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December 18, 2013

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Philippians 2:5-11 <=> 1 John 3:16 <=> John 13:1-15

A succinct and perfect message to ponder, Amy, thank you! Born lowly, yet to the salutations of angels and the gifts of earthly kings--a life of relative obscurity except for His last few years, and then a profound explosion of all that had been held aloft~ He undid all the wrongs and created a new order of relationship with God, the only Way, the only One. We are left without excuse, without defense for our transgressions--just HIM and HIM alone, hanging in our place on that cross, should we decide to accept His offering. Of all the gifts we'll give and receive this year, which can compare with the one He gave? How many will keep the electronic gadgets, the ties, and the necklaces but discard HIS perfect gift? He rose again as He promised and invites us to join Him at the eternal banquet, readying ourselves in the meantime. Though we may miss a turkey dinner here or there, let's not miss this banquet~ His invitation has been signed in blood.

How can Jesus exist as a form of Jehovah and yet still be Jehovah? Likeness or form is not exactness.

Amalgamation.


Steven-

The passage (Philippians 2:6,7) says Jesus existed in the form of God then in the form of Man, not as the form of God then as the form of Man.

The full context of the passage also uses (in verses 10 and 11) the OT expression "Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess". The bowing and confessing, which Paul says is done to Jesus, Isaiah says is done to YHWH-God (Isaiah 45). So Paul is saying that Jesus is YHWH-God.

(BTW Paul uses this same parallel to identify Jesus as YHWH in Romans 14)

Overall, then, Philippians 2:6,7 says that YHWH-God is in God-form and takes on Man-form. Not that He is the form either of God or Man, but that He has the form of each.

Christ’s Landscape:

The birth of Love, of E Pluribus Unum, of God-In-Man, of Man-In-God, is, we find, simply inevitable once we discover that God is, and, that God is Love.

There is no story on Earth that is like this one whereby we find all of Love’s topography, from A to Z, wholly, fully nuanced to the Nth degree.

If there is anything worth celebrating, and there is, it is exactly this fact of the actualization of Timeless Love within Time. Such amalgamating, such touching, such incarnating, such embracing of All-Sufficiency with In-Sufficiency just cannot be otherwise, for, God is, and, God is Love, and He Loves His beloved, who is you and I and us, in all our in-sufficiency, and thus, He ransoms us out of such liability by His Own Means, which is simply Himself. What other All-Sufficient Currency could there possibly be but Immutable Love’s Own Self? We discover that, on necessity, In-Sufficiency finds but One. In Christ we find Love’s ten thousand strong vectors seamlessly, effortlessly converging, ad infinitum.

All that is Mind, all that is Love, all that is Person just is contextually triune ipso facto for Immutable Love just is contextually triune as such just is the singularity of Unity that just is Love's necessarily triune E Pluribus Unum amid and among Love's First Distinct, all that is Self, and amid and among Love's Second Distinct, all that is Other, and, perpetually, all which these Two Distincts by embrace necessarily beget, Love's Third Distinct: the Singular-Us that just is E Pluribus Unum.

Inside of Immutable, Uncreated Love we find a necessarily triune E Pluribus Unum, we find Love being Love, we find Love being with Love, and we find Love begetting Love.

Christ comes, in these forms, to do these things, and, He has done them, is them.


Clarification,

The phrase at the end of, "is them" is not to contradict WL's conclusion in the post prior, as that is the correct approach. Rather, it is to say that in Christ we find the manifestation of the form of God, of God's Ransom, of In-Sufficiency's only coherent solution, which can only be All-Sufficiency and cannot be something less. As found within the described E Pluribus Unum, Christ is with God because in Love we find that Love is with Love, and, Christ is God because in Love we find Love being Love, and, Christ is begotten because in Love we find Love begetting Love.

Immutable Love is, Himself, Unchanging, while, the Mind of Man, what it perceives of Him, changes. In Christ we find the most complete, most robust, most forceful manifestation of the Unchanging God, Who just is Love.

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