The LORD said to him, "Peace to you, do not fear; you shall not die."Judges 6:23(NASB)
I am the Lord, I do not change. (Malachi 3:6)
There is a great difference between the old and the new, but the difference is not in God. The new covenant makes no difference in God. The covenant that is brought to us through the mediation of the Lord Jesus does not bring a different God to us. The difference is not in Him; that is, His nature and His standard are still the same, unchangeable. Grace never brings God down to a lower level. Grace does not make any difference to the holiness of God, or to the righteousness of God. The difference in the two covenants is not that of a change in God. His position remains as it ever was before, perfect in holiness, perfect in righteousness. The difference is, firstly, in the mediators, secondly, in the ground upon which those mediators stand....
Oh, the snare of the platform idea that so often constitutes the whole conception of ministry, as though other people are not ministers at all. It is just as much your privilege to behold Christ as any man's in this universe, and, that being so, it is just as much your calling to minister what you see in Christ to others. Beholding Him, we are changed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. That is the latter glory, the glory of the new covenant. Christ is the glory of the new covenant. The difference is not in God, it is the difference between the mediators, and the difference in the position which we occupy because of the Mediator; we are now in Christ, Who satisfies God. May the Lord give us the ministry issuing from a continuous and ever-growing contemplation of His fullness in Christ.
Pursue … holiness, without which no one will see the Lord. § God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. § But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags. § By those who come near Me I must be regarded as holy; and before all the people I must be glorified.
This is the law of the temple: The whole area surrounding the mountaintop is most holy. § Holiness adorns Your house, O Lord, forever.
For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth. § Seeing … that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us … come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him. The young lions lack and suffer hunger; but those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing. § His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.
O Lord, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You maintain my lot. The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; yes, I have a good inheritance. § Whether … the world or life or death, or things present or things to come—all are yours. § Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.
I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content. § Godliness with contentment is great gain. § My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
The Spirit himself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God; and if children, then heirs" (Rom. 8:16, 17).
It is the Holy Spirit alone who can draw us from the flesh and its earthly environment. He does it in the practical sense by manifesting to our hearts, via the Word of God, the risen Lord Jesus Christ in our heavenly environment. "Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts" (Rom. 13:14).
"When the Lord Jesus' love is before you, you find this love is drawing you from darkness to light. He begins by showing His desire for your spiritual advancement, and not by advancing you in earthly position.
"It is beautiful to see that the work of true love is to set aside darkness, or whatever would interfere with fellowship; and therefore it is not esteemed as it ought to be, because we are looking for something on the earth, and the tendency is to judge of His love by earthly gifts or favors down here."
"We have died with the Lord Jesus out of our old Adam position: our old man was crucified with Him. The flesh is in us still indeed, but in us a foreign thing; we are not in it before God, nor identified with it in any wise, but with Him in whom it was never found. We are in Him, as He is and where He is.
"Can we say quite confidently, each for himself, Yes, we are identified with Him who represents us there before the eye of our Father - as He is, in whom no spot was ever found nor can be, but perfectness after God's own heart wholly'?
"That is to be in Christ - a new creature. Our rule is, to walk in Him, as being what we really are - heavenly, citizens of heaven, pilgrims and strangers upon earth." -F.W.G.
"Heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ - if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together" (Rom. 8:17).
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you.” — John 14:27
There are times when our peace is based upon ignorance, but when we awaken to the facts of life, inner peace is impossible unless it is received from Jesus. When Our Lord speaks peace, He makes peace, His words are ever "spirit and life." Have I ever received what Jesus speaks? "My peace I give unto you" - it is a peace which comes from looking into His face and realizing His undisturbedness.
Are you painfully disturbed just now, distracted by the waves and billows of God's providential permission, and having, as it were, turned over the boulders of your belief, are you still finding no well of peace or joy or comfort; is all barren? Then look up and receive the undisturbedness of the Lord Jesus. Reflected peace is the proof that you are right with God because you are at liberty to turn your mind to Him. If you are not right with God, you can never turn your mind anywhere but on yourself. If you allow anything to hide the face of Jesus Christ from you, you are either disturbed or you have a false security.
Are you looking unto Jesus now, in the immediate matter that is pressing and receiving from Him peace? If so, He will be a gracious benediction of peace in and through you. But if you try to worry it out, you obliterate Him and deserve all you get. We get disturbed because we have not been considering Him. When one confers with Jesus Christ the perplexity goes, because He has no perplexity, and our only concern is to abide in Him. Lay it all out before Him, and in the face of difficulty, bereavement and sorrow, hear Him say, "Let not your heart be troubled."
He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High God, and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.
A never-ending love-story started in eternity past and continues into eternity future. It features the Creator of the universe and tells of the Most High God Who loved the world so much that He purposed to give His only begotten Son to redeem the sinful race of mankind, so that all who believe on Him would not perish, but have eternal life.
The central character of God’s never-ending love-story features the Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the fulfilment of the past – and the promise of the future. And at centre stage of His holy life stands an old rugged cross – as the eternal emblem of God’s love for man.
It took 4000 years for God to prepare a fallen world for the advent of the Messiah, and the slowly unfolding plan of this never-ending love-story discovered righteousness and justices kissing love and grace as the eternal Creator Himself entered the universe that He made – to redeem the fallen race of man, who were in active rebellion against Him. We read that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, but it required the Creator breaking into His own universe to achieve the impossible – a Man, born of a human mother, Who was Son of the Most High God.. for nothing is impossible to God.
It was a young virgin, called Mary, who had been chosen as God’s special vessel to give birth to this unique Person. She was told by the angel Gabriel that the Holy Spirit would come upon her, and the power of the Most High God would overshadow her; and the child Who was to be born to her, would be called—the Son of the Most High God. The angel validated His humanity – for He was the Child, Who was born of a woman. And he confirmed His deity –read more
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
A workman is worthy of his hire and an employee expects to receive remuneration. A worker earns the salary he is paid and a craftsman has a right to receive his pay. A man in receipt of his wages is given what he has earned and has what he deserves. In the same manner, sin has its own particular price and the wages of sin is death. The just and fair deserts of sin is death – and death is the loathsome reward for sin.
The just deserts of the sinner are not a negotiated salary but are ordained of God. No sinner will be unfairly treated, but all will receive the only fair reward for sin.. and the wages of sin for every sinner is death.. and death is non-negotiable.
There are many faces of sin and different kinds of sin but every sin deserves death. There are open sins committed in the body and veiled sins that mature in the mind. There are hidden sins and visible ones, for man’s very nature is streaked with evil – and the just decree of a holy God is death – for death is the reward for sin.
The terrible master of man is sin and man is the slave and servant of sin. This profound reality is a devastating truth that touches every strand of humanity – and every man deserves his due reward and each must be paid their just desert.
The pleasure of sin maybe sweet for a moment but its bitter taste is never-ending. The seeds of evil are vanity and the buds of iniquity bear the bitter fruit of sin, for the wages of sin is death…. BUT the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The price for all sin was paid for in full by the blood of the sinless Lamb of God.read more