The Centrality of the Christ

Not only do we not know God except through Jesus Christ; we do not even know ourselves except through Jesus Christ. Blaise Pascal. Pensees (Thoughts) 1660.

Colossians 1:15-17 (NKJV)
13 He has delivered us from (ek -1-) the power of darkness and conveyed us into (eis -4-) the kingdom of the Son of His love,
14 in (en -3-) whom we have redemption through His blood, {NU-Text and M-Text omit through His blood.} the forgiveness of sins.
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
16 For by (en -3-) Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through (dia -2-) Him and for (eis -4-) Him.
17 And He is before all things, and in (3n -3-) Him all things consist.

The scriptures referenced above have numbers beside the prepositions that are then linked to their discussion below. The Centrality of Christ, not Jesus but the Christ he became is the impetus for all that God has done in relation to man. While it is true that none can know God apart from Christ it is also true that because of Christ all men will know God because God established Christ as the center point His work by placing all mankind in the Christ. While this does not necessitate each man utter the name of Jesus in specific prayer, it does indicate that it was God centrally locating all in Christ as God Himself was there to reconciling the world to Himself.

A center is a point of origin and is also a source for all connected to that center. The Greek word 'ek' (1) is often translated out, from, or of (from out of) and brings to the conclusion all originated from the Father as the source and this word is generally used in relation to God. 1 Corinthians 8:5 in the Expanded Translation by Kenneth Wuest says: Yet to us there is one God, the Father, out from whom as a source are all things and we for Him...

The next concept is the word 'dia' (2) and it means the particular channel of a particular act. In other words, its primary translation is through. It's meaning can be grasped in understanding the diameter of a circle which cuts through its center. This word is used primarily in relation to the Son indicating the Son is the channel of action of the eternal purpose. Continuing the Expanded Translation of 1 Cor 1:8 we find ...One Lord Jesus Christ through whose intermediate agency all things exist and we through Him.

And finally, the Greek word 'en' (3) which means a fixed position and is translated in and by (by way of) and is also in relation to the Son in whose actions expound the eternal purpose as a means of accomplishing that end. Ephesians 3:11 when 'en' is translated 'accomplished in' reads ...according to His (God's) eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ. Jesus is the fixed position through which God brought about His eternal purpose.

One illustration of this concept is seen as a spring resident in a pool of water. The source of the water is hidden and comes from elsewhere but the distribution of the water is in, by, and through the spring. In other words all that fills the pool flows up, through, and out of the spring. The Christ is the spring of all creation and regarding redemption and the kingdom of God all flow up, through, and out of Him. He fulfills the unique position of being the point of origin as well as the distributor of God's actions in creation.

As a center is a principle or point of concentration it also is the center of attraction. Colossians 1:16 says that all things are created by and for Him. The Greek word here is 'eis' (4) and denotes motion into, towards, or for. It indicates the focus for which all things tend to culminate to and supports the idea of a destination. A clearer picture can be seen in Ephesians 1:9-10 where Paul says the mystery of God 's will is purposed in Christ and in fulfillment He will bring all things under Christ. Christ is the main point of concentration of the purpose of God.

Our Reconciliation

Reconciliation means to bring together two things which differ so they can agree as one. It is essentially duality to oneness.

Colossians 1:19-21 (NKJV)
19 For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell,
20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.
21 And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled

It seems we have limited reconciliation to only salvation or our concept of salvation and we lost its more complete work as it removes the sense of duality that has invaded creation. Galatians 5:16-17 portrays the root of the internal conflict while Romans 7:18- 19 explains the demarcation. The absolute reconciliation God intended removes all division and all enmity. This concept is rendered in 2 Corinthians 5:18 where Paul says if any man be IN Christ he is a new creation, old things are passed away and behold all things are become new and Paul also says in Romans 7 the person or the body lives in constant conflict (Galatians 5:16-18) but is reconciled in the Christ into which we have been placed.

What ever alienation and separation that was there in our being has been reconciled and we have been made one again. The journey into the Christ is an awesome experience in the discovery of who we really are. Christ, although an expression of God for us, is also the image of who we are in the mind of God. Realizing who we are in the heart of God and seeing ourselves and our fellow man as He sees us, is the journey. The excitement of the journey is clearing the view and uncovering our purpose and relationship with a great God as He unfolds Himself in the Christ and we realize we see Him and ourselves in the One. The fulfillment is realizing the journey is the destination.