If you’ve read any other posts on this blog, you’ll gather that there is a clear thread, and that thread is pointing to Jesus himself.
And so today, I was getting ready, and I had the phrase,
“Seek first the Kingdom of God, and his righteousness”
come to mind. And I was reminded that Christ is all. And he was given to us so that,
“the fullness of him who fills all in all”
might fill us completely. This is why it is essential to eat of the true bread of heaven, and not cheap, fake bread. Only that which has life supplies life.
We so often think we are living when we are eating fake bread, not recognising that Jesus said that we have no life unless we eat of him. I’ve said it before; How much bread is consumed that is not the true bread of heaven?
And so, in eating of Jesus, the true bread of heaven, he is all in all, and becomes all in all in us.
And this is where I’m thinking about “his righteousness.” We know that he is perfect peace, and is perfect peace in us when we eat of him. We know he is perfect love, and is perfect love inside of us when we eat of him. And therefore, it must be necessary that I eat of Jesus himself so that I may,
“be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own, which is of the law, but that which comes through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith” (Greek literal translation)
And so the thought I had today was that seeking the Kingdom of God and his righteousness are mutually inclusive. One cannot exist without the other. So for anything to be of the Kingdom, there must also exist God’s righteousness, which is Christ. So, as with so many things I’ve understood and seen recently, righteousness is not a thing to be received. Righteousness is a person, Jesus himself. We know this, because we are told that,
“because of him (God) you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption”
It doesn’t say that he gave those things to us. It says he became to us, that means he himself is our righteousness, he himself became righteousness to us. Jesus himself is the mutually inclusive person required to seek, and to receive, the Kingdom.
The further that we go with this, we see that Christ really is all. As Norman Grubb says in his book “The Key to Everything,”
“Christ is all, not Christ has all. And if Christ is all, what’s left for me? Not much by my mathematics! I had thought I was somebody, and had something or could get something. I found God had taken the lot. Christ is all.”
It’s quite a comforting thought to know that I’m not what I thought I was, nor that I have anything by myself, but that Christ is all and in all! And that apart from Jesus, I can have no righteousness because he IS righteousness.
And because we cannot be righteous apart from Christ, the fruit of the Kingdom of God must come from Jesus, and be evident in our lives. That means that if we are seeking the Kingdom of God, the righteousness of Christ himself will be seen in us. After all, if it’s not righteous, it cannot be of Christ and from Christ.
Let us insure that he is all in all in us today, eating of the true bread from heaven, given to us by the Father.