The Delightful Way


The Glory of Christ
March 28, 2007, 11:34 am
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At church, our Sunday School class has been going through John Owen’s The Glory of Christ. Last week we discussed how Christ is the fullest revelation of the Father’s glory. I was thinking about this concept and decided to meditate on the Cross of Christ. At first I was thinking exclusively of the benefits I accrue through Christ’s sacrifice. But then the light dawned: What of Christ’s side of the equation? What did Christ do? This is where I found great blessing and a deeper appreciation of the Glory of God.

 

Christ was the High King of Heaven. In Colossians 1:15-20, Paul describes him as:

 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

  

…who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. [1]

 

Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.   But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.   All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him    the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people? And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.    Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes n offering for sin, e shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. ut of the anguish of his soul he shall see nd be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, ake many to be accounted righteous, nd he shall bear their iniquities.Terefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors. [2]

 

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus. [3]

~Samuel Kordik
sskordik AT gmail.com


[1] Philippians 2:6-8 (ESV)

[2] Isaiah 53:4-12 (ESV)

[3] Philippians 2:5

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