Can we ever be too Christ-centered? The more Christ-centered we are, the more in harmony we are with the Father’s eternal purpose.
Only in the LORD, it shall be said of me, are righteousness and strength; to him shall come and be ashamed all who were incensed against him.
The reality of God’s salvation is simple: “Christ is all, and in all” (Col. 3:11). He has designated His Son to be everything in salvation: our redemption, regeneration, reconciliation, forgiveness, adoption, righteousness, sanctification, holiness, and glorification, including every blessing and promise.
Salvation is through Him and for Him. He’s the beginning, the means, and the end of our eternal bliss. God expressed that as follows: “Only in the LORD. . .” Everything is to be found in Christ, who is freely given to us and received by faith.
To emphasize its importance, let’s read the previous verse: “By myself I have sworn; from my mouth has gone out in righteousness a word that shall not return: ‘To me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear allegiance.’”
Consider the weightiness that God has sworn by Himself. Any diversion from Christ is a lethal offense, as Paul wrote: “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed” (Gal. 1:8).
What does it mean that “every tongue shall confess to God,” as the footnote in the ESV states? All our righteousness and the strength to live accordingly are found in Christ alone. He’s the source, substance, and sustainer of all righteous living. Just like with creation, Jesus is the Creator and Upholder of every righteous thought, emotion, motive, word, and action. Jesus is all!
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