In my last post I showed how Christ’s revealing of His Life in me is only through the grace of God. It’s only by grace that God chooses to reveal His Son in us, not through our efforts or even by our desire. I can try until I am blue in the face, but only Christ can live His Life and He does so in me by grace.
And knowing that my efforts are not adequate to satisfy God, then how am I to fulfill the many requirements of God on my life? The Word of God presents many commands of me in this life. Besides the big Ten Commandments, there are the beatitudes and more. These commands of God aren’t mere suggestions; they are demands on my life. So if it is not by my efforts, then how?
Here’s the answer Martha gives in The Way CD series: “All the requirements of the New Covenant are on the Life of Christ.” Yes, every requirement of the New Testament is a requirement on Christ in me not of me. This is such good news! Christ fulfills all the Father’s requirements in me. As a doer of many doings, this is simply outstanding!
To go further with this, I want to give the answer to every questioning heart IN THE WORLD. Yes, I am prepared to give THE answer to every question of life. Audacious, huh?! The answer to every question in our current dispensation is solved by one thing—Christ!
The Answer to All the Requirements of God
While swimming the other day with my waterproof iPod, I heard Martha say this very thing. Every time I’ve heard this, all I do is smile. “The answer to every question of the New Testament, every question you would have, is Christ” (from Worship Forever! CD series). Our natural bent is to either take on the full burden of living the Christian Life, or to blame another for preventing us from doing so. But Martha’s quote is electric. Christ knew we were unable and hence came to be our ability. His Life performs all that would satisfy the Father. We weren’t left helpless with no ability to fulfill God’s requirements. His Life for my life satisfies the wishes of a Holy God.
It all accords with my own earnest wishes and hopes, which are that I should never be in any way ashamed, but that now, as always, I should honour Christ with the utmost boldness by the way I live, whether that means I am to face death or to go on living. For living to me means simply “Christ”, and if I die I should merely gain more of Him.
Philippians 1:20-21 PHILLIPS
…For me to live is Christ [His life in me], and to die is gain [the gain of the glory of eternity].”
Philippians 1:21 AMPC