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“Christ is all”
Today, there are many Christians that live without Christ as the center of their religion. However the Bible shows us that this is necessary as its said multiple times, “To me to live is Christ” (Phil. 1:21), “I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me” (Gal. 2:20) and what titles our paper today “Christ is all” (Col. 3:11). While we learned in the chapter “Without Christ” the repercussions of being without Jesus, in this chapter, Ryle is determined to show us why the “right knowledge” of Christ is necessary for any practical Christian.
First of all, Ryle shows us that “Christ is all in all of the counsels of God concerning man”. Astonishingly , even when the earth was being created, Christ was “with God”, “was God” and was “equal with God” (John 1:1, Phil. 2:6). Jesus was the Savior even before earth was created. Thus when God created earth, Christ too was there. Ryle says “When He spoke of the sheep, the fish, the ravens, the corn, the lilies, the fig tree, the vine- He spoke of things which He Himself had made”. Secondly, Christ was there when Adam and Eve fell. When Adam and Eve decided to give up their relationship with God, it was revealed to them that Christ was their only hope of salvation. It was told “the seed of the woman should yet bruise the serpent’s head” (Gen. 3:15). Christ was shown to be the true light of the world and “By Him all saved souls have entered heaven, from Adam downwards; and without Him none have ever escaped hell”. Thirdly, after about 4000 years when the world forgot about God, the Egyptian, Persian and Roman empires have done everything they could to spread superstition and idolatry. In 1 Cor. 1:21 tell us that “The world by wisdom knew not of God”. Christ came down to earth in order to provide salvation. He took the nature of man and he lived a life teaching and bringing those to His light. He died for our sins and rose again for our justification. Finally, in the near future, there will be a time where sin will finally cease. Satan will not be in reign and “there shall be a restitution of all things”. There will be a new heaven and earth. Christ will then reign as King and return to this earth. When the time of judgment comes, Christ then will be the Judge as it is told to us “For the Father judgeth no man, but hath commited all judgment unto the Son” (John 5:22).
For those that believe very little of Christ, we must understand how Christ is “all” from the very beginning to the very end. He was present before creation, during creation and after. Thus, we shouldn’t think of Him in such a small manner, but our salvation and our very essence are intertwined with Christ Himself.
Next, we will understand that “Christ is all in the inspired book which make up the Bible”. In the Old and New Testament shows Christ’s existence. While it is shown faintly in the beginning, towards the middle and the end, it is shown more profoundly. We will begin to look at multiple instances in the Bible that point towards Christ.
• The sacrifices that were made during the Old Testament were done in order to show that a Savior was to come in the near future. In 1 Peter 3:18 tells us “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit”. Ryle tells us that “it is absurd to suppose that an unmeaning slaughter of innocent beats, without a distinct object in view, could please the eternal God!”
• In the events of Abel and Cain, it was Abel’s offering that looked better to Christ because not only was Abel’s heart more sincere, but “he shows his knowledge of vicarious sacrifice and his faith in an atonement”.
• When Enoch prophesied saying “Behold,” he said, “the Lord cometh with ten thousands of His saints, to execute the judgment upon all” (Jude 14,15) he was talking about Christ.
• Abraham believed that in his seed, “all the nations of the earth should be blessed”. By this Abraham, believed in Christ coming.
• The ceremonial law that God gave to Moses was so that the people may understand Christ. The sacrifices, shedding of blood, the altar, the high priest, the Passover, the day of atonement, the scapegoat were taught so that the people understood “the emblems of Christ and His work”.
• The New Testament in a whole reveals “Christ” that is “living, speaking, and moving among men”.
From the very beginning of the Bible and till the end, Christ is shown throughout it all. Is Christ all? Yes, we can say He is. Now we will begin to see how Christ is “all” in the religion of all true Christians on earth. Before, we begin we must first understand that while God and the Holy Spirit are all equal, Ryle tells us that “Christ should be prominently and distinctly exalted, in the matter of saving souls”. After all in John 6:27 tells us “God the Father has placed his seal of approval” in order to “convey life to a dead world”. Christ is in all true Christianity and now we will see how.
Firstly, “Christ is all in a sinner’s justification before God”. It is only through Christ that we can have a relationship, peace with God. It is only through Christ that we can stand before God without fear. As Ephesians 3:12 tells us “We have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of Him”. How amazing it is, that because of Christ, we as “mortal man” with blemishes and filth can come before such a holy and high God. Secondly, “Christ is all in his sanctification”. While the Holy Spirit it a major part in our sanctification, Ryle reminds us that “no man is every holy till he comes to Christ and is united to Him”. Christ is the root for every believer in order to go forward. We must not only receive Christ but walk, be rooted and built up in Him. If we want to be holy, we must have Christ in us. Thirdly, Christ is “all in his comfort in time present”. A true believer will face and endure many sorrows. He is going against the world, facing oppositions, enduring losses and disappointment. But we should be comforted to know that we have “consolation there is in Christ” (Phil. 2:1). We learned that Christ is our Friend, our Physician and our Advocate. He knows our sorrows and the pain that we are enduring. His sympathy and comfort is none like we can receive anywhere else. Lastly, Christ is “all in his hopes for time to come”. A true believer has hope in what’s to come, while an unbeliever has none. This also gives a believer patience, because he knows that Christ will return soon. Titus 2:13 tells us that this is a “blessed hope”. When we pass, we can pass with that confident hope that we will get what was promised to us.
Finally, we can understand that “Christ will be all in heaven”. While we may not know what else may be in heaven, we can learn that Christ will be present there. Ryle says “Like the altar in Solomon’s temple, Christ crucified will be the grand object in heaven”. In Revelations 21:23 tells us that “The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp”. Christ will be praised eternally and the service of Christ will be the eternal occupation of everyone in heaven. Christ’s presence will be of everlasting enjoyment and satisfaction.
We can safely say that Christ is indeed “all”. He has been working and been present since before the foundation. For those that believe in Christ must have Christ in the center of the faith. Without Him, there is no one that can be holy. Without Him, we cannot enjoy heaven even if we entered. We must be rooted and built up in Him. It is useless to have a “Christless” religion as He is the foundation of our salvation. We mustn’t think so little of Him, and change our route towards trusting Him more. “Let us live on Christ. Let us live in Christ. Let us live with Christ. Let us live to Christ”. Let us always be reminded that “holiness without which no man shall see the Lord”.
1) How is “Christ is all in all of the counsels of God concerning man”?
2) What are some examples of how “Christ is all in the inspired book which make up the Bible”.
3) How is Christ all in the religion of true believers?
4) After learning about how “Christ is all”, has this changed your mind about the way you viewed Him?
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