CHRIST IS REALITY | Michael Marsh Papers

THE BIBLE IS CENTRAL BECAUSE CHRIST IS ITS CENTRAL REALITY Rev. 22:13.

God needs no other’ reality than His Word which is Christ. He is the only reality before God and the universe, and what is more, He is the only reality God requires to justify Him in all His decrees. In Christ, God and His law are justified in justifying us. “Christ is the substance of all things; in Him” all things consist–cohere,

are held together” (Col. 1:17). In Christ by the gjft of His righteousness God has “justified our right to live,”

and has given us “all things”. (Rom. 5:17-18; 1 Cor. 3:21). We have no reality in or of ourselves (Jam. 4:14). All were in Christ by covenant promise, but only believers are in Him by faith-union. All that was accomplished by God fw: us in Christ was not accomplished in a way that makes it unnecessary for them to be experienced in us by the Spirit for personal salvation. Qf God Christ is made unto us:–

 

The reality of all “spiritual blessings” “riches” and “things” for us before God (Eph 1:3; 3:8; Rom. 8:, 2).

The reality of “gospel righteousness.” (Rom. 1:16-17). Faith confesses reality,sin denies it (Rev. 15:4. 13)

The reality of “life” (Col. 3:3-4). In ourselves we only have a physical existence, when that goes, we go.

The reality of “wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, redemption,” and “knowledge” (1 Cor. l :30; Col. 2:3).

The reality of “freedom.” In Him human nature is free from depravity, and from all debt to law (John 8:36).

The reality of “faith,” “strength,” and “victory” (Rev. 14:12; Gal. 2:16, 20; Rev. 5:12; 12:10; 1 Cor. 15:57

The reality of the “righteousness of God,” and the “law” (Phil. 3:9; Rom. 10:4).

The reality of “sinless” humanity by birth, & fulfilling, & satisfying law (1 John 3:5; Rom. 10:4; l Pet. 2:22).

The reality of   “forgiveness” and “blotting out of sin” (Eph. 1:7; ffeb. 1:3; 9:26; Isa. 44:22-23).

The reality of “justification,” “acceptance,” and the “new creation” (Rom. 4:25; Eph. 1:6; 2 Cor. 5:17).

The reality of “reconciliation” between God and man (Rom. 5:10; Col. 2:20-21).

The reality of the One given for th eternal covenant fulfillment (Heb. 13:20; Isa. 42:6; 49:8).

The reality of “the way, the truth, and the lite” (Heb. 10:20; John   14:6).

The reality of the “revelation” of God, His purpose for man and the universe (Eph. 1:17; Col. 2:20-21).

The reality of “the end of world,” “second death,” and “resurrection, ” (Heb. :26; Matt. 27:46; Jh. 11:25).

The reality of “glorification,” and the eternal spiritual “rest” (Acts 3:13; Matt. 11:28).

The reality of eternal “oneness” with_God on the throne (John 17:22-23; Rev. 3:21).

The reality of these blessings in the Christ event, was not in a way, –except for “the second death,”– that makes them unnecessary to be applied to, and experienced by and in believers for salvation. Justification by faith confesses the reality of Christ, the opposite stream of thought by denial or neglect denies that reality.

If we lay hold of reality in Christ, we have everything. If we lose reality in Christ we lose everything.

 

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