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God Permits Temptation


 

“And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned From Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being forty days tempted of the devil” (Luke 4:1-2).
Jesus was full of the Holy Ghost, and yet He was tempted. Temptation often comes upon a man with its strongest power when he is nearest to God. As someone has said, “The devil aims high.” He got one apostle to say he did not even know Christ.
Very few men have such conflicts with the devil as Martin Luther had. Why? Because Martin Luther was going to shake the very kingdom of hell. Oh, what conflicts John Bunyan had!
If a man has much of the Spirit of God, he will have great conflicts with the tempter. God permits temptation because it does for us what the storms do for the oaks–it roots us; and what the fire does for the paintings on the porcelain–it makes them permanent.
You never know that you have a grip on Christ, or that He has a grip on you, as well as when the devil is using all his force to attract you from Him; then you feel the pull of Christ’s right hand.  –Selected
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Extraordinary afflictions are not always the punishment of extraordinary sins, but sometimes the trial of extraordinary graces. God hath many sharp-cutting instruments, and rough files for the polishing of His jewels; and those He especially loves, and means to make the most resplendent, He hath oftenest His tools upon.  –Archbishop Leighton
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I bear my willing witness that I owe more to the fire, and the hammer, and the file, than to anything else in my Lord’s workshop. I sometimes question whether I have ever learned anything except through the rod. When my schoolroom is darkened, I see most.  –C. H. Spurgeon
~L. B. Cowman~
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The Resurrection – A Sure Pledge


Four Spans in the Bridge of Salvation


The body that had been specially prepared for Him in incarnation (Hebrews 10:5), that had been laid down in death upon the Cross (Hebrews 10:10) was now raised and came forth from the tomb.


Matthew 28:5, 6, “And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.  He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.”


John 20:27, “Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust in into my sides: and be not faithless, but believing.”


In resurrection as in incarnation He was still the God-man. He arose from the grave on that first Easter morning with the body which He had taken in incarnation, which had been nailed to the Cross in death, which had been placed in Joseph’s tomb, which had been preserved from corruption and which after three days had been raised from the dead. In that body He appeared to the disciples proving to them His identity by the nail prints in His hands and feet and the spear print in His side. In that body He ascended to Heaven and sits today at the right hand of the Father receiving the worship of countless multitudes out of every kindred, and tongue, and people and nation who are redeemed to God by the blood of the Lamb slain on Calvary. In that glorified yet scarred body He will live through the ages of the ages, the visible reminder to redeemed sinners “of the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”


While the body of the risen God-man was the same body yet it was a changed body. From the truth revealed in Phil. 3:20, 21 and 1 Corinthians 15:42-50 it is clear that the body Christ Jesus had in resurrection was a glorified, incorruptible, mighty, spiritual, heavenly body. The limitations of His earthly life were those of His human nature; the limitations incident to the humiliation to which He had voluntarily submitted. But in the resurrection He threw off all these fetters of the flesh. “His birth marked the voluntary self-limitation of His Godhood in His descent into our race in His incarnation. His resurrection marked His ascent out of these limitations and His return to His former glory. It was the passageway through which He went to the resumption of the unlimited powers of His Godhood.”


The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the sure pledge of the resurrection of the believer. When comforting Martha about her brother Lazarus who had been dead four days Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” Just as truly as Christ’s prophecy concerning His own resurrection was literally fulfilled with this promise to Martha concerning the resurrection of every believer also be fulfilled. The resurrection of Him who is the Head of the body makes the resurrection of every member of the body not only certain but essential.


1 Corinthians 15:20-24, “But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept.  For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the first fruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.”


And as He rose with a glorified, incorruptible, mighty, spiritual, heavenly body, so shall we. “As we have born the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly” (1 Cor. 15:49).


Phil. 3:20, 21, “For our citizenship is in heaven; whence also we wait for a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: who shall fashion anew the body of our humiliation, that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, according to the working whereby he is able even to subject all things unto himself.”


