When they led Him away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, coming in from the country, and placed on him the cross to carry behind Jesus.Luke 23:26(NASB)
Error, false teaching, and heresy have always been a major means by which the Devil has sought to destroy "the testimony of Jesus," but when he brought in the weapon of what is known as "Modernism," or "Higher Criticism," he used a double-barreled gun. One barrel he aimed directly at the great fundamental truths of the Person of Christ, the work of Christ, and the authority of the Bible. He has thus wrought great havoc, but one wonders whether even that is comparable to the mischief of his second and closely related barrel. By it he has poured out volumes and clouds of suspicion, fear, mistrust, apprehension, and all the grievous effects of these among true Christians. There is not a single person today who is quite safe in this "Christian" world and atmosphere. Some of the most outstanding and erstwhile evangelical stalwarts have at length fallen under its awful miasma, and died of a broken heart because of it – and all so untrue! The enemy stops short at no point short of dividing the last two Christians, and if he cannot find true ground for doing it by spreading suspicion and mistrust – "evil report" – he will make it by giving a twist to anything that is capable of being twisted....
We beg to appeal to all those to whose eyes this message may come, that they will ask the Lord, if need be, to completely convert their mentality in this matter. Would it not be more according to the Spirit of the Master, who said, "Let him that is without sin cast the first stone," and "He that is not against us is for us," if, as our instant reaction to every "report," "rumor," criticism, judgment, insinuation, innuendo, or whisper, we instantly asked the question, "Is it true? Did the speaker – or writer – really mean that? Is there not another meaning to be given to it? Is it not – perhaps – an unfortunate way of putting it, but not necessarily pernicious?" Should we not, before accepting it, find out whether our interpretation is the right one, or whether we may be mistaken? The enemy is engaged more than ever upon a campaign of sabotage within the Church for its internal disintegration, and it is for us to resist him by seeking all the positive ground of fellowship possible, not looking for all the negative ground, either really or imaginatively existent.
You say, “I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing”— and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked—I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. § The poor and needy seek water, but there is none, their tongues fail for thirst. I, the Lord, will hear them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. § I am the Lord your God … open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.
Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance. § I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.
Luke 1:53; Rev. 3:17–19; Matt. 5:6; Isa. 41:17; Ps. 81:10; Isa. 55:2; John 6:35
If I say, “My foot slips,” Your mercy, O Lord, will hold me up.
The Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail.”
A righteous man may fall seven times and rise again. § Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholds him with His hand. Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; when I fall, I will arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me. § He shall deliver you in six troubles, yes, in seven no evil shall touch you.
If anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. § Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
Ps. 73:2; 94:18; Luke 22:31–32; Prov. 24:16; Ps. 37:24; Mic. 7:8; Job 5:19; 1 John 2:1; Heb. 7:25
That. . . the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him (Christ)" (Eph. 1:17).
The object of the Christian life is that we may center in the Object of the Father - His Beloved Son.
"If we go on with the Father, sweet as is the assurance that we belong to Him, yet the uppermost thought will in the long run be Himself. We shall come back to His Person. We shall in our praises weave with them what the Lord Jesus has done, suffered, and won for us; but the primary thought in our hearts is, not what we have gained, however true, but what He has been for us and what He is for us, yes, what He is in Himself." -J.B.S.
"There is usually only occupation with the Lord Jesus for the relief of the conscience, and if so, where does it stop? It stops when the relief is gained. But if He is the object of the heart, you will never be satisfied but in fellowship with Him where He is."
"I know of no arguments, and I am acquainted with no power, that will move the heart to devotedness except the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Himself and His love. It is possible to read books by the score, and to listen to the most faithful and blessed ministry for years on end, and yet never know the Lord Jesus as a present loving Object in heavenly glory. It is nigh impossible to see and know Him there by faith without a resulting intense desire to be wholly devoted to Him here." -C.A.C.
"We have a new Person before us as the Object of our faith and affections; and as we drop ourselves and have the Lord Jesus as our Object, He is formed in us. What has been judicially accomplished at the Cross has its fruition by the Spirit in our souls, and it is by that principle that we grow." -C.A.C.
"For it pleased the Father that in Him (Christ) should all fullness dwell" (Col. 1:19).
