When we speak of salvation through Christ, we mean salvation through Jesus Christ exclusively.
As in Christ alone, by Faith alone, by Grace alone, according to the Word of God alone.
Those who have been truly born again understand this.
But most of those in this world, who call themselves “Christians”, haven’t the slightest idea what this all means.
And therefore, they remain lost in their sins.
Despite making an outward profession of “knowing”, “loving” or “believing in” Jesus.
The Triumphal Entry
We are at that time of the year when the wide world of Christendom meditates on the death of Christ on the Cross and His Resurrection from the dead.
This weekend, specifically, we think of His “Triumphal Entry” into Jerusalem. Just days before He would suffer.
Despite all of the great praise the Lord received as He entered the city, it is difficult to say how many of those people really believed He was the Messiah.
The Messiah as the scriptures had foretold.
And, by Messiah, we are not speaking of a social, political, other kind of earthly Deliverer, as Moses was. We are speaking of the Holy One of Israel, who would die for the sins of the whole world. Who was riding on a donkey toward an unimaginable time of suffering for the sins of men.
Most people at that time, like today, wanted something else from Jesus.
Trusting in Something Else
Such as deliverance from Roman oppression, help to get out of their poverty, acceptance from those nations and tribes surrounding them, healing from diseases and disabilities, justice, and a host of other things.
As opposed to deliverance from sin and death.
Because most people were already content that their religious system of choice was sufficient to save them. That the Law and the Sacrifices were pleasing to God. And doing their best to follow that system of Laws and Rituals was how they could be right with God.
The Romans were no different. With their religious allegiance to the State and their assorted gods and rituals.
Which is no different from the vast majority of those living today. Whether we speak of the multitude of different religions of the world. Or whether we speak of that vast group of sects and denominations that make up “Christendom”.
In any case, we are dealing with men and women trusting in something else. Or, at the very best, we are looking at people trusting in Christ PLUS something else.
Which is a direct contradiction to the Total Sufficiency of Christ.
Christ Plus NOTHING
Many, who call themselves Christians, will spend this next week in some form of Spiritual Discipline.
Believing that their devotion to prayer, fasting, meditation, self-denial, religious service, and many other things will bring them closer to God. By virtue of their willingness to “suffer” in some way “with the Lord” during this week.
As if they could actually take some part in His sufferings. By their self-imposed practices.
Many will observe the Catholic Stations of the Cross, fasting, prayers of confession, and taking part in the Eucharist. Believing that they are purifying themselves or gaining cleansing or forgiveness through these acts.
As if they could add something to the work of Christ on the Cross.
Which, by the way, is not an error practiced exclusively within Catholicism. This is an error existing all throughout Christendom. And throughout all the religions of the world.
The error of believing that something we do, or don’t do, can add some value to the Finished Work of Christ.
No More Sacrifice for Sins
No lesson any man could ever learn compares with the simple, wonderful reality of the Sufficiency of Christ. This applies to all that He is in His Person as well as to His finished work upon the Cross.
When Christ suffered and died, His blood was offered as the pure and eternal sacrifice for sin. A once-for- all act.
“… there remaineth therefore no more sacrifice for sin.” (Hebrews 10:26b)
That sacrifice paid the full price for our sins. Providing full cleansing and forgiveness forever.
And His Resurrection was accomplished by the glory of the Father through the Eternal Spirit of God.
“But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. ” (Romans 8:9-17)
All that we need in this life we now have in Jesus Christ.
The Resurrected Life
We live a Resurrected life. Which we can only live because He is able to do that which He has commanded us to do.
He commands that which is impossible for us to do. But then He does it all through us by His own Spirit that dwells within us.
No religion or service or duty or any other thing your church or religious group may require of you can touch this. Most of what we all know of such things is merely a kind of “death” compared to the power of the Lord within the believer.
We are called, not to a new, “gospel-centered” type of Christianity. Not to a new focus on social or other engagement.
NO. We are called to a Christ-Centered Christianity.
We are called to Christ Himself. And to His word.
Not to some bogus, new “gospel-centered” idea.
So that we can Know Him, and the Power of His Resurrection, and the Fellowship of His Sufferings. All of which comes only from Him as we rest and abide in Him. (Philippians 3:7-11)
As Lazarus was called forth from the tomb, even so, the Lord has given us His Life. We have been crucified with Christ (by faith alone). Which means we are already dead to sin. The Law has been completely fulfilled.
So that Now we are risen with Christ (Colossians 3:1-4). Though we still walk on this earth in these bodies of clay, we are already walking in Eternal Life.
Not because of anything in us. Not because of any good tendencies, habits, or qualities we have developed.
But because of the Risen Christ who wants us to learn to Rest in Him and allow Him to be our sufficiency in all things.
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