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Christ Himself
by Heshimu Colar

Regarding the things of God, we're never going to have everything all figured out. God reveals Himself to us piece by piece. Yet, we do know this. all of the pieces continually grow into the fullness of Christ (Eph 4:11-15), and there are too many aspects of His Person and work too ever settle upon one thing, as if we've arrived. His blood, the liberty He purchased, His office of judge, His hatred of the wicked, His compassion, wisdom, deity, humanity, purpose of grace. all these things, and many more occupy the heart of the believer in their due season.

When the Lord is teaching us concerning ourselves and exposing a certain area of our sinfulness, He will soon enough reveal something particular about Himself that heals the now exposed wound and binds up the specific area of our broken heart. If you are currently mourning for elevating a particular aspect of His redemption above His glorious Person, then He may be showing you the broadness of His love and the many sides of His grace. Not only are you being rebuked for your arrogance, but He is also giving you a little child's hunger and thirst to learn of Him. "It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of kings is to search out a matter. The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable (Prov 25:2-3)." "And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God (Eph 3:19)."

If you have ever truly seen the broadness of His Person and the unsearchableness of His riches, then you know what it means to desire Him ONLY. No longer do you simply want to see that you're justified by faith without works, but your soul pants to see the Christ who obeyed for you and by whose faithfulness you're justified. The desire to know the Person of Christ does not throw down doctrine as secondary and exalt emotions above the written revelation. Instead, longing to see the Person of Christ Jesus is the means whereby God truly teaches a sinner the doctrine of Christ. The Master invites and commands every sin afflicted mourner, "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls (Matt 11:28-29)." That's right. learn of Him. Don't just learn about what He did, but learn of Him by what He did. His works manifest what kind of person He is. We are able to discern true and false preachers by the fruit of their lips. "Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them." The fruit of Christ's lips is better than wine; it is the message of the Gospel that concerns Him. He is the Good Tree; "Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit. (Matt 7:17)."

All doctrine is perverted without Christ, and glorious to God and His people through Christ. We were chosen in Christ, and election is empty without Him. The Father looked upon the Son and created a people who will forever share in the equality of His love (Eph 1:4). We were predestinated to be conformed to the image of the Son. Predestination is not God cursing men and women for destruction before birth. Predestination is God planning and bringing to pass all things for the eternal glory of His elect. We shall bear the exact image of Jesus Christ (Rom 8:29). We have redemption and forgiveness by His blood (Eph 1:7), and everyone who believes Him is truly and perfectly justified. Looking to our faith only produces sorrow or religious pride, yet looking to Christ obeying the Father, dying righteously for the wicked, and rising to minister to His saints, actually liberates every believer. Spiritual knowledge of Him removes every burden, sheds love abroad upon our hearts, and this is the actual walk of faith. We don't need to study faith as much as we need to study Him by faith.

When Christ is preached, the work of redemption adorns the One who died. "A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver (Prov 25:11)." Christ is the love apple- the treasure of Gold, and in this case, the picture of silver is the work of Redemption that arrays Him. In the book of Revelation, we see the Risen Christ surrounded by the covenant of grace. "And immediately, I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald (Rev 4:2-3)." The covenant that contains every blessing and stipulation for our eternal salvation was always in His heart, but it was purchased for us at the cross. His love for us did not begin at Calvary, yet it was publicly and wondrously manifested there. God's grace to us began in election, and to the praise of the glory of His grace, He made us accepted in the Beloved. The holy angels are loved by God and included in the heavenly family, but they don't have the privilege to sing the song of the redeemed. The elect, delivered from condemnation into salvation, and from the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of God and His Christ, are the trophies of the love of God, which He has plainly manifested by His sufferings unto death (Eph 2:7).

We can never talk enough about Him, nor give Him too much praise. We honor the Father by looking to the Son. Jesus said, "It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me (John 6:45)." And ". he that hath seen me hath seen the Father. (John 14:9)." We truly honor the Spirit only as we look to the Son. Christ said, "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine. (John 16:13-15)." No, we do not worship the doctrine of Christ. We worship the Person of Christ, who according unto the blessed doctrine is God our Savior.

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