"FOR THE EYES OF THE LORD ARE TOWARD THE RIGHTEOUS, AND HIS EARS ATTEND TO THEIR PRAYER, BUT THE FACE OF THE LORD IS AGAINST THOSE WHO DO EVIL."1 Peter 3:12(NASB)
When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son. (Galatians 4:4 ESV)
When the fullness of time came! It is not difficult for us to see in the case of Abraham how his faith was brought into relation to God's time. The time factor with Abraham was a very real one and was perhaps one of the keenest and most acute factors for his faith....
Again and again we come upon a test of Abraham's faith along the line of the timing of God. Indeed, from one standpoint, we may summarize the whole of his life and say that it headed up at last to the triumph of faith upon that particular factor. In the full Divine sense he never received the promises in his lifetime. At the end of his life he was still looking for the fulfillment of the promise. If his faith had given way he would naturally have taken the attitude that, since the thing had not been fulfilled in so long a time and in his lifetime, it all represented perhaps a big mistake on his part, a false expectation, some misguidance, and so on. But right at the end, if the letter to the Hebrews is to be taken as revealing the actual position, he still believed. He believed, therefore, that God had His time for fulfilling His purpose... and that, although it might not come in his own lifetime, it nevertheless would come. But during his lifetime within the compass of the whole range of Divine purpose there were instances of testing on the time factor; and, having been tested on that factor, the promise was fulfilled.
It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master.
He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. § In the world you will have tribulation. § Because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
I looked for someone to take pity, but there was none. § At my first defense no one stood with me, but all forsook me.
Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head. § Here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come.
Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died. § The blood … makes atonement for the soul. § I am the Lord… The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you.
There is . . . no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.
Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from? . . . These are the ones who came out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Let him ask in faith and have no doubts; for he who has doubts is like the surge of the sea, driven by the wind and tossed into spray. A person of that sort must not expect to receive anything from the Lord - such a one is a man of two minds, undecided in every step he takes" (James 1:6,8, Wey.).
First, we are to rest in the fact that our Father has made full provision for all our needs; positionally, we are complete in the Lord Jesus Christ. Then it is that we can trust Him daily for His "exceeding abundantly above." "But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus" (Phil. 4:19)
"It is true that all God requires of us we lack; but it is also true that all we need He supplies. The believer can give thanks that God has supplied all his need as to standing, and He engages to supply all his need as to walk. But while we see our Father's requirement, and recognize His provision, let us not overlook our responsibility.
"When we fail it is to this our failure may be traced. It is not because the provision has been insufficient, or unavailable, or afar off - but because the channel has been obstructed, the avenues of the soul have been closed, so that the need has remained unsupplied. Our responsibility lies in the exercise of faith." -E.H.
"I will not think of the infinities of my need, except to lead me to the divine simplicity of the infinity of His supply." -H.C.G.M.
"And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask any thing according to His will, He heareth us; and if we know that He hear us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him" (1 John 5:14, 15).
“That life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.” 2 Corinthians 4:10
We have to form habits to express what God's grace has done in us. It is not a question of being saved from hell, but of being saved in order to manifest the life of the Son of God in our mortal flesh, and it is the disagreeable things which make us exhibit whether or not we are manifesting His life. Do I manifest the essential sweetness of the Son of God, or the essential irritation of "myself" apart from Him? The only thing that will enable me to enjoy the disagreeable is the keen enthusiasm of letting the life of the Son of God manifest itself in me. No matter how disagreeable a thing may be, say - "Lord, I am delighted to obey Thee in this matter," and instantly the Son of God will press to the front, and there will be manifested in my human life that which glorifies Jesus.
There must be no debate. The moment you obey the light, the Son of God presses through you in that particular; but if you debate you grieve the Spirit of God. You must keep yourself fit to let the life of the Son of God be manifested, and you cannot keep yourself fit if you give way to self-pity. Our circumstances are the means of manifesting how wonderfully perfect and extraordinarily pure the Son of God is. The thing that ought to make the heart beat is a new way of manifesting the Son of God. It is one thing to choose the disagreeable, and another thing to go into the disagreeable by God's engineering. If God puts you there, He is amply sufficient.
Keep your soul fit to manifest the life of the Son of God. Never live on memories; let the word of God be always living and active in you.
Once saved we should spend our lives praising and blessing God for His mercy, but we are left in a world of evil and hatred – a world in which we are strangers. So why – why does God not simply transport a believer immediately to his heavenly home? Why is a Christian left to face a life of such hardship, disappointments, pain and failure?
Jesus gave a glimpse into this anomaly when He prayed for those that were His. He prayed that God would not take them out of the world, and even told them that, in this world you will have tribulation. But why for God’s sake.. why? Well yes! It is for God’s sake – so that the Father might be glorified in them. You are living this life in order that through your life, God may be glorified! But how, you ask. How can God be glorified in my life – how is He glorified through my hardships, disappointments, my pain and failure? I would be better off to be dead, you argue. I would be better to be with the Lord. Be careful Christian, you may get your wish. God may take you at your word!
Remember, this life is the training ground for the next. This is the point – after a moment of saving grace follows a lifetime of sanctifying grace – before glorifying grace. Don’t forfeit the opportunities that God has given you. Every day of your life is a gift from Him. Every day is an opportunity for you to fulfil your life’s work. You only have one chance to mature in the Christian life.. to grow in grace. You only have one chance to be faithful to be obedient – and that time is now.
Christ said: I have finished the work which Thou gavest me to do, and He sat down at the right hand of the Father. Paul said: I have finished my course, I have keptread more
But this Man… offered one sacrifice for sins forever.
Throughout Scripture, there is a scarlet thread that runs right through the whole. A scarlet thread, linking the genesis with the revelation. A scarlet thread, linking every book; every story; every type; every circumstance. The scarlet thread is the blood of Christ, shed for humanity.
The bloodied covering for our first parents points to the blood of Christ. The scarlet rope that redeemed the harlot Rahab has its omega is the sin offering. The slit throats of so many animal sacrifices directs our gaze to Him… and to His shed blood shed at Calvary.
All pointers are a reminder of the price that was paid. All types are a shadow of the open fountain flooded with the blood.. the blood drawn from Emanuel’s veins. The red sticky blood of slaughtered bulls was caught in the priestly trough.. and became the blood of sprinkling. sprinkled on the high priest.. sprinkled on each person – sprinkled on the entire nation.
A sprinkling that was applied as an interim atonement – an interim covering; an interim shielding; an interim protection; an interim redemption – until His blood was shed on Calvary. It is one thing to know that Christ died for your sins.. but it is quite another thing to trust in His sacrificial death and apply it to your needs.
The blood applied to us is superior to the little lamb that Abel offered, for it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Heb.10:12. God has no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats. What value are a multitude of your sacrifices offered to the Father? God calls enough: “I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and the fat of fattened animal,” we read in Isaiah 1:11 So we can only rely completely and wholly on God’s acceptance of the Sacrifice.. the sacrifice of the Life of His Dear Son, the sacrifice that means that weread more