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Christ and His Righteousness

Christ and His Righteousness

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Ministers of the Gospel have an inspired warrant for keeping the theme, Christ, continually before the people and directing the attention of the people
to Him alone.
Ministers of the Gospel have an inspired warrant for keeping the theme, Christ, continually before the people and directing the attention of the people
to Him alone.

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Published by: lwalper on Sep 11, 2008
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In the first verse of the third chapter of Hebrews we have an exhortation which comprehends all theinjunctions given to the Christian. It is this:“Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heav-enly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priestof our profession, Christ Jesus.” To do this as theBible enjoins, to consider Christ continually and in-telligently, just as He is, will transform one into aperfect Christian, for “by beholding we becomechanged.”Ministers of the Gospel have an inspired warrantfor keeping the theme, Christ, continually beforethe people and directing the attention of the peopleto Him alone. Paul said to the Corinthians, “I de-termined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2); andthere is no reason to suppose that his preaching tothe Corinthians was different in any respect fromhis preaching elsewhere. Indeed, he tells us that when God revealed His Son in him, it was that he
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might preach Him among the heathen (Gal. 1:15,16); and his joy was that to him grace had beengiven to “preach among the Gentiles the unsearch-able riches of Christ.” Eph. 3:8.But the fact that the apostles made Christ theburden of all their preaching, is not our sole war-rant for magnifying Him. His Name is the only name under heaven given among men whereby wecan be saved. Acts 4:12. Christ Himself declaredthat no man can come unto the Father but by Him. John 14:6. To Nicodemus He said: “And as Mo-ses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even somust the Son of Man be lifted up; that whosoeverbelieveth in Him should not perish, but have eternallife.” John 3:14, 15. is “lifting up” of Jesus, while it has primary reference to His crucifixion,embraces more than the mere historical fact; itmeans that Christ must be “lifted up” by all whobelieve in Him, as the crucified Redeemer, whosegrace and glory are sufficient to supply the world’sgreatest need; it means that He should be “liftedup” in all His exceeding loveliness and power as“God with us,” that His Divine attractiveness may thus draw all unto Him. See John 12:32. e exhortation to consider Jesus, and also thereason therefore, are given in Heb. 12:1-3: “Where-fore seeing we also are compassed about with sogreat a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every  weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us,and let us run with patience the race that is set be-
 
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fore us, looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisherof our faith; who for the joy that was set beforeHim endured the cross, despising the shame, and isset down at the right hand of the throne of God.For consider Him that endured such contradictionof sinners against Himself, lest ye be wearied andfaint in your minds.” It is only by constantly andprayerfully considering Jesus as He is revealed inthe Bible, that we can keep from becoming weary in well-doing, and from fainting by the way.Again, we should consider Jesus because in Him“are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowl-edge.” Col. 2:3. Whoever lacks wisdom is di-rected to ask of God, who gives to all men liberally and upbraids not, and the promise is that it shallbe given him; but the desired wisdom can be ob-tained only in Christ. e wisdom which does notproceed from Christ, and which does not as a con-sequence lead to Him, is only foolishness; for God,as the Source of all things, is the Author of wisdom;ignorance of God is the worst sort of foolishness(see Rom. 1:21, 22); and all the treasures of wis-dom and knowledge are hid in Christ; so that he who has only the wisdom of this world knows, inreality, nothing. And since all power in heavenand in earth is given to Christ, the apostle Paul de-clares Christ to be “the power of God, and the wis-dom of God.” 1 Cor. 1:24. ere is one text, however, which briefly sumsup all that Christ is to man, and gives the most

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