F. W. Grant

Christ - The Annointed Priest

The Lord seen as “Last Adam" necessarily introduces us, therefore, to His atoning work. For the race of which He is thus Head, although a new creation, is a race of men,—of those involved in the fall of the first head, and who have added to this their own individual and innumerable iniquities. Here, therefore, what He is as Christ—as Messiah, the “Anointed”—comes into view: for this “anointing” has regard to His official work, and (apart from Jacob’s anointing of the pi...

Christ - His Human Spirit and Soul

We come now to consider the deeper question of spirit and soul in Christ. "Docetism," which denied the reality of His flesh, needs now no argument to be spent upon it, for it has no adherents at the present time; but that to which we are now come involves, to begin with, the question of what spirit and soul are in man; and many are not yet clear as to this. We can hardly therefore understand what true humanity involves in the Lord, except we first un...

Christ - The Word Made Flesh

We turn now from considering the deity of our blessed Lord to see how Scripture speaks of His incarnation. This, of all the Evangelists, the apostle John, the historian of His divine glory, most forcibly expresses: “The Word became flesh,” he says, “and tabernacled among us.” “Flesh” characterizes humanity by that which is its lowest part; and the depth of this condescension, is the glory of the revelation which this expression—the “Word was made fle...

The Throne of God and of The Lamb

The Lamb is the well-known title of Christ in the Apocalypse, the book of the future. It expresses the patience of His humiliation, even to the death of the cross; but it characterizes Him still in glory. Even when the apostle is told of the Lion of the tribe of Judah having prevailed to open the book, the vision assures him that it is a “Lamb as it had been slain.” The connection between the humiliation and glory is familiar to us. Because of that wondrous humiliation “God ...

Christ - The Bridegroom

The Church as the Body of Christ speaks, then, as we have seen, of service in subjection and fellowship with the Head. In the Bride we find it in a new aspect, in which, while association with Christ is just as prominent, there is rather the thought of rest than of activity; or it is the heart that is awake and in activity, Christ is seen as the Beloved of the heart, and in known and enjoyed relationship, its entire satisfaction and delight. The “Body” is not the equivalent of...

Christ - The Head of the Body

We read nothing of any “Body of Christ” (in the sense in which we are now considering it), until Christ is a man in heaven. Figure, as of course it is, the appropriateness of the figure depends upon this, that it is a relationship to Christ as Man of which it speaks. Being a figure, we are to examine its force as such, as Scripture develops it, expecting to find in it the instruction which all figures have: for, as in Israel’s history, the “things that happened to them” (not mer...

Christ - Head and Heir of All Things

That title which Isaiah gives to the “Child born”—the “Father of eternity”—leads us on to consider His relation to that eternal state of which He is Author. Here we shall find, indeed, in some sort an opposite line of thought to "that which we have just had before us" and yet in fullest accord with it. For if, in what we have looked at, Christ has been seen seeking and working for the Father’s glory, until He can give up to Him the Kingdom, which He has taken to bring all th...

Christ - The King

There is a title given to the Lord in Isaiah (chap. 9:6) which, while it has been taken to establish error on the one hand, seems on the other hardly to have been realized in its fulness of meaning by those most orthodox. It is that of “Everlasting Father,” which is given in the margin of the Revised Version as (more literally) “Father of eternity.” It is given to Him as One upon whose shoulder is the government in Israel, but of the increase of whose government and peace there sh...

Christ - The Advocate

The High Priest that becomes us is, then, as the apostle has declared, One “separate from sinners,” those sanctified by His blood being “perfected in perpetuity” by it, so as being “once purged,” they might have “no more conscience of sins.” But this, as we know well, does not mean, “no more consciousness of sins,” (that is, of committing them,) but that we have consciousness of the efficacy of that work abiding ever before God for us. There is never a moment’s interm...

Chapter 2 - Man a Triune Being

We are now prepared for the question, What is this part of man which dwells in the body? Or, What is the physical constitution of man as defined by the Scriptures? The answer from 1 Thess. v. 23, is, that he is "spirit and soul and body" "And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God that your whole spirit, and soul, and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." The prayer is, manifestly, for the sanctification of the whole man ...
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