A Little Time With The 1689: Day 140

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Day 140

Of Christ the Mediator.

Chapter 8, Paragraph 3.

“...in whom it pleased the Father that all fullness should dwell:

Scripture Lookup

Colossians 1:19

Reflection

 In Jesus we have everything necessary for salvation.

Do you believe that?

If we rely on our efforts to be as perfect as possible in order to merit salvation, we lessen Jesus. If we try to be authentic enough, or broken enough, or hip enough to merit salvation, we lessen Jesus. If we make Jesus out to be solely our moral example, we lessen Jesus. If we make Jesus out to be solely our best buddy, we lessen Jesus. We must never think we can add anything to Him. “Thou must save, and Thou alone!”

Considering the universal self-promotion that goes on nowadays, it may be easy to overlook the grandeur of Jesus. He did the will of His Father, and did so with humility. Yet when the Father exalts Him above all, and makes Him the means of reconciliation between sinners and God, then we better pay closer attention to who Jesus is. “In Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form…” (Colossians 2:9)

To add anything to Jesus’ mediatorial work on our behalf for justification undercuts the majesty and glory that is due Him. And ALL glory, honor and power are due Him, for He is not a lesser being than the Father or Spirit, but is equal with them. All fullness dwells with Him, and it is from this fullness found in Him that we as Christians receive every spiritual blessing. “For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.” (John 1:16)

Trust in Christ, then, with all your heart, and lean not on yourself.

God the Father is infinitely satisfied in Christ. He is all in all to Him. Surely if Christ is an object sufficient for the satisfaction of the Father, much more, then, is He an object sufficient for the satisfaction of any soul.

-Jeremiah Burroughs

Questions to Consider

  • Are you seeking fullness in Christ alone, or are you attempting to add to His fullness?
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