In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:…
I. IN THE METAPHYSICAL ORDER.
1. He is the image of the invisible God.
2. It pleased God that in Him should all fulness (of the Divine attributes) dwell. He is therefore the Mediator of the knowledge of God.
II. IN THE PHYSICAL ORDER. The first thesis determined the relation of Christ to God; this establishes His relation to Nature.
1. He is before all things, the firstborn (heir) of all creation.
2. He is the Author of all that exists. Consequently He is the Mediator of existence or natural life.
III. IN THE THEOLOGICAL ORDER, which, as does the following, refers to His relations with men.
1. He is the Redeemer.
2. The reconciler. Thus He is the Mediator of the restoration of the normal relation of man to God.
IV. IN THE MORAL ORDER. He is the head of the spiritual body — the Church — and therefore is the Mediator of the new life or the spiritual creation.
V. IN THE APOCALYPTIC ORDER, i.e., of the order of the things to come. He has died, as all men die, but He has also risen, and in that He has taken precedence of all, and His own will follow Him. Consequently He is the Mediator of life eternal.
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