All things in Christ’s Hands


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

(John 3:35)


All things are in the hands of Christ our Redeemer. May God be pleased to enable you to see this blessed fact! — 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” Hebrews 2:8).


            When the Scriptures declare that all things have been put into Christ’s hands and placed under his feet, they speak not of our Savior in his absolute divinity, but in his office capacity as the God-man, our Mediator. All things have always been in his hands and under his feet as God. 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 into his hands and under his feet. God the Son is in every sense one with and equal with God the Father. That is exactly what John tells us 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. Listen to our Savior’s words 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 (Psalm 2:8; Daniel 7:14). 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. 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 (Hebrews 1:1-9).


            Rejoice in this child of God. All things are in the hands of him who died to save us! God most high “that performeth all things for me” (Psalm 57:2) is Immanuel, the God-man, my Savior, who loved me and gave himself for me! Nothing in heaven, earth or hell writhes or wriggles without his decree and according to his good purpose of grace toward his elect, whom he has redeemed out of every nation, kindred and tongue. Therefore, — “We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).







Don Fortner



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