Christ: Christ is in All #1

“All Means All”

Christ is in everyone and everything—no exceptions, from the smallest particle to the farthest star. John put it this way, “Everything came into being through the Word” (John 1:3). Nothing and no one excluded.

We do not live in a world that believes this. Under the influence of the false self (individual/collective), we concoct all sorts of ways to be “top dogs.” Supremacy has replaced the original blessing of the imago dei with the original sin of egotism/ethnocentrism. [1] Oneness has been replaced by endless variations of “othering” that do great harm.

These three words of Paul clean the lens of our spiritual vision. If we lived by them, the world would be a different place. We would be “one great fellowship of love throughout the whole wide earth.” [2] As things are, these three words indict us, while simultaneously offering us the way home. This is the “all flesh” message of the season of Pentecost that we have just entered. All means all. Why? Because Christ is in all.

[1] Matthew Fox, ‘Original Blessing’ Revised Edition (Penguin, 2000). First edition in 1983 by Tarcher-Putnam.

[2] Hymn, “In Christ There is No East or West,” words by John Oxenham, 1913.

About Steve Harper

Dr. Steve Harper is retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 45 books. He is also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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