Monday, May 6, 2013
God's Plan for Our Sin
"The Cross of Jesus is the revelation of God's judgment on sin.
Never tolerate the idea of martyrdom about the Cross of Jesus Christ.
The Cross was a superb triumph in which the foundations of hell were shaken.
There is nothing more certain in Time or Eternity than what Jesus Christ did on the Cross: He switched the whole of the human race back into a right relationship with God.
He made Redemption the basis of human life, that is, He made a way for every son of man to get into communion with God.
The Cross did not happen to Jesus: He came on purpose for it.
He is "the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world." The whole meaning of the Incarnation is the Cross. Beware of separating God manifest in the flesh from the Son becoming sin.
The Incarnation was for the purpose of Redemption. God became incarnate for the purpose of putting away sin; not for the purpose of Self-realization.
The Cross is the center of Time and of Eternity, the answer to the enigmas of both.
The Cross is not the cross of a man but the Cross of God, and the Cross of God can never be realized in human experience.
The Cross is the exhibition of the nature of God, the gateway whereby any individual of the human race can enter into union with God.
When we get to the Cross, we do not go through it; we abide in the life to which the Cross is the gateway.
The center of salvation is the Cross of Jesus, and the reason it is so easy to obtain salvation is because it cost God so much.
The Cross is the point where God and sinful man merge with a crash and the way to life is opened—but the crash is on the heart of God.”
Taken from Devotions for MORNING and EVENING with OSWALD CHAMBERS Inspirational Press New York. (for April 6, pg 200)
“Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree.” ( 1 Peter 2:24)
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.” (John 1:12, NKJV)
“It shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear.” (Is. 65:24, NKJV)
“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.” (Ps. 23:1-2, NKJV)
What sin has God told you to get rid of? Have you dealt with it thoroughly or have you held on to some small piece of it?
Do you falsely think you have that sin under control when in truth it is only waiting beneath the surface to eventually destroy you?
What is God telling you to do about that sin right now?
Will you obey God, and completely turn away from that sin?
Some sins are hard to eradicate from our lives. Share your struggles with a few men you trust and ask them to help you fight off this sin.”
[This is a re-posting of a very important message]