“It is the Spirit that quickeneth – the flesh profiteth nothing – the words that I speak unto you – are Spirit and are life!” [Jn.6:63]
“…God hath chosen…things which are not – to bring to nought things that are – that no flesh should glory in His presence. (30) But of Him – are ye in Christ Jesus – who of God is made unto us wisdom and righteousness and sanctification and redemption: (31) that according as it is written – He that glorieth – let him glory in the Lord.” [1Cor.1:29b-31]
“I will cry unto God Most High – unto God – that performeth all things for me. (3) He shall send from heaven and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up! Selah. God shall send forth His mercy and His Truth.” [Ps.57:2-3]
As we have already observed in regards to these three texts of Holy Scripture – they declare the absolute sovereign control and complete accomplishment of the Lord Jesus Christ as far as our eternal salvation is concerned! Our Lord truly is the “Lord of lords and the King of kings”! And, He is this unto all those that are with Him – whom He describes as all His “called and chosen and faithful” [Re.17:14]. It is these – and these alone – that are the living, regenerated spiritual children of Almighty God. These are the ones that spiritually walk through this carnal world — in and by the faith of the Lord Jesus Christ according to His accomplished personal work.
And, what exactly is His accomplished personal work?
This is exactly what the 1Cor.1:29b-31 text describes. It says (lit.) “out of” Him, the Spirit of God the Father, “are we in Christ Jesus”. This is precisely what Eph.1:3-4 tells us: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ – (4) according as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world…”. Hence, 1Co.1:30 goes on to tell us that having been placed in Christ, He being God: “is made unto us” all the wonderful benefits of the blessings of, “wisdom and righteousness and sanctification and redemption” . This makes up the sum total of our eternal salvation! Christ’s accomplished personal work on our behalf is all the performance and provision of all the requirements that that we personally need – in order to secure our eternal acceptance with the Triune God! Eph.1:6 says that all this is done “to the praise of the glory of His grace – wherein He hath made us accepted in the Beloved”.
Concerning “wisdom” Pr.9:10 tells us: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”. And, it goes on to add: “and the knowledge of the Holy is understanding.” Pr.16:22 says that: “Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it”. This echoes that which Christ Jesus said from Jn.17:3: “And this is life eternal – that they might know thee the only true God – and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.” Plus, Col.2:3, speaks of the hearts of all who are His receiving “the riches of the full assurance of understanding to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; (3) In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
So, you see, it’s really true: If it’s not all Christ – it’s all wrong!
We will look further at “righteousness and sanctification and redemption” next time!
For Christ’s Glory Only! – John Carpenter