Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. (Jeremiah 33:3)
Give us the treasures, hidden in darkness. Give us the treasures that You call Your own.
I just got to spend some time catching up w ruth today over coffee and I was planning on hanging about in the cafe after, just to finish up some blogging as there are a couple stuff I still wanna blog about but haven’t had time to do so. Then the song I was listening to a couple days ago came to mind and I couldn’t stop singing it. So I’m gonna blog about it because i love this concept about the unsearchable riches of Christ and it’s makes me excited….!!
This song was sung by Sean Feucht, Heidi Baker and a couple other amazing musicians, about asking the Lord to give them their inheritance and to reveal and release the hidden treasures in the unreached places of Mozambique.
So, I did some research. I googled: “unsearchable riches” (the irony). Here’s what I’ve deduced from all that research 😉 It’s crazy to think that the Lord offers to all who believe in Him His ‘unsearchable riches’…. because heck yeah, I want it!! This gives me the passion to be relentless in my pursuit of God, so that he may reveal to me the unsearchable riches!!!
“But as for me, I would seek God, and to God I would commit my cause – who does great things, and unsearchable, marvelous things without number”
“Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable”
“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the LORD, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable”
“Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! For who has known the mind of the LORD? Or who has become His counselor? Or who has first given to Him and it shall be repaid to him?”
“To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him”
First, let’s look at the “unsearchable riches of Christ”. It refers to the Christ Himself as the unsearchable riches. This includes what we have considered in the term mystery – “the mystery of Christ”.
The ‘riches’ are in Him because of the mystery of His incarnation and His taking unto Himself human nature and becoming truly man. The message of Christianity is Christ Himself. As has often been pointed out, ‘Christianity is Christ’. Everything is in Him, and there is nothing apart from Him. God has treasured up all His riches in His Son; and everything that you and I ever derive in the Christian life is derived from Him directly. Without contact with Him we have nothing. ‘Apart from me’, He said, ‘ye can do nothing’. John in the first chapter of his Gospel says: ‘Of his fulness have all we received, and grace upon grace’ (v. 16) — ‘of his fulness’! We are united to Him and we draw from Him; He is the fountain head. So, then, the message of the gospel is Christ Himself; what He gives, though of vast importance, takes second place. – D.M. Lloyd-Jones
Now looking at “unsearchable”; the riches are untraceable, they are unsearchable; of himself man is incapable of getting at them. The Greek word for “unsearchable” would be anexichniastos, which means unable to track or unable to map.
But, further, the riches that are in Christ are unsearchable in this respect, that no man, not even a Christian, can ever fully comprehend them. As Paul continued in the Christian life he was more and more amazed at these riches. He may have thought at times that he had been to every room in this great treasury, but then he found another. There is always some further inner room, and yet another and another. We shall spend our eternity in discovering fresh aspects and facets of the unsearchable riches of Christ. Unsearchable, untraceable!
Another meaning of this term is that the riches can never be fully described. Hence Paul has to pile superlative on superlative — language fails him. The ‘unsearchable riches’, the ‘exceeding riches’ of His grace, he says. Now and again he talks about superabundance, and says that ‘God is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think’ (3:20). These are his terms, and they mean that the riches cannot be described because they are glorious and endless in the extreme. The next thing the term means is that the riches of Christ are inexhaustible; they can never fail. Though men and women for centuries have been drawing from them, there is still as much remaining as there was at the beginning. They can never be diminished. They are ‘a never-ebbing sea’, as one of our hymns reminds us. The unsearchable riches of Christ! How much do we know about them? Are we thrilled by the very term? Does it mean something concrete and real to you? – D.M. Lloyd-Jones
What then, are the unsearchable riches of Christ?
