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prophet, and the greatest of men; in his own eyes he was not worthy to stoop down and
loose the latchet of his Saviour's shoe; his "text" might have been his own words
recorded in John 3: 30, "He must increase, but I must decrease". John speaks of Christ
as having come from heaven, and of himself as being of the earth, yet the Lord's question
of the chief priests and elders, "The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men?",
shows that John could have found reasons for placing himself a grade above the "earth"
with regard to his ministry.
What true greatness is here! Christ and His glory filling the heart and the vision. To
be greater than John the Baptist means to be lower and more humble, to be more
completely devoid of self and self-seeking; to be more proof against the temptations of
the flesh. Humility of mind too should characterize every member of the One Body; this
can only be attained, as John's example teaches, as Christ is central and Christ is all.
Beloved reader, how would you answer if a learned and important body waited upon
you and asked the question, "What sayest thou of thyself?"
"Christ is all."
pp. 171 - 174
The apostle Paul, speaking of one phase of his own experience in Rom. 7: said,
"When the commandment came". He, as a Hebrew and a Pharisee, knew the law, and
many many times he had read and recited the commandment, "thou shalt not covet". One
day, however, it came, and the effect of the coming was immediately manifest. The
words of our title have been read many times. We knew those words were in the epistle
to the Colossians, we could have quoted the verse and its context from memory. One
day, however, the words came, and despondency gave place to joy, weariness to renewed
vigour, and murmuring to peace. "CHRIST IS ALL."
Starting from the innermost circle of the Church of the One Body, the doctrine of
Scripture expands in ever-widening circles, but all concentrate in Christ. It will be
helpful if we refresh our memory of this blessed fact, and notice a few passages of
Scripture which point in this direction. First let us notice the verse itself wherein out text
occurs. "Ye have put on the new man. . . . where there is neither Greek nor Jew,
circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free, but Christ is all,
and in all" (Col. 3: 9-11). In keeping with this is the statement of chapter 1: 26, 27:--
"The mystery which hath been hid from ages and generations, but now is made
manifest to His saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory
of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ among you, the hope of the glory."
Or again in chapter 2: 2 (following the best texts):--
"That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches
of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgment of the mystery of God--
CHRIST--in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge."