Riddle me this

The text: 1 Corinthians 15:24-28

After that the end will come, when he will turn the Kingdom over to God the Father, having destroyed every ruler and authority and power. For Christ must reign until he humbles all his enemies beneath his feet. And the last enemy to be destroyed is death. For the Scriptures say, “God has put all things under his authority.” (Of course, when it says “all things are under his authority,” that does not include God himself, who gave Christ his authority.) Then, when all things are under his authority, the Son will put himself under God’s authority, so that God, who gave his Son authority over all things, will be utterly supreme over everything everywhere.

Do you see my “Huh?”

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9 responses to “Riddle me this

  1. God is subject to no authority except His own authority. The incarnate Christ willingly gave up some portion of that in order to obey His Father’s will and come in the form (morphe) of humanity (Philippians 2:6-11). Jesus said that He could do nothing apart from His Father. It only makes sense that He would return that authority to the Father. It certainly should not imply any separation of Christ from the Triune God-head.

  2. If God were to act apart from His own authority, then it follows that He would act against His own nature. If He acted apart from His nature then He would not and could not be God. If we accept this premise then we who accept Christ as God must assume also that He could act apart form the authority, the will and the nature of God the Father.
    Am I anywhere close or am I chasing a theological rabbit down the wrong hole entirely? LOL!

  3. God has put everything under Christ until the end when all authority in the world is defeated. Currently for us, the foolish, to access God we need the intercessory of Christ. Once all are defeated and Christ passes authority back to God we will no longer need an intercessor and we will be directly united with God the Father.

  4. By the way…in my last comment, I got my fingers tangled up. I meant to write that we must “assume also that He could NOT act apart from the authority, the will, and the nature of God the Father.”

  5. I really like Mark’s take on that part of Scripture. I can see the “huh” part though.

  6. John Calvin agrees with Mark.

    John Calvin writes in his commentary on this passage:

    “This statement, however, is at first view at variance with what we read in various passages of Scripture respecting the eternity of Christ’s kingdom. For how will these things correspond — Of his kingdom there will be no end, (Dan vii. 14, 27; Luke i. 33; 2 Peter i. 11,) and He himself shall be subjected? The solution of this question will open up Paul’s meaning more clearly. In the first place, it must be observed, that all power was delivered over to Christ, inasmuch as he was manifested in the flesh. It is true that such distinguished majesty would not correspond with a mere man, but, notwithstanding, the Father has exalted him in the same nature in which he was abased, and has given him a name, before which every knee must bow, &c. (Phil. ii. 9, 10.) Farther, it must be observed, that he has been appointed Lord and highest King, so as to be as it were the Father’s Vicegerent in the government of the world — not that he is employed and the Father unemployed, (for how could that be, inasmuch as he is the wisdom and counsel of the Father, is of one essence with him, and is therefore himself God?) But to reason why the Scripture testifies, that Christ now holds dominion over the heaven and earth in the room of the Father is — that we may not think that there is any other governor, lord, protector, or judge of the dead and living, but may fix our contemplation on him alone. We acknowledge, it is true, God as the ruler, but it in the face of the man Christ. But Christ will then restore the kingdom which he has received, that we may cleave wholly to God. Nor will he in this way resign the kingdom, but will transfer it in a manner from his humanity to his glorious divinity, because a way of approach will then be opened up, from which our infirmity now keeps us back. Thus then Christ will be subjected to the Father, because the vail being then removed, we shall openly behold God reigning in his majesty, and Christ’s humanity will then no longer be interposed to keep us back from a closer view of God.” (John Pringle’s translation)

    The translator’s footnote on this section in Calvin offers this from Dick’s Theology, vol. iii. pp. 250-251:

    “The mediatorial kingdom of Christ …. will end when its design is accomplished; he will cease to exercise an authority which has no longer an object. When all the elect are converted by the truth, and, being collected into one body, are presented to the Father …. a new order of things will commence under which the dependence of men upon the Godhead will be immediate [i.e. without mediation]; and Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, one in essence, counsel, and operation, will reign for ever over the inhabitants of heaven.”

  7. Well, Im shur glad that tranlsator splained it caus Mr. Calvin was bout a clere as a mud pudle.

    Duz this hav anythin to do with teh milelnium kingdum?

    Duz aneybody hav aney asperin?

  8. I don’t think I have ever had anybody agree with me before. Now I’m worried.

  9. Philippians 3: 20-21 says “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.”

    The Greek word for “lowly” here is “tapienosis” and is best translated as “vile.” Seems that one of the enemies that Christ must “put under his feet” in 1 Cor. 15 are our vile bodies, which he accomplishes by giving us a new Spirit, a new life, and even new bodies.

    Yeah, I get that.

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