Monday, May 30, 2011

Look much, and consider much

In my inaugural post, I would like for us to direct our eyes to Christ by the preaching of a dead theologian, William Greenhill. I found his words and the passages he references to stir up my affections for the Savior. I think this is a good theme to start out with as Christians should always be pointing each other to Christ. I hope all of what I put here will do this, point us away from ourselves, away from looking inward to ourselves, and, instead, point us outward and upward to Christ.

When I have seen, by faith, the risen Christ in all of His glorious splendor, then the things of this world, the things I am tempted to worship and find satisfaction and comfort in (aka, idols), that draw me away from God, these tend to fade from view and are more and more undesirable to me. As Christ rises in my estimation and I perceive His great worth as a treasure beyond price, then the "treasures" of this world fall in my estimation as I see them for what they are ... corrupt and fading away (Matthew 6:21).

Greenhill writes of Christ crucified and Christ glorified:

"If you would have your heart removed from the things of the world, behold the crucified and glorified Lord Jesus Christ.

Set Christ crucified often before your eyes, and look on Him with the eye of faith. “God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world” (Gal. 6:14). That is, “I look on Christ crucified, and by the eye of faith I can see Him hanging there, and all the glory of the world stained there. Is all the world comparable to Christ? There is the King, the High Priest, the Mediator, the great Prophet. There is the Heir of the world crucified. There is His blood running down. He has laid down His life for sinners, and to take my heart off from the world.” If you look on a dead man, it deadens your spirit. What will looking on Christ do then? It will deaden your heart toward the world if you look on Jesus Christ crucified. “I am crucified to the world,” said Paul.

Then look on Christ glorified, and your heart will be raised above the world. “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” (Col. 3:1–2). Christ has died, risen, and gone to glory. If now you are risen out of the state of sin, transferred from the power of darkness into the kingdom of God’s dear Son, you will have your heart where Christ is. Consider Christ in this way: “There is my Head, my King, my Husband. There is my Redeemer, the one who is a thousand times better than the world. Therefore, I will not set my heart on things of the earth, but on things above. How glorious it is to see the King in His glory!”

Look much, and consider much of Christ crucified and glorified.""*

Look much and consider much ... shouldn't we exhort each other in this whenever we meet?

JLS


*William Greenhill, from a sermon titled, "Being Against The World"

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