Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers and elders of the people,Acts 4:8(NASB)
The true Jew is one who belongs to God in heart, a man whose circumcision is not just an outward physical affair but is a God-made sign upon the heart and soul, and results in a life lived not for the approval of man, but for the approval of God. (Romans 2:29 Phillips)
The Cross, as the instrument of spiritual circumcision, has to be applied to this self-life deeper and ever more deeply, because there seems to be no end to it. But that is the painful side, the dark side. What is happening on the other side? Is it not that room is being made for Christ? The real seed, the seed of Christ, is growing, becoming more and more manifest. The opposite of the characteristics which we have been considering strength of intellect or emotion or will is meekness. He said: ake My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart(Matt. 11:29). Pursue this right through, and you cannot fail to recognize that there was something radically different in the very depths of His being.
I have said that we cannot calculate the whole range of this self-principle, in its myriad forms of self-expression and self-occupation and self-attention and self-pity and self-consciousness and self-satisfaction. Even in our Christian life, in our devotion to the Lord, we are so happy that other people see how devoted we are, and how humble we are! And it is the self, the wretched may I use the word? the stinking self, coming up all the time. For a true child of God is oblivious of himself, has lost consciousness of himself in every way. If other people point out something good about them, they had not realized it, they were not aware of it. They are surprised that anyone could say anything good about them; they are not conscious of that. And on the other side, should people be critical and point out failings, well, they only say, es, I know: I had that out with the Lord,or have got that before the Lord right now. I am not deceiving myself about that.This is the true child of Heaven.
I, even I, am the Lord, and besides Me there is no savior. § There is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus. § There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
Mighty God. § Made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name. § 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, might taste death for everyone. § Inasmuch … as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same.
Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation. He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, … that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.
Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am. § Then He will send His angels, and gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest part of earth to the farthest part of heaven. § If any of you are driven out to the farthest parts under heaven, from there the Lord your God will gather you, and from there He will bring you.
The dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
In Him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead" (Col. 2:9).
Our personal fellowship with the Father is predicated upon our realization that we are already in His presence, in His Son.
"Most do not care to go beyond the thought of forgiveness and a godly walk in the world; but it is our Father's pleasure and purpose to bring us as priests into His presence. If we approach Him it is entirely apart from all the imperfections of the flesh. We stand there in all the sweet savor and perfection of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is as we are identified with His perfections and acceptance that we can approach for fellowship and worship." -C.A.C.
"It is not a question of correcting this or that, but of heavenly things in the Lord Jesus separating our hearts from things on earth. When we look from heaven, and work from heaven downwards, earthly things soon dwindle, and the praise of their disappearance returns not to ourselves in any way, but to the Lord Jesus. Thus He Himself has all the glory, whatever good thing there may be wrought in us by the Holy Spirit." -W.J.H.
"The Lord Jesus is at the Father's right hand, and He is there as our Life. By Him, therefore, we have access into our Father's presence and favor. To understand this grace we need to have very distinctly before our soul the One Man by whom it has come to us. We never can learn the grace of our Father by thinking of those to whom it comes; we must think of the One by whom it comes."
"The believer is placed before the Father according to the beauty of the Lord Jesus Christ, and is, according to the Father's eye and heart, as His Beloved - nothing less." -J.B.S.
"And ye are complete in Him, who is the Head" (Col. 2:10).
And when you hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him.
The shout of steadfast faith is in direct contrast to the moans of wavering faith. I do not know of anything that is more valuable than the secret of this shout of faith. The Lord said to Joshua: see, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour.” Joshua 6:2
The Lord did not say to Joshua, “I will give,” but “I have given.” Before the battle had already been fought the Lord had already given them the city, The city already belonged to them; and they were simply called to take possession.
But the great question was, HOW? How were they to take the city? It looked impossible, but the Lord had declared His plan, to Joshua: when you hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the walls of the city shall fall down flat.
Now, no one can suppose for a moment that this loud shout caused the walls to fall. The vibration from their combined voices was insufficient to cause 1 stone to tumble, and yet the secret of their victory lay in their shout – for it was the shout of faith. It was a shout of obedience to God’s instructions – and it showed faith in God’s word.
The army of Israel raised their combined voices in obedience to God’s command: when you hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout; with a great shout, and the wall of the city shall fall down flat. They dared to shout, on the authority of God’s Word, to claim a promised victory.
The towering walls of this fortified city of Jericho must have appeared impregnable, but though there was noread more
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
Every one of us has sinned which makes each one of us less than perfect. Whether big or small sins, many or few – the verdict remains the same – we are all sinners and so it is impossible to reach the mark of perfection God requires.
God requires each of us to be holy and righteous, just as He is holy and righteous, but we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God. We all fall short of His perfection and it is impossible to meet God’s perfect demands. Without His saving grace, we would remain dead in trespasses and sin – but thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory over sin and death – in Christ.
We started out dead in trespasses and sins, but Christ redeemed us by faith, in Him. We were enemies of God but have been transferred into His kingdom by faith in Him. By faith we have moved from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light:- from the kingdom of death to the kingdom of life; from the kingdom of sorrow to the kingdom of joy – from the kingdom of fear to the kingdom of love.
If God were to deal with us as sinners He would convict us of sin. God convicts all men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. John 16:8 1) of sin.. for we are all sinners and all fall short of the glory of God. 2) of righteousness.. for there is only One Who is righteous and we fall short. 3) of judgement.. for we all deserve judgement - for the wages of sin is death. The commandments of God, the witness of nature, and our consciences all condemn us.
Were God dealing with us as sinners, the Spirit would use the law as a schoolmaster, for the Law is a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ, and we all fall shortread more