Jesus the Son is the Restorer of all things. We talked in an earlier post about Him being the “last Adam,” a man without the sin nature, Who, unlike the first Adam, retained His purity throughout life, never once doing anything that displeased His heavenly Father. By His victorious life, atoning death on the cross, and triumph over the grave, He restored back to man dominion over the terrestrial realm, which the first Adam had abdicated through his rebellion against God.
How do we know He has restored man’s original position? That is a lengthy topic in itself, but the short answer is this: Jesus said to his disciples after His resurrection, “All authority is given to me in heaven and in earth. Go, therefore …” (Matthew 28:18, 19). Before the cross, He had promised, “I will give to you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatsoever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; whatsoever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 16:19). He did not give them this wholesale “whatsoever” authority to bind and release then. He said, “I will give you ….” But once he held all authority because of His triumph over sin, death, and hell, he delegated to us his authority in the earth realm. The last Adam restored what had been abdicated by the first Adam.
While on earth, Jesus demonstrated His role as Restorer through healing, delivering people from demons, raising the dead, and bringing people out of sin and into transformed lives. He has commissioned us to join with Him in His restorative work: “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely you have received, now freely give” (Matthew 10:8) and, “He who believes on me, the works that I do he shall do as well; and greater works than these shall he do, because I go to be with my Father” (John 14:12).
The Son’s role as Restorer is a progressive work. Although at the cross, He declared the full victory, “It is finished” (John 19:30), we do not yet see the restoration in its completeness. Hebrews 2:8 tells us God the Father “has put all things in subjection under his feet. For in putting all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.” Paul also mentions in 1 Corinthians 15:24-27 the progressive nature of the restoration: “Then shall the end come … when he shall have put down all rule, and all authority and power. For he must reign, until he has put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For he has put all things under his feet….”
The full restoration will be revealed when Jesus returns to earth as the conquering King. Peter mentioned a coming day “when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. And he shall send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began” (Acts 3:19-21).
We eagerly anticipate that day, and say with the Apostle John, “Even so, come Lord Jesus.”
Excerpted from Before Whom We Stand: The Everyman’s Guide to the Nature of God — available in print from Full Gospel Family Publications and Amazon and in e-book form from many fine ebook sellers.