Month: December 2015

“Go Into All The World And Preach The Good News.”

Learning From God's Word

‘I, the Lord, am your Saviour, your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob’. Help us, Lord, not to keep this to ourselves. You want ‘all mankind’ to ‘know’ (Isaiah 49:26). ‘Jesus, the Name to sinners dear, the Name to sinners given, it scatters all their guilty fear, it turns their hell to heaven’ – This is not something to keep to ourselves. We must make Christ known to others – ‘Oh, that the world might taste and see the riches of His grace! The arms of love that compass me, would all mankind embrace. His only righteousness I show, His saving truth proclaim: ‘tis all my business here below to cry: “Behold the Lamb!”. Happy, if with my latest breath I may but gasp His Name: preach Him to all, and cry in death: “Behold, behold the Lamb!”’ (Mission Praise, 385). Help us, Lord, to be obedient to…

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God’s Mercy and the Great Corporate Vessel

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God’s mercy takes us out of sin and death to be vessels of mercy containing the riches of His glory. Ultimately all God’s people are a corporate vessel, New Jerusalem, radiating the riches of His glory.

New JerusalemEphesians 2:1-3 describes our fallen condition. Then verses 4-6 say, “but God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in offenses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved) and raised us up together with Him and seated us together with Him in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus.”

God’s love causes Him to be merciful to us and results in our being made alive, raised, and seated in Christ. We did not deserve His salvation but He was merciful. Of course, we are in need of His salvation but even more, He wants to save us for His…

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Vessels of Mercy, Prepared unto Glory

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New JerusalemThrough Christ’s death and resurrection, God gained us as vessels so that He can live in us and we can live in Him. These steps to our mutual indwelling are preparation for New Jerusalem. Here are two more aspects of the preparation:

One, we are vessels for God firstly by His creation and secondly by His redemption and regeneration. Romans 9:23 calls us vessels of mercy because we did not arrive at mutual indwelling by our own doing. The verse says that God “might make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He had before prepared unto glory.”

God has prepared us as vessels for His glory. He will make known not only His glory but the riches of His glory! Eventually New Jerusalem will be a corporate vessel of mercy with a full display of  the riches of God’s glory.

Two, we, as God’s corporate…

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Who Do You Want To Please?

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“We speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel.” 1 Thess 2:4

 

          Most of us are brought up learning how to please certain people in our lives. First are usually our parents. We learn what it takes to make them happy if we want our lives to go smoothly. The behaviors that need refining are pointed out to us quickly by some sort of punishment. If they’re merciful, it’s a quick spanking.

         Then we learn to apply that method of getting along to our teachers, friends, relatives, bosses, pastors, policemen, spouse, team mates, and others with whom we interact in life. As life progresses, most people become fairly expert in getting along and pleasing others, trying not to offend. We look for that middle place that allows us to forge our way through life, getting along without ruffling too many feathers. We…

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Unsearchable, Immeasurable, Exhaustless

New Jerusalem - the Consummation

Recently in reading Ephesians two phrases about our present Christian life touched me as also being descriptive of New Jerusalem. The two phrases are

the unsearchable riches of Christ
the multifarious wisdom of God

In Ephesians 3:8 the unsearchable riches of Christ are announced as good news today. We should also look forward to such riches in New Jerusalem.

“Unsearchable” is a frequent translation in Ephesians 3:8 but boundless, endless, unfathomable, incalculable, immeasurable, exhaustless are used by other translators. All these words should impress us. How wonderful and bountiful are the riches of Christ! Even in eternity we will not exhaust these riches. We will never get tired or become bored with all that Christ is and has.

New JerusalemIn Ephesians 3:10 the multifarious wisdom of God is made known through the church today. We should also expect this wisdom to manifested by New Jerusalem.

Synonyms of “multifarious” in Ephesians 3:10…

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New Jerusalem with Christ as the Head

New Jerusalem - the Consummation

Recent posts (onetwothree) looked at the economy of God. This is God’s arrangement, His working, to accomplish His eternal purpose. This work consummates in New Jerusalem.

The impetus for these posts came from a song which begins,
New Jerusalem__In God’s economy Christ is unique;
____He holds the first place and centrality.
__All is in Him, through Him, and unto Him;
____He is all—the universality.
These words are taken from Colossians 1:15-18.

The song has verses about Christ in the Godhead, Christ in creation, Christ in the Old Testament, and Christ in resurrection. These verses present Christ as the reality of all things, the center of God’s economy, the Father’s delight, the element of the new man, and more.

Then verse six says,
__The New Jerusalem will consummate
____With Christ, as Head, over all things to be
__The Lamb enthroned—its unique…

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