A Close Look at “Solus Christus” (Part4)

October 16, 2005 | Speaker: Bro Jurem Ramos

  Inspired by the Holy Spirit, the apostle Paul wrote the following: Php 3:7-8 But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ. Gal 6:14 May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Gal 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Phil 1:21 For me to live is Christ. Ro 14:8 If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. No wonder he could say that this was the goal of his ministry 1Co 2:2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. Col 1:28 We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. These passages give us a preview of how central Christ is in the life of Paul. What I intend to do today is to show you how the principle of solus Christus is applied by Paul and other writers of the New Testament. Christ was central in their minds especially in the life of the Church. They had nothing else but Christ. May we have no one else but Christ alone. I don’t know about you, but let the whole world boast about their gods, their idols, of Mary and the other saints, our boast will be Christ!   Rick Holland The Christian faith is inextricably linked to the person of Jesus Christ. Having existed eternally with God (John 1:1-15), Jesus is both the Creator (Col 1:18) and Preserver of all things (Col 1:17). In Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form (Col 2:9), because He is the exact representation of God's nature (Heb 1:3). In His incarnation, the second person of the Trinity became flesh (John 1:14), and in His death and resurrection, He defeated sin and death (1Co 15:54-57). Having purchased sinners with His own blood (Acts 20:28) and ascended in glory to the right hand of the Father (Eph 1:20), Christ was exalted as head over all things, including the church (Eph 1:20-23; Col 1:18). He lives today as the way, the truth, and the life, and the only way to the Father (John 14:6), for to know Him is eternal life (John 17:3). Because of who He is and what He has done, Jesus Christ is to be preeminent in the life of the church. Not only is He the sole means of salvation (John 14:6; Acts 4:12), He is also the primary focus of sanctification. Christ is to be obeyed (Matt 28:20), He is to be emulated (1 John 2:6), and He is to be proclaimed (Col 1:28; 1Co 2:2; 2Co 4:5). The church must submit to His headship and exalt Him in all things (Eph 1:20-23; Col 1:18), whether through worship of His person, conformity to His character, or proclamation of His name. Simply stated, the church must have a single-minded and passionate focus on the person of Jesus Christ.  

An Alphabet of the Church’s blessings in Christ

   

Adopted as God’s sons through Christ

  • Eph 1:5 he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will--

Belonging to Christ

  • Ro 7:4 So, my brothers, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit to God.

Body of Christ

  • Eph 1:22-23 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

Branches in Christ

  • Jn 15:5 I am the vine; you are the branches.

Buried and raised with Christ

  • Col 2:12 having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.

Chosen in Christ

  • Eph 1:4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.

Church of Christ

  • Ro 16:16 Greet one another with a holy kiss.    All the churches of Christ send greetings.

Circumcised in Christ

  • Col 2:11 In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ,

Clothed with Christ

  • Gal 3:27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

Co-heirs with Christ

  • Ro 8:17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs--heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

Crucified to the world through Christ

  • Gal 6:14 May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

Dead to sin but alive to God in Christ

  • Ro 6:11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Dead to the law through Christ

  • Ro 7:4 So, my brothers, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit to God.

Dead with Christ to worldly principles

  • Col 2:20 Since you died with Christ to the basic principles of this world, why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules:

Fed and cared for by Christ

  • Eph 5:29 After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church

Forgiven in Christ

  • Ac 10:43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name."

Founded on Christ.

  • Mt 16:18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.

Given ability through Christ

  • Phil 4:13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

Given Access to the Father through Christ

  • Eph 2:18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.
  • Eph 3:12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

Given fulness in Christ

  • Col 2:10 and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.

Heirs together with Israel in the promise in Christ

  • Eph 3:6 This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.

Identified with Christ

  • Act 9:4-5 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?" 5 Who are you, Lord?" Saul asked. ¦ "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting," he replied.

