WE WISH at this time to make it so clear that all may know, that Christ Jesus is an actual Presence, a definite Power in the consciousness of every human soul, whether they are aware of it or not. To do this we must show that He is the Light which lighteth every man, and that He is the very Presence and Power of God-God Who is All in All.
In the previous article we pointed out much that should help you to arrive at that conclusion. We know that many already believe it, but we wish to make it more than a belief, we want it to be an actual part of your knowing. There is plenty of evidence in the New Testament of all that we would say, and we will quote further from it only in order to make convincing what we shall prove, for more than anything else is it important that you know Christ Jesus as one with the innermost part of your own Self. We will take the statement that God is All in All. We must either believe this or disbelieve it. We assume that all who have accompanied us this far believe it.
Then God must be both the unmanifest and the manifest of all things. He must be both the spiritual and the physical part of everything that is.
Think, must this not be so?
Then we must consider both of these two aspects of God. The unmanifest we will call the Absolute, the Ineffable, Whom no man may know or even comprehend. But the Word-the Logos-is the manifest God, or the God-Seed of all manifestation; for all things as we know spring from a seed of some kind. And this God-Seed stands as an intermediary between God and us.
Philo, the great Jewish philosopher who wrote at Alexandria about 25 A.D., also speaks of the Logos as having a two-fold aspect. As representing the Unmanifest God He is the Reflection of God, the Creator of the Cosmos; but as mediating between the Ineffable and us He represents humanity in the eyes of God, and represents God in the eyes of humanity.
"He then is the Heavenly Man, the Door to direct communication with God, the Prophet of the most High, the Eternal Law, the Giver of Divine Light, our Saviour. "So long as the Logos exists, He is the way of At-one-ment, the way of harmonizing humanity with God." St. John saw this clearly when he writes for us these most significant words:
"In the beginning was the Logos and the Logos was with God, and the Logos was God.
"All things were made by him; and without him was mot anything made that was made.
"In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
"And the light shineth in the darkness and the darkness comprehended it not."
In the remainder of the first chapter he shows clearly that he knew Christ Jesus to be the Logos, for he says in these unmistakable words:
"And the logos was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory of the Only-Begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth."
St. Paul also saw deeply into these mysteries and gives many interesting details in his Epistle to the Hebrews. He says that God,
"Who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in times past bu the Prophets, hath in these days spoken unto us by His Son, Whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by Whom also He made the worlds" and "Let all the angles of God worship Him."
When giving the genealogy of Jesus, St. Matthew in the first verse of the first chapter says, He is the "Son of David, the Son of Abraham." But our Lord Himself said, when discussing the matter with the Jews in the Temple, "Before Abraham was, I am" And in one of His prayers, "0 Father, glorify Thou me with Thine own Self, with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was."-St. John 17:5. (Read all of this prayer.) And again, "I came forth from the Father and am come into the world; again I leave the world and go unto the Father."-St. John 16:28. These statements are very significant of His exalted state in the heavenly realms and proves that He was fully conscious of His mission as the Representation of His Heavenly Father and that He was a Most High Son of God, which St. John explains as, "God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved."-St. John 3:17.
Now we know that some would interpret this all to refer to the Christos, or the Holy Spirit in Jesus, and that it does not apply to Jesus the man. But we say that it is impossible to separate the title and the office of the Christ from the man Jesus, for what is the personality of flesh but the outmanifestation of the Soul? And what is the Soul in His case but the unfoldment and perfected consciousness of a very high Son of God-the highest that ever before came into manifestation? In fact so high that in Jesus the Father actually manifested more of Himself than was ever before manifested in the history of the world. Then would you say that Jesus was only a man? Rather can you not see that He was truly a perfect Representation of God in human form. When Caiaphas, the High Priest, asked Jesus, "I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou art the Christ, the Son of God," Jesus hesitated not at this great crisis in his life definitely to say in reply:
"Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Henceforth ye shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of Heaven." - Mat.26:64.