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Oswald Chambers - Sins and the Surrounding of the Soul
Psalm 6 refers to the surroundings of the soul in bodily sickness and perplexity and the inward results of these. The Psalmist’s first degree of prayer is, “Heal me; for my bones are vexed”; the second degree is, Heal me, “for my soul is also sore vexed,” and the third degree is, “Save me for Thy mercies’ sake.” These are three degrees of perplexity arising from the soul’s surroundings: because of pain; because the mental outlook is cloudy, and because God has not said a word. When the soul is perplexed—and it certainly will be if we are going on with God, because we are a mark for Satan—and the sudden onslaught comes, as it did in the life of Job, we cry, “Heal me because of my pain,” but there is no answer. Then we cry, “Heal me, not because I am in pain, but because my soul is perplexed; I cannot see any way out of it or why this thing should be”; still no answer; then at last we cry, “Heal me, O Lord, not because of my pain, nor because my soul is sick, but for Thy mercies’ sake.” Then we have the answer, “The Lord hath heard my supplication.” The surroundings of the soul, the scenes which arise from our doings, do produce perplexity in the soul. The soul cannot be separated from the body, and bodily perplexities produce difficulties in the soul, and these difficulties go inward and at times intrude right to the very throne of God in the heart.
"Behold, all souls are Mine; … the soul that sinneth, it shall die" (Ezekiel 18:4). In this passage the soul life and the sin that is punished are connected. The inherited disposition of sin must be cleansed, but for every sin we commit we are punished. "Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls" (1 Peter 1:9). "Salvation" refers to the whole gamut of a man, spirit, soul and body; "Christ the firstfruits," with the ultimate reach in the hereafter of our spirit, soul and body being like His in a totally new relationship. The soul in the present life can be satisfied in all its perplexities, and in all onslaughts and dangers it is kept by the power of God. Sin destroys the power of the soul to know its sin, punishment brings awakening, self-examination brings chastisement and saves the soul from sleeping sickness, and brings it into a healthy satisfaction.
In 1 Corinthians 11:30 (“For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep”), Paul alludes to sickness which has a moral and not a physical source. The immediate connection is the obscene conduct at the Lord’s Supper of former heathen converts, and Paul says that that is the cause of their bodily sickness. The truth laid down abides, that certain types of moral disobedience produce sicknesses which physical remedies cannot touch; obedience is the only cure. For instance nothing can touch the sicknesses produced by tampering with spiritualism; there is only one cure—yielding to the Lord Jesus Christ.
C.M. J. Montgomery
You are correct in saying that God is Creator, “…God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them (Genesis 1:27).” Again, “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female (Matthew 19:4)”
You are also correct in saying that God is merciful because, “God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:3-4).” Also it is written, “As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die (Ezekiel 33:11)
So God is Creator and is merciful however you do err. Your error is the same as those at the Tower of Babel who thought that in their own effort they could, “build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; (Genesis 11:4).”
How blinded are they that believe through mere human effort (jihad) they may obtain heaven and place their names above. This belief, henceforth the dismissal of the Cross of Christ is your folly,
However I do understand your current position as all Christians once thought, “….the message of the cross is foolishness” Fortunately the backside of the verse reads, “to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God (1 Corinthians 1:18).
In my defense let’s revisit the earlier quote in this ongoing discussion from Ravi Zacharias,
“All religions are not the same. All religions do not point to God. All religions do not say that all religions are the same….Every religion at its core is exclusive.”
Here is the exclusivity of Christianity,
“For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus,….Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me…..Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.
So why is the Cross of Christ so important? It’s because sin is so egregious it requires a blood payment. Please take heed this is why humanity enters the grave, “...for the wages of sin is death, (Romans 6:23).” First spiritual (separation from God), then physical (the body returns to dust). God warned us about sin, “but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die. (Genesis 2:17), We partook, we die but Instead of annihilating humanity look at the mercy God showed Adam and Eve after the fall,
"Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them. (Genesis 3: 21).”
God covered their sin with coats of skin, and clothed them. This is the first glimpse, foreshadowing, of the coming Messiah and His sacrifice to clothe humanity in His blood for the forgiveness of sin:
“He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world….But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.
Will Pounds explains it thus;
Throughout the Scriptures, garments are symbols of righteousness; either God’s all sufficient righteousness or man’s self-made righteousness. The prophet Isaiah wrote in Isaiah 61:10,
"I will rejoice greatly in the Lord,
My soul will exult in my God;
For He has clothed me with garments of salvation,
He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness,
As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,
And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.”
The prophet also speaks of self righteousness in the following statement. “For all of us have become like one who is unclean, And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment; And all of us wither like a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away” (Isaiah 64:6).
