“WHAT manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.”
He is the “wonderful” Man that holy men of old prophesied should come. If he had not been wonderful, prophecy would not have spoken of him in the most exalted terms of any language found among men. He is wonderful in that no creature can attain to anything that pertains to his kingdom. He is a creature, and he is not a creature. What a contradiction of terms! A seeming impossibility. Most wonderful is this for mortals to consider. He is man and he is God. “Let all the angels of God worship him.” If angels worship him men ought to consider it a high privilege to be permitted to worship at his feet. He is God. He was made flesh. He was not made “a flesh” that he might visit Adam’s seed and confer with him, but he was made of Adam’s flesh, in being born of a woman. Great mystery: God who made all things condescends to be born of a woman. O what meekness.
“Angels who search all space around,
The like of such (an one) can ne’er be found.”
He stands at the head, highest up, either in heaven or on earth.
“What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.” In saying that this man is God is not saying too much, for “he that hath seen me hath seen the Father,” and, “I am in the Father, and the Father in me.” – John xiv. 9, 10. He is also a creature, for, he is the firstborn of every creature. God’s children are creatures and partakers of flesh and blood. The mighty One from heaven partook of the same flesh and blood. Being thus incarnated, he is the bread from heaven, the bread of life. None can live spiritually without eating that bread, and that bread is his flesh, his bones and his blood. To every one quickened by his Spirit this whole bread is sweet and most precious, lacking in nothing to satisfy the most fastidious in the kingdom of grace. Bread in the ordinary meaning is to sustain life, but this bread from heaven has a life-giving power. He that eateth this bread shall never die. On the other hand, we may say of a truth, He that eateth not of this bread shall die in his sins. He manifests himself unto his people and not unto the world. (John xiv.) Why? If a man love me, he will keep my words. He Who keeps the words of the Lord Jesus has in him “the substance of things hoped for,” and he cannot swerve from the true line of grace set up in his heart by the Spirit. He must love the Lord, though a sinner, may backslide as Peter did, yet the Lord is full of mercy for all such that love the appearing of Jesus, their Savior. Jesus is the Father’s Word, all things are done by the word of God. The winds and water obey his command, shall not all created things obey as well? He holds the sea in the hollow of his hand, he weighs the hills and mountains in a balance, he takes up the isles as a very little thing, he holds the winds in his fists, and no hurricane can rush over the earth until he please. Being the God of providence to sustain this natural earth and world, he is much more, if there be any difference, the God of all grace to and for all his people, or else they could not live to praise his holy name. The Word is guided and guarded so that it goes effectually to none but the elect of God. It is the prating of a fool to say that God can be mistaken in men, that he cannot know who the elect shall be until he tries them. God through Christ would not be supreme if he did not know his people before he manifested himself unto them.
Editors of the SIGNS, use this, or not, as you may see fit.
In hope of immortality.
J. F. BEEMAN.
Tiawah, Okla., Aug. 12, 1916.
Signs of the Times
Volume 84, No. 19.
October 1, 1916