Christ, a Medicine Cabinet for Every Disease

God has made Christ everything to the believer:

  • Are we nothing but sin? Christ became sin on behalf of his people to redeem them from it (2 Corinthians 5:21).
  • Are we perpetual law-breakers? Christ is the fulfillment of the law (Matthew 5:17, Romans 10:4).
  • Are we separated from God? Christ was forsaken by his Father as Judge so that we will never be forsaken by him (Matthew 27:46).
  • Are we unrighteous? Christ is the all-righteous one, having merited a perfect robe of righteousness through his active and passive obedience (Isaiah 61:10).
  • Are we cursed? Christ died the accursed death as curse-bearer for his elect (Galatians 3:13).
  • Are we under Divine wrath? Christ merits, keeps, and applies peace (Isaiah 53:5).
  • Are we hell-worthy? Christ descended into hell’s pains in his earthly sufferings to prevent hell-bound people from going there forever (Luke 22:44).
  • Are we condemned by the truth and righteousness of God? In Christ, “mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other” (Psalm 85:10).
  • Are we foolish? Christ is wisdom (Proverbs 8).
  • Are we filthy? Christ is “holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners” (Hebrews 7:26).
  • Are we prone to temptation? Christ “was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15).
  • Are we spiritually poor? Christ “was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9).
  • Are we in spiritual bondage? In Christ there is liberty, for “if the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36).
  • Are we weak? Christ is our strength (1 Samuel 15:29, Philippians 4:13).
  • Are we prayerless and thankless? Christ is the praying and thanking high priest who sits at the right hand of the Father and never ceases to intercede for his people (Romans 8:34).
  • Are we restless? Christ went without rest for thirty-three years, but now he has entered into his rest (Psalm 132:8, Hebrews 1:3), causing his people to rest in him as their prophet, priest, and king who has paid for their entire salvation (Psalm 110).

There is no end to Christ’s fullness and beauty. “My beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten thousand” (Song of Solomon 5:10). When the Holy Spirit reveals his holiness and righteousness, believers experience the truth of Malachi 4:2: “Unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in His wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.” Christ’s offices and natures form a medicine cabinet out of which the Holy Spirit can remedy every disease that afflicts God’s people

-Joel Beeke, Getting Back in the Game: The Cure for Backsliding

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s