The coats of skin with which the Lord clothed Adam and Eve represent righteousness provided by Him in which they could stand in His holy presence. These coats of skin are a type of what God provided for us in the imputation of His righteousness through Jesus Christ. Behind those garments, that God made for Adam and Eve has been sacrifice and death….Since a life had to be sacrificed before Adam and Eve could have been clothed with “coats for sins”, there was a substitutionary death. God must always provide adequate covering for man to stand before Him clothed in righteousness. Only in Christ is man ever properly clothed.
This is the difference between Christianity and all other religions. All other religions have a form of ‘jihad’ inner straggle as the path to redemption but none of them have an atoning sacrifice. Jihad then may make you sanitized, but it will never make you sanctified.
2 Timothy 1:9 offers a good illustration:
Who hath saved us; that is, brought us into a state of salvation, and given us a right to it.
And called us with an holy calling; and, in order to our obtaining it, hath effectually called, renewed, and sanctified us.
Not according to our works; not for any merits of ours.
But according to his own purpose and grace; but from his own free love purposing and decreeing eternal salvation to us, with the means adequate to it.
Which was given us in Christ Jesus; to be obtained through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ.
Before the world began; which purpose of his was before the foundation of the world was laid, and therefore could not be according to our works, but must be of his own grace, Ephesians 1:4 Titus 3:5.
Not according to our works!
You quoted Isaiah 53:2, "He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.:" Matthew Henry’s commentary puts to rest your argument,
No where in all the Old Testament is it so plainly and fully prophesied, that Christ ought to suffer, and then to enter into his glory, as in this chapter. But to this day few discern, or will acknowledge, that Divine power which goes with the word. The authentic and most important report of salvation for sinners, through the Son of God, is disregarded. The low condition he submitted to, and his appearance in the world, were not agreeable to the ideas the Jews had formed of the Messiah. It was expected that he should come in pomp; instead of that, he grew up as a plant, silently, and insensibly. He had nothing of the glory which one might have thought to meet with him. His whole life was not only humble as to outward condition, but also sorrowful. Being made sin for us, he underwent the sentence sin had exposed us to. Carnal hearts see nothing in the Lord Jesus to desire an interest in him. Alas! by how many is he still despised in his people, and rejected as to his doctrine and authority!
Yes He came the first time as a tender shoot but His return will much different;
For the sheep,
….the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
But for the goats,
…Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains; and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?” Revelation 6:15-17
Are you covered in the blood sunshinecj? Jesus Christ is humanities, and your only hope!
There is one Mediator, and that Mediator gave himself a ransom for all. And this appointment has been made for the benefit of the Jews and the Gentiles of every nation; that all who are willing may come in this way, to the mercy-seat of a pardoning God, to seek reconciliation with him. Sin had made a quarrel between us and God; Jesus Christ is the Mediator who makes peace.
He is a ransom that was to be known in due time. In the Old Testament times, his sufferings, and the glory that should follow, were spoken of as things to be revealed in the last times. Those who are saved must come to the knowledge of the truth, for that is God’s appointed way to save sinners: if we do not know the truth, we cannot be ruled by it.
The disciples of Christ must be praying people; all, without distinction of nation, sect, rank, or party. Our duty as Christians, is summed up in two words; godliness, that is, the right worshipping of God; and honesty, that is, good conduct toward all men. These must go together: we are not truly honest, if we are not godly, and do not render to God his due; and we are not truly godly, if not honest. What is acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, we should abound in.
My vote for the 2014 Australian Football Leagues Most Valuable Player, Richmond’s Ivan Maric. Returning to the squad after injury and the Tigers sitting at 3-10, big Ivan became the catalyst for the sides resurgence winning nine games in a row and entering the top eight to play finals football.
"Our training standards and the standards around the footy club were so poor. The attention to detail for the little things were not up to the standards we set the season before." - Ivan Maric
Big Ivan returned and look at the Tiges now. There’s no more valuable player than that.
As we linger amid the shadows in a world so broken by sin and sorrow, our advocate on high would have us emulate His ministry in the realm of intercession for those in need. Paul exhorted young Timothy to place first in his service for others, “Supplications, prayers, intercessions…for all men (1 Timothy 2:1,2)”
How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
The holy hands uplifted
In suffering’s longest hour
Are truly Spirit-gifted
For evermore the Angel
Of Intercession stands,
In His Divine High Priesthood
With fragrance-filled hands—
To wave the golden censer
Before His Father’s throne,
With Spirit-fire intenser,
And incense all His own.
The Ministry of Intercession, Frances Ridley Havergal
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I am unashamed until I flatline. My God is bigger than everything.
I pray I have the character and inner fortitude as our Middle East brothers and sisters have. In my life I’ve had hardship and pain but never the persecution unto death they face daily.
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