Where true faith is, it will induce obedience and where it does induce obedience, it will always, in one form or another, bring a blessing.
Sin is the rejection of authority. Man concentrates on himself, staggering feverishly round his own axis. It reaches its peak in self-deification. It rejects God’s leadership and makes an idol of man’s vital instincts while ignoring the true God. Hence it also ignores the fountain of life. This means that in its real essence it is denial of life, disintegration and destruction, spiritual and psychic “death.” No wonder that it leads to bodily death as well. “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).
The death of the body is thus not merely a natural event, but has to be understood ethically. The sinless man need not die. Death is judgment. It is both the essence of sin and its necessary consequence.
~ Erich Sauer, [The King of the Earth]
“It is Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ alone, who makes sense out of everything in this world.”
~ AW Tozer
Thy beauty, O my Father! All is Thine;
But there is beauty in Thyself, from whence
The beauty Thou hast made doth ever flow
In streams of never-failing affluence.
Thou art the Temple! and though I am lame,
Lame from my birth, and shall be till I die,
I enter through the Gate called Beautiful,
And am alone with Thee, O Thou Most High!
~ J. W. CHADWICK
Consider that all which appears beautiful outwardly, is solely derived from the invisible Spirit which is the source of that external beauty, and say joyfully, “Behold, these are streamlets from the uncreated Fountain; behold, these are drops from the infinite Ocean of all good! Oh! how does my inmost heart rejoice at the thought of that eternal, infinite Beauty, which is the source and origin of all created beauty!”
~ L. SCUPOLI
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slainTo receive power and riches and wisdom,And strength and honor and glory and blessing!”
More than one person was raised to new life in the Bible, but not permanent new life. Their earthly bodies were reanimated (they were resuscitated) and they were probably immediately recognized by people who had known them before their death. This was not the case with Jesus and His resurrection body.
After His resurrection, the two disciples Jesus joined on the Emmaus road didn’t recognize Him. His resurrection body must have looked human to the two travelers, but somehow different. Also after His resurrection, Jesus appeared in a locked room where the disciples were gathered. In other words, He “materialized” in the room rather than opening the locked door. But there was one thing about His resurrection body that was the same: the wounds in His hands, feet, and side. Those wounds will eternally mark Him as the Lamb who was slain for us.
Worship Jesus Christ today as the Lamb slain for your eternal redemption, and prepare to recognize Him by His wounds.
The Divine glory shone more out of his wounds than out of all his life before.
~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne
We sin because we see sin as a bargain. We unconsciously calculate that it’s worth it, that it pays, that “justice is not more profitable than injustice.” Sin seems to be simply a choice between alternative life-styles on earth. But if we recognize that all sin is Hellish, if we see sin as Hell wearing an earthly mask, we will fly to the Father in fear.
~ Peter Kreeft,
[Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Heaven]
I endure all things for the sake of God’s own people; so that they also may obtain salvation…and with it eternal glory
If Job could have known as he sat there in the ashes, bruising his heart on this problem of Providence that in the trouble that had come upon him he was doing what one man may do to work out the problem for the world, he might again have taken courage. No man lives to himself. Job’s life is but your life and mine written in larger text….So, then, though we may not know what trials wait on any of us, we can believe that, as the days in which Job wrestled with his dark maladies are the only days that make him worth remembrance, and but for which his name had never been written in the book of life, so the days through which we struggle, finding no way, but never losing the light, will be the most significant we are called to live.
Who does not know that our most sorrowful days have been amongst our best? When the face is wreathed in smiles and we trip lightly over meadows bespangled with spring flowers, the heart is often running to waste.
The soul which is always blithe and gay misses the deepest life. It has its reward, and it is satisfied to its measure, though that measure is a very scanty one. But the heart is dwarfed; and the nature, which is capable of the highest heights, the deepest depths, is undeveloped; and life presently burns down to its socket without having known the resonance of the deepest chords of joy.
“Blessed are they that mourn.” Stars shine brightest in the long dark night of winter. The gentians show their fairest bloom amid almost inaccessible heights of snow and ice.
God’s promises seem to wait for the pressure of pain to trample out their richest juice as in a wine-press. Only those who have sorrowed know how tender is the “Man of Sorrows.”
Thou hast but little sunshine, but thy long glooms are wisely appointed thee; for perhaps a stretch of summer weather would have made thee as a parched land and barren wilderness. Thy Lord knows best, and He has the clouds and the sun at His disposal.
“It is a gray day.” “Yes, but dinna ye see the patch of blue?”
His kingdom ruleth over all therefore thou canst find nothing which is not matter for praise, since there is nothing which is not the matter of thy Lord’s gracious permission, or planning, or control. Over all nowhere canst thou step outside His realm, nor in anything get beyond His care and government. Over all therefore take all as from God; hold all as from God; and by thy gratitude give all back to God again, and thus complete the circle, making Him the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending of all things.