Found By Christ

Philip, by Peter Paul Rubens

John 1:43-51

From the Reformer

There are many who engage in abstruse inquiries about Christ, but who throw such darkness and intricacy around him by their subtleties that they can never find him. The Papists, for example, will not say that Christ is the son of Joseph, for they distinctly know what is his name; but yet they annihilate his power, so as to hold out a phantom in the room of Christ. Would it not be better to stammer ridiculously, like Philip, and to hold by the true Christ, than by eloquent and ingenious language to introduce a false Christ? On the other hand, there are many poor dunces in the present day, who, though ignorant and unskilled in the use of language, make known Christ more faithfully than all the theologians of the Pope with their lofty speculations. This passage, therefore, warns us that, if any unsuitable language has been employed concerning Christ by ignorant and unlearned men, we ought not to reject such persons with disdain, provided they direct us to Christ; but that we may not be withdrawn from Christ by the false imaginations of men, let us always have this remedy at hand, to seek the pure knowledge of him from the Law and the Prophets.

—John Calvin, Commentary on John

Pulling It Together

Theologians and commentators may impress you with their knowledge, yet if you know Christ and are found in him, you have everything. One may have strong debating skills, finding an admiring audience—but never be found in Christ. It is better to find yourself found by Christ, as was Philip, than to be as Nathaniel, who seemed to have the greater knowledge, yet have no understanding.

What is your desire—to know Christ crucified and risen in your heart or to know things about him? Of course, both are beneficial but the former outweighs the latter in all respects.

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