Friday, February 22, 2008
JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF
There are many warnings in scripture against taking unto ourselves any glory due to Christ alone. The most deadly, soul damning teaching in religion today is that which exalts man, his will, his works, his righteousness. Salvation is all of Jesus Christ Himself. He saves by His will, His work, and His righteousness alone (1 Corinthians 1:30).
Without question, the scriptures point to Christ alone as the author, finisher and the one who sustains our salvation.
1. Jesus Christ Himself is the chief cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20).
2. Jesus Christ Himself is the atonement whereby God has reconciled His own to Himself (Hebrews 1:3).
3. Jesus Christ Himself is the only ransom for all who by God's Spirit, come to Him as guilty, lost, condemned sinners (1 Timothy 2:6).
There are some who are only taken up with the doctrines of the Gospel, but truth isolated from the person of Jesus Christ grows hard and cold. The doctrine is good and necessary. However, apart from Christ, it is like a throne without the King, a wedding without the Bridegroom, a well manicured garden without the flowers, a perfume bottle without the perfume, a poem without the rhyme.
Do we come to the doctrine through Christ or Christ through the doctrine?
The answer is 'Yes' to both. No one will know Christ without true and proper doctrine. Yet in coming to Christ, by the doctrine, we learn of Him, not just about Him. Faithful preaching of the doctrine of Christ is necessary to know Him (John 6:45). Where there is a true knowledge of Christ, it will produce a true love for Him and His doctrine (John 14:23,24).
By Pastor Ken Wimer, Shreveport, LA