The one for the many

God chose Israel to be the one nation for the many. They were greatly blessed as God’s treasured possession. Within this special covenant relationship, their calling was to be God’s blessing for all nations. They were God’s royal priesthood representing God to the nations and the nations to God. However, when the time fully came, an Israelite was born who is THE one for the many. His name is Jesus and he is the ultimate royal priest who represents God to all and all to God.

Jesus is himself the one for the many as the ONENESS of the divine and human. The eternal purpose of God is to give himself to humanity in love. And Jesus makes actual that eternal purpose among us. He is both Divine and Human joined together as one person in the deepest union and communion. So he is who God always wanted to be: God with us and for us as one of us. He is also who God wanted us to be: Humanity with God in union and communion.

Before the world was made God elected his own Son to be the one in whom God and humanity would be united. And in the man Jesus that divine election moved into time. Within our history, he brings God and humans together in himself as the God-human. Indeed, Jesus is the mystery of God’s will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth (Ephesians 1:9). In Jesus that eternal purpose moves into time becoming actual among us.

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