Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Christ Made Unto Us...
(Taken from the classic exposition on Ephesians "Sit, Walk, Stand" by Watchman Nee, 1957)
"Recall once again the great words of 1 Corinthians 1:30. Not only did God set us 'in Christ'. By Him also 'Christ Jesus...was made unto us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption.' This is one of the grandest statements in scripture. He 'was made unto us...' If we believe this, we can put in there anything we need, and can know that God has made it good; for, through the Holy Spirit within us, the Lord Jesus is Himself made unto us whatever we lack. We have been accustomed to look upon holiness as a virtue, upon humility as a grace, upon love as a gift to be sought from God. But the Christ of God is Himself everything that we shall ever need.
Many a time in my need I used to think of Christ as a Person apart,and failed to identify Him in this practical way with the things I felt so strongly the lack of. For two whole years I was groping in that kind of darkness, seeking to amass the virtues that I felt sure should make up the Christian life, and getting nowhere in the effort. And then one day-it was in the year 1933-light broke from heaven for me, and I saw Christ ordained of God to be made over to me in His fulness. What a difference! Oh the emptiness of 'things'! Held by us out of relation to Christ they are dead. Once we see this it will be the beginning of a new life for us. Our holiness will be spelled thereafter with a capital H, our love with a capital L. He Himself is revealed as the answer in us to all God's demands."
Note: How many sermons have we heard which will list five important points to live a humbler life, or a more forgiving or loving life? The answer is not in tips to greater virtue. The answer is simply "Know Christ, reverence Christ, receive of Christ, stand as Christ".