“You are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God — that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption” (1Corinthians 1:30 NIV).
Our connection to holiness is not due to anything preexisting in us, but only because “in this world we are like Jesus” (1John 4:17 NIV). If Christ is holy, and we are in Christ, then we are holy. Still, we are reminded, “Just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do” (1Peter 1:15 NIV) and “live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear” (1:17 NIV). That “reverent fear” is not simply an acknowledgement that God is who He says He is, but our voluntary agreement and trust of Him. This balance between God and man, His power and our responsibility, His ability to preserve us and our necessity to walk holy, His assurance of sustaining us and our concern of offending Him, separates us from sin unto God. In this regard, you are to “continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,” (Philippians 2:12 NIV), remembering that, “it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose” (2:13 NIV). All of this comes down to trusting Christ to make and keep us holy. How difficult is that?
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19 NIV).
Christ is sufficient to meet every need of whoever will trust Him. It is a purposely broad statement because God is able to do exactly as He is represented by the Apostle Paul. Only faith will take those words to mean what they imply. Jesus is our supply for everything. God cannot be blamed for our unwillingness or inaptness to make as much of that statement as faith will allow. Those who do not believe, but want the benefits, will utter the name of Jesus like an incantation, hoping to get the results, but God cannot be fooled.
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6 NIV).
We do not give Christ the credit to which He is due. In the two millennia since He walked this planet, we have become far too accustomed to the mention of His name without the awe and reverence due Him. “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they were created and have their being” (Revelation 4:11 NIV). With the Spirit of Christ’s help through His Infallible Word, we can determine:
- Christ is the key to every lock.
- Christ is the understanding for every problem.
- Christ is the answer to every question.
- Christ is the missing piece to every puzzle.
- Christ is the tool for every circumstance.
- Christ is the genuine to every counterfeit.
- Christ is the unification to all dissolution.