I. Corinthians 1:30
What is Jesus to you? This is a great, an all important question. The answer to it is a answer to all vital question respecting our present and future. To God Jesus is much, to the angels, much, sad, but true, to many people, nothing but a“root out of a dry ground.” Isa.53:2)
To God’s children Jesus is Wisdom. In this world there is a lot of take about wisdom. Yet, there is but little possession of this in the world. Many people has come with the promise of wisdom.
The great questions of life have found no satisfactory answers in the profoundest human systems. Jesus is made to us the truest wisdom. From Jesus we learn what to choose, reject, pursue and enjoy in our daily life.
He teaches us how we must live. He is the Reveler of God. Through Jesus we have glimmerings of the Divine Being “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person.”(Heb.1:3) Yet we know him not until we know him through Christ, “Neither knoweth any man the Father, save the son, and he to whomsoever the son will reveal him.” (Mt.11:27)
He makes us wise in a true knowledge of God. Through him we are made wise unto salvation. He discloses to us the future, and at the same time he instructs in the fitting preparation for it.
The closer our union with Jesus, the wiser shall we become,“Submit yourselves therefore to God…Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you…Humble yourselves in the sigh of the Lord, an he shall lift you up.” (Ja.4:7,10)
The more of Christ we have, the more of wisdom we receive. When the union is complete, we shall know even as we are known, “now I no in part, but then shall I know even as also I am known.” (I.Cor.13:12)
To God’s children Jesus is our Righteousness. Our natural state is sinful. Our righteousness is as “filthy rages” When we are born again, his righteousness is imputed to us.
As our Representative, the last Adam, he was righteous for us in his obedience to the Divine law, and satisfied the claim of Divine justice in his death so we my say “The Lord our Righteousness,”
He took our sins and gave us his righteousness, The apostle declared,“Having forgiven you all trespasses: Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;” (Co.2:13,14) Therefore our righteousness is, perfect, and is acceptable by God.
To God’s children he is our Sanctification. We need not only righteousness imputed, but righteousness, not only justification, but purification, not only a vital alteration in our relation to God, but a vital alteration in ourselves, Note what (Rom. 6:1,2) say, “Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?”
Through Jesus we receive the Divine Spirit, who renews us and conforms us,“Nevertheless I tell you the truth, It is expedient for you that I go away, for if I go not away the comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.” (Jh.16:7,8) It is through the Holy Ghost we are transforms into the Likeness of Christ Jesus. When our sanctification is complete, we shall be like him, the apostle Paul stated, “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature,” (II.Cor.5:17)
To us Jesus is our Redemption. Jesus redeemed us from the curse of sin, yet there is a day coming we will experience total and final redemption from corruption, pain, peril, sorrow, death, the fruits of sin, which we shall experience at last if we are in Jesus.
Redemption includes the redemption of our body, “ we shall be changed… For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this moral must put on immortality…But thanks be to God which giveth the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”(I.Cor.15: 52,57)
Jesus is wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption, only to those who are in him. To be in Jesus is to believe in him, to love him, to serve him, and to follow him. “No man cometh unto the Father but by the Son (Jh.14:6) so no man cometh unto the Son but by the Father”(Jh.6:14)“and these three are one” (I.Jh.5:7)