Thursday, February 17, 2011

"By Christ Jesus"

         While God bestows unto His trusting children countless gifts of grace during our lifetime, there is a sense in which He actually gives us only one.

    "My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19).

      Paul declares that God supplies all your need through the living Person of His Son.  He comes to us in countless packages, as it were, but when our earthly days are over, we will see that our Savior filled every breath and every thing given by the Father who loves Him and us so very much.

     As the Holy Spirit leads us, our hearts will be captured, fascinated, enamored and completely devoted to the Person and work of the Lord Jesus.  We will search for Him on every page of Scripture, think of Him often, seek to trust Him always, speak of Him with great affection and admiration, and long to be conformed more and more to His image in everything in our lives.  He will be the foundation and the goal of our lives, and the dynamic power by which we begin and end our long journey upon the path of righteousness.  "To live is Christ" (Philippians 1:21

      The Bible declares that the population of Heaven is continually occupied with the Christ whose glory causes golden streets to gleam and gates of pearl to radiate with beauty: "And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing" (Revelation 5:12).  We will join them perhaps sooner than we think, and the Spirit of God beckons us even now to prepare ourselves for our eternal and joyful occupation...

"He is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence."
(Hebrews 13:12-15)

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