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DIVINE OFFICES OF CHRIST
Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
Christ is said to hold and to fulfill certain divine offices. First of all, creation: "All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made" (John 1:3). You will find the same thing repeated in Colossians 1:16, and again in Hebrews 1:10. But we are also told that He preserves everything. Hebrews 1:3 refers to His "upholding all things by the word of his power." And again in Colossians 1:17 you find that "by him all things consist."
Notice also that He did not hesitate to claim the power to forgive sins. He said to the paralyzed man, "Son, thy sins be forgiven thee" (Mark 2:5). He also claimed power to raise the dead; you find that mentioned several times in John 6:39-44: "And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven. And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven? Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves. No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day."
The apostle Paul claims that Christ also has power to transform our bodies: "...who shall change our vile body [or this body of our humiliation], that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself" (Philippians 3:21).
A Thought to Ponder
Christ did not hesitate to claim the power to forgive sins.
From God the Father, God the Son, pp. 268-269.
Today’s devo is taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
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