~Ruth Paxson~


(continued with # 1 – “The Resurrection – A New Beginning”)

 

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Rend Your Heart, and Not Your Garments


Joel 2:13
Rend your heart, and not your garments.
Garment-rendering and other outward signs of religious emotion, are easily manifested and are frequently hypocritical; but to feel true repentance is far more difficult, and consequently far less common. Men will attend to the most multiplied and minute ceremonial regulations-for such things are pleasing to the flesh-but true religion is too humbling, too heart-searching, too thorough for the tastes of the carnal men; they prefer something more ostentatious, flimsy, and worldly. Outward observances are temporarily comfortable; eye and ear are pleased; self-conceit is fed, and self-righteousness is puffed up: but they are ultimately delusive, for in the article of death, and at the day of judgment, the soul needs something more substantial than ceremonies and rituals to lean upon. Apart from vital godliness all religion is utterly vain; offered without a sincere heart, every form of worship is a solemn sham and an impudent mockery of the majesty of heaven. HEART-RENDING is divinely wrought and solemnly felt. It is a secret grief which is personally experienced, not in mere form, but as a deep, soul-moving work of the Holy Spirit upon the inmost heart of each believer. It is not a matter to be merely talked of and believed in, but keenly and sensitively felt in every living child of the living God. It is powerfully humiliating, and completely sin-purging; but then it is sweetly preparative for those gracious consolations which proud unhumbled spirits are unable to receive; and it is distinctly discriminating, for it belongs to the elect of God, and to them alone. The text commands us to rend our hearts, but they are naturally hard as marble: how, then, can this be done? We must take them to Calvary: a dying Saviour’s voice rent the rocks once, and it is as powerful now. O blessed Spirit, let us hear the death-cries of Jesus, and our hearts shall be rent even as men rend their vestures in the day of lamentation.
~Charles Spurgeon~
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The Resurrection – A Consummated Victory


Four Spans in the Bridge of Salvation


Acts 2:23, “Him, being delivered by the determined counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain.”


In undertaking the reconciliation and redemption of the world God obligated Himself to deal fully and finally with sin and all its consequences. Every man was a sinner and the sinner’s greatest need is a Saviour.


In the incarnation God provided a potential Saviour in the Holy One who was always everywhere Victor. But to make this potential Saviourhood effectual for man’s salvation it must be actualized. Christ’s personal victory must become a racial victory if it avails for the sinner. But the only way in which the benefit of Christ’s victory over sin could be bestowed upon the sinner was by having the guilt, penalty and judgment of sin born by the Saviour. If the sinner were to take Christ’s place of holiness, victory and obedience Christ must take the sinner’s place of sin, death and judgment. If any sinner were ever saved Christ must take upon Himself the sin of all sinners and bear its full responsibility. To pay the wages of sin the Author of life died. In the deep and unfathomable mystery of the Cross His Spirit was separated from God and went into Hades, and from His body which went into the grave (Acts 2:27).


The eternal Son becoming the incarnate Son had given the world a perfect Man; the incarnate Son becoming the crucified Son had given to the human race a perfect Saviour. He had been victorious in the wilderness temptation, in the Gethsemane struggle and finally in the Calvary conflict. But now what? He lies buried in a tomb and a stone seals His grave. Has He been conquered at last? Was His victory but a seeming victory? Has the world had bequeathed to it nothing but the example of a sinless, perfect life it is impossible to follow and the memory of a well meaning but futile sacrifice for sin? Will the Author, Preserver and Upholder of all life Himself succumb to death, and ill the palm of victory after all belong to him “who has the power of death, that is the devil”? Such will surely be the case if the God-man remains in the grave.


But this is unthinkable. Christ had said that He would not only lay down His life but that He would take it again (John 10:17-18). And He did rise from the dead! Death could never hold Him who had said, “I am the resurrection and the life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live” (John 11:25).

 

“Death could not keep his prey –

Jesus, my Saviour,

He tore the bars away –

Jesus, my Lord!

Up from the grave He arose,

With a mighty triumph o’er His foes;

He arose a Victor from the dark domain,

And He lives forever with His saints to reign.

He arose! He arose! Hallelujah, Christ arose!”

 

1 Corinthians 15:55-57, “O death where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

 

The victory of the resurrection gathered up into its embrace all the other victories in His life and death and gave to them meaning and power. The victories of incarnation and crucifixion were merged into the victory; perfect, powerful, permanent victory over the triumvirate of hell: sin, death and satan.

 

The Resurrection – The Divine Seal

 

Acts 2:24, “Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death; because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.”

