Is Christ alone enough? Currently, I am preaching through Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians. Along with Paul, I too am amazed by how quickly the Galatians turned from the doctrine of salvation by grace through faith in Christ alone. These Galatians converts who had received this gospel of grace were now turning away to “another gospel,” a doctrine of works. The defection of the Galatians was, in reality, a denial of the sufficiency of Christ.
Sadly, the departure from Christ sole sufficiency is not history; it is a danger that the church still faces today. The heretical spark has ignited a flame that still burns. Those who are influenced by the fire believe there is something more; Christ is not enough. This view can be seen in many significant trends today, such as psychology, pragmatism, and mysticism just to name a few. Concerning this doctrinal fallacy, Paul would not tolerate it, and we shouldn’t either.
The work of Christ is a finished work, and the gospel of Christ is a gospel of free grace. Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. It is without any mixture of human works or merits. Salvation is solely dependent on the finished work of Christ upon the cross. Jesus has completed the necessary work of redemption wholly and utterly. His resurrection is the undeniable truth of this fact.
Paul wrote to the Colossians concerning the sufficiency of Christ for salvation –“He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” -Colossians 1:13-14. Notice, its only Christ who can deliver from the domain of darkness and transfer us into the kingdom of God. It is Christ alone who has obtained redemption for His people by giving His own life as a ransom. There is no merit on the part of man, no works of ours to be performed, salvation is solely based on the meritorious work of Christ.
I preached a sermon last Sunday entitled- “Christ plus nothing!” This expounded truth is evident throughout all Paul's epistles. As Christians, we must hold fast to the message of Christ-sufficiency. In Him there is deliverance. In Him there is freedom. In Him there is wisdom. In Him there is hope. All Christians have been made complete in Him. He is all we need.
What are the implications of this biblical truth? First, Believers have in Christ everything they will ever need to meet any trial, any craving, any difficulty they ever encounter in this life. Even the newest converts possess these spiritual resources at the moment of their conversation. Second, Christ is the answer to the darkness and hopelessness that pervades our society. People all around us are living with deep hurts. Many are running to so-called professionals who know nothing of biblical truth. Still yet, others to substance abuse and unhealthy relationships. The failure to understand the sufficiency of Christ has opened the door to all kinds of worldly influences and sterile solutions.
The responsibility lies squarely on the shoulders of the church to proclaim God’s grace in Christ is sufficient for salvation and for growing in a healthy vibrant relationship with God.