But, have we thought what Christ being enough really means? I personally had a hard time swallowing everything up.
Enough means sufficient. When something is sufficient, we don’t need any supplementary stuff to it.
To tell you a story, I have once experienced a professor who teaches the subject based on his level. Us, the students always had a hard time catching up and so we have to read some supplementary books to be able to understand our lessons fully.
Even though that professor teaches the way he thinks is enough for us to understand, in our part, we have to cling to other reference because for us, his teaching is insufficient.
Since the “…word of God became flesh” (John 1:14), Christ is enough means the Bible is sufficient. It boils down that the Bible is enough in our lives. It is enough to complete us, to satisfy us, to give us contentment.
But the question is, how can it really be enough when we have a lot of needs in our lifetime?
In what way that it is enough?
Christ is enough for our salvation.
The Bible tells us sufficient information that all we need to be saved is Jesus Christ. Well, let me elaborate it. We, human, is bound to go to hell as a wage for all the sins we have done and will be doing (Romans 6:23).
However, God loves us so much that He sent His son to be the ransom for everyone (John 3:16; 1 Timothy 2:6). Jesus died on the cross as a payment for our sins, and He rose on the third day to prove that He is the son of God (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). And with all that, what we have to do is believe in that good news (Ephesians 2:8-9).
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Doing good works, confessing to priests, joining religion, the time we spent in church, achieving a lot in education, acquiring worldly riches can never ever save us from the fiery pit of hell. The Bible tells us a complete and clear message for us to have eternal life.
And it is Jesus Christ alone, nothing more, nothing less.
Christ is enough for our abundance.
To have the abundance of life, we should aim for the right destination. And the Bible is with us to give us conviction and correction in every decision that we have to make to reach that destination.
Maybe a lot of us would like God to tell us every detail to everything that He wants us to do but the Bible is sufficient, just as what it is, to give us the wisdom in obeying God.
Believing that Jesus Christ died for our sins doesn’t only end us going to heaven for eternity but it also comes with a package more than our hearts can contain (well, eternity can hardly even be contained!)
The saving grace comes with the fullness of life. We get to enjoy whatever life has to offer today because God gives us the courage and patience to deal with any circumstances. He gives us good and perfect things that we get to enjoy today (James 1:17).
And more than anything, He gives us joy as we hope for a great future, and His plans for us is always greater and better than what we think for ourselves (Jeremiah 29:11).
He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
His love makes us able to compromise from sin, and experience that abundance of life (Romans 8:13-17; 28-32). As we become faithful servants of God, God also makes everything for our good and give us what our hearts’ desires according to His will.
You see, our ultimate Father is an unlimited Father. He is good and perfect, and as we are His children, He delights in giving us what is good, pleasing and perfect for us.
Christ is enough for our life’s purpose.
We Christians are not only saved from something but are saved for something.
Ptr. Gilbert Foliente
Before knowing God, most people search for the meaning and purpose of one’s life. When we come to know God, the Bible tells us that we are to live for God’s glory and honor. And one way is to serve others.
Our new life is not only for us to experience the abundance of His grace but also to be a vessel of blessings to others, to be able to share the gospel to the lost, who once we were like. Ptr. Gilbert of Victory Katipunan once said that we Christians are not only saved from something but are saved for something. And that is to do good works!
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Loving others is just so so difficult that sometimes we have to keep ourselves distant from people, and enjoy the comfort of being alone. We don’t like dealing with people who we don’t even want, or in the other way, doesn’t even want us.
But Christ is enough to change our hearts into Christ-like. His word prepares, edifies and equips us such that our actions will be parallel to God’s will.
His love will change us inside out such that the old us who finds comfort in our own caves will have the courage to go out of our comfort zone. And to take a leap of faith to proclaim the greatest love we have received.
[Insights on Ptr. Gilbert Foliente’s preaching last February 11, 2018 @Victory Katipunan during the 5pm Sunday service.]