All Things are in Our Savior’s Hands


“The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.”

(John 3:35)


All things have been put into the hands and under the feet of our most glorious Christ, the God-man, as our Mediator. — "Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. (Hebrews 2:8-9)


            All things have always been in his hands and under his feet as God. These statements refer not to our Savior in his absolute divinity, but in his office capacity as the God-man, our Mediator. He who is God the Son, the second person of the Holy Trinity, is the Creator and Sustainer of all things. As such he is the Owner, Ruler and Disposer of all things. Consequently, as God, nothing could be put in his hands and under his feet. God the Son is in every sense one with and equal with God the Father. That is the doctrine of the Trinity as it is revealed in 1 John 5:7.


All things have been put into Christ’s hands and under his feet for him to rule over and dispose of for the salvation of his people, as the God-man, our Mediator. Our Savior said in John 17:2, "Thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him." In Romans 14:9 we read, "For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living."


            By virtue of his obedience to the Father in his great work of redemption, the Lord Jesus Christ took his seat as a man, as Immanuel, as God in human flesh, upon the throne of heaven, exactly as the prophets said he would. He sat down in glory because his work was finished, according to the will and purpose of the triune God.


In Hebrews 10:5-14 we are given the Holy Spirit’s interpretation of David’s prophecy in Psalm 40. Because it was not possible for sin to be put away in any other way, Christ came to die for chosen sinners, according to the will of God. With his mission accomplished, having redeemed those whom he came to redeem, having obtained eternal redemption for us with his own blood, our Mediator sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.


            The opening verses of the Book of Hebrews state the same thing. Read Hebrews 1:1-9. Rejoice! — All things are in the hands of him who loved us and gave himself for us!


            Yonder in heaven, seated on his lofty throne, from which he rules the universe, is God in our flesh. His throne is called “the throne of grace.” And he bids us come boldly to his throne “that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).






Don Fortner



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