Christ Who Is Our Life
By Henry C. Spence
The Lord Jesus Christ is the fullness of God, of His wisdom, power and love. “...Of His fullness have all we received, and grace for grace” (John 1:16). In Him are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Col. 2:3). The Lord Jesus is the One altogether lovely, and the chiefest among ten thousand. He is the Rose of Sharon, the Lily of the Valley, the King of kings and Lord of lords (Song 5:10, 16, 2:1; Rev. 17:14; 19:16; 1 Tim. 6:15).
And this glorious Saviour is the life of every believer. In Him we find all the longings of our souls. From Him we drink the water of life freely, living waters that fail not. From Him we receive moment by moment, light, strength, peace and joy. In Him is the life triumphant, and as we abide in Him a constant victory over sin. His life, His power, His victory, His joy, His fullness, become ours.
Are you by grace enjoying this life triumphant? The Lord Jesus alone can transform your life, and satisfy the deep longings of your soul. He is the center of the new creation life, the source of all blessing.
It is not a doctrine, a creed, a church, or singing hymns, or even listening to sermons. These all may point faithfully to Him, but they are not the Lord Himself. He is supremely greater than these, and must be the object of every true believer.
We may have correct doctrine, and yet know little of the victory over the self-life, and of the joy of intimate communion with Him. But when we realize that Christ is our goal, or life, our all in all, we find in Him our all-sufficiency in all things. Not a religion, but the Lord Jesus enthroned in your heart and life; a glorious living, bright reality, the desire of Paul as expressed in his letter to the Philippians, “For me to live is Christ...” (1:21).
“...I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus…I...count them but dung that I may win Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: that I may know Him [not about Him], and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings...” (Phil. 3:8-10).
Beloved, you have been by faith to that place called Calvary; you have been cleansed from all sin by His precious blood. But have you fully surrendered your heart and life to Him who loved you and gave Himself for you, and now is at the right hand of God, ever living to make intercession for us? (Heb. 7:25).
May the Lord grant that our lives may be completely abandoned to Him, that His abundant life may flow through to others, Christ in you the hope of glory, through this earthly pilgrimage, till He who is our life shall appear, and then shall ye also appear with Him in glory (Col. 3:4).