Christ, our all in all

Christ our light

This implies that without him, without daily walking in his presence, we are ignorant and will easily be led astray. "I am the light of the world," bringing soul-liberating truth and dispelling the darkness of doctrinal error and shameful living. Significantly Christ spoke this statement after dealing with the woman caught in adultery. He brought to light the hypocritical dealings of the populace and while granting forgiveness to the woman, commands her to sin no more.

Christ the true Vine

While religious people assume that they can bear fruit apart from a living union and communion with Him, Christ denies the effectivity of such efforts. Without him we can do nothing. Staying close to him and taking heed of his Word is the way of fruit-bearing that will endure.

Christ the fountain opened

Taken from Zechariah 13:1, this speaks of Calvary, now made available for the spiritual satisfaction and cleansing of sinners. One can quench his thirst from a fountain as well as use its water for purification. Forgiveness and integrity are found in Jesus who bled and died on behalf of sinners.

Christ our Shield

A shield is used in battle for defence against the darts of the enemy. The Christian will be successful in his spiritual battles against temptation when he consistently depends on Christ as his defence. Not that the believer is to be passive; no, rather in his efforts he is to lean on the strength that Christ supplies. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" Philippians 4:13.

Christ our Temple

Our approach to God and our acceptance in worship and service are inextricably linked to Jesus Christ, for he is vindicated by the Father, who raised him from the dead. The temple is the place of worship. But Christ pointed the way forward by saying that the hour will come that those who worship will worship the Father in spirit and truth. The shadows of the old dispensation finds significance in Christ the reality.