By The Book #38: Christ is the Light of Our Life
God has given Jesus to us to be all things. This is a most important of understanding spiritual life. Is our experience mere experience or is it Christ? Is our redemption merely redemption or is it Christ?
We can speak of the things of God and yet they may not be in Christ. We have many things that are not “in Christ.” This constitutes a formidable problem for God’ children. We may confess that Christ is the center of all things, never the less in our lives we have many matters other than Christ, as if these can help us to be Christians. How we need to have our mind renewed so as to understand that aside from Christ God has no intention for us to have any so-called spiritual things. According to God’s arrangement, there are only things; only, these things are Christ. For Christ is the sum of all spiritual things. Christ is our righteousness—He has not given us righteousness. Christ is our sanctification---He has not given us sanctification. Christ has not offered us redemption—He is our redemption. Christ has not offered us the way, the truth and the life, He is the way, the truth and the life, and they are found in Him. Being human is not something we do but it is who we are, and Christ is everything; everything exist within Him.
As we travel along God’s course we will discover more and more that all of God’s grace is only our grace, of all of God’s gifts there is only one gift. That grace and that gift are Christ. Formerly we thought of Christ as our Savior; now we can say He is not only our savior but also our salvation. Is this strange? No, this is a fact. For we increasingly find out about Christ being the thing of God.
If we incorrectly differentiate between what the Lord Jesus gives and who He is, between the gift and the giver we shall suffer greatly in our spiritual life. This error will keep us from touching the source of life. In view of this we wish to see more of Christ as our things. In John 6:35 and 8:12, the Lord tells us that He is the bread of life and the light of life.
What is the meaning of Jesus as the bread of life? It means satisfaction, since scripture uses hunger to represent the dissatisfaction of man. For human dissatisfaction to be solved there needs to be bread. Weather God’s children are able to finish the course before them or weather they have the strength to go on depends largely on their inward satisfaction. If we feel satisfied today, we will have the strength for the day. But if we sense emptiness within, like a tire that is blown out, we will not be able to drag ourselves on through the day. It is satisfaction that inexplicable feeling of satisfaction which enables us to proceed and finish our course.
We ought to realize that nether spiritual retreat or biblical teaching is our food. Christ alone is. The only way we can be filled is Christ, not studies or sermons, only Christ. Spending time with Him is the satisfaction our souls thirst for and the only satisfaction we need.