We can discuss just this one subject to the end of time and not cover all the possibilities or the reasons. We know what God has revealed to us and we see hints of vast things happening behind the scenes, but we aren’t able to map all of it out. We admire and praise the wonder that Jesus should come and save us, but still we realize that what he did for us is beyond human understanding. –LaVista Church of Christ
We could name a few as seen in Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians, where he says, ‘. . . who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption’ (1:30)
The first thing we need is ‘wisdom’, that is, knowledge and understanding. Here we are in this great world, perplexing in its problems and possibilities. The first questions to be answered are, What is it all about? Why is man as he is? Is there a God? Why is not God doing something about it all? How can I know God? As I see the world collapsing around and about me is there no place of steadiness and steadfastness? That is our fundamental and primary need. And that is why I am not preaching directly about the international situation. I could not help you if I did so. But this is the Christian way of helping you. If you and I know God, well then, what we read in Psalm 112 is true of us. ‘He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord’ (v. 7). How then can we arrive at this knowledge and this wisdom? Note the Apostle’s answer: it is in Christ. ‘(He) of God is made unto us wisdom’.
- Though you have lived a life of sin till this moment, if you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ your sins will be forgiven, and you will be clothed with the righteousness of Jesus Christ at this very moment, and you can stand in the presence of God! Righteousness is part of ‘the unsearchable riches of Christ’.
- How can I stand up in the fight against evil and sin? Paul answers: Christ is made unto us not only wisdom and righteousness, but also sanctification. Whenever we come to die we can be sure of this, that in Christ we shall stand before God ‘faultless and blameless’. He is our sanctification, and He helps us to work it out in our daily lives by putting His Holy Spirit within us.
- And Christ is also redemption, which means that He will raise my body and glorify it and change it. The redemption is complete and entire, there will be nothing lacking in body, mind or spirit. In your poverty, in your need, you are confronted by ‘the unsearchable riches of Christ’. He is everything you need.
What do we really need, what is our greatest need? Our greatest need is life. Most people today are but existing; they have no life. When their pleasures are shut off, when because of war the cinemas and theatres and public houses and dance halls have to be closed they have nothing. They have not got life; they are but existing, and dependent upon things outside themselves; they need life. But where can life be found? It is Christ again who has said, ‘I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly’ (John 10:10). Life means spiritual life; life means a relationship to God and an enjoyment of His fellowship; and Christ our Lord has it in all its fulness. He says, ‘He that cometh unto me shall never hunger, and he that believeth on me shall never thirst’ (John 6:35). ‘The water that I shall give you’, He says to the woman of Samaria, ‘shall be in you a well of water springing up into everlasting life’. Though the world may take everything from you, though you may be naked and bereft of all things, this life from Christ will still go on springing up eternally within you.
– D.M. Lloyd-Jones
Another way to define the unsearchable riches would be that because Christ Himself is the riches, and it is as I know Him and possess Him that I am a participator in the riches.
The Apostle had a personal knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, and that is the greatest treasure in the world. We often say, and it is true, that the greatest blessing that we can have in this world is to have a good husband or wife or friend. We say that that is a priceless possession. But in the gospel we are offered this knowledge of, and this companionship with, Christ. The Apostle in writing to the Philippians says, ‘To me to live is Christ’ (Phil 1:21). It is life to him — to know Christ. Then he proceeds to say that his greatest ambition is ‘that I may know him’. He does not mean simply to know about Him, he means to know Him, so that he can go and talk to Him and listen to Him. That is how the Apostle Paul lived. He was in this state of communion with Christ. Christ was nearer to him and dearer to him, and more real to him, than anything in the world. He is enjoying this already, and he wants more and more of it.
Nothing in the whole world is comparable to that, to be loved by Christ, to feel it and to know it. What are the riches of the whole universe in comparison with this! To be loved by the Son of God!
Other unsearchable riches are rest, peace, joy and many more….
“Seek the LORD while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon. “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it””
The world today is presenting us with a unique opportunity of telling men and women about ‘the unsearchable riches of Christ’. We are being watched, we are being observed; and many in their spiritual bankruptcy are wondering whether, after all, the answer is in Christ. The world judges Him by what it sees in us. If we give the impression that, after all, to be a Christian does not help very much when there is a crisis, they will not listen to our message or look to Him. But if they find that we are entirely different from them, and able to maintain a calm and balance and peace and poise, and even joy in the midst of the hurricane of life, under God that may be the means of opening their eyes, and leading them to repentance, and bringing them to the Lord Jesus Christ and His ‘unsearchable riches’.
Yes, yes, yes! Jesus is the answer.