The Glory of God 30

An attribute of God must be determined from what He is within Himself rather than judged by our own standards. God is the standard of Himself and of all things.

Acts 17:22 So Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects. 23 “For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.’ Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you. 24 “The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; 25 nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things.

The self-sufficiency of God is displayed in and through Christ and in and through the cross. Christ, as the outshining of the glory of God, shines the sufficiency of God to us. The Scriptures (John 15:4-5) are clear that apart from Him we can do nothing, so if we do anything at all spiritually He alone is sufficient in that regard. What are the things that we absolutely need that we can obtain ourselves? Can we obtain anything by ourselves if we really think about it?

But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption” (1 Cor. 1:30).

Behold the beauty and wonder of the self-sufficiency of God! In Christ and in Christ alone and not by anything we have done or can do Christ has become our wisdom from God. In Christ and in Christ alone and not by anything we have done or can do Christ has become our righteousness from God. In Christ and in Christ alone and not by anything we have done or can do Christ has become our sanctification from God. In Christ and in Christ alone and not by anything we have done or can do Christ has become redemption from God.

If we have spiritual eyes to behold the wonders of the truths and glories of I Corinthians 1:30, we can easily see that all of these things are from the hand of God and His hand alone. Man is totally and utterly insufficient to do one thing to help out God in these matters. God alone is sufficient for these things and He is self-sufficient in these things in Christ and it is utter blasphemy to think of Christ being insufficient for these things. But as we meditate on these things, we can see that the self-sufficiency of God in Christ is one of the major issues regarding the work of Christ and the Gospel. God reveals Himself in a sufficient way, and that sufficient way is through Christ.

Is God self-sufficient in Christ to reveal Himself in the Gospel and to save sinners as He pleases? Does He need us to help Him out just a little? Perhaps an act of our will has some way of helping Him out? Do we have any way, any way at all, to help God save us? Do we or any other fallen human have any way of helping God out (even in the slightest way) of saving us to the glory of His name? If we lack something, which in reality we lack all things, who alone is sufficient to work that which we lack in our hearts? God is self-sufficient within Himself and as such He is sufficient to do all He is pleased to do. There is nothing that He lacks and so we cannot help Him in any way or assist Him in any way.

The self-sufficiency of God as an attribute shines much needed light upon His display of Himself in Christ and the works of Christ. The Person and work of Christ also sheds light on how sufficient God is to do as He pleases. What we must see, however, is that God is sufficient to do as He pleases and Christ is sufficient to manifest His glory as He pleases. God does not save sinners despite lacking sufficiency to save them to His glory through Christ, but instead He saves them to His glory through Christ because He is fully sufficient. There is nothing lacking in Christ and there is nothing that can be added to Him. Who do we think we are to even attempt to add to the work of Christ? When we try to add something to His work, we are essentially saying that God is not sufficient to do that particular work by Himself. The grace of God in Christ is full and abounding and as such fully sufficient to save sinners completely and to the uttermost.

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