“Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you for a share of the allotted portion of the saints in the light.” (Col. 1:12)
What is the portion that the Father gave to us?
He gave Christ to us as a gift.
- For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that everyone who believes into Him would not perish, but would have eternal life (John 3:16).
And this gift is our portion.
Maybe we have realized that Christ is our Savior (Acts 5:31), Lord (2:36), and life (Col. 3:4).
But do we know Christ as the portion of the saints?
This term portion refers to the lot of the inheritance illustrated by the allotment of the land of Canaan which God gave to Israel. They received the land.
- And these are what the children of Israel received as inheritances in the land of Canaan… gave to them as inheritances (Josh. 14:1).
But in the New Testament, our allotted portion, our inheritance, is not a physical land.
Our portion is a wonderful Person— the all-inclusive Christ, as our divine inheritance for our enjoyment.
More specifically, what does this mean?
Just as when we eat dinner, we may say “I just had supper.” This is vague. I don’t really know what you ate for dinner.
But if you said, “I had chicken-fried steak with mashed potatoes covered with gravy, a side of green beans and a warm roll with butter.” Now I know exactly what you ate and enjoyed!
In the same way, we may say that Christ is our portion, but in what specific ways?
The Bible reveals Christ in many details for all the varied hardships, joys, successes, failures, victories, troubles, relationships, challenges, doubts, decisions, stages, we encounter in our daily living.
The Christ that we have is our unique portion in all things.
We have Christ as the “I Am.”
- …unless you believe that I am, you will die in your sins…Jesus therefore said to them, When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am… (John 8:25-28)
This means, whatever we need, He is!
He is living water and food for our nourishment.
- … whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall by no means thirst forever (John 4:14)
- Work not for the food which perishes, but for the food which abides unto eternal life… (John 6:27)
He is our life and He is our light.
- In Him was life, and the life was the light of men (John 1:4)
Life swallows up all of our death. Light takes away the darkness.
He is the resurrection, and even the resurrection power to us.
- Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes into Me, even if he should die, shall live (John 11:25)
- To know Him and the power of His resurrection (Phil. 3:10)
Not only so, but He is our Shepherd, Priest, King, Lord, Lamb and Bridegroom, Temple, Expression of God the Father, Life-giving Spirit, and so much more.
Footnote 3 on Eph. 1:22 Holy Bible Recovery Version helps explain that Christ is transmitting to us all that He has attained and obtained.
“Whatever Christ, the Head, has attained and obtained is transmitted to the church…[which] shares with Christ in all His attainments: the resurrection from the dead, His being seated in His transcendency, the subjection of all things under His feet, and the headship over all things. Toward us who believe (v. 19) and to the church indicate that the divine power, which includes all that the Triune God has passed through, has been installed into us once for all and is being transmitted into us continually…”
He is our rich portion, to be enjoyed by us daily.
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