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Spurgeon’s first entry exalts Christ as the great Whole of Life, and his second remembers that Christ is our pardoning Redeemer. Christ-ians can’t help but speak about Him in their daily comings and goings, for God has given Him a Name “above every name that is named” (Eph 1:21). In Ephesians chapter 1, right before making that above statement, Paul illustrates this truth through each paragraph’s very structure. In the first section after the greeting, observe how often Paul speaks of Christ in his love song:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth (Ephesians 1:3-10)
Going on throughout the Book, I counted at least 64 of the 155 verses that mention Christ Jesus explicitly, and that count doesn’t factor when He is mentioned twice in single verses! Christ is the crux of history, and He is also the crux of Scripture. Christ’s name is above every name in fact, and how sweet and heavy a joy that we can bear His name on our lips when worshiping Him, speaking the truth to one another, and seeking the lost!
Jesus Christ, the precious Name!
Shame have I not, nor sin, for He has loved me.
Let us want His Name together, today and forever in glory!