There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.Proverbs 14:12(NASB)
Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27)
We feel the importance of saying a word with regard to Christ in heaven and Christ within the believer, that is, what is objective and what is subjective. It is tremendously important that we should keep a proper balance of truth. A very great deal of our trouble is because of there being an unbalanced emphasis upon some aspect of truth. It is good to know the truth, and it is good to rejoice in it, but it is just possible that even truth may get us into trouble. There are many perils lying in the direction of truth, even spiritual truth; and there are not a few of the Lord's people who have fallen into those perils. It is not that they suffer from want of light, but they are suffering very much because they have not got their light properly adjusted and balanced. Thus it becomes very necessary for us to get things in their right perspective and right proportion. Preponderance on any one side will always lead to spiritual injury, and very often to disaster. The history of many instrumentalities which have been raised up and used by the Lord is eventually the sad story of a loss of power and effectiveness because of striking an unbalanced emphasis, of putting some side of truth in a place out of proportion to that which is complementary to it....
If we over-emphasize the subjective we take something from the glory of Christ. If we over-emphasize the objective we take something from God's purpose. It is a matter of the work of God in Christ, and the purpose of God in Christ: and these two things must have their place. May the Lord give us understanding, so that we come to a place of rest and are delivered from the perils which lurk in the vicinity of every Divine blessing.
In the day when I cried out, You answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul. § While I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, reached me about the time of the evening offering.
Do not hide Your face from me; do not turn Your servant away in anger; You have been my help; do not leave me nor forsake me, O God of my salvation. § But You, O Lord, do not be far from Me; O My Strength, hasten to help Me!
Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You. § [He] delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us. § Shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily.
My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. § I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.
“Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” But they did not understand the statement which He spoke to them. § This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it… Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?
Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men. § You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased. § All bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth.
You are worthy… for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth.
And He said to them all, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me" (Luke 9:23)
True spiritual experience will result from our standing immovable in our position "in Christ." All too often believers allow certain "experiences" to move them from the faith-ground of their objective position, and they are soon adrift on the sea of subjective feelings and unscriptural influences.
"The Christian life is essentially a continuous dying, and a continuous living. Of course, there may come a particular crisis in experience where the Spirit of God brings the soul face to face with a definite issue as to a willingness for the Cross, and a yielding of the life to God. Yes, the first revelation of the secret of victory also may constitute a real crisis in the life of the believer, but that crisis or experience can never, in itself, avail for the future.
"There is a subtle danger in relying upon some isolated experience of sanctification,' so-called. The victorious Christian life is a Person, not an experience. Following the crisis, whatever phase or landmark in the life that may represent, there must be the daily reckoning, the moment-by-moment abiding and the control of the Holy Spirit. Whatever may have been our experience of holiness, and the measure of spiritual attainment in the past, we can never get beyond the need of abiding in Christ and the continuous reckoning of faith." -R.W.
"For we, alive though we are, are continually surrendering ourselves to death for the sake of Jesus" (2 Cor. 4:11, Wey.).
“Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus.” Hebrews 10:19
Beware of imagining that intercession means bringing our personal sympathies into the presence of God and demanding that He does what we ask. Our approach to God is due entirely to the vicarious identification of our Lord with sin. We have "boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus."
Spiritual stubbornness is the most effectual hindrance to intercession, because it is based on sympathy with that in ourselves and in others that we do not think needs atoning for. We have the notion that there are certain right and virtuous things in us which do not need to be based on the Atonement, and just in the domain of "stodge" that is produced by this idea we cannot intercede. We do not identify ourselves with God's interests in others, we get petulant with God; we are always ready with our own ideas, and intercession becomes the glorification of our own natural sympathies. We have to realize that the identification of Jesus with sin means the radical alteration of all our sympathies. Vicarious intercession means that we deliberately substitute God's interests for others for our natural sympathy with them.
Am I stubborn or substituted? Petted or perfect in my relationship to God? Sulky or spiritual? Determined to have my own way or determined to be identified with Him?
God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law to redeem those who were under the Law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.
God has provided laws to live by in every period of human history. In Eden they were to be fruitful, multiply, subdue the earth, tend the garden and not eat of a certain tree, while the fathers and patriarchs like Job, Noah and Abraham showed evidence of obeying God and trusting His word. Israel’s rules for living were given to them in the wilderness through Moses and is called, The Law and this Law given to Moses is a most extensive code, with 613 commands: 365 of them are prohibitive [thou shalt not] and 248 are positive [thou shalt].
The 10 Commandments is generally but incorrectly called the Mosaic Law, but the Law given to Moses contained hundreds of instructions from God and we discover that and the Law is one indivisible unit – this Law cannot be divided. God’s commands to Israel start in Exodus 20 but they continue on into Leviticus, through Numbers and on into Deuteronomy. The moral law [or ten commandments] cannot be divorced from the entire Law of Moses, for it is one complete unit.
The Mosaic Law is a package. It is like a loaf of sliced bread! You do not remove and purchase 10 slices and leave the rest behind. You buy the whole loaf, or you do not buy anything, and it is the same with the Law. It is all or nothing. Christians who choose to live under moral section of the Mosaic Law, [the 10 commandments], instead of living under the law of the Spirit of life, [the Law of Christ] are living under the ministration of death rather than the ministration of life. You cannot do both.read more
Jesus said: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. John 10:28. While Paul told Timothy to: Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. 1 Tim6:12 Job confessed: Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. He also shall be my salvation. Job 13:15-16 While in Revelation 2:10 John told us: Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
We live in dying bodies, and this mortal life is not immune from difficulties and pain. We live in a fallen world.. a sin-sick dying human realm, and this fallen world is spiralling out of control. But the Lord knows His own and the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of trials. 2 Pet.2:9. This does not mean a life of music and roses – of cosseting and chocolates, for God sometimes bars the road we would travel.. and He sometimes removes the dear ones we love, but it does mean that His hand leads and guides in all life’s circumstances.
It does mean that He will walk with you through the darkest of nights.. and He’ll be with you in the midst of the valley of the shadow of death and disease. It also means that He will not permit you to suffer more that you are able to bear, and it means that in ALL things you will be a conqueror, if you remain in Him. His guidance however does not often comply with the way our minds expect. His leadings may permit perceived doors of opportunity to be slammed in your face. His directions may point to a way you would never have chosen nor imagine.
Like Paul you may be forbidden of the Lord to teach where you choose. You may have to receive the callread more