This is another aspect of the strenuous nature of sainthood. Paul says, "I take every project prisoner to make it obey Christ." (Moffatt.) How much Christian work there is to-day which has never been disciplined, but has simply sprung into being by impulse! In Our Lord's life every project was disciplined to the will of His Father. There was not a movement of an impulse of His own will as distinct from His Father's - "The Son can do nothing of Himself." Then take ourselves - a vivid religious experience, and every project born of impulse put into action immediately, instead of being imprisoned and disciplined to obey Christ.
This is a day when practical work is overemphasized, and the saints who are bringing every project into captivity are criticized and told that they are not in earnest for God or for souls. True earnestness is found in obeying God, not in the inclination to serve Him that is born of undisciplined human nature. It is inconceivable, but true nevertheless, that saints are not bringing every project into captivity, but are doing work for God at the instigation of their own human nature which has not been spiritualized by determined discipline.
We are apt to forget that a man is not only committed to Jesus Christ for salvation; he is committed to Jesus Christ's view of God, of the world, of sin and of the devil, and this will mean that he must recognize the responsibility of being transformed by the renewing of his mind.
When Jesus told them, “I AM,” they backed away and fell to the ground.
It is becoming increasingly popular and ‘politically correct‘ to water down the gospel! It is getting progressively unfashionable to teach that Jesus Christ is fully God. It is considered far too exclusive to declare Jesus as the one and only way to the Father. It’s also a ‘crime against humanity‘ to teach much that’s contained in the Word of God. Attacks on biblical truth are undertaken in many sects, cults and government bodies. Many seminaries are being infiltrated with liberal theologians and their ‘progressive’ thinking.
But the word of God is living and powerful and sharper that any two-edged sword, for the word of God is the single supernatural communication from God to man. And we would do well to take heed of the truth of God’s word and store it in our heart – for the time is coming when few will heed the true doctrine contained in Scripture.
Scripture witnesses to the deity of the eternal Son : a coequal member of the Godhead. Scripture endorses the unique nature of Christ : and His Oneness with God the Father. Scripture is its own interpreter, and the authority of Scripture cannot be broken. Oh there are many passages in Scripture that witness to Jesus Christ as God Incarnate.
Isaiah wrote of the child who was to be:- God with us – God in the flesh – Immanuel. And Paul qualified this by stating that:- Jesus Christ was God – manifest in the flesh. John reminds us that the Word was made flesh, while Zechariah proclaims the staggering announcement that He (i.e God) would be ‘pierced’ by sinful men.
There are many Old Testament passages that testify to Jesus Christ as the Eternal Son of God. It was Micah who stated that His origin is from long ago – from the days of eternity. The Psalmist tells us that His throne was established fromread more
His are the thousand sparkling rills
That from a thousand fountains burst,
And fill with music all the hills;
And yet He saith, I thirst.
All fiery pangs on battlefields;
On fever beds where sick men toss,
And in that human cry He yields
To anguish on the cross.
But more than pains that racked Him then,
Was the deep longing thirst divine
That thirsted for the souls of men:
Dear Lord! and one was mine.
O love most patient, give me grace;
Make all my soul athirst for Thee;
That parched dry lip, that fading face,
That thirst, were all for me.
How deep our Saviours love for me, how cavernous His thirst for you. The Lord breathed out His life-breath after His final joyous shout:- it is finished, for every jot and tittle of the law had been fulfilled when Christ pleaded:- I thirst.
Every painful step had the goal of His calling in view – the salvation of man. Every moment of His life had been a journey to His final and eternal victory. Sins were forgiven, the power of sin and death broken and Satan was defeated – so that all that believe on Him would not perish but have eternal life.
So many simply look on His thirst at Calvary as a purely bodily need, yet each scene and every word preceding His death contains a depth of meaning. He thirsted for more than soothing water to refresh His pain-racked body. He thirsted for the very souls of sinful men to bring them into union with Himself. His thirsty love yearns so deeply that it stretches throughout eternity – for it is His desire that all should come to repentance and life, in Him
Oswald Saunders put it this way when He wrote: Did He not thirst to be thirsted after? He is still athirst for the fellowship and devotion of those for whom He thirsted on the cross. His was a thirst that could assuage the thirst of the whole world. “I was thirsty,read more