 

Upon the life of the perfect Man and the work of the perfect Redeemer, God, the Father set His divine seal of approval and appraisal by raising the God-man from the dead. Christ Jesus had cried from the Cross, “It is finished,” and it was the cry not of a victim of satan, but of a Victor over satan; not of one vanquished by death, but the cry of the Vanquisher of death. In that cry of victory Christ showed that He anticipated His resurrection; He expected the Father to raise Him from the dead. Had He a right to expect His Father so to act? Most assuredly!

 

To His perfection of life as God’s second Man the Father had set His seal of approval both at His baptism and at His transfiguration by opening the heavens and saying, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” Would the Father remain silent now? Would there be no witness to the Father’s satisfaction in the all-sufficiency of the Son’s sacrifice of Himself upon Calvary’s Cross to save men? To Christ’s death on the Cross as the perfect Saviour God would set His seal by opening the tomb and raising His Son from the dead, thus expressing in language more eloquent than words His satisfaction with the Saviour’s  redemptive work and its sufficiency for the sinner’s salvation. “Upon all the virtue of His life and the value of His death and the victory of His conflict, God set the seal in the sight of heaven and earth and hell, when raising Him from the dead.” “The resurrection is the Father’s ‘Amen’ to the Son’s exclamation ‘It is finished.’ “

 

~Ruth Paxson~

 

(continued with # 2 – “The Resurrection – A Sure Pledge”)

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Christ’s Superior Destiny


“To which of the angels has He ever said, ‘Sit at My right hand, until I make Thine enemies a footstool for Thy feet’? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation?” (Heb. 1:13-14).

“At the name of Jesus every knee [will] bow, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth” (Phil. 2:10). That great promise confirms that Jesus Christ is destined to be the ruler of the universe.

Yet notice this about Christ’s rule: “When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, that God may be all in all” (1 Cor. 15:28). Christ is subordinate to His Father, but only in His role as the Son. While the eternal Son is equally divine, He is officially in subjection to God.

Eventually God will put all kingdoms, authorities, and powers of the world in subjection under Christ when He comes in glory at His second coming. “He will rule [the nations] with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, ‘KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS'” (Rev. 19:15-16). Christ’s eternal destiny is to reign over the new heavens and the new earth.

But what about the angels? While Christ has the greater destiny, it is their destiny to serve forever those who will inherit salvation (Heb. 1:14)–and that’s us!

Angels protect and deliver the believer from temporal danger. They rescued Lot and his family from the destruction of Sodom. They went into the lions’ den with Daniel and protected him. In addition to being forever in God’s presence, our destiny is to be served by angels forever–service that begins the moment of our salvation.

Suggestions for Prayer:

Thank God for the many ways He takes care of you: by saving you, having Christ intercede for you, giving you the Holy Spirit to teach you, and sending His angels to serve you.

For Further Study:

Read 2 Kings 6:8-23 and note the amazing way that angels served the prophet Elisha.

 

~John MacArthur~

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Resurrection


Four Spans in the Bridge of Salvation


Having granted that incarnation and crucifixion are necessary spans to the bridge of salvation, one is driven to the acceptance of resurrection as the third span or all that has been gained through the other two will be lost.


The intimate relationship between these three fundamental truths, their unbreakable connection in fact, is brought out very wonderfully in Peter’s sermon on the day of Pentecost recorded in Acts 2:22-36. The resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ is shown to be the essential indication of His incarnation and crucifixion. Without the resurrection the other two spans in the bridge of salvation would be futile; through the resurrection every claim God had made regarding the person and work of His Son both had been vindicated and realized.


Let us get the setting of these words. A tremendous event had taken place. It was a post-resurrection event. The risen, ascended, exalted Christ had poured forth the Holy Spirit who had filled every believer and had caused each one to speak in another tongue the wonderful works of God so that people from every nation under Heaven gathered in Jerusalem at that time had heard them speak in their own language. The multitude were confounded and amazed and asked for an explanation.


This the Apostle Peter gave in a sermon the theme of which was the resurrection of Christ. He deals with it both in retrospect and in its relationships. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit which they had seen and heard had been promised, but it was conditioned upon the realization of God’s eternal purpose which He had purposed in Christ, His Son (Ephesians 3:11) and upon the fulfillment of His divine plan. According to that purpose and plan it was the risen, exalted Christ who was to shed forth the Holy Spirit.


Acts 2:32, 33, “This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses, Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.”


