“Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God . . .” (2 Cor. 3:5)
One of the great tenets of Scripture is the claim that Jesus Christ is completely sufficient for all matters of life and godliness (2 Pet. 1:3–4)! He is sufficient for creation (Col. 1:16–17), salvation (Heb. 10:10–12), sanctification (Eph. 5:26–27), and glorification (Rom. 8:30). So pure is He that there is no blemish, stain, spot of sin, defilement, lying, deception, corruption, error, or imperfection (1 Pet. 1:18–20).
So complete is He that there is no other God besides Him (Isa. 45:5); He is the only begotten Son (John 1:14, 18); all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are in Him (Col. 2:3); the fullness of deity dwells bodily in Him (Col. 2:9); He is heir of all things (Heb. 1:2); He created all things and all things were made by Him, through Him, and for Him (Col. 1:16); He upholds all things together by the word of his power (Col. 1:17; Heb. 1:3); He is the firstborn of all creation (Col. 1:15); He is the exact representation of God (Heb. 1:3).
He is the only Mediator between God and man; He is the Sun that enlightens; the Physician that heals; the Wall of Fire that defends; the Friend that comforts; the Pearl that enriches; the Ark that supports; and the Rock to sustain under the heaviest of pressures; He is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty on high (Heb. 1:3; 8:1); He is better than the angels (Heb. 1:4–14); better than Moses; better than Aaron; better than Joshua; better than Melchizedek; better than all the prophets; greater than Satan (Luke 4:1–12); and stronger than death (1 Cor. 15:55).
He has no beginning and no end (Rev. 1:17–18); He is the spotless Lamb of God; He is our Peace (Eph. 2:14); He is our Hope (1 Tim. 1:1); He is our Life (Col. 3:4); He is the living and true Way (John 14:6); He is the Strength of Israel (1 Sam. 15:29); He is the Root and Descendant of David, the Bright Morning Star (Rev. 22:16); He is Faithful and True (Rev. 19:11); He is the Author and Perfecter of our faith (Heb. 12:1–2); He is the Author of our Salvation (Heb. 2:10); He is the Champion; He is the Chosen One (Isa. 42:1); He is the Apostle and High-Priest of our confession (Heb. 3:1); He is the Righteous Servant (Isa. 53:11)
He is the Lord of Hosts, the Redeemer—the Holy One of Israel, the God of the whole earth (Isa. 54:5); He is the Man of Sorrows (Isa. 53:3); He is the Light; He is the Son of Man (Matt. 20:28); He is the Vine; He is the Bread of Life; He is the Door; He is Lord (Phil. 2:10–13); He is Prophet, Priest, and King (Heb. 1:1–3); He is our Sabbath rest (Heb. 4:9); He is our Righteousness (Jer. 23:6); He is the Wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace (Isa. 9:6); He is the Chief Shepherd (1 Pet. 5:4); He is Lord God of hosts; He is Lord of the nations; He is the Lion of Judah; the Living Word; the Rock of Salvation; the Eternal Spirit; He is the Ancient of Days; Creator and Comforter; Messiah; and He is the great I AM (John 8:58)!
“Article Reprinted by permission from the “The MacArthur Study Bible-NASB, John MacArthur, Copyright ©2006 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Nashville, Tennessee. All rights reserved.”
Scripture Reference below is from the ESV Copyright ©2001 by Crossway.
(2 Co 3:5) 5 Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God,
(2 Pe 1:3,4) 3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence, 4 by which He has granted to us His precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.
(Col 1:16,17) 16 For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
(Heb 10:10-12) 10 And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11 And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, He sat down at the right hand of God,
(Eph 5:26,27) 26 that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that He might present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.
(Romans 8:30) 30 And those whom He predestined He also called, and those whom He called He also justified, and those whom He justified He also glorified.
(1 Pe 1:18-20) 18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 20 He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you
(Is 45:5) 5 I am the LORD, and there is no other, besides me there is no God;
(Jn 1:14, 18) 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, He has made Him known.
(Col 2:9) 9 For in Him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily,
(Heb 1:2) 2 but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also He created the world.
(Col 1:16) 16 For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through Him and for Him.
(Col 1:17; Heb 1:3) 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. Heb 1:3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature, and He upholds the universe by the word of his power.
(Col 1:15) 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
(Heb 1:3, 8:1) 3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature, and He upholds the universe by the word of His power. After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 8:1 Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven,
(Heb 1:4-14) 4 having become as much superior to angels as the name He has inherited is more excellent than theirs. 5 For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”? Or again, “I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son”? 6 And again, when He brings the firstborn into the world, He says, “Let all God’s angels worship him.” 7 Of the angels He says, “He makes his angels winds, and his ministers a flame of fire.” 8 But of the Son He says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom. 9 You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.” 10 And, “You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands; 11 they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment, 12 like a robe you will roll them up, like a garment they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will have no end.” 13 And to which of the angels has He ever said, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”? 14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?
(Lk 4:1-12) 4 And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness 2 for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, he was hungry. 3 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” 4 And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone.’” 5 And the devil took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, 6 and said to him, “To you I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will. 7 If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” 8 And Jesus answered him, “It is written, “You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you serve.” 9 And he took Him to Jerusalem and set Him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to Him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, 10 for it is written, “He will command his angels concerning you, to guard you,” 11 and “On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.” 12 And Jesus answered him, “It is said, you shall not put the Lord your God to the test.”
(1 Co 15:55) 55 O death, where is your victory?
(Rev 1:17, 18) 17 When I saw Him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But He laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, 18 and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.
(Eph 2:14) For He Himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in His flesh the dividing wall of hostility
(1 Ti 1:1) 1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope,
(Col 3:4) 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
(Jn 14:6) Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
(1 Sa 15:29) 29 And also the Glory of Israel will not lie or have regret, for He is not a man, that He should have regret.”
(Rev 22:16) 16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”
(Rev 19:11) 11 Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.
(Heb 12:1,2) 1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
(Heb 2:10) 10 For it was fitting that He, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering.
(Is 42:1) 1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; He will bring forth justice to the nations.
(Heb3:1) 1 Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession,
(Is 53:11) 11 Out of the anguish of His soul He shall see and be satisfied; by His knowledge shall the Righteous One, My Servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and He shall bear their iniquities.
(Is 54:5) 5 For your Maker is your husband, the LORD of hosts is his name; and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer, the God of the whole earth He is called.
(Is 53:3) 3 He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.
(Mt 20:28) 28 even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”
(Php 2:10-13) 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.
(Heb 1:1-3) 1 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by His Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also He created the world. 3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature, and He upholds the universe by the word of His power. After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
(Heb 4:9) 9 So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God,
(Jer 23:6) 6 In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The LORD is our righteousness.’
(Is 9:6) 6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
(1 Pe 5:4) 4 And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.
(Jn 8:58) 58 Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.”