The All-Sufficiency of Jesus Christ
“Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing. And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering. All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity”
“And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes. For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance”
- If you know about the living and true God, you know there is nothing you can offer or do sufficient to please Him or save a single soul (Ps 39:5; 49:6-9; 62:9; Isaiah 40:15-17; Rom 3:23; I Pet 1:18).
- Sufficient. Of a quantity, extent, or scope adequate to a certain purpose or object. For: (a) to furnish means or material for, to supply to provide for the performance of (a thing). (b) = to provide for the needs or accommodation of, to satisfy (a person or animal). [OED].
- Having studied Romans 11:25-29 earlier today, we saw Christ’s sufficiency even for unbelievers.
- The ordinary evidence of eternal life is faith and good works, but God there revealed exceptions.
- Eternal life is guaranteed not by anything you believe or do, but by what Jesus Christ did for you.
- There is only one man standing between you and eternity in the Lake of Fire, and you cannot help.
- This opposes every other doctrine of conditional eternal life by faith, truth, sacraments, or works.
- With this thought in mind, and our hearts rightly prepared, we come to His Table to remember Him.
- Not dependent on faith! The Deliverer came and saved elect Israel (Rom 11:26-29).
- Not dependent on truth! The Galatians only fell from grace in doctrine (Gal 5:1-4).
- Not dependent on works! Election to Christ’s work is without our works (Ro 11:5-6).
- Redemption is finished! Jesus said so before giving up the spirit (Jn 19:30; Heb 9:12).
- One Man’s obedience did it! Adam condemned us; Jesus saved us (Romans 5:12-19).
- He did it by Himself! Jesus sat down after purging us from our sins (Heb 1:3; 10:12).
- Only one Mediator! The Man Jesus Christ stands between God and men (I Tim 2:5).
- No other name under heaven! Jesus alone, no other man, saves sinners (Acts 4:12).
- God chose a mighty one! Like David, Jesus was a mighty one to save elect (Ps 89:19).
- The elect are perfect! There is nothing left to do for them in a legal sense (Heb 10:14).
- By means of death! Jesus died to activate the covenant without our help (He 9:15-18).
- The prophecy is done! Jesus ended sin, reconciled, and made righteous (Dan 9:24-27).
- The book of life is the Lamb’s! God’s integrity guarantees names in it (Re 13:8; 17:8).
- He saves to uttermost! Jesus died, but He lives to ensure it (Ro 5:10; 8:34; Heb 7:25).
- He guaranteed no loss! Jesus said He would not lose even one elect (John 6:37-39).
- He guaranteed all saved! Jesus said he would save all the elect (Jn 10:26-29; 17:1-4).
- All charges are dropped! The elect are justified from every single charge (Rom 8:33).
- His death was once for all! He died for all sins, all saints, and all time (Heb 10:10).
- His blood is for all sin! The blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth away all sin (I John 1:7).
- God cannot remember sins! The covenant purged God’s memory (Heb 8:12; 10:17).
- We are complete in Him! Jesus is the fullness of the Godhead for us (Col 2:8-10).
- Death is abolished! The wages of sin are removed – death is now sleep (II Tim 1:10).
- God was satisfied by Christ! God saw and accepted the travail of His death (Is 53:11).
- Only one way to the Father! Jesus Christ alone is the Way, Truth, and Life (Jn 14:6).
- He triumphed over Satan! Jesus openly spoiled him (Col 2:15; Lu 11:22; He 2:14-18).
- He was worthy for the book! Jesus alone could open the book (Revelation 5:1-5,9-10).
- Faith is not a co-Saviour with Jesus Christ; any faith involved in redemption is His faith, not ours.
- Samuel Richardson (1647), in Justification By Christ Alone, wrote, “That they may not ascribe that which is proper to Christ’s priestly office, to their believing.”
- We call heretics what they should be called, heretics; but we do not intend their eternal destiny, for the amount of truth or correctness of truth, or faith, or works does not determine anyone’s destiny.
- The Lord Jesus Christ in His life, His death, and His life at the right of God is altogether sufficient.