The outpouring of the Holy Spirit was an accomplished fact attested to not only by the little company of believers but by devout Jews from every nation. The shedding forth of the Holy Spirit was proof that Christ had risen from the dead. Now that we have the setting of the words under consideration let us study their significance.


The Resurrection – An Essential Vindication


Acts 2:22, “Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know.”


In these words the Apostle Peter records God’s satisfaction in the person and work of the incarnate Son. He had sent His Son into the world to live such a life as none other had ever lived and to do such a work as none other had ever done. He had lived the life and done the work and had received the Father’s unqualified approval.

 

Let us get clearly before us in review what the task was to which the Father had set His Son. In the equality of Deity Father and Son had worked together to create a universe and the race which was in inhabit it. Into this perfect creation sin had entered first through a celestial being and then through a human being. Death, darkness and disorder followed in the trail of sin and threw everything in God’s world out of harmony with Him. God Himself was even dethroned both in His world and in the hearts of men.


As Father and Son had worked together in the creation of the race so would they work together for its regeneration. God in Christ would reconcile the world unto Himself. As sin had entered the world through God’s first man, salvation would enter through God’s second Man.


To this end the eternal Son would become the incarnate Son. The second Man would start exactly where the first man started, with a perfect life, a human nature, a direct fellowship with God through the Holy Spirit, the right to will and the power to will Godward, but He would start in a world where everything would work to drag Him down into defeat and destruction. In such a world He must live a life such as none other had ever lived – a life of unspotted holiness, unceasing victory and unwavering obedience. It must be a life literally “without spot or wrinkle, or any such thing,” unsullied by either the slightest desire to sin born from within or by the yielding to any temptation to sin brought from without. It must be a life from center to circumference lived wholly within the will of God.


Through such a holy Man God would establish a new union with the human race and through such a sinless Mediator God would open a way of  reconciliation and redemption to rebellious sinners.


The Apostle Peter in the sermon at Pentecost witnessed to the fact that the incarnate Son had lived such a life on earth. Three times God had even opened heaven and spoken to all who would hear the words of divine satisfaction in the perfection of His Son. But the wold did not reckon to it such worth or give to it such honor. Many had rejected Him; some had even dared call Him an impostor and a blasphemer. A further public witness and open vindication of the  Father’s satisfaction in the perfection of the Son was essential. This God gave in the resurrection.


~Ruth Paxson~


(continued with # 1 “The Resurrection – A Consummated Victory”)

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We May Be in the World – and Not Be Injured By It!


(James Smith, “The Pleading Savior”)

“I do not pray that you should take them out of the world–but that you should keep them from the evil.” John 17:15

We may be in the world, but not injured by it.

The world is the field–in which we are to labor for Christ. Here we are to . . .
plough up the fallow ground,
sow the good seed, and
reclaim the waste places for Jesus.

The world is the battleground–on which we are to
fight the good fight of faith,
overcome Satan, and
crucify the old man.

The world is the ocean–over which we are to sail to the port of glory; and it befits us to look well to . . .
the vessel in which we sail,
the captain who commands it,
the pilot who steers it, and
the compass by which it is steered
–so that we may . . .
avoid the rocks and quicksands,
outlive the storms and tempests,
and cast anchor within the veil!

The world is the school–in which we are to learn . . .
the evil of sin,
the power of corruption,
the craft of Satan,
the preciousness of Christ,
the value of Heaven, and
the importance and worth of God’s promises.

The world is the hospital–in which we are under the Spirit’s treatment, in order that we may be restored to health, and prepared to enjoy our Father’s eternal house and home!

We should, therefore, rather pray to be kept from evil–than to be removed out of the world. We may be useful, very useful in it, and useful in a way in which we cannot be in Heaven. Here, we can . . .
visit the sick for Jesus,
clothe the naked for Jesus,
feed the hungry for Jesus,
relieve the widow and fatherless for Jesus,
and teach the ignorant for Jesus–and thus feed, clothe, visit, relieve and teach Jesus Himself in doing so; for He has said, “Inasmuch as you did it unto one of the least of these My brethren–you did it unto Me!”

Let us not, therefore, be anxious . . .
to leave the field of labor until our work is done;
or to get out the battle until the victory is gained;
or to leave school until our education is complete;
or to be discharged from the hospital until we are perfectly cured!

