13 April 2007

Why Treasure Christ?


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"5For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 7But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us." (2 Corinthians 4:5-7 ESV).

We treasure Christ because of His Divinity—God of very God. God has created everything for His own glory, including the universe and us. He created us to glorify Him by enjoying Him.

We treasure Christ because of His humanity in humbling himself to come in the form of man, living an absolutely perfect life, and being born of a virgin.

We treasure Christ because of His power to create a universe, uphold a universe by the might of His word, and perform mighty miracles.

We treasure Christ because of His obedience to keep His covenant, fulfill His law, perform His righteousness, and impute an alien righteousness to His people.

We treasure Christ because of His ministry to speak words of eternal life, send the Holy Spirit, and manifest the glory of the Father in His face.

We treasure Christ because of His death to bear the wrath of God, satisfy the justice of God, and atone for the sin of the Church.

We treasure Christ because of His resurrection to defeat death, destroy the devil, and open heaven.

We treasure Christ because of His reign at the Father’s right hand to be sovereign, interceding, ever present, triumphant, and never leaving us alone.

We treasure Christ because in all of this He is the fountain for all of our joy in God.

We treasure Christ because a superior joy in him is the key to severing the love of money, love of consumerism, and love of this world.

We want you to treasure Christ because our enjoyment of Christ will only be completed when we praise Him and call others to praise Him as well.

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