The Unsearchable Riches of ChristBro. David Chancellor
2/4/2007 6:00 PM
Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;
These riches are such that you can’t make a complete list. These are riches that God shares with us through Christ. They are there for us if we come to God through Christ.
Romans 11:32-33 Wisdom/Knowledge
For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all. O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
God has everything figured out. It is the wisdom of God that we all should approach him on the same level. "For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all." All of us are in need of God’s mercy. We won’t know everything God knows, but he’s given us the benefit of his wisdom and knowledge as we can handle it. He won’t ever run out of wisdom and knowledge. He knows how to deal with us because he knows us better than we know ourselves.
Ephesians 2:4-8 Mercy/Kindness
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
God is rich in mercy. He won’t run out. Mercy and love go together. You won’t find mercy where hatred exists. When your heart is filled with the love of God, you can be rich in mercy, too. When people treat you wrong, the love of God in your hart will help you to be merciful to them. Through Christ, we can show kindness to others. You can give the gift of kindness to others.
Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from 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 in you, the hope of glory:
We live in the time when we can have Christ in us. Many religions leave you with nothing within. The glory of Christianity is that Christ comes into the heart and dwells there and helps you to live the life.
For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh; That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
It’s good to be able to understand what the relationship between you and God should be. It means something to know that as long as the relationship is maintained you can have assurance of where you stand with God. You’re no longer held captive by sin or by the slight of man. It is rich to know where you stand with God. This is between you and God. When there is nothing between you and God, you can live a life of assurance. It gives you a solid place to stand. It gives you confidence as you go about life. You can’t fool God. There is real confidence and assurance when you know you stand clear before God.
2 Corinthians 8:7-9
Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also. I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love. For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.
We want to abound in all these things. The riches of Christ are there to make us rich. Jesus was poor while here on earth so that we could abound. It was all his, but he didn’t put his name on any literal thing while he was here to claim it as his own. The devil was offering Jesus what already belonged to Jesus when he tempted Jesus. Jesus set aside all claim so that he could give us spiritual riches. These are better than money and make life valuable.
Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?
We can be rich in faith even if we’re financially poor. It is great riches to be able to believe that God cares for us and will get us through whatever life brings. Faith can bring you through places that would cause the faithless to despair.
1 Timothy 6:17-19
Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
The riches of this world are uncertain. The things of this world are temporary. When you put your trust in God, you can know that his riches are certain. We can be rich in good works. Kind acts and thoughtful words can be given without great earthly wealth. We can enjoy most what God gives when we’re committed to him. We enjoy it more when we use it. The miser is a miserable fellow because he is unwilling to use what he has. The good we do should be a manifestation of the love that God has given us.
He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?
We want to be faithful to God. The true riches are more important than anything else. Everything is God’s and he has committed it to our care. If we can’t be faithful in how we use what God has given us, why would he give us true riches? He gives us the true riches in mercy and kindness. Because he does, we need to see the importance of using well all he has given to us. We want to value his gift as we should. It’s a disgrace to hoard what God has given us to use. God gave us the spiritual things to use. We need to put to use what God has given to us. We’ve been given much. Take it and put it to work.