Oswald Chambers is one of my favorite devotional writers. I always find great encouragement in the word found in, "My utmost for His Highest". I found this thought on the work of the cross and though it would be a blessing to our church today. More than just something to put here or to have something to write, I believe that understanding the in depth and complete work of the cross is essential in the life of a believer. It is the difference in life and death. It's the difference in whether you will live in grace or under the law. I hope God enriches our lives today to walk in freedom and grace.
Chambers writes, "We trample the blood of the Son of God underfoot if we think we are forgiven because we are sorry for our sins. The only reason for the forgiveness of our sins by God, and the infinite depth of His promise to forget them, is the death of Jesus Christ. Our repentance is merely the result of our personal realization of the atonement by the Cross of Christ, which He has provided for us. ". . . Christ Jesus . . . became for us wisdom from God--and righteousness and sanctification and redemption . . ." ( 1 Corinthians 1:30 ). Once we realize that Christ has become all this for us, the limitless joy of God begins in us. And wherever the joy of God is not present, the death sentence is still in effect.
No matter who or what we are, God restores us to right standing with Himself only by means of the death of Jesus Christ. God does this, not because Jesus pleads with Him to do so but because He died. It cannot be earned, just accepted. All the pleading for salvation which deliberately ignores the Cross of Christ is useless. It is knocking at a door other than the one which Jesus has already opened. We protest by saying, "But I don’t want to come that way. It is too humiliating to be received as a sinner." God’s response, through Peter, is, ". . . there is no other name . . . by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12 ). What at first appears to be heartlessness on God’s part is actually the true expression of His heart. There is unlimited entrance His way. "In Him we have redemption through His blood . . ." ( Ephesians 1:7 ). To identify with the death of Jesus Christ means that we must die to everything that was never a part of Him.
God is just in saving bad people only as He makes them good. Our Lord does not pretend we are all right when we are all wrong. The atonement by the Cross of Christ is the propitiation God uses to make unholy people holy.
God Bless You today. Please remember to come the Sunday for part 2 of "You want me to do what?"
Also, remember that we will follow the Orange County public school decision for closure in determining our Wednwsday night services. We are believing for some needed rain only, to renew the land as this storm passes by the state of Florida.