Thursday, October 11th, 2018
But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— 1 Cor 1:30
Seeking God is a lifelong quest for every God’s elect. What it means to pursue God with all our heart, soul and strength? Why we should desire to do so? Why is it beneficial and even essential that we continue striving for God throughout our lives by searching and sacrificing in order to experience Him to the fullest extent possible?
My goal in this sermon is to help God’s elect at NCCkl not only to understand these things but to be stirred up to act on them.
I hope God’s elect would be inspired to passionately, energetically and joyfully go hard after God with tireless perseverance and unyielding determination.
God’s elect ought to know that seeking God to be the most valuable, priceless and desirable thing in all the universe. Nothing in this life can compare to the incredible riches of seeking God through His Son, Who came by the water and blood to fulfill God’s righteousness that has saved our soul. Let us examine what the Scriptures say on this important subject:
- Greatest Treasure – Wisdom Prov 8:11
Now, we might look at Prov 8:11 and conclude that it is not really talking about seeking God per se but rather that about the benefits of seeking God such as acquiring wisdom and understanding. If we read all of Prov 8, we see that ‘wisdom’ here is not just an abstract idea but a Person. It is talking about Jesus Christ, Who is the wisdom of God personified. Prov 8 speaks of this wisdom as being eternal, as being the ‘craftsman’ at God’s side when He formed the earth. It proves that “whoever finds Me find life” Prv 8:35 Paul confirms this in 1 Cor 1:24, “…..Christ is the mighty power of God and the wonderful wisdom of God.” In other words, what we are being told in Prov 8 is that Christ is more precious than rubies, that nothing we desire can compare with seeking Him. David expresses this same idea in man of the Psalms, for instance in Psalms 73:25-26. Here, David is saying, “Lord, whether in Heaven or on earth, there is nothing I possess whose value compares to You and there is nothing I desire except You.”. Everything else will pass away, my body will grow old and feeble and eventually my life will come to an end but You will be my portion forever. This is what our attitude should be toward God. Rejoicing in the greatest treasure we have found in Christ through the Gospel of God’s Righteousness
- Surpassing Greatness – Righteousness Phil 3:7-8
In comparison to seeking Christ, Paul claims that the value of anything else in this world and even our own lives is negligible. It is as if nothing else had any value at all. In fact, it is as if everything else was a net loss when compared to the infinite worth of the Righteousness of Christ. Do we live as if that were true? Do our choices, our habits, our relationship and our use of time and money – do these indicate that we share this view of the ‘surpassing greatness’ of seeking Christ? If we do have this attitude, it will express itself in seeking after God, doing everything we can think of, everything we are capable of and to draw closer to Him.
- Absolute Purity – Sanctification Heb 12:14
Heb 10:14 declares that “for by one offering, God has perfected forever those who are being sanctified” In Christ, we are made holy and pure by grace through faith in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection. God’s elect ought to actively strive after personal holiness, seeking to purge moral impurity, laboring to cleanse our hearts and minds by constantly contending for our precious faith in Christ. God is holy and righteous and so any movement towards Him requires a movement away from sin. It is not instantaneous rather it is a process of growth that lasts a lifetime. We cannot grow closer to God without the same time growing farther from the practices of sin. Mt 5:8 First of all, that personal holiness, a life of warring against sin in thought, attitude and action is absolutely essential. No it is not what saves us – we are declared righteous in Christ on the basis of faith in the righteousness of God alone. Jesus moral perfection and His perfect obedience to the will of God are credited to our account through faith. Although it is faith alone that saves, the faith that saves is not alone. Although a changed life is not a requirement for obtaining salvation, it is an inevitable consequences of salvation. Genuine faith and saving faith produces a zeal for holiness and a hatred for sin. As Jesus said, again in the Beatitudes, Mt 5:8 “Seeking after God and hungering and thirsting for righteousness are two sides of the same coin. When we undertake to seek God by striving for personal holiness, we should be prepared for a battle. Seeking God is not a walk in the park. Holiness is serious business. As Paul writes in Gal 5:16-17. When we come to faith in Christ, sins’ power over us is broken. However, it still remains a part of us until we are in this dead body. It is a constant conflict with the Holy Spirit, Who has now come to indwell us. Only our faith in God’s righteousness can sustain us till we finish this spiritual race.
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