Monday, May 26, 2014

Concerning Christ

Rom 1:3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;

Despite the increase of secularism, there is still a lot of religion in the western world. We have Christian book shops, Christian TV, Christian social networks – the list is endless. Yet for all the noise about Christianity, there is often very little said about Christ.

Look at how the reformed fathers dealt with the above text:

The subject-matter of it: it is ‘concerning Christ’. The prophets and apostles all bear witness to him; he is the true treasure hid in the field of the scriptures. (Henry)

‘Concerning his own Son’. This is a remarkable passage, by which we are taught that the whole gospel is included in Christ, so that if any removes one step from Christ, he withdraws himself from the gospel. (Calvin)  

Notice, brethren, how reverent the apostles were to Holy Scripture. They had no doubt about its inspiration. They quoted the old Testament, and delighted to make it a kind of basis for the New Testament: "which he had promised afore by his prophets in the Holy Scriptures." (Spurgeon)

 The church at the time of the reformation was every bit as confused and compromised as the church of the 21st century western world. It was the recovery of the centrality of Christ that brought reformation then, and it is the rediscovery of the supremacy and centrality of Christ that will bring reformation and revival today. 

The same principle applies to our lives as individuals. Very often cares and anxieties; ambitions and worldly desires eclipse our view of Christ. At times we can find ourselves in a spiritual wasteland. How do we renew our spiritual life? We must look to Christ. In looking to Christ our soul will be revived and our affections for the things of God will be reawakened.

No comments:

Post a Comment