“Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves , but our adequacy is from God…” 2 Cor 3:5
One of the greatest tenets of Scripture is the claim that Jesus Christ is completely sufficient for all matters of life and godliness (2 Pt 1:3-4)! He is sufficient for creation (Col 1:16-17), salvation (Heb 10:10-12), sanctification (Eph 5:26-27), and glorification (Rom 8:30). So pure is He that there is no blemish, stain, spot of sin, defilement, lying, deception, corruption, error, or imperfection (1Peter 1:18-20).
So complete is He that there is no other God besides Him (Is 45:5); He is the only begotten Son (Jn 1:14,18): all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are in Him (Col 2:3); the fullness of Deity dwells bodily in Him (Col 2:9); He is heir of all things (Heb 1:2); He created all things and all things were made by Him, through Him, and for Him (Col 1:16); He upholds all things by the word of His power (Col 1:17, Heb 1:3); He is the firstborn of all creation (Col 1:15); He is the exact representation of God (Heb 1:3).
He is the only Mediator between God and man; He is the Sun that enlightens; the Physician that heals; the Wall of Fire that defends; the Friend that comforts; the Pearl that enriches; the Ark that supports; and the Rock to sustain under the heaviest of pressures; He is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty on high (Heb 1:3, 8:1); He is better than the angels (Heb 1:4-14); better than Moses; better than Aaron; better than Joshua; better than Melchizedek; better than all the prophets; greater than Satan (Luke 4:1-12); and stronger than death (1 Cor 15:55).
He has no beginning and no end (Rev 1:17, 18); He is the spotless Lamb of God; He is our Peace (Eph 2:14); He is our Hope (1 Tim 1:1); He is our Life (Col 3:4); He is the Living and true Way (Jn 14:6); He is the Strength of Israel (1 Sam 15:29); He is the Root and Descendant of David, the Bright Morning Star (Rev 22:16); He is Faithful and True (Rev 19:11); He is the Author and Perfecter of our faith (Heb 12:1-2); He is the Author of our salvation (Heb 2:10); He is the Champion; He is the Chosen One (Is 42:1); He is the Apostle and High Priest of our confession (Heb 3:1); He is the Righteous Servant (Is 53:11).
He is the Lord of Hosts, the Redeemer – the Holy One of Israel, the God of the whole earth (Is 54:5); He is the Man of Sorrows (Is 53:3); He is the Light; He is the Son of Man (Mt 20:28); He is the Vine; He is the Bread of Life; He is the Door; He is Lord (Php 2:10-13); He is Prophet, Priest, and King (Heb 1:1-3); He is our Sabbath rest (Heb 4:9); He is our Righteousness (Jer 23:6); He is the Wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace (Is 9:6); He is the Chief Shepherd (1 Pt 5:4); He is the Lord God of hosts: He is Lord of the nations: He is Lion of Judah; the Living Word: the Rock of Salvation; the Eternal Spirit; He is the Ancient of Days; Creator and Comforter; Messiah; and the great I AM (Jn 8:58)
Thomas Nelson (via MacArthur study bible pg 1800)
There are times when my view of Jesus Christ is so smeared with sin that I don’t see His Supremacy very well, and my delight in Him wavers, due to the lack of beholding this glorious view. I have been clawing to get a peak at this view, if just for a brief moment, praying that God would lift the clouds of self-centeredness, sin, and deception long enough that a glimpse of my Savior would renew a right spirit within me and restore the joy of salvation granted through this incredible Messiah!
This was an enormous answer to many prayers. I can only pray for anyone else struggling that God would open the eyes of your heart to see the hope of His calling, the riches of the glory of His inheritance to the saints, and the surpassing greatness of His power (Eph 1:18-19).
Oh my LORD, if there is one thing that you would grant this weak vessel, that I could petition the psalm of David, “that I may dwell in house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord”.
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Thank you for the encouragement Dan.
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Praise God Ueli, I am glad, it was encouraging!
Good thoughts, brother Dan…May we continually desire such a complete view of Christ and may we never tire of such beauty, especially when compared to all the counterfeit gods this world offers.
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