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Th Shepherd’s Disciple

 

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August 1, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments

The Discipler’s Manual # 7


The Word of God’s grace assures us, there is no condemnation for the believer in Christ.

We can conceive nothing better than Bengel’s rule for searching the Word of God with profit – “Apply thyself wholly to the text; apply the subject holly to thyself.” Where this two-fold application exists, there is sure to be a two-fold blessing – the mind will be enlightened to the soul’s knowledge, and the heart will be assured to the soul’s warmth. But the two must go together. The beam of truth in relation to the soul, must be balanced, on the one hand by the scale of reverent study of the Scriptures guided by the Holy Spirit; and on the other hand, by the scale of obedience to the truth known, and by whole-hearted response to it.

In thinking over the specific statements of Holy Scriptures, which assure believers of their interest in Christ, the following seven points have been suggested:

1. An Undeniable Difference. The outlook for believers and unbelievers, is unmistakably different. This is very suggestively seen, if we note two appointments, and two reservings. Of the unsaved it is said, “It i appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment (Hebrews 9:27); nd “The Lord knoweth how to … reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished” (2 Peter 2:9). The outlook for unbelievers is black with the clouds of coming judgment and wrath, which loom before them, like the blackness of an approaching storm on the horizon. But the outlook for believers stands out in vivid contrast, it is lit up with the brightness of life and immortality, for we are told, “God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thess. 9); and that He has “reserved” “an inheritance’ which is “incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away” (1 Peter 1:4). There is as much difference between these two appointments and two reservings, as there is between light and darkness, holiness and sin, Christ and the devil, blessing and curse, salvation and wrath, joy and misery, heaven and hell.

2. An Unambiguous Distinction.  “Not to be condemned with the world” (1 Corinthians 11:32). The context tells us, that the reason why God chastens His people, is, that they should not be condemned with the world. The words suggest two alternatives, the condemnation of the world, and the not being condemned with the world. The latter appliers to the children of God. And beneath the surface of the words, we may draw an inference, namely, that when God condemns the world, the children of God will be  where condemnation cannot reach them. His word to His own is, “Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be over past” (Isaiah 26:20). There is a threefold direction in this command. God’s people are to enter into their innermost (for so the word means) chambers, they are to shut their doors about them, and to hide themselves. Likewise those who are hidden in the Atonement of Christ, are shut in, in the perfection of His finished work, and abiding in the innermost chamber of His love, are where the indignation of judgment cannot reach them.

3. An Unapproachable Sphere.  “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). Condemnation can never reach Christ, therefore it can never reach those who are in Him. The position in which the believer is found, is “in Christ”. What does it mean to be in the circle of these gracious words – “in Him?”

In Him, as Noah and his family were in the ark, and thus saved from the avenging flood of God’s wrath against sin, for He is the Ark upon whom the flood of righteous indignation against sin has surged and fallen.  In Him we are safe, for he has borne the brunt for us; yea, we have borne it, in Him.

In Him, as the children of Israel were in the blood-sprinkled houses on the night of the passover, and thus delivered from the darkness and eternal death of sin; for He is the Lamb whose blood was shed for us, which blood, being sprinkled on the door-posts and lintel of our conscience, speaks peace to us.

In Him, as the unintentional man-slayer who fled to the city of refuge, was saved from the avenger, and was safe till the death of the high priest, if he abode in the refuge (Numbers 35:25-28). Our great High Priest will never die, for He lives in the power of an endless life; thus He saves to the uttermost, that is “evermore” (Hebrews 7:25), for He is the “Author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him” (Hebrews 5:9). The avenger of the broken law can never touch us, for we are in Him.

In Him, as Rahab was in the house with its scarlet symbol of assured protection from the judgment about to fall on Jericho. The scarlet thread of Christ’s precious blood gives assurance, that since He died, the question of our sin will never be opened again.

In Him, we have passed the judgment due to our sin, and are now seated with Him in heavenly places; even as the stones taken from Gilgal and placed in Jordan, and the stones taken from Jordan and erected in Gilgal (Joshua 4:3-9, 20), indicated the reproach of Egypt rolled from Israel (Joshua 5:9).

