The Highest Himself

Of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the Highest Himself shall establish her (Psalm 87:5).

The birth of the gracious Messiah and the beneficence of His glorious majesty are both introduced in this Psalm. Primarily, the privileges of citizenship and rights of heirship are the outcome of natural birthright, but in this case they are secured on the ground of supernatural law, even by regeneration. Luke is careful to designate the One manifested at Bethlehem "the Highest," which title he makes use of on seven occasions.

Messiah Himself is the founder of the City of God and the furnisher of all its privileges. The Son is rightfully "heir of all things" (Hebrews 1:2); and although we were by nature without right and devoid of merit or claim as being aliens, we have, nevertheless, been called into the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, and are now fellow citizens with the saints end of the household of God (1 Corinthians 1:9; Ephesians 2:19).

In addition we have been made partakers of the divine nature, have received the Spirit of adoption, and are heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ. Such a change of relationship cannot be brought about merely by the nominal desire of man nor by any normal design he may determine. Neither can it be obtained through natural descent nor secured by national decree (John 1:12).

Christ, as Heir of all things, is likewise King of kings, wherefore His righteous rule, and His regenerate race of mankind are in view in verse four of Psalm 87. "I will make mention of [Egypt] and Babylon to them that know Me: behold Philistia, and Tyre, with Ethiopia." Out from a world of materialistic imperialism and idolatry, corruption and confusion, as represented in Egypt and Babylon and from the three representative races of Shem, Japheth, and Ham, suggested in Philistia, Tyre, and Ethiopia, the Highest Himself emerges, emancipates, and entitles His people through regeneration to enter the city.

One faultless man arises from the ranks of humanity in the sphere of humiliation and takes by moral right the supreme station of honor in the realm of infinite holiness, there to be revealed in His true character, the Highest Himself. "Now that He ascended, what is it but that He also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that He might fill all things" (Ephesians. 4:9-10). From the lowliest position He assumed on earth, our beloved Savior rose to fill the loftiest place conceivable, which is described as above all heavens. Therefore, in dignity of disposition as well as in degree of dominion He exceeds every rank of renown, excels every position of prominence, and eclipses every superior station of might and majesty.

Although enthroned in unrivaled honor in those unrevealed heights, yet the tender compassions of His pity fail not, and the tokens of His faithfulness are strewn about us anew every morning. Even though He is environed in the unapproachable splendor of an undisclosed glory, and sways the scepter of supreme command and extreme control, yet His kindly sympathy and kingly strength sustain His people and see to their protection day by day.

In the light of such exalted Lordship, the repleteness of Christ's riches and resources cannot be estimated. No evident barriers can possibly hinder His beneficent bountifulness. No means of measurement can define His limitless loveliness, and no far-seeing telescope can bring into visibility the coastline of His shoreless supplies.

The vastness of His power is portrayed in a panorama of ponderous planets, the greatness of His might is manifested in the magnitude of the majestic mountains with their manifold minerals, while the immensity of His infinite strength is indicated in the star-strewn spaces of the heavens. No wonder that during His earthly ministry He spoke with a remarkable eloquence wholly free of extremes and extravagances. How could One who is Heir of all things, the very Prince of kings, whose rights are in the Heaven of heavens, ever overstate a claim? Is the declaration He made, "All that are in the graves shall hear My voice and shall come forth," an exaggeration? Is the statement He made to Caiaphas, the obdurate opposer, "Nevertheless I say unto you, hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power and coming in the clouds of heaven," merely the excogitation of an excited mind? Nay, these are but minor expressions of the boundless power of Him who is the Highest Himself. So then we may confidently say, the potentialities of Christ are unpredictable, the prerogatives of Christ are unpronounceable, and the purposes of Christ are unpreventable.