Emmanuel
 
      23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name               Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Matt 1:23 (King James)
 
      23`Lo, the virgin shall conceive, and she shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name                 Emmanuel,' which is, being interpreted `With us [he is] God.' Matt 1:23 (Young’s Literal)

 
I was struck by the Young’s Literal translation and how it provides a powerful insight into God’s plan for the ages, if you think about it for awhile. With us, He is God. This is not to say that without us He is not God. But I believe that by creating man and the physical dimension in which we live, God intended to magnify and enlarge His Godship.  How is He doing this?  Through the revelation in this dimension of His Son, the man Christ Jesus, and through the unfolding and unveiling of His multi-membered Body. And the amazing thing (if you have ears to hear it) is that the fall of Adam actually makes that enlargement possible and was all part of His plan.


If you have a problem with that last statement, please consider the fact that Jesus was the Lamb that was slain from the foundation of the world. In other words, before Adam ever sinned, God had made provision for the reconciling of the creation back to Himself through the blood of the Lamb. This is what Paul was referring to in Romans 8:20-21 when he speaks of the creation being made subject to vanity (through the fall of Adam) not willingly but because God ordained it to accomplish His purpose. The purpose in letting the creation fall to the depths of degradation and depravity was to prove to the powers and principalities that are watching all this unfold that God’s love is powerful enough to be able to reach into the lowest depths to bring radical transformation and reconciliation. Without the fall, how would we ever understand His grace?
 
We see a dramatic demonstration of the unfolding of God’s plan in the events on the day of Pentecost. What happened on the day of Pentecost is that the Godhead - Father and Son - incorporated into themselves, through the Holy Spirit, the followers of Jesus who were gathered in the Upper Room. Later that day, 3000 people from all nations responded to the preaching of Peter and were also incorporated into the Godhead. On that glorious day, God was able to manifest Himself in flesh form as never before in 3120 people.  And that was just the start.
 

The awesome truth is that we are His glory and He desires to be seen in us, through us and as us. In this way, in effect, He expands His Godship as every shred of opposition in fallen man has been, is being and will be overcome.  This is why He is called the Lord God Almighty that was, that is and that is to come.  It is through this expansion of His dominion over a rebellious creation that He will become all in all. And this is what the progressive revelation of His kingdom is all about.

                             
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