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The Cross of Christ


The Cross of Christ – The Place of Decision that Determines Destiny


“The Cross of Christ has measured out the moral distance between God and man and has left them as far asunder as the throne of heaven and the gates of hell.” (Sir Robert Anderson). Scripture bears ample testimony to the solemn truthfulness of these words.


But praise God it is equally true that the Cross of Christ has measured out the length and breadth and height and depth of the love of God in the gift of a Redeemer who closed the gates of hell and opened the gates of Heaven for all who will believe.


As sin through Adam had been universal so salvation through Christ must be made potential to all. Where sin abounded grace did much more abound and opened away back to God for every sinner. The bridge of salvation provided a way out of the old sphere into the new for all who will acknowledge themselves sinners needing a Saviour.


Titus 2:11, “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men.”


 Timothy 2:5, 6, “One mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; who gave himself a ransom for all.”


Isaiah 53:6, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”


Hebrews 2:9, “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.”


In tenderest compassion God broods over every sinner and bleeds for his sin. His great yearning heart of love reaches to the uttermost corner of His universe and seeks to draw each heart unto Himself through His Son.


1 Timothy 2:3, 4, “This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; who would have all men to be saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth.”


1 Timothy 4:10, “For therefore we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.”


2 Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some count slackness; but is longsuffering to you-ward, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”


That all men might have an adequate opportunity to know God’s way of salvation He commanded the disciples to carry the Gospel to the ends of the earth preaching it to every creature.


Acts 1:8, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”


Mark 16:15, “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”


God commands every sinner who hears the Gospel to repent and turn to Him.


Acts 17:30, “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent.”


God invites all sinners to come to Him and promises eternal life to all who truly believe and receive His Son.”


John 6:37, “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh  to me I will in no wise cast out.”


John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”


Countless sinners throughout the ages have refused the grace of God manifested in His salvation and have rejected Christ, the Saviour, but the death of Christ on the Cross of Calvary opened a way back to God for all men everywhere. “No man is lost for want of an atonement, or because there is any other barrier in the way of his salvation than his own most free and wicked will.”


Dear reader, on which side of the Cross of Christ are you living? Your relationship to the crucified Christ will determine your destiny.


~Ruth Paxson~


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(Next: Four Spans in the Bridge of Salvation – Resurrection)

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Spiritual Force


 

“All these things are against me” (Gen. 42:36).

“All things work together for good to them that love God” (Rom. 8:28).

Many people are wanting power. Now how is power produced? The other day we passed the great works where the trolley engines are supplied with electricity. We heard the hum and roar of the countless wheels, and we asked our friend, “How do they make the power?”

“Why,” he said, “just by the revolution of those wheels and the friction they produce. The rubbing creates the electric current.”

And so, when God wants to bring more power into your life, He brings more pressure. He is generating spiritual force by hard rubbing. Some do not like it and try to run away from the pressure, instead of getting the power and using it to rise above the painful causes.

Opposition is essential to a true equilibrium of forces. The centripetal and centrifugal forces acting in opposition to each other keep our planet in her orbit. The one propelling, and the other repelling, so act and re-act, that instead of sweeping off into space in a pathway of desolation, she pursues her even orbit around her solar centre.

So God guides our lives. It is not enough to have an impelling force–we need just as much a repelling force, and so He holds us back by the testing ordeals of life, by the pressure of temptation and trial, by the things that seem against us, but really are furthering our way and establishing our goings.

Let us thank Him for both, let us take the weights as well as the wings, and thus divinely impelled, let us press on with faith and patience in our high and heavenly calling.  –A. B. Simpson

In a factory building there are wheels and gearings,
There are cranks and pulleys, beltings tight or slack–
Some are whirling swiftly, some are turning slowly,
Some are thrusting forward, some are pulling back;
Some are smooth and silent, some are rough and noisy,
Pounding, rattling, clanking, moving with a jerk;
In a wild confusion in a seeming chaos,
Lifting, pushing, driving–but they do their work.
From the mightiest lever to the tiniest pinion,
All things move together for the purpose planned;
And behind the working is a mind controlling,
And a force directing, and a guiding hand.
So all things are working for the Lord’s beloved;
Some things might be hurtful if alone they stood;
Some might seem to hinder; some might draw us backward;
But they work together, and they work for good,
All the thwarted longings, all the stern denials,
All the contradictions, hard to understand.
And the force that holds them, speeds them and retards them,
Stops and starts and guides them–is our Father’s hand.
–Annie Johnson Flint

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The Cross of Christ – A Divinely Prepared Turning Point


Spans in the Bridge of Salvation


A double barrier separates God and the sinner. Sin has caused man to be offended toward God as truly as it has caused God to be offended toward man. The Cross of Christ shall have failed to deal adequately with sin if it only removes the cause of offence in its Godward aspect and does not equally remove it in its manward aspect.


