I have decided to embark on a new spiritual journey to explore the person of Christ. He is the center of Christianity as a world religion and the hope of the whole world. And yet, He is so often being misunderstood by the people of the world and those of whom who claimed to be His own. This is depressing because the Bible has spelled out the person of Jesus Christ so clearly to us and yet many have misunderstood Him. This is indeed what John, the gospel writer, wrote in John 1, that He came for His own but His own did not understand Him. This is not just talking about the Jews of that time, but it is relevant for us today. His image is often marred by the many things in the world and as result, we are not able to have a clear and lucid picture of Christ in our theology.
What I aim for this distinctive journey of mine is to
1. to know Christ and to make Him known
2. to enjoy Him to the fullest
3. to worship Him
To know Christ and to make Him known
This is an evangelical goal of this writing. At a personal level, my prayer and my desire is to know Christ more and more. Paul professes in 1 Corinthians 2:2, and I quote, “For I resolved to know nothing…except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” The word “resolved” in Greek is krino. The word krino is a legal term that refers to a very careful opinion after separating and considering the particulars of a case. It is to judge without discrimination and but with fairness and careful evaluation. So Saint Paul is saying that after a very careful consideration and examination, he only wants to know Christ and Him crucified. The second key word here, “know”, is translated in Greek oida. Oida is more than just head knowledge but to know to be aware with a great sense of adoration and admiration. This knowing comes with obedience. Thus, what Paul is really saying is that he, after a careful and detailed examination and consideration of everything, he now wants only to know, that is to know Him and to worship Him and to obey Him, and no others but Christ alone and Him crucified.
The immediate respond to such knowledge is to make Him known to others as well. In so doing, others may also glorify Him and enjoy His goodness and love. We all have been called to be witness and evidence of Christ’s love. 2 Corinthians 3:6 Paul says that, and I quote, “He has made as competent as ministers of a new covenant – not of letter but of the Spirit.” We are all minister of this new covenant established by Christ with His blood and body. The Greek word for minister is diakonos which means someone who devote wholeheartedly and usually carries a note of affection and devotion. Thus to be a minister of the new covenant is to wholeheartedly give of oneself to the preaching and upholding of the Gospel of Christ, both in the Church and the in the marketplace.
To enjoy Him to the fullest
It sounds for a second very odious to say that we enjoy Christ. God has meant for us to enjoy Him and to enjoy Him to the fullest. In Ephesians 1:23, Paul says this about the fullness of Christ, and I quote, “the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.” God meant for His fullness to reside in every aspect of His Church and His people. The Greek form of the word “fullness” is pleroma. The word has the meaning of putting and filling it to the brim. It means to fill it up so much so that there is no room to fill anything at all. Christ, wants all of His fullness to fill His Church and His people. We can only understand the fullness Christ through His Body coming together in unity and faith. Christianity is not a stand alone faith. The fullness of Christ is best understood in the whole community of the saints. Thus, to enjoy His fullness almost means to enjoy the Church and the fellowship of His saints in the Church.
The fullness of Christ, in summary consists of both His glory and His suffering. We cannot see ourselves only sharing in His glory but not His suffering. Some are called to share in His suffering more. But in whatever case, Christ’s fullness is God has intended for the Church and for all His people.
To worship Him
Finally, my aim is also to know Him and so that I can worship Him better. It sounds weird to worship God better. The truth of the matter is our worship will never be enough to fill the court room of heaven. God deserves our highest worship and praise. Revelation 5 records for us that, and I quote, “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise.” Again in the same chapter, John heard again from heaven the voice of million angels singing, “To Him who sits on the throne and the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, forever and ever!”
The knowledge of God leads us to basically three things:
C) Adoration and Admiration
Thus, as I embark on this journey, it is my prayer that God will lead me to repentance, evangelism and adoration. I do not attempt to understand the fullness of Christ by just this study or just on my own. As mentioned, Christ’s fullness has to be understood and comprehended in light of His Church and the fellowship of His saints.
Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
We thank you for sending your only Son into the world and through him you revealed yourself to your Church and your people on earth. Lord, open my heart that I can see a more lucid vision of the Cross of Jesus Christ. Holy Spirit, reveal the Lord Christ to me in such a way like never before. Holy Spirit, let that hunger to know Christ grow more and more each day. Let me not be satisfied just to know a little. Enlarge my tent so that I can contain more of Christ and surrender more of me to you. Lord, as I embark on this journey, let Christ be increased and I decreased. Take away all forms of disturbance and distraction.