While looking through some papers I once read this wonderful description of Christ. I do not know where it originally came from; but it was so fresh to my soul that I should like to give it to you:
"Christ is our Way; we walk in Him.
He is our Truth; we embrace Him.
He is our Life; we live in Him.
He is our Lord; we choose Him to rule over us.
He is our Master; we serve Him.
He is our Teacher, instructing us in the way of salvation.
He is our Prophet, pointing out the future.
He is our Priest, having atoned for us.
He is our Advocate, ever living to make intercession for us.
He is our Saviour, saving to the uttermost.
He is our Root; we grow from Him.
He is our Bread; we feed upon Him.
He is our Shepherd, leading us into green pastures.
He is our true Vine; we abide in Him.
He is the Water of Life; we slake our thirst from Him.
He is the fairest among ten thousand: we admire Him above all others.
He is 'the brightness of the Father's glory, and the express image of His person;' we strive to reflect His likeness.
He is the upholder of all things; we rest upon Him.
He is our wisdom; we are guided by Him.
He is our Righteousness; we cast all our imperfections upon Him.
He is our Sanctification; we draw all our power for holy life from Him.
He is our Redemption, redeeming us from all iniquity.
He is our Healer, curing all our diseases.
He is our Friend, relieving us in all our necessities.
He is our Brother, cheering us in our difficulties."
Ephesians 2:4 is one of the most positive verses in the Bible. Set against a dark background (verses 1-3), the light of God shines forth. "But God, who is rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us." God comes on the scene and against that dark background makes a new focal point of something glorious. It is God who lifted us out of the graveyard of sin up to a very high place indeed.
Notice in verses 4-7 the repeated usage of the word "us": "he loves us," "made us alive together with Christ," "raised us up with him," "seated us with him in heavenly places in Christ Jesus," and "the immeasurable riches of his grace in his kindness toward us in Christ Jesus." Those pronouns are like footprints across the muddy flats of sin, rescuing us out of the graveyard and seating us at God's right hand in Christ. Is that not something to shout about? Read More
I might have titled this study "The Case for Grace," because Paul gives his proof of the need for grace. "I do not set aside the grace of God for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain" (Galatians 2:21). And then he writes, "O foolish Galatians!" (Galatians 3:1); a wonderful statement! J.B. Phillips’ translation says, "You dear idiots."
I had a man working at my house one time and he had this wonderful saying every time something went wrong. He spoke to himself and said, "You melon head!" -- and that is the impact of the term here. The Galatians knew better. They were not ignorant people as most of them knew the Old Testament scriptures like the back of their hand, but they didn't act on them. And so Paul is saying to them, "You dear idiots" (Phillips) or "You crazy Galatians" (Message). The word means "senseless." This is a different word than Jesus used for "fool" in Matthew 5:22. Read More