As Above So Below

Sacred marriage - trinity,  incarnation and reconciliationIn the same way that Christ reveals God to us, Christ also reveals the world to us.

In speaking of the Christ, Jesus of Nazareth, the New Testament affirms that “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” (John 1:3) and “For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.” (Colossians 1:3) What is revealed here is something very special about the world.

Paul goes on to affirm “The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.” (Colossians 1:15-18)

So we can’t truly understand the Creator or the creation without the Christ.

I find I am not the only one to have this realization. In his book “The Open Secret: A New Vision for Natural Theology”,McGrath suggests that enlightenment era Christians got “Natural Theology” back the front. That instead of looking for God through nature, we need to be looking for nature through God.

I think C. S. Lewis put it most eloquently though, when he confessed “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else”. This is what it means to confess Jesus, the Son of Man, the Messiah of Israel, the Word of God, as the light of the world.

I think this is an important, not only for considering Christianity in relation to science, but also Christianity in relation to esoteric spirituality. We cannot fully grasp the powers of the world, the powers of life, without glimpsing the one who is the incarnate Word. The mysteries of heaven and earth, of above and below, remain mysteries without revelation.

 

 

 

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