Christ is ALL!
More and more I am made to feel that Christ does not have His proper place among the children of God. He is not the object. It is either a doctrine, a dogma, a party, or our experience-‑something besides Christ. We seem possessed with very much the same spirit that actuated Peter on the mount, when he said: “Let us make here three tabernacles.” The Father solemnly rebukes this, "While he yet spake, behold a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold a voice out of the cloud which said: “This is My beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him.” And when the disciples heard it they fell on their faces and were sore afraid; and Jesus came and touched them and said, “Arise, and be not afraid.” And when they had lifted up their eyes they saw no man save Jesus only.” (Matt. 17:1‑8)
Have you ever been in the “cloud”, dear brother Have you ever heard the “voice”? Have you been on your “Face”? Have you felt the “touch”? Then, have you heard another voice, “Arise”? Do your eyes see “no man save Jesus only”?
Many perhaps, have reached the top of the mount; but I fear, very few, have been in the “cloud”, have heard the “Voice”, have been on their faces, have risen to see “Jesus only”.
“Christ is all” (Col. 3:11).
Do we make Him this? Is it a question of my salvation? “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31).
Is it a question of relationship with God? “Ye are all children of God by faith in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:26).
Is it a question of experience? “For to me to live is Christ” (Phil. 1:21).
Is it a question of service? “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Phil 4:13).
Is it a question of my heaven “I am the way” (John 14:6).
Is it a question of heaven or the place to which my path leads? He would define it as “where I am” (John 14:3).
O let us know more of that rich blessedness which comes of making Christ all; of seeing “Jesus only”. Our, cry should be “Oh to know Him” (Phil. 3:10). In our selfishness we cry and beg for blessing. It is the Blesser we need Himself. He is the joy of the Father`s heart. Let us taste with Him the delight He takes in His Son. Christ is infinitely higher than doctrine or experience. Experience we shall have, but only with Him can our hearts be ravished and raptured.
Why is it we are not changed more from “Glory to glory”? The veil has been rent; the blood has been sprinkled ; the Spirit has been given. The reason is we are occupied with ourselves and the work of the Spirit in us; rather than with Christ alone. This is the weakness in the wide spread holiness movement, so much of which is superficial. Let us look more in that unveiled face, from which streams the light of the knowledge of the glory of God. (2 Cor. 3+4) All else will pale, and fade if we will linger there.
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