I was mildly stunned by what she said. In my hands was a letter from a lady with whom I had been corresponding about spiritual things. To paraphrase, she said something like, “What more can you offer people other than Jesus and His wonderful sacrifice?” I can’t remember what I wrote back word for word but it went something like this:
“For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him” (Col. 1:19). Can I offer more than God’s fullness?
“All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Him” (Col. 2:3). More than all treasures of wisdom and knowledge?
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation” (2 Cor. 5:17). More than a new creation?
“Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens” (Eph. 1:3). More than EVERY spiritual blessing?
“For God loved the world in this way:He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). More than God’s love and life forever?
What more do you want from God?
I may have listed more or different verses than above but you get the gist—God has nothing more to offer us than Jesus. Christ encompasses everything divine, everything of eternal purpose, everything concerning our life and godliness. If we want something more than Jesus, that craving isn’t from God.
Israel discovered this in the desert. They grew tired of manna. They craved meat. The Lord granted their request and caused a wind to blow quail into the camp. But He told them “You will eat…until it comes out of your nostrils and becomes nauseating to you—because you have rejected the Lord who is among you” (Num. 11:4-35). The manna was a picture of Jesus, who gave His flesh for the life of the world (John 6:30-35, 47-51). Israel rejected Christ, who was among them as manna, and craved something they saw as more substantive. This caused many Israelites to die as a plague came through the meat.
Is there more to this “Christian thing” than Christ? Is there teaching that is deeper and “meatier?” No. These are just fleshly cravings that lead away from the bread of life. Whoever feeds on Christ will never hunger again.
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Thankful for your emphasis. I need to hear this regularly. Whenever my soul looks for any natural thing as the promise of God. I miss the truth. I start to ask the same question the Pharisees asked Him, when will the kingdom of God come? Is this it? But it is unbelief that asks “Do we look for another?” Mt11:4 He answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed, nor WILL they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.” Lk17:20-21 He is the promise of The Father. Christ in you is the Kingdom. The spoke by the Spirt when they said, “, Hosanna; Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord: Blessed be the kingdom” Mk. 11:9-10.
I need the reminder too! The Holy Spirit is continually regathering my heart-gaze to Jesus. 🙂
The simplicity of the gospel is a mystery to the human flesh. The deception behind the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil is that we must accumulate more and more knowledge to be wise, but that kind of knowledge makes us always hungry for more and never satisfied. We equate human knowledge with wisdom, but it is not the wisdom of God. I think that is why God chooses the weak things of the world and the base and foolish things in which to hide His most profound mysteries. How sad for anyone for whom the fullness of Christ is not enough!
Amen! Thanks for your comment, Cheryl 🙂