An Alphabetical Analysis
Volume 7 - Doctrinal Truth - Page 114 of 297
will be remembered that Aristotle named a treatise 'Physics' and followed
by a second which he called 'Metaphysics', those things that 'follow', and
beyond the range of mere physical science.  Meta means 'with', but 'with'
association, 'with' in a series, not 'with' in union and oneness.
At the Incarnation, God was manifested in the flesh, but even though
Christ was perfect Man, that did not make all mankind 'one' with God, for the
fact that Christ was Perfect Man, sinless, holy, harmless, undefiled, made
Him, at the same time, 'separate from sinners', not 'one' with sinners.  The
very Incarnation that brought Him so near to man, emphasized the gulf that
existed, and which could not be bridged by the fact of His human birth.  The
good Samaritan came where the wounded man was, and he showed what the word
'neighbour' implied, but this Samaritan did not, and could not, take the
place of the wounded man; he could not be 'wounded for' him, and in this lies
the problem which we are now facing.
At His birth the Saviour became Emmanuel ('God with us') but, although
this condescension is beyond the power of man to compute, it did not itself
accomplish redemption from sin.  It was a marvellous step in that direction.
By His very sinlessness the Saviour was 'separate from sinners', but the
Incarnation provided the body by which He was to make the one all-sufficient
Sacrifice for sin.  The last occurrence of the word meta, before He endured
the cross, is found in the record of Mark 15:28, 'He was numbered (reckoned)
with (meta) the transgressors'.  At this point a new principle is introduced,
the principle of 'reckoning'.  By this principle, 'He Who knew no sin' could
be made sin for us, even as we who had sinned, could be made 'the
righteousness of God in Him'.
Because of this principle of 'reckoning' (Rom. 4:10), or 'counting'
(Rom. 4:3), or 'imputing' (Rom. 4:22,23,24), as the word logizomai is
variously translated, we are enabled to 'reckon' ourselves 'dead indeed unto
sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord' (Rom. 6:11).  In
connection with this 'reckoning' a new preposition sun is introduced,
displacing the preposition of mere proximity, meta, by the preposition of
union.  We are made one with Christ, not in and by His birth, but in and by
His death.
This new bond of union which commenced at the Cross, leads on to the
glorious climax of being 'manifested with Him in glory' (Col. 3:4), where
'reckoning' is exchanged for 'reality'.
There are seven rungs in the ladder of grace, commencing with the Cross
and ending in Glory.  We will arrange the seven passages concerned in the
order in which they appear in the development of the doctrine, and also in
such a way that the first rung in the ladder shall be the lowest on the page.
(7) 'Manifested with' in glory
Sun phaneroo
(Col. 3:4)
'Seated with' in heavenly
places (Eph. 2:6)
'Raised with' (Col. 3:1)
'Quickened with' (Eph. 2:5)