Christ is God’s
The Holy Bible in 1 Corinthians 3:23 says, “…ye are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.” Another version reads, “and you belong to Christ; and Christ belongs to God.” (NAS 1977). So what does “Christ is God’s” mean?
The apostrophe ‘S’ ( ’s) serves as possessive case marker. So here it shows us that Christ belongs to God. If it is so we can ask, “God’s what?” Just according to the Holy Scriptures, let us see the answer:-
#1. Christ is God’s Mystery
In Colossians 2:2 the Apostle Paul wrote, “that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ,” ( ESV). According to 1 Tim. 3:16 Christ is God’s great Mystery: – The reason why in the Holy Bible the Priceless Value of Knowing Christ is given the highest priority is that because without controversy Christ is the Mystery of God – mystery manifested. If you Know the true Christ according to the Bible, for sure you will know the true God of the Bible. That is why Christ himself says, “If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.” (John 14:7).
The Apostle Paul writes, ‘‘That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;’’ (Col. 2:2) and the ASV reads, …that they may know the mystery of God, even Christ,” To understand the mystery of is to Christ (Jesus the Christ John 20:3) and to know Christ is to Know the true God.
#2. Christ is God’s Knowledge
If you had known Christ you would have known God the Father. John 8:19 ‘‘Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also.’’ And in John 14:7 says, ‘‘If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.’’
#3. Christ is God’s Declaration or manifestation or Revelation: – then in verse 18 of John 1 we read, “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.” (1Tim. 3:16). Matthew 11:27 “All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.” (Isa. 53:1). All Identity: – Luke 10:22; John 3:35; John 13:3.
#4. Christ is the Image /the express image/ of God
Col. 1:15 the image of the invisible God
Heb.1:3 the express image of God’s person
2Cor. 4:4 Who is the image of …
#5. Christ is God’s Word: – Rev.19:13 says, “…his name is called The Word of God.” (John 1:1-3, 14). Isa. 45:23 “I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.” and in Isa. 55:11 “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” (Psa. 107:20). The opening of the gospel of John declares that, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” and v.14 “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” Eph. 3:9; Heb. 1:1-3; John 14:10.
#6. Christ is the wisdom of God: – Jer. 51:15 …by his power, …by his wisdom, …by his understanding (Jer. 10:12) – 1Cor. 1:24 cf. Heb. 1:2-4 creative power of God Rom. 1:16 power of salvation.
#7. Christ is the power of God: – Jer. 51:15 …by his power, …by his wisdom, …by his understanding (Jer. 10:12) – 1Cor. 1:24 cf. Heb. 1:2-4 creative power of God Rom. 1:16 power of salvation.
#8. Christ is God’s Arm/ hand/finger :- Isa. 53:1; 59:15-17; Jer. 32:17; Isa. 25:10; Ps 102:25
Luke 11:20; Ps. 8:3;
#9. Christ is the Tabernacle/Temple of God
- Isa. 8:13-14; John 2:19-22 “Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. … he spake of the temple of his body.” (Rev. 21:3; 2 Cor. 5:19; and Rev. 11:19; 21:22 )
#10 Christ is the Gift of God – John 3:16; John 6:51
#11. Christ is the Son/Christ/ of God – 1John 5:20; John 3:16
#12. Christ is the Body of God – Col. 2:9; John 2:19-22; 1Cor. 11:3 God is the head
#13. Christ is the Bread of God – John. 6:33; 1Cor. 11:27
#14. Christ is the Glory of God – Isa. 40:5; John 1:14-18; Rev. 21:23
#15. Christ is the Lamb of God – John 1:29; John 1:36
Christ Heir of God: – Heb.1:2-4 “Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, .. he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.All things that the Father has are Christ’s /John 16:15; John 17:10/
# 16 Christ is All the fulness of God:- Christ, who is Lord of all (Acts 10:36), is All and In All! /Col. 3:11/ and All things are in Christ:- ‘‘Having made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he has purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:’’ /Ephesians 1:9-10/
The Conclusion:- without Christ you cannot imagine God at all. God without Christ means without image, word, power, arm, wisdom etc.
Jesus Christ is the fullness of the Godhead manifested to mankind (Col. 2:9) and Col 1:19,20 “For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.” So “…ye are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.”Amen!