human Savior meets all our needs. See Wilberforce, Incarnation, 170-208. Just as the high priest of old bore on his miter the name Jehovah, and on his breastplate the names of the tribes of Israel, so Christ Jesus is God with us, and at the same time our propitiatory representative before God. In Virgil?s ^neid, Dido says well: ?Haud ignara mali, miseris succurrere disco? ? ?Myself not ignorant of woe, Compassion I have learned to show.? And Terence uttered almost a Christian word when he wrote: ?Homo sum, et humani nihil a me alienum puto? ? ?I am a man, and I count nothing human as foreign to me.? Christ?s experience and divinity made these words far more true of him than of any merely human being.
(i) The union eternal. The union of humanity with deity in the person of Christ is indestructible and eternal. Unlike the avatars of the East, the incarnation was a permanent assumption of human nature by the second person of the Trinity. In the ascension of Christ glorified humanity has attained the throne of the universe. By his Spirit, this same divine-human Savior is omnipresent to secure the progress of his kingdom. The final subjection of the Son to the Father, alluded to in <461528>1 Corinthians 15:28, cannot be other than the complete return of the Son to his original relation to the Father, since, according to <431705>John 17:5, Christ is again to possess the glory which he had with the Father before the world was (cf.
<461528> 1 Corinthians 15:28 ? ?And when all things have been subjected unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subjected to him that did subject all things unto him, that God may be all in all?; <431705>John 17:5 ? ?Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was?; <580108>Hebrews 1:8 ? ?of the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever?; 7:24 ? ?he because he abideth forever, hath his priesthood unchangeable.? Dorner, Glaubenslehre, 2:281-283 (Syst. Doct. 3:177-179), holds that there is a present and relative distinction between the Son?s will, as Mediator, and that of the Father ( <402639>Matthew 26:39 ? ?not as I will, but as thou wilt?) ? a distinction which shall cease when Christ becomes Judge ( <431626>John 16:26 ? ?In that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that l will pray the Father for you.?) If Christ?s reign ceased, he would be inferior to the saints themselves who are to reign but, they are to reign only in and with Christ, their head.
The best illustration of the possible meaning of Christ?s giving up the kingdom is found in the Governor of the East India Company giving up his authority to the Queen and merging it. In that, of the home
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