Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart.Colossians 3:21(NASB)
You have not come to the mountain that may be touched and that burned with fire. (Hebrews 12:18)
How vast is this movement from that old economy to the bringing in of the New Economy. There is one thing only in your New Testament, introduced by Christ in the Gospels and followed out by the apostles; and in the letter to the Hebrews, the solid object of the whole letter is the transition from one economy to Another. Oh, read it again and glory in it. Read that letter again to the Hebrews. Glory in this: “My, what a thing we have been brought into.” Tabernacle? Yes, says the writer, there was a tabernacle on this earth, and for the time being... until that time. That is all gone, he says, and now we have come into the True Tabernacle not made with hands, which God has made, a Heavenly Tabernacle. See how wonderful the transition is! – passing over from one economy to Another.
I must pause to ask, is this where Christendom has gone astray? –
Is it still holding to the old economy? Is it still in the grave clothes? Is it still that old Mosaic economy with its forms and ways? Is it not emancipated into the Heavenlies?! This is what the Lord wants to do with us here.
Things have gone away, gone wrong, got out of God’s way, and God is returning to where they went wrong. God usually does that with us. And so what is God’s beginning? It is His Son before the foundation of the world. Right back in the eternal counsels His Son was made the beginning, God’s starting place. Men have all gone astray, because of history, “all of us like sheep have gone astray.” God gets back to His beginning, His Son. Christendom has gone astray, and the only way of saving Christendom is to get back to God’s beginning, a true and right apprehension of His Son.
Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. § Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? § Heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.
The Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me. § God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.
He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. § There is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. § He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.
Every man walks about like a shadow; surely they busy themselves in vain; he heaps up riches, and does not know who will gather them. § Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. § Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven… For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
They do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. § We do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. § He who sows righteousness will have a sure reward. § There is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing § The crown of glory that does not fade away.
You were set free from the tyranny of Sin" (Rom 6:18, Wey.).
The tyranny of sin over the lost necessitated the death of the Lord Jesus on the Cross. The tyranny of sin over the saved necessitated the death of the believer in the Lord Jesus on that same Cross. The dual truths of Calvary: His death for our sin, as payment; our death with Him unto sin, for deliverance. "The believer sees that Christ by dying for him has completely delivered him from the penalty of sin. So it is his privilege to see that because he is identified with the Lord Jesus in that death, he is also delivered from sin as a ruling principle. Its power is broken. He is in that sense free from sin' (Rom. 6:18, 22)." -E.H. "Through my life-union with Christ in His death and resurrection, I have died to sin.' His death to sin is my death to sin. In my very humanity, Christ so took me up with Himself in death that, when He died unto sin, I too was executed and there died to sin's reign and power. Has Christ so dealt with sin that He has exhausted its every claim and dominion? And do I share with Him His death unto sin? With bold and explicit reckoning, then, let me count on my death-resurrection relationship to God through the Lord Jesus. In Christ crucified I have been discharged from sin's domination." -L.E.M. "When victory does not tend to worship, we and God part company, so to speak, as soon as the victory is achieved. How sad to see victory often leading to mere joy, instead of still greater dependence on, and delight in, God!" -J.N.D.
"But now, being freed from the bondage of sin . . . your fruit is growth in holiness" (Rom. 6:22, Cony.).
“Be ye therefore ready also.” Luke 12:40
The great need for the Christian worker is to be ready to face Jesus Christ at any and every turn. This is not easy, no matter what our experience is. The battle is not against sin or difficulties or circumstances, but against being so absorbed in work that we are not ready to face Jesus Christ at every turn. That is the one great need, not the facing our belief, or our creed, the question whether we are of any use, but to face Him.
Jesus rarely comes where we expect Him; He appears where we least expect Him, and always in the most illogical connections. The only way a worker can keep true to God is by being ready for the Lord's surprise visits. It is not service that matters, but intense spiritual reality, expecting Jesus Christ at every turn. This will give our life the attitude of child-wonder which He wants us to have. If we are going to be ready for Jesus Christ, we have to stop being religious (that is, using religion as a higher kind of culture) and be spiritually real.
If you are "looking off unto Jesus," avoiding the call of the religious age you live in, and setting your heart on what He wants, on thinking on His line - you will be called unpractical and dreamy; but when He appears in the burden and the heat of the day, you will be the only one who is ready. Trust no one, not even the finest saint who ever walked this earth, ignore him, if he hinders your sight of Jesus Christ.
What glorious grace has been extended towards each of us who are His children. He found us utterly destitute, dead in trespasses and sins, and without hope in the world. And God picked us up and…. then what? Did He brush us down and wag His finger at us? Did He threaten us:- not to ever do it again? No!! He showed us His grace and mercy, His forgiveness and love. He poured in grace and more grace – and grace upon grace upon more grace.
He picked us up, out of the miry clay, and set our feet upon the Rock. He clothed us in righteousness, and seated us in heavenly places in Christ… but what is so often the reaction of the forgiven sinner? Well.. We know the word ‘forgiven’ – but we find it difficult to apply it to ourselves. We know the words ‘grace‘ and ‘love’ – but can’t quite see how we qualify. We know that God has done this for us – and yet we cant quite accept it.
We look back over our own lives – and sometimes we just wonder Why? Why would God forgive me… I know how bad I have been? We look at the shattered ruins left in the wake of a life of rebellion or carelessness.. and sometimes we bemoan the past years of indiscretion – and sometimes we set about trying to rectify what has already been forgiven. “God forgave me – but how can I forgive myself…?” and so the attempts to do so begin. “I know, I will try to do something that will make Him pleased with me.”, we think…
And we set about in earnest, to witness and do good and make amends for the past.. not fully understanding or believing that we are fully accepted in the Beloved. And layer upon layer of insecurities are built up over time. One great saint of God puts it like this:- “Thereread more
We know not what we should pray for as we ought.
“Lord – save and help me!” was the sweet psalmist plea. “Give us the daily bread we need today!” the Lord encourages us to request of God. “Pray without ceasing!” Paul exhorts each one of us – “and Brethren, pray for us!” Paul entreats the prayer warrior.
But how perplexing are all ways of praying that others remind us are required. And a multitude of methods of praying fill a library of books encouraging us to pray. And much of what we request in humility of heart perplexes us in its delivery.. for answered prayer rarely comes packaged in the wrapping paper we designed. We pray for peace that passes understanding.. as promised by the Prince of Peace, but life overturns into one impassioned turmoil, that triggers the question “Why?”… as trials of every hue impair our forward march and pain our hurting soul – until we see that peace is only achieved as we whisper.. “not as I will, but as Thou wilt”.
We pray for patience as we picture a babbling brook in a sunny garden of ease.. and yet He causes us to bang heads with those who tax us to the point of exhaustion, until he brings us into that place of submission, and moulds us into His likeness. We implore, “more faith Lord,” and the foundation of our security is ripped away. The money evaporates; the roof caves in; the crops fail; the door slams shut – until we understand that patient endurance is meat for the hungry saint. We pray for unselfishness and He introduces circumstances beyond belief, that not only require the laying down of our life-breath, but all that we have and that all things only come from Him. We pray for gentleness, and He sends us the prefect storm of trials and temptations. We pray for humility, and we are berated before friend and foe alike. We pray for strength, but receive arrows of torment that cause our footread more