Christ’s Multifaceted Character

By Randy Alcorn September 4, 2020

It's All About JesusI’m excited about the release of my new book It’s All About Jesus: A Treasury of Insights on Our Savior, Lord, and Friend. It’s a collection of quotations that is biblical, theological, emotional, personal, worshipful, and insightful. My hope is that readers will behold a full, beautiful, deep, profound, meaningful, and inspirational picture of the true Jesus, seen through the eyes of the biblical writers and hundreds of people throughout history. 

Hope you enjoy this sample from part one of the book, “The Nature and Attributes of Jesus.”

Christ’s Multifaceted Character

In him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.  Colossians 2:3 CSB

The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.  Isaiah 11:2 ESV

Most men are notable for one conspicuous virtue or grace. Moses for meekness, Job for patience, John for love. But in Jesus you find everything.  J. Oswald Sanders

Jesus Christ is tender without being weak, strong without being coarse, lowly without being servile. He has conviction without intolerance, enthusiasm without fanaticism, holiness without Pharisaism, passion without prejudice… His life was life at its Highest.  Thomas Watson

There is in the Lord Jesus a perfect evenness of various perfections. All the elements of perfect character are in lovely balance. His gentleness is never weak. His courage is never harsh.  C.I. Scofield

Jesus is the Lion of Judah (Rev. 5:5) and the Lamb of God (Rev. 5:6)—He was lionhearted and lamblike, strong and meek, tough and tender, aggressive and responsive, bold and brokenhearted.  John Piper

He combined child-like innocence with manly strength, all-absorbing devotion to God with untiring interest in the welfare of man, tender love to the sinner and uncompromising severity against sin, commanding dignity with winning humility, fearless courage with wise caution, unyielding firmness with sweet gentleness.  Philip Schaff 

He never spoke when it would have been wiser to remain silent, never kept silence when He should have spoken. Mercy and judgment blended in all His actions and judgments, yet neither prevailed at the expense of the other.  Oswald Sanders

When we speak about wisdom, we are speaking about Christ. When we speak about virtue, we are speaking about Christ. When we speak about justice, we are speaking about Christ. When we speak about peace, we are speaking about Christ. When we speak about truth and life and redemption, we are speaking about Christ.  Ambrose

He is the fountain of all truth, but He is more—He is truth itself. He is the source and strength of all beauty, but He is more—He is beauty itself. He is the fountain of all wisdom, but He is more—He is wisdom itself. In Him are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge hidden away!… He is the fountain of love, but again, He is far more than that—He is love!  A.W. Tozer

We must look at the complete Jesus revealed in Scripture, lest we remake him in our image, with his only attribute love. By seeing him in his holiness and love, his truth and his grace, we’ll learn to see the fullness of his beauty.  Randy Alcorn

If you leave out Christ, you have left the sun out of the day and the moon out of the night. You have left the waters out of the sea and the floods out of the river… you have left joy out of heaven, you have robbed all of its all. There is no gospel worth thinking of, much less worth proclaiming, if Jesus be forgotten.  Charles Spurgeon

Jesus of Nazareth, without money and arms, conquered more millions than Alexander the Great, Caesar, Mohammed, and Napoleon; without science and learning, he shed more light on things human and divine than all philosophers and scholars combined; without the eloquence of school, he spoke such words of life as were never spoken before or since, and produced effects which lie beyond the reach of orator or poet; without writing a single line, he set more pens in motion, and furnished themes for more sermons, orations, discussions, learned volumes, works of art, and songs of praise than the whole army of great men of ancient and modern times.  Philip Schaff

If Jesus is the Bread of Life, loss of Jesus means starving. If Jesus is the Light of the World, loss of Jesus means darkness. If Jesus is the Good Shepherd, loss of Jesus means wandering alone and lost. If Jesus is the resurrection and the life, loss of Jesus is eternal death. And if Jesus is the Lamb of God, sacrificed for our sins, loss of Jesus means paying that price for ourselves.  Rebecca McLaughlin

Only Christ is the whole of man’s happiness; the sun to enlighten him, the physician to heal him, the wall of fire to defend him, the friend to comfort him, the pearl to enrich him, the ark to support him, the rock to sustain him under the heaviest pressures.  Isaac Ambrose

What the sun is to the day, what the moon is to the night…such is Jesus Christ to us. What bread is to the hungry, clothes to the naked…such is Jesus Christ to us. What the husband is to his spouse, what the head is to the body, such is Jesus Christ to us.  Charles Spurgeon

Jesus is the giver of our life and the rock of our hope. He is our safety and our future. He is our righteousness, our sanctification, our inheritance. You find that He is all of this in the instant that you move your heart toward Him in faith.  A.W. Tozer

It’s All About Jesus is available in print from retailers, including EPM’s online store. It’s also available on Kindle.

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Randy Alcorn, founder of EPM

Randy Alcorn (@randyalcorn) is the author of fifty-some books and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries