2. His Place - By the Love of the Father Infinite Divine Love the Motive and Power
Having in our last meditation, covered the ground of the greatness of Christ in the Scriptures as the meaning of all things, the idea and nature of all things, and the final test of all things, we now go on to consider His place is by the love of the Father. Infinite Divine love is the motive and the power which lies back of His appointment to the position which has been given to Him.
This is revealed in several ways. It is revealed
a. In All the Scriptures
Many of these Scriptures will immediately spring to mind. Let me give you a small selection:
John 17:24; Hebrews 1:2; Hebrews 1:10
But before He laid the foundation of the world, before the world was, the declaration is that He was the Beloved of the Father.
John 5:20; John 3:35; John 10:17; John 9:9; Matthew 3:17; Ephesians 1:6; Colossians 1:13)
And so we could go on, but we have quoted sufficient to show very fully that the Scriptures reveal that Christ has His place by the love of the Father.
But not only is this so in direct and definite statements, but everything points to it. Every Old Testament figure of Christ brings out the idea of love with fullness and inheritance in view. I think we often overlook what seems to be the all-too-fleeting and transient glorious morn before Adam fell, but it is a picture of Divine love for the man whom God had created. Love - yes; love planning, love giving, love companioning, love desiring. It is a picture of love, and all with fullness, a great inheritance, in view. And did we but realize it, the rebellion and disobedience were a blow at the heart of God more than anything else, the God who so loved the world. Adam, we are told, was a figure of Christ (Romans 5:14) before the Fall, only a figure, but there is enough there to show the love-relationship between God an man, with desire for man's fullest inheritance. We will just glance at these outstanding personal representations or figures of Christ.
Isaac - it is impossible to be blind to the love element surrounding Isaac. He is the love of the father, a particular and peculiar love, and it was said that "in Isaac shall thy seed be called" (Genesis 21:12). The inheritance is along the line of the son of his love.
Joseph - there is perhaps no greater figure of Christ in the Old Testament than Joseph, but what a son of the father's love! And how did he come to glory, to fullness? By the jealous love of One greater than his earthly father, because he was a figure of Him that was to come. There is no mistaking the prefiguring of Christ in Joseph. Sold for twenty pieces of silver, to all intents dead and out of sight, cast into the deepest dungeon, tasting the bitterest travail of soul, and raised to glory and power to bring life to his brethren. Well, it is patent that there is a figure of Christ, but the governing feature is love unto fullness.
Or take Israel. Surely, if there is a mystery in history, it is the mystery of God's love for Israel, when viewed in the light of all they proved to be. God spoke of Israel as "My son," "My firstborn." "I remember for thee the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals" (Jeremiah 2:2). God is there speaking like a lover concerning Israel. Amazing love, all with the inheritance in view. Is it not strange that the nation which has drawn out the love of God by way of example so utterly, should become the nation to exhibit so utterly the opposite of love for God, and for the Son of God? I could add much more as from the Old Testament to this story of figures of Christ in terms of love with fullness in view.
There is another whole series of symbols and types of Christ which carry the thought of preciousness and glory, preciousness, that is, in the eyes of God. There is a subject for you to study. Glory is according to heaven's standard, and it is all Christ implicit. We leave it there. Is it not revealed in Scripture hat He holds His place by the love of the Father, both by direct statements and by numerous figures and symbols and types?
(continued with # 8 - (b. By the Opposite of Love to All Divine Activities)