Sunday, 27 December 2015

The Centrality Of Christ To The Christian



Christ is the Christian's life (Col 3:4). Christ is the Christian's past (Col 2:14), the Christian's present and future. The Christian is not struggling for a secured future because Christ is his secured future and his destiny. Christ is the Christian's beginning and end i.e the Christian's life history began with Christ and his future ends with Christ. Christ is the Christian's righteousness (2Cor 5:21), the Christian's holiness, his sanctification and consecration (1Cor 6:11). Christ is the Christian's justification (Rom 3:24 & Rom 8:34). Christ is the Christian's religion, for the Christian's religion is not a system of belief but a person and that person is Christ. Christ is the Christian's faith (Heb 12:1) and hope (Col 1:27). As Christians we are called to look onto Jesus. Our primary duty is simply look onto Jesus. All other things we do is as a result of looking, a reaction of looking. 
"And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit." (2Cor 3:18).
We are transformed into His image by fixing our eyes on Him.
Christ is the Christian's wisdom (1Cor 1:30). He is the Christian's knowledge (Col 2:3). Christ is the Christian's thought and emotion, "But we have the mind of Christ (the Messiah) and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart." (1Cor 2:16b AMP). Christ is the Christian's purpose and meaning (Col 1:16-17). Christ is the Christian's dream, his vision, his plan and passion. Christ is the Christian's motivation, desire and ability (Phi 2:13). Christ is the Christian's strength (2Cor 12:9) and through Him the Christian can do all things (Phi 4:13). Christ is the Christian's talent, skills and gift.
Christ is all we need, all we desire and all we have. Christ is more than enough for us. The Christian no longer have self-interest but Christ-interest. No longer seek self-promotion but Christ-promotion. No longer self-centered but Christ-centered. The Christian's losses his self-identity and is left with only Christ-identity. The Christian don't have any self-esteem but Christ-esteem. And as a result the Christian can't be self-confident but Christ-confident.
The Christian have been made one with Christ and He is all that matter to us. "No longer I who live but Christ" (Gal 2:20).

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