Exalting Christ, Part 1

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27Aug  Exalting Christ is the secret to experiencing purpose and passion in our lives today.

What do we mean by exalting Christ?

It means giving Him the place

Of preeminent power, praise, and authority

In your heart which He deserves.

The goal of God’s plan for you is “that in everything [Christ] might have the preeminence” (Colossians 1:18.)  In today’s blog, I want to focus primarily from Colossians on the first of three important areas to exalt Christ in your life today: in your faith.

We will look at the other two, in your family, and in your field (of vocation) in the next two blogs.

By exalting Christ in your faith these are the attributes and the works of Christ that make Him worthy of preeminence in your life.  The Bible says in Hebrews 11:1, “Faith (Trust; solid, unshakable response to truth) is the substance (foundation; realization) of things hoped for, the evidence (proof; conviction) of things not seen.”

Let’s look at why we are to exalt Christ in our daily lives:

1) We Exalt Christ In Our Faith Because Of Who He Is

He was, is, and always will be fully and truly God, the second Person of the Trinity, eternally begotten of the Father.  Paul writes that Christ “is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation” (Colossians 1:15.)

This did not change

When He wrapped Himself

In humanity 2,000+ years ago.

He became fully man

While remaining fully God.

Thus, He could become the perfect mediator between the offended party (God) and the offending party (you and me).  Paul writes that “in [Christ] dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:9.)  Therefore, “there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5).

2) We Exalt Christ In Our Faith Because Of What He Does

The Bible says in Colossians 1:16-17, “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on the earth” … “All things were created through Him and or Him.  And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.”  The entire universe doesn’t fly apart because Christ holds it together.

Cosmologists call it “dark matter,”

But the Bible calls it

The sustaining power of God.

Thus, Christ could command the wind and the waves (Matthew 8:23-27, feed thousands with a few loaves and fish (Matthew 14:13-21), and raise the dead to life (John 11:43-44).

If Jesus Christ holds all of creation together, He can hold your life together!  He can supply what you need when you need it!  Perhaps learning to exalt Christ in your heart is the key to overcoming fear, discouragement, and pain that often threatens.

The supreme work Christ did for you was to suffer a horrible death on the cross to redeem you from the awful penalty of sin, and to rise physically from the grave in order to give you victory over sin, death, and hell.  The Bible says that God has reconciled you to Himself “by making peace through [Christ’s] blood on the cross.” (Colossians 2:12).  Your faith would be worthless apart from the cross and the empty tomb.

3) We Exalt Christ In Our Faith Because Of Where He Is

In the Apostle’s Creed we confess that following His death and resurrection, Christ “ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.”

His position at the right hand of the Father denotes His ultimate power and authority over the universe – and over your life. This means that His death and resurrection have been fully accepted by God for the salvation of all who believe.

From His exalted position He intercedes for you so that you find grace and mercy (Hebrews 4:16); He builds His church to manifest His kingdom purposes (Colossians 1:11); and, He pours out the Holy Spirit to empower you, equip you, and assure you of eternal life in Christ. (Colossians 1:11; 1 Corinthians 12:7; Ephesians 1:14).

Exalting Christ in your faith will transform your life from the inside out in every way that matters.  It will cost you something – complete surrender. And it will be well with your soul, guaranteed.

This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey

Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!

Pastor Terry

Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”

Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

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