Monday, September 26, 2011

The Focal Point

The best definition I found for the term "focal point" was at the following web site:
It gave the definition as follows:

"focal point

Also called principal focus. Optics . either of two points on the axis of a mirror, lens, or other optical system, one point being such that rays diverging from it are deviated parallel to the axis upon refraction or reflection by the system and the other point being such that rays parallel to the axis of the system converge to the point upon refraction or reflection by the system.
the point at which all elements or aspects converge; center of activity or attention: The focal point of our discussion was the need for action.
the central or principal point of focus."

While the first definition is more scientific, and I like the term, "principal focus," for my purposes I like the second and third definitions best. I am of course talking about the Lord Jesus. Jesus said in John 5:39 "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me." Of course we understand that the Lord was addressing the Jews. But I wonder how many do search the scriptures to prove their point of view, never realizing the Lord Jesus is the focal point of the Bible.

There are those who try to detract from the so-called Oneness doctrine calling people who believe it "Jesus only." (BTW the term "Oneness is no more a Biblical term than is the term, "Trinity"). It is interesting to me to note that when the Lord Jesus told Thomas (after Thomas had seen the nail prints and the wounded side) in John 20:27-28 to, "be not faithless but believing," Thomas "answered and said unto Him, My Lord and my God." Maybe Thomas hadn't yet understood the nature of the Trinity as it would not be fully formulated until the second century. The Bible says in John 14:8-9 that Philip said to Jesus, "Lord, Shew us the father, and it sufficeth us." The Lord's reply was crystal clear, "Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? He that hath seen me hath seen the father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the father..." In 1st John 2:23 John wrote, "Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also."

The Apostle Paul wrote of the Lord Jesus in Colossians 2:9-10 "For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power..." All the fulness? Complete in Him? Yes, to a born again believer Jesus is the focal point of all things . Someone has said, "He is the center and the circumference." To a Christian, the Lord Jesus is the all-in-all. Is He your all-in-all today?

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