unto him; and he is before all things, and in him all thing? consist.?
<580102> Hebrews 1:2, ? ?his Son...through whom also he made the worlds...upholding all things by the word of his power? <490122>Ephesians 1:22, 23 ? ?the church, which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all? = fills all things with all that they contain of truth, beauty, and goodness; <510202>Colossians 2:2,3,9 ? the mystery of God, even Christ, in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge hidden...for in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.?
This view of the relation of the universe to God lays the foundation for a Christian application of recent philosophical doctrine. Matter is no longer blind and dead, but is spiritual in its nature, not in the sense that it is spirit, but in the sense that it is the continual manifestation of spirit, just as my thoughts are a living and continual manifestation of myself. Yet matter does not consist simply in ideas, for ideas, deprived of an external object and of an internal subject, are left suspended in the air. Ideas are the product of Mind. But matter is known only as the opera Lion of force, and force is the product of Will. Since this force works in rational ways, it can be the product only of Spirit. The system of forces which we call the universe is the immediate product of the mind and will of God; and, since Christ is the mind and will of God in exercise, Christ is the Creator and Upholder of the universe. Nature is the omnipresent Christ, manifesting God to creatures.
Christ is the principle of cohesion, attraction, interaction, not only in the physical universe, but in the intellectual and moral universe as well. In all our knowing, the knower and known are ?connected by some Being who is their reality,? and this being is Christ, ?the Light which lighteth every man? ( <430109>John 1:9). We know in Christ, just as ?in him we live, and move, and have our being? ( <440728>Acts 7:28). As the attraction of gravitation and the principle of evolution are only other names for Christ, so line is the basis of inductive reasoning and the ground of moral unity in the creation. I am bound to love my neighbor as myself because he has in him the same life that is in me, the life of God in Christ. The Christ in whom all humanity is created, and in whom all humanity consists, holds together the moral universe, drawing all men to himself and so drawing them to God. Through him God ?reconciles all things unto himself...whether things upon the earth, or things in the heavens?
As Pantheism = exclusive immanence = God imprisoned, so Deism = exclusive transcendence = God banished. Ethical Monism holds to the truth contained in each of these systems, while avoiding their respective
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