Think Spot – 11 May 2020
But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 3:18
What is it to know Christ but to look upon him as a gift and as an example ? A gift given by God that becomes your own so that when you see and hear him suffering or doing anything, you may not doubt that Christ himself in such suffering and works is yours, upon which you may depend as though you yourself had done them, and as though you yourself were Christ. This is what it means to know Christ aright: that he with all he has, out of pure divine goodness has been given unto us, that he has rendered satisfaction, obtained salvation and eternal life for us, and that all this is through him and for his sake, bestowed upon us without our merit.
If in this way you have Christ as the foundation and chief treasure of your salvation, then follows the other part of laying hold of him as your example, that you give yourself to the service of your neighbour as he has given himself for you. Then faith and love will be exercised, God's commandment will be fulfilled, and man becomes happy and fearless to do and to suffer any and everything. Christ as a gift nourishes your faith and makes you a Christian ; but Christ as an example moves you to do good works; these do not make you a Christian, but they go forth from you who have already become Christians.
The true knowledge of Christ is to know why he came, and how we may appropriate him to ourselves.
(An excerpt taken from "Devotional Readings From Luther's Works For Every Day Of The Year" By Rev. John Sander, L.H.D.) in the Public Domain.