I suspect “christians” who
worry about their salvation…
worry about their “eternal destiny”…
worry about their place “in Christ”…
would do well to study the matter of Christ’s relationship to God.
For, after all…
Christ is the firstborn of all creation (COL 1:15)
And, we are created “in Him.” (COL 1:16)
So it would make sense that what ever happens to Him (Christ, our elder brother) would also happen to us.
Now we get to ask — what IS the relationship of Christ to the Father?
Well, one verse calls Christ “the son of His love.”
Is there anything, anything at all, more heartfelt than that? Anything?
Another verse says Christ’s prayer to God ended with the words “Not my will, but thine be done.”
Doesn’t sound like the words of a bad son. Sounds like a good son, if you ask me.
Imagine the tug of war between Christ’s love of His Father and Christ’s love for us. Such a delicate balancing act. It drove Christ to the cross. There he met his death. And death separated the two for three days. Oh my.
I’m sure, God did not like it one bit.
But something happened. It was complicated. We could only hear whispers through a closed door. It sounded positive. But we couldn’t be sure.
But wait. The stone rolled away.
He appeared. Flesh and bone.
God raised Christ. This changes everything.
PROOF FOR THE INQUIRING MIND:
13 Who rescues us out of the jurisdiction of Darkness, and transports us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,14 in Whom we are having the deliverance, the pardon of sins,15 Who is the Image of the invisible God, Firstborn of every creature,16 for in Him is all created, that in the heavens and that on the earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones, or lordships, or sovereignties, or authorities, all is created through Him and for Him,17 and He is before all, and all has its cohesion in Him.18 And He is the Head of the body, the ecclesia, Who is Sovereign, Firstborn from among the dead, that in all He may be becoming first,19 for in Him the entire complement delights to dwell,20 and through Him to reconcile all to Him (making peace through the blood of His cross), through Him, whether those on the earth or those in the heavens.