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Monday, April 27, 2015

No Compromise of Deity

"Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name." (Philippians 2:9)

We can surely know this, at least: that the Incarnation required no compromise of deity. Let us always remember that when God became incarnate there was no compromise on God's part.

But the holy God  who is God, and all else not God, our Father who art in heaven, could never compromise Himself. The Incarnation, the Word made flesh, was accomplished without any compromise of the holy Deity.

The living God did not degrade Himself by this condescension. He did not in any sense make Himself to be less than God.

He remained ever God and everything else remained not God. The gulf still existed even after Jesus Christ had become man and had dwelt among us. Instead of God degrading Himself when He became man, by the act of Incarnation He elevated mankind to Himself.

Thus, we do not degrade God but we elevate man - and that is the wonder of redemption!

Lord, You are so powerful that You could humble Yourself, yet remain the majestic God. Thank You, Father, that because Jesus came down to me, I can be raised up to be with You. Amen


But He is More

"For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily." (Colossians 2:9)

Can it be that we do not believe that Jesus Christ is capable of a growing and increasing intimacy of fellowship with those who are His own? To become acquainted with God is one thing, but to go on in commitment and to experience God in intensity and richness of acquaintance is something more. The Apostle Paul knew this in his yearning as he said, "I want to know Him in that depth and rich intensity of experience (paraphrase of Philippians 3:1))!" Of the many compelling reasons why we ought to know our Saviour better than we do, certainly the first is that He is a person, that He is the Eternal Son, but have we gone on to adore Him because He is the source and fountain of everything that you and I are created to enjoy?

He is the fountain of all truth, but He is more - He is truth itself. He is the source and strength of all beauty, but He is more - He is beauty itself. He is the fountain of all wisdom, but He is more - He is wisdom itself. In Him are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge hidden away!

There is excitement in true love, and I think that we Christians who love our Saviour ought to be more excited about who He is and what He is!

Lord, may I see all that I can see and comprehend of Jesus, and in doing so may I never forget that He is so much more. May I truly be in love with You. Amen

~A. W. Tozer~

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