Christ is the essence and origin of all things Christ. He is the meaning of every Christian term, doctrine, and theology. If that thing cannot trace its origin and meaning in Christ then it is not Christian. Too often I get put off by how Christians try to explain Christian things. They talk about them as if they are a thing in themselves.
It has to be Christ, if it is not Christ then it is not Christian. If you can't tell me how that term or theology is Christ then I am not interested. If you want to define salvation then start from "Christ is our salvation", if it is not Christ you are talking about then it is alien. You hear preacher talk about grace as if it is a; a thing called grace that is this and that and that. I am not interested in hearing about things, I want to hear about Christ.
Tell me about Christ, tell me how this beautiful man manifest himself as grace, how he express himself as salvation, how he demonstrate himself as righteous and holiness in us. Stop talking about holiness as if it is a thing that I must conform to. The only thing I want to be conform to is Christ, the only holiness in Christianity is Christ, tell me about this Christ. He is our obsession, he is all we talk about, all we see, all we hear.
"a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth." (Eph 1:10).
God has summed up all things Christian into Christ. Christ is now every thing in Christianity. He is the discipline that we must have, the self control, the gentleness, the humility, the faithfulness, the righteousness and all other thing that is Christian. So we are not talking about gentleness as a virtue but as a person, he, Christ, is our gentleness.
He is the author of all things Christian, they must all trace there origin and meaning from him. "a pastor is someone who is...", no, no, no. Let your definition start with "Christ is the pastor", then from there you can now draw attribute of Christ that constitute the function that is carried out in the pastoral. Yes, it must be drawn from Christ, for he is the origin of it all.
We need to retrace all things back to Christ, only then can we find the excesses and then know how to reform ourselves and become conformed to Christ. You see, we are not called to conform to a doctrine, a thing, a theology, a set of virtues etc. No, we are called to conform to Christ, we have been predestined for this.
"For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son," (Rom 8:29).
We must be careful that it is Christ we are conforming to and not some teaching or some cooked up doctrine, or a moral code. It is not a thing but the person of Christ, he is our all in all.
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