Indwelt by Christ

  • Col 1:27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
  • 2Co 13:5 Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you--unless, of course, you fail the test?

Indwelt by the Holy Spirit through Christ

  • Tit 3:5-6 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior,

Indwelt of God in Christ

  • Eph 2:22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

Inseparable from God’s love in Christ

  • Ro 8:39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Justified through Christ

  • Ro 3:23-24 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

Kept by Christ

  • Jn 10:28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.

Lamb’s bride

  • Rev 21:9 One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, "Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb."

Life hid with Christ

  • Col 3:3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

Loved by Christ

  • Eph 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.
  • Rev 1:5b To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood,

Made Alive with Christ

  • Col 2:13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,

Made rich through Christ’s poverty

  • 2Co 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

Made to form one body in Christ

  • Gal 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Marked in Christ with a divine seal

  • Eph 1:13 Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,

More than conquerors through Christ

  • Ro 8:37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

New Creation in Christ

  • 2Co 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

No condemnation in Christ

  • Ro 8:1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,

Objects of unceasing intercession of Christ

  • 1Jn 2:1 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense--Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.
  • Heb 7:25 Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.

One with Christ in Spirit

  • 1Co 6:17 But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit.

Perfected in Christ

  • Heb 10:13,14 Since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool, 14 because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.

Prayed for by Christ

  • Jn 17:15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.

Promised the presence of Christ

  • Mt 28:19-20  Make disciples of all nations…And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

Purchased by Christ

  • Ac 20:28 Be shepherds of the church of God which He bought with His own blood.

Qualified to share in the inheritance with believers in Christ’s kingdom

  • Col 1:12-13 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,

Raised up and seated with Christ

  • Eph 2:6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,
  • Col 3:1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.

Recipients of every Spiritual Blessing

  • Eph 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
  • Phm 1:6 I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.
  • Ro 8:32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all--how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

Recipients of Abrahamic blessings through Christ

  • Gal 3:14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.

Recipients of grace in Christ

  • 1Co 1:4 I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.
  • 2Ti 1:9 … This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,
  • Eph 2:7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

Recipients of eternal Life in Christ

  • Jn 6:40 For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day."
  • Jn 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Recipients of God’s righteousness through Christ

  • Ph 3:9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ--the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.

Reconciled to God through Christ

  • Ro 5:10 For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!

Redeemed through Christ’s blood

  • Eph 1:7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins,…

Reign in life through Christ

  • Ro 5:17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.

Sanctified in Christ

  • 1Co 1:2 To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy,…
  • Phil 1:1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus,   To all the saints in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons:

Saved by Christ

  • Eph 5:22-32 Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.

Saved through Christ from God’s wrath

  • Ro 5:9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through him!

Seated in the heavens with Christ

  • Eph 2:6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,

Set free from the law of sin and death through Christ

  • Ro 8:2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.

Sharers in the glory of Christ

  • 2Th 2:14 He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Sheep of Christ

  • Jn 21:16 Again Jesus said, "Simon son of John, do you truly love me?" ¦ He answered, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." ¦ Jesus said, "Take care of my sheep."

Treated by God as righteous in Christ

  • 2Co 5:21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

To reign with Christ

  • 2Ti 2:12 if we endure,   we will also reign with him.

To appear in glory with Christ

  • Col 3:4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

To be like Christ

  • 1Jn 3:2- 2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

United with Christ in His resurrection

  • Ro 6:. 5 If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection.

Victorious through Christ

  • 1Co 15:57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Workmanship of God created in Christ

  • Eph 2:10 For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

‘Xcluded no more from Christ

  • Eph 2:12,13 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.

Yes to God’s promises—assured in Christ

  • 2Co 1:20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God.

Zillion other blessings promised along with Christ

  • Ro 8:32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all--how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
  If these are all our blessings in Christ and a zillion others along with Him, who else do we need? Will we need angels, and saints, or other relatives of Christ in the flesh?