Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The Endless Diverse Excellencies of Christ

Element returns to corporate worship this Sunday, and we are starting a four-week series on Ephesians 2 called "The Supremacy of Christ." I can't wait. I am really excited to proclaim the all-surpassing awesomeness of Jesus once again.

Our tech director, John, emailed me this list recited by John Piper from a sermon titled "How the Supremacy of Christ Creates Radical Christian Sacrifice." Christ is supreme because . . .
He is God's final revelation
He is the heir of all things
He is the creator of the world
He is the radiance of God's glory
He is the exact imprint of God's nature
He upholds the universe by the word of His power
He made purification for sins
He sits at the right hand of the Majesty
He is God enthroned forever with the scepter of uprightness
He is worshiped by angels
His rule will have no end
His joy is above all other things in the universe
He took on human flesh
He was crowned with glory and honor because of his suffering
He was the founder of our salvation
He was made perfect in all of his obedience by his suffering
He destroyed the one who had the power of death
He delivered us from the bondage of fear
He is a merciful and faithful high priest
He made propitiation for sins
He is sympathetic because of His own trials
He never sinned
He offered up loud cries and tears with reverent fear and God heard him
He became the source of eternal salvation
He holds His priesthood by virtue of an indestructible life
He appears in the presence of God on our behalf
He will come a second time to save those who are eagerly waiting for Him
He is the same yesterday, today, and forever

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