And this is exactly what the Cross of Christ does. “We love him because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19). “By grace are ye saved through faith.” The grace of God built the bridge of salvation before ever a single sinner made a start toward crossing it. Grace took God into the garden in the cool of the day to seek the first two sinners and to offer them the gracious promise of salvation through a Saviour even before He dealt righteously with their sin in pronouncing upon them the judgment of the curse. Even in the prophecy – promise given in Eden God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself. God took the initiative in effecting reconciliation by giving His Son to die.


Romans 5:10, “For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled we shall be saved by his life.”


Colossians 1:21, 22, “And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works yet now hath he reconciled.  In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreprovable in his sight.”


2 Corinthians 5:18, “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ.”


The Son of God endured the suffering and the shame of the Cross that thereby He might tell a world of sinners who have turned their backs on God that God loves them with an everlasting love. When the sinner sees the Saviour suffering, the just for the unjust, when he sees Christ crucified by his sin, dying his death, enduring his punishment, then his heart is melted, his rebellion is removed, his whole attitude toward God is changed from enmity to love, from estrangement to fellowship, from indifference to devotion, from fear to faith, from shame to peace.


In Christ crucified God has provided such propitiation and reconciliation as has made possible the removal of the barrier of separation between God and man, and has opened a merciful yet righteous way of access and acceptance; thus giving to every man who will avail himself of God’s grace the opportunity for full restoration to God’s favor and fellowship.


The Cross of Christ – The End of the Old Creation and the Beginning of the New


Through propitiation and reconciliation accomplished in the death of Christ adequate provision has been made for a change of relationship between the sinner and God which effects a radical change in the sinner’s position before God. But is there provision for a change in his condition also? The natural man is a slave, “sold under sin” (Romans 7:14).


Where sin abounded grace did much more abound. God’s boundless grace was undaunted by the sinner’s helpless, hopeless condition. God’s right to proprietorship through creation still remained but it had been lost to Him through man’s surrender of himself to the sovereignty of another. But God would Himself go down unto the slave market of sin and buy back that which was His own. He would then take the sinner out of the sphere of satan, out of the slave market of sin, and set him free in the glorious liberty of a new life in Christ.


Such redemption demanded a ransom. it required a life for a life. “The life is in the blood.” To redeem the race from the bondage of sin involved the paying of a price which was nothing less than the precious blood of the spotless Lamb of God. To buy back His own for a possession God paid the costly price of His own blood.


Acts 20:28, “take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock over the which the Holy Spirit hath made you overseers, to feed the Church of God,  which he hath purchased with his own blood.”


1 Peter 1:18, 19, “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers. But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.”


Revelation 5:9, “And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof; for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood, out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation.”


But God did not go into the slave market of sin only to buy the captive sinner but also to bring him out from that old sphere of bondage and set him free in a new sphere of liberty. Not alone would He lead him out of Egypt but He would bring him into Canaan. Christ Jesus would become not only the sinner’s Saviour but He would be the believer’s Lord and Life. In the Cross of Christ God rejected the old order of fallen, sinful humanity “sold under sin” through the first Adam’s disobedience that He might raise up a new order of holy, heavenly beings redeemed from sin through the last Adam’s obedience.


The death of Christ upon the Cross not only redeems but it re-creates; it not only provides complete emancipation from the old life but abundant entrance into the new.


Exodus 13:3, “And Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in which ye came out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the Lord brought you out from this place.”


Exodus 13:11, “And it shall be when the Lord shall bring thee into the land of the Canaanites, as he sware unto thee and to thy fathers, and shall give it thee…”


Titus 2:14, “Who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”


~Ruth Paxson~


(continued with # 1 – “The Cross of Christ – The Place of Decision that Determines Destiny.”)

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