Monday, September 9, 2013

All Things Handed Over to Jesus Christ

Jesus said, "All things have been handed over to Me by My Father...” (Mat 11:27a; cf., Jn 13:3; Lk 10:22a).  There's a lot of meaning packed into that statement!

The Good News Bible translates it, “My Father has given me all things.”  The Darby Bible says, “All things have been delivered to me by my Father.” And the God's Word Bible puts it this way: “My Father has turned everything over to me.”

Jesus also said, "The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hand.” (Joh 3:35)

We know that all things belong to the Father. "The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it." (Ps 24:1). And Jesus said, "All that belongs to the Father is mine." (Joh 16:15a, NIV). Since all things belong to the Father, and all that belongs to the Father in Christ's, then all things belong to Christ.

In His High Priestly prayer in the garden, Jesus prayed to the Father, “Everything I have belongs to You, and everything You have belongs to Me…” (Joh 17:10, NET)

All Things From Him, Through Him, To Him
All things are from Him and through Him and to Him!

“For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.” (Rom 11:36)

“yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him.” (1Co 8:6)

"For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings." (Heb 2:10)

All Things Made By Him, Through Him, and For Him
All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.” (Joh 1:3)

“For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities--all things have been created through Him and for Him.” (Col 1:16)

All Things in Subjection to Him
The Scripture says, "'For HE HAS PUT ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIS FEET.' But when He says, 'All things are put in subjection,' it is evident that He is excepted who put all things in subjection to Him. When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all." (1Co 15:27-28)

“’YOU HAVE PUT ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIS FEET.’ For in subjecting all things to him, He left nothing that is not subject to him. But now we do not yet see all things subjected to him.” (Heb 2:8)

“And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church,” (Eph 1:22; cf., Phil 3:21)

All Authority
Jesus said, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” (Mat 28:18)

“…You gave Him authority over all flesh...” (Joh 17:2)

“…He is the Head over all rule and authority;” (Col 2:10)

All Judgment
The Father has entrusted all judgment to His Son.

"For not even the Father judges anyone, but He has given all judgment to the Son.” (Joh 5:22)

“and He gave Him authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man.” (Joh 5:27)

All the Fullness of Deity
“For it was the Father's good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him,” (Col 1:19)

“For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form,”  (Col 2:9)

Jesus is fully God and fully man, yet without sin!

All the Treasures of Wisdom and Knowledge
The apostle Paul said of Christ, "In whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." (Col 2:3)

Heir of All Things
The apostle wrote to the Hebrews, “God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.” (Heb 1:1-2)

Jesus is the heir of all things!

Holds All Things Together
“He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”  (Col 1:17)

“And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,” (Heb 1:3)

All Things Summed Up in Him
The apostle Paul said, “He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth.” (Eph 1:9-10). Therefore, all things are summed up in Christ. 

Another translation says, “…to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.” (Eph 1:10, ESV).  All things will ultimately be gathered together in Christ.

God glorified in All Things in Christ
“Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (1Pe 4:11)

It was God's good pleasure that He be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ.

In Christ All Things Are Ours
The amazing thing for us, who are in Christ, is that all things are ours in Him.

Paul said, “So then let no one boast in men. For all things belong to you, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or things present or things to come; all things belong to you,” (1Co 3:21-22).  He told the Corinthian believers that all things belonged to them, including the world, life, death, things present and things to come.  This applies to us as believers in Christ, because we are in union with Him. These blessings are all ours with ten thousand more beside.

Paul also said of himself and his coworkers, “as sorrowful yet always rejoicing, as poor yet making many rich, as having nothing yet possessing all things.” (2Co 6:10).  He said they possessed all things.

Speaking of food, drink, clothing, and all the things that we need, Jesus said, "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Mat 6:33).

Jesus said, "Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.” (Luk 12:32) For those of us who are in Christ the King, the Father has given us the kingdom!

