Jesus Christ: His Person and Work in a Nutshell
Today’s reading: Philippians 3:1-Colossians 2:23
My selection: Colossians 1:19-20
19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
My reflections: Here in a few words is a concise statement of the Biblical teaching on the person and work of Jesus Christ.
Who is He? He is the God-Man in whom all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell. There is nothing lacking in His person that is in God the Father. “Whoever has seen me, has seen the Father,” said Jesus to Philip (John 14:8-11). Through Christ we know fully and accurately God the Father.
What was His work? In a word, it was reconciliation. He came to reconcile fallen, sinful Man to God, but, not only that, His reconciliation includes all things as well. The creation was delivered from its bondage to corruption through Him. This reconciliation brought peace between the fallen world, including humanity, and God.
How did He do this work? All this was accomplished by the blood of his cross. By Jesus’ death God’s wrath was satisfied against sinners. Believers in Him, trust His work as the basis for their peace with God.
My challenge: Do you glory in Christ Jesus? Is all your confidence in Him? Do you resist the temptation to look for new or novel ways of knowing God apart from Christ? If you believe in Him, give Him praise for His faithful submission to death on your behalf. Trust Him alone, not in any worthiness in you or your works, for your reconciliation and peace with God.
Tomorrow’s reading:Colossians 3:1-I Thessalonians 3:13