Any understanding about the union of God and his plan for the fullness of time can only be gained through Jesus Christ. Only in Christ is the love of God in unity made clear, the same love and unity that all things were created to reflect. Jesus is God and he is the new (better) Adam, the only one capable of being who is needed to remake and enhance what was unmade in Adam. Not only does Christ perfectly satisfy God’s justice and mercy he also satisfies God’s requirement and standard for unity (relationship).

Since the fracturing of the unity that existed between God and his creation in the beginning one question was left unanswered for generations: How can a God, who is one, allow a state of disunity to continue? Before the beginning God was one, in the beginning all things were one in him, however after the fall mankind became many apart from God. Because unity is an essential characteristic of who God is, disunity with God means to stand in opposition to him. Therefore to allow it to continue seems to imply that God is acting in contradiction with himself.

To help understand how God addresses the problem of disunity it is important to look at one of the most important statements God has ever made about himself. In Exodus 34, after the events of the golden calf at Sinai and after the people of Israel had been punished, Moses requests that God pass before him. When this happens God gives one of the most important descriptions of himself in the bible. Given how immensely complex God is and the unfathomable depths of his character, form, powers, etc there are seemingly endless ways he could describe himself. Therefore when God chooses to describe himself in the form of a contradiction (from a human perspective) special attention must be given to this contradiction:

The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.”
(Exodus 34:6-7 ESV)

He is the God who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin, but at the same time does not let any trespass go unpunished, meaning his judgement is always complete. How can this be? How can he forgive sin and at the same time deliver justice?

The answer to this contradiction is Christ, God and man in one being. He fulfils God’s requirement for justice and mercy but above all he fulfils God’s requirement for unity. He is the image of the invisible God, the exact imprint of his nature, who fulfils all God’s promises and in him man and all things are returned to unity in God. These statements reveal the perfect unity that exists between God and Christ, ultimately showing how the question of disunity that has seemingly existed in God since the fall is resolved in Christ.


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