For while we were yet weak, in due season Christ died for the ungodly. Rom. 5,6
OUR HOPE IN HIM ALONE!
You are an object to an incredible grace, when the truth comes to you,
and therefore it gets serious consequences, if it gets denied.
And why does it do that? – Yes, because it is exactly what the truth is, - there is nothing in this we can build on, in this context, - and the sooner we realize this, the better. Our rescue lies in this acknowledgement! No one reaches for the rescue rope, until he realizes that he will meet death without it. So what scorches our flesh is grace from God!
– is put aside. Stop and consider that, where you are sitting right now
are not to be counted, -
are not important in this connection. There is only
who is important in this connection; - He carries a certain name, among
others; we read about Him in the book of Revelation: “And I saw heaven
opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called
Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. His
eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a
name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. He is clothed
with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called
The Word of God.”
In other words: Everything of our own, will fall in meeting with the Almighty God, - when the breath of the LORD blows upon it, as we read. - But Jesus will endure! – His person and His work!
That is also exactly what the apostle points to, when he preaches: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Heb.13:8).
Maybe you notice some sort of protest in your heart, when you hear this message from the scripture, - a riot, and irritation, - that is your flesh meeting its death sentence, and it will not die. It is natural that everything that lives wishes to live too; - also your flesh, - but when it dawns for you, where it has taken its life from, maybe you want it to die! Read the story about the fall in Genesis chapter 3, you will see where this life dates from.
So, if this protest wins in you, you will be left standing with what
goes under in your meeting with God. This brought Jesus enemies to go so
far, that they crucified “the Lord of the glory” (1 Cor. 2:8). You heard
what was said about the glory of
in Isaiah, - and here we are standing in front of the
Lord of glory!
– it is
Spirit that enters into and settles down in a believer.
Who has conquered in you?
146 we meat this message again, - and when you first have got your eyes
opened up for it, you will see that this is to be found through the
There we meat the warning from the Lord, - and then comes the request, from Him who wants this one thing for you, - something He proved by the cross on Golgotha – your salvation: “How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, Whose hope is in the LORD his God, Who made heaven and earth, The sea and all that is in them; Who keeps faith forever” (v.5-6).
But the thing is that without an acknowledgment from your flesh before hand, then the request from the Lord will glance off, - you will not be able to follow it!
You should notice that when the Lord comes with a request, He speaks to a certain people: “Who executes justice for the oppressed; Who gives food to the hungry The LORD sets the prisoners free. The LORD opens the eyes of the blind; The LORD raises up those who are bowed down; The LORD loves the righteous; The LORD protects the strangers; He supports the fatherless and the widow, But He thwarts the way of the wicked” (v.7-9).
There is only one expression, of all these, which has a positive clang,
viewed by the natural human mind, and that is: “The Lord loves
This shows that those who know their misery, sin and incapability in
spiritual things, - I kind of do not make it as a Christian, - no, I am
not able to be a Christian at all, - especially not a good Christian! –
It shows that God has opened a way for those: “I know your deeds Behold,
I have put before you an open door which no one can shut” (Rev. 3:8).
I only hope that the word of God has made this clear to you and how it will all end.
1 Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD, O my soul! 2 I will praise the LORD while I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being. 3 Do not trust in princes, In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation. 4 His spirit departs, he returns to the earth; In that very day his thoughts perish. 5 How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, Whose hope is in the LORD his God, 6 Who made heaven and earth, The sea and all that is in them; Who keeps faith forever;7 Who executes justice for the oppressed; Who gives food to the hungry The LORD sets the prisoners free. 8 The LORD opens the eyes of the blind; The LORD raises up those who are bowed down; The LORD loves the righteous; 9 The LORD protects the strangers; He supports the fatherless and the widow, But He thwarts the way of the wicked. 10 The LORD will reign forever, Your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the LORD!"
This is written down by someone who has bathed in the light of the truth,
- and what he has seen makes his heart rejoice. Just listen: “Praise the
LORD! Praise the LORD, O my soul! I will praise the LORD while I live; I
will sing praises to my God while I have my being.” (v.1-2).
Maybe it is worth getting to know this Lord, for you, if it already is not that way?
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