Christ as Our Unique Portion

Whenever God’s people in Old Testament times entered into a situation of degradation and desolation it was because they had neglected the experience and enjoyment of Christ typified in all the sacrifices and offerings. They neglected God’s house, they neglected God’s habitation and were concerned merely for themselves, their own dwellings, their own situations and circumstances. Their eyes were set on the temporal, material things of this life to such an extent that in Psalm 73 we see the psalmist was “envious of the wicked” and under deep distress, confusion, and desolation.

However, there is a solution, there is a way that restoration is brought in…how? Through our proper appreciation and exaltation of Christ. Practically, what does this mean? In the message our brother shared with us twelve points of what this means:

1. We must love Him with the first and best love. We must be constrained with the love with which He loved us to love and regard Him as everything in our life. (Rev. 2:4; 2Cor. 5:14,15; Mk. 12:30; Ps. 73:25,26)

2. In the same way that the church in Ephesus was admonished to return to the first works, we also need to return to these first works, works that issue from and our motivated by our love for the Lord. (Rev. 2:5)

3. We must learn not to go in the way of the children of Israel and commit the two evils mentioned in Jeremiah 2:13, we must not forsake the Lord as our fountain of living water nor hew out for ourselves broken cisterns that hold no water.

4. We need to be those eating the Lord every day. (Rev. 2:7 and footnote 6)

5. We need to contact Him, we need to receive Him, we need to enjoy Him. There is nothing more evil in the sight of God than our refusal to do this. (Isa. 57:20 and footnote 1)

6. We must hold Christ as the centrality and universality of our personal universe. We need to give Him the first place in the smallest things, even in the most insignificant seemingly ridiculous things: washing up, brushing our hair, brushing our teeth, our day to day living. (Col. 1:17, 18)

7. We need, like Paul, to have the desire of gaining the testimony of being well-pleasing to Him. We do this through our daily growing in God by walking with God. (2Cor. 5:9; Col. 1:10; Heb. 11:5,6)

8. We must reach the highest point in spiritual experience, that is to have an awesome crystal clear expanse of sky and a sapphire throne above it. We must allow the Lord to rule and reign in us and live a life under the heavenly ruling in the presence of the Lord. (Ez. 1:22, 26)

9. As Colosians 2:19 tells us, we need to be those holding the head; allowing Him to be the head, the decider of everything in our lives.

10. We need to ask for the council of Jehovah in all the small details of our life. (Josh. 9:14)

11. We need to give the flow of the Lord, His practical presence, the first place. We should be those always caring for the flow. We must ask ourselves, in this or in that, do I feel the Lord’s flowing within? (Ez. 47:1; Rev. 22:1,2)

12. We need to be those dominated, governed, directed, and moved by our mingled spirit. What we need to always care for is the rest in our spirit. We should pray to the Lord: “Lord, conquer me, make me your captive, never let me win. Lord, defeat me all the time!” (2Cor. 2:13,14)

In Psalm 73 verses 16 and 17 the writer states: When I considered this in order to understand it, it was a troublesome thing in my sight, until I came into the sanctuary of my God…

The situation both of the psalmist and the people of Israel was that of sufferings and desolation while the wicked prospered. But, the instant the Psalmist turned to the sanctuary, that is his spirit, he was able to realize that in the eyes of God, Christ alone should be the unique portion and desire of His people. In fact, God’s intention with the seeking saints is to remove all material blessings and physical enjoyments so that they may find everything in God. Eventually, by verse 26, God alone holds the place of preeminence. “My flesh and my heart fail,/ But God is the rock of my heart and my portion forever.”

It is then, when Christ is properly appreciated and exalted as the unique portion of His people and the preeminent One in the universe that restoration is brought in.

“O God restore us;/ And cause Your face to shine, and we will be saved.” Psa. 80:3 and 7

Saints, may we exalt Christ as the man of God’s right hand (Psa. 80:17); may we enjoy Him as the only one we have in heaven and as our portion (Psa. 73:25, 26); and may we give Him the preeminence in all things by loving Him absolutely with our first and best love not just so that we may be spiritual, seeking, overcoming, normal Christians, but even more so that God may have His habitation, His dwelling place, for His ultimate rest and satisfaction.

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  1. Sandra Barney

     /  August 7, 2013

    He is altogether lovely. The fairest of 10,000….

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