Christ Does in Us What We Cannot Do
By A. W. Tozer
When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then
shall ye also appear with him in glory. --Colossians 3:4
Writing to the Corinthian believers, Paul promised
full spiritual deliverance and stability in the knowledge
that Jesus Christ "is made unto us wisdom, righteous-
ness, sanctification and redemption." He also assured
the Colossian believers: "You are complete in Him!"
Our great need, then, is simply Jesus Christ. He is
what we need. He has what we need. He knows what
we need to know. He has the ability to do in us what
we cannot do---working in us that which is well-pleasing
in God's sight.
This is a difficult point in spiritual doctrine and life
for many people who may have been prominent and
ambitious, and used to doing their own thing in their
But no matter who we are, we must acknowledge that
it is a gracious plan and provision for men and women
in the kindness and wisdom of God. Brothers and sisters,
we get Christ and glory and fruitfulness, a future and the
world to come and the spirits of just men made
perfect; we get Jesus, mediator of a new covenant, and
the blood of the everlasting covenant; an innumerable
company of angels and the church of the firstborn and
the New Jerusalem, the city of the living God!
And before we get all that, we have the privilege and
the prospect of loving and joyful service for Christ and
for mankind on this earth!
Yours in Christ,
Paul N. F.