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Everything we receive in this life comes to us through the divine pattern. This pattern is revealed to us by the persons of the Father and the Son. This divine pattern finds its source with the Father “Of whom are all things” and then is passed onto us through the person of Christ “By whom are all things.”

It is vitally important for us as the recipients of these blessings to clearly discern the personality and individuality of each person in this divine pattern.

Heb 1:1-3  God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,  (2)  Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;  (3)  Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

John 5:26  For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;  

The Bible clearly reveals the Father as the great source of all and that His Son is His express image and received all things from Him. Since the Son has received all things from His Father and is His express image, the only way we can mentally tell them apart is that the Son came from the Father and inherited all things from Him. His inheritance is the secret to preserving the personality and individuality of each. His inheritance also makes clear and distinct the “Of Whom” and “By Whom” sequence of the divine pattern.

As we read through Scripture we can find several examples where the “Of Whom” and “By Whom” pattern is replicated. Some of these examples overlap because of the cascading nature of God’s blessings flowing through several vessels.

Source – Of Whom

Channel – By Whom

References

Father

Son

1 Cor 8:6; 1 Cor 11:3; Heb 1:1-3

Husband

Wife

Gen 3:16; 1 Cor 11:3; Eph 5:25; 1 Pet 3:1

Father

Mother

Ex 20:12; Eph 6:1; Col 3:20

Mother

Children

1 Tim 2:15

Christ

Husband

1 Cor 11:3

Christ

Church

Eph 5:25

Prophet

Priest

Ex 4:16; Lev 8:36

Elders/Pastors

Flock

1 Pet 5:2; 1 Thess 5:12,13

King/Governor

Subjects/Citizens

Rom 13:1-3; 1 Pet 2:13,14

Bible

Spirit of Prophecy

RH Jan 20, 1903 “Lesser Light”

Bible

Pastor/Elder

2 Tim 4:2; 1 Pet 5:2

 

The more fully this divine pattern is followed the more blessings will flow upon us and our families. For instance when we honour our father and mother, we are promised long life. When we esteem highly in love those who are over us, we are blessed by their preaching of the Word and exhortations to a godly life.

Apart from the direct blessings of joy, happiness and fellowship that flow to us through this divine pattern, there are also the protective blessings that we can accrue through the channel. In each case, the one “By Whom” things come, is under the protection and possesses the authority of the one “Of Whom” things come. As an example of how much protection a child can have, we see:

  1. The child is protected by the mother,
  2. Who is protected by her husband,
  3. Who is protected by the police,
  4. Who are protected by the government,
  5. Who are ordained of God.

Taking this in a spiritual direction we see:

  1. The father is exhorted by the elders or pastor,
  2. Who are subject to the Word of God,
  3. Which was written by the prophets,
  4. Which was and is given by Christ,
  5. Who receives it from His Father.

The more we move into positions reflecting the divine pattern the greater our protection, blessing, peace and joy.

The key principle of the Father’s plan is that:

  1. All things are received through a channel and not directly from the Father.
  2. All things are patterned on the Father and His Son.

The rebellion of Satan introduced concepts that marred this divine pattern. The order of Heaven meant that originally Lucifer was under the authority of Christ, who was under the authority of His Father.

Satan, the chief of the fallen angels, once had an exalted position in Heaven. He was next in honor to Christ. Review and Herald, Feb 24, 1874.

The Scripture tells us how Satan wished to alter the divine pattern:

Isa 14:12-14  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!  (13)  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:  (14)  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

In these texts we see a being who does not seek to be under the protection and care of the divine pattern but rather seeks to be like, meaning to resemble, the Most High. Originally this meant that Satan wanted to be made equal to Christ rather than be under His authority, so that he could report directly to the Father without being under Christ. The Father, via the divine pattern, moved to defend and protect His Son and declared the relationship that He sustained to all the creation. Christ did not defend Himself or speak in His own defence, all this was done by the Father. Satan rejected the Father’s command to worship and honour His Son and then desired to be exactly like the Most High.