—John 12:24; Rom. 8:29; Heb. 2:10-11:
John 12:24     Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless the grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
Rom 8:29       Because those whom He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the Firstborn among many brothers;
Heb 2:10        For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and through whom are all things, in leading many sons into glory, to make the Author of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
Heb 2:11        For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of One, for which cause He is not ashamed to call them brothers,
1.      God became a man in order to have a mass reproduction of Himself and therefore produce a new kind; this new kind is neither God’s kind nor mankind—it is God-man kind—Rom. 8:16, 29; Heb. 2:10-11.
Rom 8:16       The Spirit Himself witnesses with our spirit that we are children of God.
Rom 8:29       Because those whom He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the Firstborn among many brothers;
Heb 2:10        For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and through whom are all things, in leading many sons into glory, to make the Author of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
Heb 2:11        For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of One, for which cause He is not ashamed to call them brothers,
2.      As believers in Christ, we are God-man kind, God-men—John 1:12-13.
John 1:12       But as many as received Him, to them He gave the authority to become children of God, to those who believe into His name,
John 1:13       Who were begotten not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
3.      What God wants today is a large group of God-men; this group of God-men is the one new man, the corporate God-man bearing the image of God for the expression of God—Eph. 2:15; 4:24; Col. 3:10-11.
Eph 2:15        Abolishing in His flesh the law of the commandments in ordinances, that He might create the two in Himself into one new man, so making peace,
Eph 4:24        And put on the new man, which was created according to God in righteousness and holiness of the reality.
Col 3:10         And have put on the new man, which is being renewed unto full knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,
Col 3:11         Where there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all and in all.
 
III.  In Christ God and man have become one entity, the God-man—Luke 1:35; John 1:14; Matt. 1:18, 20-23:
Luke 1:35       And the angel answered and said to her, The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore also the holy thing which is born will be called the Son of God.
John 1:14       And the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us (and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only Begotten from the Father), full of grace and reality.
Matt 1:18       Now the origin of Jesus Christ was in this way: His mother, Mary, after she had been engaged to Joseph, before they came together, was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit.
Matt 1:20       But while he pondered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife, for that which has been begotten in her is of the Holy Spirit.
Matt 1:21       And she will bear a son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins.
Matt 1:22       Now all this has happened so that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be fulfilled, saying,
Matt 1:23       "Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel" (which is translated, God with us).
 
A.     Because the Lord Jesus was conceived of the divine essence and born of the human essence, He was born a God-man; hence, for His being as the God-man He had two essences—the divine essence and the human essence—v. 18.
Matt 1:18       Now the origin of Jesus Christ was in this way: His mother, Mary, after she had been engaged to Joseph, before they came together, was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit.
 
B.     The conception of the Holy Spirit in a human virgin constituted a mingling of the divine nature with the human nature, producing the God-man, the One who is both the complete God and a perfect man—Luke 1:35.
Luke 1:35       And the angel answered and said to her, The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore also the holy thing which is born will be called the Son of God.
 
C.     As a perfect man and the complete God, the God-man has the human nature with its virtues to contain God and express Him with the divine attributes.
 
IV.  Initially, the Bible speaks of the God-man; today this God-man has become the God-men—Rom. 1:3-4; 8:16, 29; Heb. 2:10-11:
Rom 1:3         Concerning His Son, who came out of the seed of David according to the flesh,
Rom 1:4         Who was designated the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness out of the resurrection of the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord;
Rom 8:16       The Spirit Himself witnesses with our spirit that we are children of God.
Rom 8:29       Because those whom He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the Firstborn among many brothers;
Heb 2:10        For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and through whom are all things, in leading many sons into glory, to make the Author of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
Heb 2:11        For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of One, for which cause He is not ashamed to call them brothers,
 
A.     The Lord Jesus, the first God-man, is the prototype for the producing of the many God-men (1 Pet. 2:21); the many God-men are His reproduction.
1 Pet 2:21      For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered on your behalf, leaving you a model so that you may follow in His steps;
 
B.     God became man (Rom. 8:3) to have a mass reproduction of Himself and thereby to produce a new kind (v. 29; Heb. 2:10); this new kind is God-man kind.
Rom 8:3         For that which the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God, sending His own Son in the likeness of the flesh of sin and concerning sin, condemned sin in the flesh,
Rom 8:29       Because those whom He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the Firstborn among many brothers;
Heb 2:10        For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and through whom are all things, in leading many sons into glory, to make the Author of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
 
C.     The Lord Jesus, the God-man, was a grain of wheat falling into the ground in order to produce many grains as His reproduction—John 12:24:
John 12:24     Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless the grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
1.      The first grain—the first God-man—was the prototype, and the many grains—the many God-men—produced by this one grain through death and resurrection are the reproduction of the first God-man.
2.      The many grains, as the many God-men, are the reproduction of God:
a.      Such a reproduction makes God happy because they look like Him, speak like Him, and live like Him—1 John 3:2; 4:17b; 2:6.
1 John 3:2      Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not yet been manifested what we will be. We know that if He is manifested, we will be like Him because we will see Him even as He is.
1 John 4:17b  … because even as He is, so also are we in this world.
1 John 2:6      He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk even as He walked.
b.      God is in this reproduction; His reproduction has His life, His nature, and His constitution.
3.      God sent His Son to be a man and to live a God-man life by the divine life; this kind of living issues in a universal great man who is exactly the same as He is—a corporate man living a God-man life by the divine life—John 6:57.
John 6:57       As the living Father has sent Me and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also shall live because of Me.
 
D.     We need to see that we are God-men, born of God, possessing the life and nature of God, and belonging to the species of God—1:12-13:
John 1:12       But as many as received Him, to them He gave the authority to become children of God, to those who believe into His name,
John 1:13       Who were begotten not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
1.      As children of God, we are God-men; we are the same as the One of whom we are born—1 John 3:1; 5:1.
1 John 3:1      Behold what manner of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and we are. Because of this the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
1 John 5:1      Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been begotten of God, and everyone who loves Him who has begotten loves him also who has been begotten of Him.
2.      Since we have been born of God, we may say, and even we should say, that we are God in life and in nature but not in the Godhead.
3.      To think of ourselves as God-men, knowing and realizing who we are, revolutionizes us in our daily experience—2:20; 3:1-2; 5:13, 20.
1 John 2:20    And you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know.
1 John 3:1      Behold what manner of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and we are. Because of this the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
1 John 3:2      Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not yet been manifested what we will be. We know that if He is manifested, we will be like Him because we will see Him even as He is.
1 John 5:13    I have written these things to you that you may know that you have eternal life, to you who believe into the name of the Son of God.
1 John 5:20    And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding that we might know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.
4.      We are not merely Christians or believers in Christ—we are God-men, Godman kind, the reproduction of God; this is the highest point of God’s gospel—John 12:24; Rom. 8:16, 29; Heb. 2:10-11.
John 12:24     Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless the grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
Rom 8:16       The Spirit Himself witnesses with our spirit that we are children of God.
Rom 8:29       Because those whom He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the Firstborn among many brothers;
Heb 2:10        For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and through whom are all things, in leading many sons into glory, to make the Author of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
Heb 2:11        For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of One, for which cause He is not ashamed to call them brothers,
 
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