Colossians 3:4

Paul’s wonderfully rich expression shows us that Christ is the source of my life and yours. I was once dead in my sins and am now alive in You. The same voice that brought Lazarus up form the grave raises us up to newness of life.

Christ is the substance of our life. It is by His life that we live: He is in us, the hope of glory, the spring of our actions, the central thought that moves every other thought.

Christ Jesus is the nourishment of our life. What do we have to feed upon other than the body and blood of Jesus the Messiah. What is better? Nothing. This is the bread that comes down from heaven which gives us everlasting life. He who eats of this bread will not die.

O lost travelers in the wilderness of sin, you will not find anything to nourish you in this world. Your nourishment is found in Him, that is in our Lord.

Christ is the solace of our life. All our true joys come from Him, and in our troubles His presence is our comfort. There is nothing worth living for than Him and His loving kindness is better than life.

Christ is the object of our life. As the ship speeds into the port, so we speed into the arms of Jesus. As an arrow flies towards its target, so do we fly toward the perfection of our fellowship with Him. As the soldier fights for His captain and gets the victory of His king, so do we contend for Christ and the triumph of His triumph. For to live is Christ and to die is gain.

Christ is the example of our life. If there is Christ’s life within us, there must be an overflow. If Christ’s life is in me, there will be, over time, a changed life. Must actions. My words. My time. My money. All of my life will align to the way of the master. As he forgives, I forgive. As he lives, I love. As he is strong, I am strong. We who have his life reflect Him to those around us – but remove that it is an overflow. May we set Him before us as our copy and may we follow in His footsteps until He becomes the crown of our life in glory.

Oh how safe, how honoured, how joyful is the Christian since Christ is our life.


This commentary is based on the work of Charles Spurgeon

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