Saturday, May 8, 2010

On the Sufficiency of Christ

It is such a relief to not have to save yourself. I couldn't get anything done if I were everywhere looking to make sure I didn't fail, always watching my merit-o-meter, and making sure that every jot and tittle was correct. And no matter what, it wouldn't work. Ask Saul "Nine-for-ten-ain't-bad" of Tarsus. Whoever fails the law in one point is guilty of breaking it all. Shucks.

Enter Jesus "Ten-for-ten-and-all-the-rest" of Nazareth. He kept the entire law. By so doing, he earned true merit. He met the demands of every covenant ever made between God and mankind. And what did he do with all this merit, all this obedience?

He laid it down. No one took it from him, but he laid it down. If sin is death and obedience is life, and Christ laid down his life as a sacrifice, so he laid down that treasury of merit at the altar of the cross, and offered it up to his Just and Righteous Father. It was a pleasing and acceptable sacrifice.

But thank God it doesn't end there. Just as Christ took up his life again, for death had no power over him, and gives that life to those who believe in him, so he gives the wages he earned to those who believe in him. He was not robbed of them. He is still the perfect law-keeper. And now, to those who call on his name and depend on him alone for salvation, he gives those wages of righteousness, which is to say, he gives life.

You cannot separate the life that Christ gives to his people from the work that he did for them. The life presupposes the work. If you want life in Christ, you must accept his merit, and his merit only. The minute you try to chip in and go Dutch on salvation, it's ruined. Your money's no good here. In fact, it's bad.

Now, shall we sin more that grace may abound? By no means! Work and pray, live like you have life in Christ, but know that you can only do that if you rest on his perfect work, wholly and entirely sufficient for salvation in this life and that which is to come.

Anyway, I couldn't think of a better topic for a first post. This is not exclusively going to be a theology blog, but as it is a topic that makes demands on a person, it is a topic which demands an address. So, there you have it. The gospel, with a few elaborations on certain points. All the best to you.

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