Following are excerpts from an article in a recent issue of “Unsearchable Riches” magazine. This is actually an article written many years ago by Mr. Knoch, one of the founders of the magazine. Any wishing to subscribe to “Unsearchable Riches” can find information at www.Concordant.org This is, in my opinion, the best in-depth Bible study publication available.
Man’s mission is that of mediator between the various sections of creation. As God’s image and likeness he will reveal Him to other beings because he is like them also.
Every being, of course, is made for God, to worship Him. But man’s special function, in contrast to other creatures, is to represent God to all the rest so that they also may know and adore the Deity Who created them.
To take (his) place in the heavens, which is the lot of those who are saved in this administration of grace, calls for a great change in our body; a tremendous increase in spirit power which will enable us to represent Him to the celestial realms. Such is God’s grand program for mankind.
Adam and the race were created to represent Him to the lower creation on the earth as well as the higher creatures in the heavens. They fail to fulfill this in themselves, but will accomplish it in Christ.
The eons are only a preparation for our place in God’s purpose. Humble subjection to God is the goal of all men. … This gives us a clue to the character of our present experience and explains the suffering of the eons. Such training is essential for the work with which we will be entrusted.
We must be thoroughly humiliated in ourselves before God can exalt us in Christ. Mankind as it is today, self-seeking, proud, detesters of God, can never fulfill its function. … The only remedy is to let man manifest the fruits of his flesh in such a manner as to bring him down into the dust.
And closely related, from an article entitled “Grace and Glory” by William Mealand,
also from a recent issue of Unsearchable Riches…
(From Ephesians) He designates us for the place of a son. What a lofty honor is this … God graces us in His Beloved, lavishes on us the riches of His grace, makes known to us the secret of His will, seals us with the holy spirit of promise, and all these links of divine fashioning are for the laud of His glory.
The very universe is to be headed up in the Christ – “both that in the heavens and that on the earth.” How comprehensive is such a statement.
It is not seen as it should be, that celestial realms are to be brought into a wonderful knowledge of God’s grace, and through the joyous, unfettered testimony of God’s great family – even the body of Christ. Indeed, it is His body which will be the rare complement completing the entire universe.
For this are we saved by grace, even to exhibit its excellency among the celestials. No part of the heavens or of the earth will be untouched. The potency of grace will be everywhere felt and acknowledged. On the earth, with rule vested in Israel, and above, with the ecclesia, the body of Christ, as the administrator, grace and glory will abound. And we may rest assured that it will be an all-conquering grace and a fitting glory in every domain. For is it not all in the hands of the Father glorious, the God of grace?
Is it not for this that God highly exalts the Son of His love? God “graces Him with the name that is above every name, that in the name of Jesus every knee should be bowing, celestial and terrestrial and subterranean, and every tongue should be acclaiming Jesus Christ is Lord for the glory of God, the Father.” (Phil 2:9-11)
There is, today, far more concern with the status and power of the “church” than with the excellencies of the exalted and living Christ. That He alone is the great hope of mankind, is not the immediate interest of modern preachers and teachers.
But that all are equally sinners, yet all saved in the same marvelous Saviour, is not acknowledged. In other words, the power and wonder of God’s grace is not perceived.
It would make all the difference if the essence of present day preaching were concerned with Christ as the Coming One, God’s radiant Image, Whom one day all shall see. He is not only the Judge. Far too much teaching is tinctured with law, rather than saturated with grace. The mind of man needs to be filled with a vision of Christ as Saviour of all mankind. … Not one being unblessed, for God is All in all. … Should we not be eager to sense and pass on this thrilling grace?
Excerpts selected by Bob Evely, 2010