Monday, October 05, 2009

He Is Before All Things

Shadow Chasing

Webster defines Christianity as "the religion of Christians, or the system of doctrines and precepts taught by Christ; conformity to the laws and precepts of the Christian religion."

Sadly, most Christians today would agree with that definition. And so would I. That is the Christian religion. That is Christianity. So under this definition and description I must declare to you that I have once and for all time rejected Christianity!

But Rich, what are you saying, have you rejected the doctrines and precepts taught by Christ? No I have not. But I have rejected the idea that the teachings of Christ can be separated from the Person of Christ. The teachings or doctrines are there to point us to the Person. The teachings within themselves are not the goal. The Person is the goal!

So we have created this system called the Christian religion or Christianity and it has become just another "thing." Jesus never started the Christian religion. He never started any religion. He only pointed people to the only Way to the Father. And then He told us that He is the Way. The problem with religions is that they all point to a teaching, a concept, a philosophy, a method, or a program to help you reach spirituality or your acceptance with God. But Jesus only pointed to a Person.
This glorious Christ is so much bigger than any mere religion! No religion can contain Him. No doctrinal system can define or explain Him. No set of things or 'its' can ever confine this unlimited Christ. Even your thoughts and ideas about Him can never restrain this all sufficient Person. The confines of man-made religion (including Christianity) can never harness the Christ who is before all things. No thing can contain this vast Christ, and, anything less than Him will never satisfy the human heart.

Yet we continue to settle for lesser things. We continue to settle for things about Him instead of just Him. We continue to live in the shadows instead of the substance. I don't know about you, but I am tired of living in the shadows. I want to live in reality. I want to grab hold of the substance of this Person. I desperately want to live this Christ who is the All in all!

I would love to hear how this might be speaking to you!



aldrichdesign said...

You couldn't say it any clearer or more simpler... to the point. A big amen. And I too desperately want to live this Christ who is the All in all!!

A. Amos Love said...

Praise Jesus

Wonderful words beautifully said.

Jesus, all about Him and knowing Him.

I too have rejected Christiandumb.

And found, "What a friend we have in Jesus."

Be blessed in your search for truth... Jesus.

Rich said...

Thanks Dave!

Each new day is a day of discovery, as He brings a living realization of whose we are, out of which flows the power to live Loved.

Rich said...


My wife and I laughed at this.."I too have rejected Christiandumb.

Thanks for sharing the reality of His love for you with me.

Māris said...

Amen, brother! Amen!!! It was pleasant to hear that again. Jesus is my All in All. And I am exited to see Him revealing it to me.

Rich said...


Somehow everything falls into place in seeing He is our All in All...thanks for sharing!