"That God May Be All In All"      

I Corinthians 15:58



     Paul tells us that when all things have been subdued to Christ, "then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him." What does this mean? It does not mean that Christ is not God (I Tim. 3:15), or that the Son is in any way inferior to the Father (I John 5:7), or that Christ will in the end cease to be Prophet, Priest, and King over his church (Heb. 1:8). But there is a day coming when Christ, our Mediator, shall "deliver up the kingdom unto God,even the Father", and shall be subject to him.

     When the resurrection is over, judgment is past, and all things are created new, when all God's elect are saved, there will be one final work to be done by our Lord Jesus Christ as Jehovah's Servant, as the Surety and Mediator of the covenant: the Shepherd will present his sheep, the Savior will present his church, the Son will present his brethren, the King will present his kingdom to God, even the Father (John 6:37-40; 10:16; Eph. 5:25-27; Heb. 2:13).

     "I take the kingdom to consist of that innumerable company whose names were written in heaven; and which, when their numerical fulness is completed, the Son of God who graciously consented to become the Son of man for their sakes, will present in one, entire, and glorified body to the Father" - (Augustus Toplady).

     In that great day Christ will stand before God the Father, with all his elect by his side in the perfection of holiness and say, "Lo, I and the children thou hast given me, all are here. Not one is lost. All that You chose are saved. All that I redeemed are saved. All that the Spirit called are saved. All the purpose of grace is fulfilled. All the counsel of peace is accomplished. All that we agreed upon in the covenant is done. In all things our great purpose in predestination is now accomplished. Now grace reigns through my righteousness unto eternal life!"

     Then God (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) in Christ shall be all in all. God in Christ shall be all meat, drink, clothing, and shelter for our bodies, and all life, joy, peace, and glory for our souls. God in Christ shall be all in all things, all in all his people, and all in all the praises of all saints and angels. Hallelujah!


Don Fortner