1999-09-14 - Port's Faithful Shepherd, Chapter 2, Part 3
1 Corinthians 2:2, "For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.
"Get your union with, and interest in Christ cleared and confirmed to you daily more and more. Confirm that you are a branch in his vine, John 15:1-7, a member in his body, 2 Corinthians 13:5. This may be done three ways. (For parts one and two of this chapter please refer to devotionals from 8-31-99 and 9-6-99) 3. By surveying and observing in what manner you take Christ daily, and for this there are five resolves, as...
Frequent meditation upon these things will make clear to you your manner of taking Christ, which will evidence to you, your status in Christ." Robert Port
Some comments: Parts A and B; We don't think of ourselves in these terms in the church today. We don't view ourselves as vile, unworthy, empty in ourselves. It should give us something to consider that historically that is how Christians, viewing themselves apart from Christ, thought of themselves. In times past if you had a poor self-image, that was to be expected. But in Christ, you had a healthy self-image, with Christ you had all. We often have a habit of viewing ourselves as we are in ourselves apart from Christ and seeking worth and value from such self-introspection.
As I read the old writers, such as Port, their personal worth is never thought of positively apart from Christ. Any self-worth that a Christian has is always grounded in and established from the principal of our being in Christ. This can be seen in the remaining parts of section 3 of Chapter 2, parts C-E. The value of the Christian is viewed optimistically upon the foundational principal of his/her union with Christ.
These thoughts are not often heard in the Church of Christ today. I place them before you for consideration. You may agree, or disagree with Port. What counts is not whether Port is right or wrong but rather what matters is what the Scriptures teach. I hope that you will seek the Scriptures to see if these things are true. (Acts 17:11)
Soli Deo Gloria,
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