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Christ is All.

Christ is All.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. GEORGE BURDER.

" CHRIST IS ALL." Col. 3 : IL
BY REV. GEORGE BURDER.

" CHRIST IS ALL." Col. 3 : IL

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CHRIST IS ALL.
BY REV. GEORGE BURDER.
" CHRIST IS ALL." Col. 3 : IL The necessity of having some religion is generally ad-mitted, even by the most ignorant and profane. All agree that we ought to be religious ; but what true religion consists in, is very much disputed. Every man forms a system for himself, and then flatters himself it must be right. But as there are various schemes which contradict each other, we are sure they cannot all be right. How then shall we judge whether they are right or wrong ? I answer, the gospel is our only rule. Bring every thing called religion to this touch-stone. Bring it to this text, Christ is all; that is, in the true Christian religion, Christ is all ; he is the sum and sub-stance of it, the beginning and the end of it. St. Paul is here speaking of a conduct agreeable to the Christian profession ; he is recommending to the Colossians the mortification of all corrupt affections ; to " put off" the old man of sin," and to "put on the new man of grace;" for a true Christian is " a new creature ;" and in this state of renovation, or under the present gospel dispensation, he says, " There is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircum-cision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free ; but Christ is all,
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and in all:" that is, under the gospel, God has no partial respect to persons, on account of their country, their religious forms, customs, or situations in life : Christ has taken away all partition walls, and men of all sorts stand on the same level before God, both as to duty and privilege ; and for this reason, Christ is the all of a Christian, let him be who he may, Jew or Gentile, rich or poor, master or servant — his 442 CHRIST IS ALL. whole salvation, hope, and happmess, from first to last. The words then teach us this grand truth, that, In the religion of the gospel, Christ is all. This is the general language of Scripture. Whatever we want in religion, we must have it from Jesus. So St. Paul speaks : " Christ is made unto us wisdom, righteousness, sane-tijication, and redejnjjtion.^^ 1 Cor. 1 : 30. We are ignorant and foolish in the things of God ; Christ, hy his word and Spirit, is made wisdom to us. We are guilty sinners, liable to God's wrath ; he is made righteousness to us — he is our great atonement and sacrifice. We are depraved and cor-rupt, he is made scinctijication ; to us he is the source of all
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grace, "and out of his fulness we receive grace for grace." We must die and see corruption ; but if united to him, he shall raise us up again, and deliver us from the power of the grave, and so be made redemption to us. Thus is he our all, that " no flesh should glory in his presence," but that, as " Christ is all," Christ may have all the glory. Whatever we want in religion we have in Christ. To be accepted of God, to be sanctijied in heart and life, and to be made happy here and hereafter, are the great things we seek in religion. In Jesus we have them all. I. Jesus Christ is all in our justification. We are sinners. We have broken the holy law of God, and by so doing we have exposed ourselves to the dreadful curse of the law, and to the terrible wrath of an ofiended God. However easy and secure ignorant sinners may be, it is a cer-tain truth that sin renders us liable to wrath. Fornication and uncleanness, drunkenness and covetousness, shut men out of the kingdom of God. " Let no man deceive you with vain words ; for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience," Eph. 5 : 3, 6. And Oh, who can tell the power of his anger ! " It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God."
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