But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God – and righteousness and sanctification and redemption – that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”
The world talks about being dependent on alcohol, drugs, or even on another person. They even have a term for those who are dependent on another person’s addiction, codependency. I have to confess, I am way beyond dependent, addicted or codependent, I am helplessly dependent on God. Of all people, Paul knew about addiction, especially religious addiction. He had been an angry pharisee addicted to the trappings of legalism. This religious bondage created a hatred for Christ and His followers. His encounter with Christ changed all of that. The change was dramatic, undeniable, and permanent. Paul had become totally dependent on the Lord for all things. Jonathan Edwards preached a message called “God Glorified in Man’s Dependence” in the first year after he became pastor in Northampton. This was his first published work, enjoy this excerpt.
“All the good that we have is in and through Christ; He is made unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. All the good of the fallen and redeemed creature is concerned in these four things, and cannot be better distributed than into them; but Christ is each of them to us, and we have none of them any otherwise than in him. He is made of God unto us wisdom: in him are all the proper good and true excellency of the understanding. Wisdom was a thing that the Greeks admired; but Christ is the true light of the world; it is through him alone that true wisdom is imparted to the mind. It is in and by Christ that we have righteousness: it is by being in him that we are justified, have our sins pardoned, and are received as righteous into God’s favor. It is by Christ that we have sanctification: we have in him true excellency of heart as well as of understanding; and he is made unto us inherent as well as imputed righteousness. It is by Christ that we have redemption, or the actual deliverance from all misery, and the bestowment of all happiness and glory. Thus we have all our good by Christ, who is God.”
I remember when I was a new Christian, my family and old friends told me that Jesus was just a “crutch” (as if a cripple didn’t need a crutch). Jesus is more than my crutch, He is my ventilator, my heart monitor, my kidney dialyzer, my intravenous therapy, in other words, I am hopelessly dependent on Him in all ways. He is my wisdom, my righteousness, my sanctification, my redemption, my healer, He is my all sufficient God.