“Christ Is All”
I Corinthians 1:30
In the matter of salvation, “Christ is all!” That is a blessed fact of divine revelation. It cannot be insisted upon too emphatically or too often. It is a fact that must be known. It is essential to the gospel, essential to the souls of men, essential to salvation, and essential to the revelation of the glory of God.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Psa. 111:10); and CHRIST IS OUR WISDOM. If you would be wise unto salvation, you must know Christ. He was our wise Counselor and Advocate in the covenant of grace before the world was made (Prov. 8:12-31). He is our wise Prophet who alone reveals God (John 1:18). He is our wise Intercessor at the right hand of God (I John 2:1-2). And he makes his people as wise as serpents and harmless as doves, directing them in the paths of faith according to the will of God.
CHRIST IS OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. In the matter of righteousness , we are totally bankrupt. We have no righteousness of our own, and no ability to produce any. We are sinners. We cannot do anything good in the sight of God. In fact, even our righteousnesses are filthy rags in his eyes (Isa. 64:6). Yet, in order for us to be saved, we must be made perfectly righteous (Matt. 5:21; Psa. 24:3-4). By his life of obedience to God as a man, the Lord Jesus Christ established and brought in everlasting righteousness. By his death at Calvary, he satisfied the justice of God for the sins of his people which were imputed to him. Just as our sins were imputed to him so that he was made to be sin, his righteousness is imputed to every believer and we are “made the righteousness of God in him” (II Cor. 5:21).
CHRIST IS OUR SANCTIFICATION. All who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ were set apart in him from eternity by God’s electing love (Jude 1), set apart unto God by legal purchase through the redemptive work of Christ (Heb. 10:10, 14), and shall be set apart and distinguished from the rest of the human race by God the Holy Spirit in regeneration. In the new birth the Holy Spirit puts within us the very nature of Christ (II Cor. 5:17; II Pet. 1:4; I John 3:9). He imparts to every chosen, redeemed sinner the very righteousness of Christ.
CHRIST IS OUR REDEMPTION. He redeemed his people from the penalty of sin by blood atonement when he died as our Substitute, paying our debt to the infinite justice of God for us (Gal. 3:13). He redeems his elect from the dominion of sin by the almighty, irresistible power of his grace in the new birth, sending his Spirit to regenerate his ransomed ones (Rom. 6:22). And he shall redeem all who trust him from the very being and all the consequences of sin in the resurrection at the last day (Heb. 9:28).
All that your soul needs Jesus Christ is. All that God requires from you is in Christ. The Lord God accepts sinners as his sons by the merit of Christ his Son. Believe on Christ alone as your only, all-sufficient Savior; and all that he is and has you are and have in him.