The psalmist said, "For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless." (Ps 84:11)

The apostle Peter said, “As his divine power has given to us all things which relate to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that has called us by glory and virtue,” (2Pe 1:3)

Since the Lord has already given us all things pertaining to life and godliness, and since we possess all things, and since He has given us the kingdom, this gives new meaning to the Prayer Promises in which the Lord says He will give us whatever we ask for in Jesus name

Joint Heirs with Jesus
The saints are joint heirs with Jesus. The apostle Paul wrote to the Romans, "The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him." (Rom 8:16-17)

To be fellow heirs with Christ means that whatever He has inherited we have also inherited. Whatever belongs to Christ belongs to us also, as long as we indeed meet the Scriptural condition of suffering with Him. (Also see An Incomparable Inheritance).

All Things Possible Through Faith in Christ
And Jesus said to him, "'If You can?' All things are possible to him who believes."  (Mar 9:23).  No matter what the situation, there is no mountain too high; no valley too low; no problem too great; no sickness or disease that cannot be healed; no financial need too large.

For those of us who believe in Jesus, all things are possible.  Nothing is impossible for us.

Putting it All Together
So to summarize what the Word says, the Heavenly Father has handed all things over to Jesus.  All things are from Him, through Him, and to Him; all things are in subjection to Him; He has been given all authority; all judgment belongs to Him; all the fullness of Deity dwells in Him; all things were made by Him, through Him, and for Him; He is the Heir of all things; He holds all things together; all things are summed up in Him; and God shall be glorified in all things in Christ!

That is why it's true that in Christ all things are ours.  If you are in Christ, you possess all things, including things present and things to come, things that can be seen and things unseen.  As coheirs with Christ, whatever belongs to Him belongs to us also. The Father has given us the kingdom! Seek first His kingdom and all these things will be provided for you. All things are possible through faith in Christ.  Nothing is impossible to Him who believes.

Matthew Henry said, “All powers, all treasures are in his hand. Observe, The Father has delivered his all into the hands of the Lord Jesus; let us but deliver our all into his hand and the work is done.” Let me encourage you to deliver your all into His hand today.

Epilogue: After the Lord revealed this message to me in my own time with Him, and I had already posted this article here, I searched online and found that a brother named Chip Brogden wrote: “Everything He has is freely given to us, and through Him we possess all that He possesses. When He has all that we have, then we have all that He has. When we give Him all that we are, He gives us all that He is. Oh, the depth of this love! Oh, the depth of the richness of His grace to us! Who can understand it? Who can know it?”

I also discovered and read a message once given by William Branham, called Possessing All Things, in which he said, “We may not be rich in this world's goods, but we possess all things. The Church itself possesses all things. Yet poor, yet rich and possess all things. I like that…A little old song we used to sing years ago...”

           My Father is rich with houses and lands,
           He holdeth the wealth of the world in His hands.
           Rubies and diamonds, and silver and gold,
           His coffers are full,
           He has riches untold.

“And we are a possessor of it, because we are a child of the King. Amen. The child always falls heir, we know...we're heir to all things, yet we're heir to every spiritual blessing, every physical blessing, every blessing the Bible promises, yet you have to fight every inch of it. That's the way God, He's got it set up. It's always been that way. You have to fight to possess what you know is your own. You have to fight to possess it. And that's what we have to do now.”

Attribution notice: Most Scripture quotations taken from the NASB. Most other Scriptures taken from The Holy Bible, New International Version® NIV®, unless otherwise noted. The "All Hail King Jesus" painting © 2012 is by Danny Hahlbohm, all rights reserved by the artist.

Author's note: If you enjoyed this post, please also read Identification with ChristYour Identity in Christ, An Incomparable InheritanceWhat's Wrong with the Prosperity Gospel?, and The Fiery Sufferings of the Believer. You may also like Prayer Promises, as well as Is Jesus God? and Supremacy of Christ. You may also access the Main Directory for this blog, or my complete blog directory at Writing for the Master.

Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"

Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission.

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