Yesterday I offered 20 ways which Christ is better than Adam and you can’t get too much of Christ, right? So today I wanted to share a passage from Joel Beeke’s Getting Back in the Race describing how God has made Christ everything for believers. Meditate on these two lists fully and you won’t go wrong. Christ is our all in all.
God has made Christ everything to the believer:
- Are we nothing but sin? Christ became sin on behalf of his people to redeem them from it (2 Corinthians 5:21).
- Are we perpetual law-breakers? Christ is the fulfillment of the law (Matthew 5:17, Romans 10:4).
- Are we separated from God? Christ was forsaken by his Father as Judge so that we will never be forsaken by him (Matthew 27:46).
- Are we unrighteous? Christ is the all-righteous one, having merited a perfect robe of righteousness through his active and passive obedience (Isaiah 61:10).
- Are we cursed? Christ died the accursed death as curse-bearer for his elect (Galatians 3:13). • Are we under Divine wrath? Christ merits, keeps, and applies peace (Isaiah 53:5).
- Are we hell-worthy? Christ descended into hell’s pains in his earthly sufferings to prevent hell-bound people from going there forever (Luke 22:44).
- Are we condemned by the truth and righteousness of God? In Christ, “mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other” (Psalm 85:10).
- Are we foolish? Christ is wisdom (Proverbs 8).
- Are we filthy? Christ is “holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners” (Hebrews 7:26).
- Are we prone to temptation? Christ “was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15).
- Are we spiritually poor? Christ “was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9).
- Are we in spiritual bondage? In Christ there is liberty, for “if the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36).
- Are we weak? Christ is our strength (1 Samuel 15:29, Philippians 4:13).
- Are we prayerless and thankless? Christ is the praying and thanking high priest who sits at the right hand of the Father and never ceases to intercede for his people (Romans 8:34).
- Are we restless? Christ went without rest for thirty-three years, but now he has entered into his rest (Psalm 132:8, Hebrews 1:3), causing his people to rest in him as their prophet, priest, and king who has paid for their entire salvation (Psalm 110).
Joel R. Beeke. Getting Back in the Race (Kindle Locations 1087-1118). Cruciform Press. Read My Review. Buy Getting Back in the Race: The Cure for Backsliding.