Christ – the greatest treasure – Part 3

As Christians reading God’s Word, we are in awe of the many and varied expressions of the Lord Jesus Christ. The gospel accounts expose us to the incredible ways in which Christ manifested His divinity through His restricted humanity. The apostle John concluded that there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written (John 21:25). However, these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name (John 20:31).
While Jesus’ earthly ministry was astounding, so His ongoing heavenly ministry continues to be astounding with significant earthly impact. Christ is the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, being designated by God a high priest… (Hebrews 5:9-10). Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them (Hebrews 7:25). Jesus never takes time off. There are no holidays or rests from His ministry of intercession on our behalf. What’s more, He never does a half-hearted job. He completely saves sinners, He completely secures those saved sinners, He sanctifies those He justifies, and He shall completely glorify redeemed sinners to heaven (Romans 8:29-30).

With this in mind, let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:15-16). Christ does not save us to then abandon us. He does not justify us then leave us to our own resources to struggle through life. No, He saves us only to continue His priestly ministry on our behalf at the throne of God, ensuring our every need is meet, and that our future arrival in heaven is fulfilled. Noting is left to chance. Nothing is left depending upon us.

Hebrews 10:14 sums up in 1 line the absolute sufficiency of what Christ has done, what Christ is doing, and what Christ shall do for believers. For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified. While we may struggle with living through the process of daily sanctification, we are assured that Christ will perfect our sanctification for eternity without being dependent upon our abilities to get things right.

Since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith (Hebrews 10:21-22). Realising our unimaginable security in Christ, we are able to push to one side any fears or challenges knowing that Christ has, is, and shall continue to save and secure us. Our great priest never faulters or fails at the task before Him. Unlike us, who are plagued with inconsistencies and struggles, the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one (2 Thessalonians 3:3). Even during those dark times in life, if we are faithless, he remains faithful (2 Timothy 2:13).

Paul’s prayer for the Thessalonian Christians sums this up perfectly. Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24). Because he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6).

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