Come to Christ, Hold Christ

Revelation 22:1-2 presents to us “a river of water of life, bright as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb in the middle of its street. And on this side and on that side of the river was the tree of life, producing twelve fruits, yielding its fruit each month.” In New Jerusalem, as in the new man, Christ is “all and in all” (Colossians 3:10-11). Christ is the life, He is on the throne as the Lamb, in Him we have the golden divine nature, and He is the tree producing abundant fruits.

The prior post shows the contrast in Colossians between Christ and many other things which, in the human realm, may be highly regarded. However, they distract us from Christ and defraud us from growing in Him. Two stanzas from a hymn (music) by Witness Lee about Christ as the one reality of all:
___Christ is our real God, our real Lord,
______Christ is our real life, our real light;
___Christ is our real food, our real drink,
______Our real clothing, and our real might.
___Christ also is the one reality
______Of all our doctrine and theology;
___And all our scriptural knowledge without Him
______Is just in letter and is vanity.

This is hymn 496 from Hymns, © 2001 by Living Stream Ministry

The last two lines were exactly the case with the Jewish leaders. They had much scriptural knowledge but would not come to Christ for life (John 5:39-40) and rejected Him as the stone for God’s building (Matthew 21:42). We, in contrast, should daily hold to Christ our life (Colossians 2:19; 3:4) and come to Him the living stone (1 Peter 2:4-5) for our building up in Him throughout our Christian life now and unto New Jerusalem.

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