The Son as The Sun

“[Christ] is the brightness of God’s glory and the express image of His Person, and that He upholds all things by the word of His power [Hebrews 1:2-3].  In this utter dependence of all things upon the creative will of God lies the possibility for both holiness in sin. One of the marks of God’s image in man is his ability to exercise moral choice…man chose to be independent of God and confirmed by his choice by deliberately disobeying a divine command. This act violated the relationship that normally existed between God and His creature; it rejected God as the ground of existence and threw man back upon himself. Thereafter he became not a planet revolving around the central Sun, but a sun in his own right, around which everything else must resolve…

In all else he, [the natural man], may willingly accept the sovereignty of God; in his own life he rejects it. For him, God’s dominion ends where his begins…Yet so subtle is self that scarcely anyone is conscious of its presence. Because man is born a rebel, he is unaware that his is one. His constant assertion of self, as far as he things of it at all, appears to him a perfectly normal thing. he is willing to share himself, sometimes even to sacrifice himself for a desired end, but never to dethrone himself. No matter how far down the scale of social acceptance he may slide, he is still in his own eyes a king on a throne, and no one, not even God, can take that throne from him…

To save us completely Christ must reverse the bent of our nature; He must plant a new principle within us so that our subsequent conduct will spring out of a desire to promote the honor of God and the good of our fellow men. The old self-sins must die, and the only instrument by which they can be slain is the cross. “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me,” said our Lord [Matthew 16:24]; and years later the victorious Paul could say, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me” [Galatians 2:20].”

-A.W.  Tozer (The Knowledge of the Holy; pp45-46; 48-49)

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