We may well call this an unapproachable sphere, for who can reach us, since we are in Him? We often see at the entrance gates of large factories, “No admittance except on business.” Likewise there are some who have no admittance into the realm of these words, “In Him.” Who are they? Sin with its condemning power, law with its terrible curse, justice with its righteous demand, satan with his accusing voice, hell with its burning flame, death with its biting sting, and the world with its deceptive lusts.

~T. Austin-Sparks~

(continued with # 8)

July 26, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

God’s Boundless Power Is All Around Us


“And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ …” (Ephesians 1:19, 20)

God is spirit and His universe is basically spiritual!

Scientists change their beliefs radically from time to time and I do not want to quote them in confirmation of Christian  truth, but there does appear to be a startling parallel between the atomic theory of matter and the biblical concept of the Eternal Word as the source and support of all created things.

Could it be that, as certain mystics have insisted, all things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, are in reality but the goings forth of the power of God?

Whatever God is He is infinitely. In Him lies all the power there is; any power at work anywhere is His. Even the power to do evil must first have come from Him since there is no other source from which it could come.

Lucifer, son of the morning, when he lifted up himself against the Most High, had only the abilities he had received from God. These he misused to become the devil he is.

I am well aware that this kind of teaching raises certain very difficult questions, but we should never retreat before truth simply because we cannot explain it.

The fact of sin introduces a confusing element into our thinking about God and the universe and requires that we suspend judgment  on many things. The wise man will note that the things we cannot understand have nothing to do with our salvation.

We are saved by the truth we know, and true Christians know that the boundless power of our infinite God is all around us, preserving us and keeping us unto salvation ready to be revealed.

~A. W. Tozer~

July 26, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

The Discipler’s Manual # 6


Sixth Ray – Imputation. “Once offered to bear the sins of many” (Hebrews 9:28). The meaning of the word “bear” is to bring, carry, or lead up, as when Christ “leadeth up” His disciples into a high mountain (Mark 9:2), o, as when an offerer brought an animal to the altar for sacrifice, which animal was offer up on behalf of the offerer, and bore his sins upon itself. Christ led our sins up to the altar of the cross, and then bore the due weight of their desert, in that He was treated as though He had committed the sins. Bengel remarks, “Our sins were laid on Him; when, therefore, He was lifted up on the Cross, He bare up our sins along with Him.”

Seventh Ray – Identification. “Bare our sins in His own body on the tree” (1 Peter 2:24). On one occasion, the Custom authorities asked Peter, if his Master did not pay tribute. Christ, knowing what had taken place, directed Peter to go and catch fish, and in the mouth of the first one he would find a piece of money, which he was to give to the authorities, as Christ says, “For Me and thee.” The preposition “Anti” translated “for”, which Christ uses in speaking of the money “for Me and thee”, is one which signifies something which is set over against something else; it may be in opposition to something else, as when the man of sin is called the “Antichrist,” or it may be, that which is an equivalent to a claim made, and thus meeting it. Christ uses this proposition, when He speaks of giving “His life a ransom for many” (Matt. 20:28; Mark 10:45). The one thing which I want to emphasise  is, Christ in His death, not only died in our stead, as the Substitute acting apart from us, but as the tribute money was for Christ and Peter, so Christ identified Himself with us, thus His death is our death for our sins. We read in Hebrews 1:3, that Christ, “Himself purged our sins”, or as Rotherham translates the sentence, “made for Himself a purification for our sins.” Personally, Christ did not need to purify Himself, for He was “without sin;” but “representatively He did, for He was acting as our Head. Christ Himself illustrated this, when He allowed John the Baptist to plunge Him beneath the water of Jordan as a sinner (compare Matthew 3:6, with Matthew 3:13-15). Remembering our oneness with Him in His death, it gives a new meaning to the possessive pronoun in Isaiah 53:4, 5, where we read, “He bore “our” griefs.” “He carried our sorrows.” “He was wounded for our transgressions.” “He was bruised for our iniquities.” “The chastisement of our peace was upon Him

Coupling these Scriptures with the words, “Christ bare our sins,” there flashes from the Cross, the wondrous rays of His grace and love for us. As Dr. Denny says, “It was His death, certainly, for He had come to die; but it was not His, for He knew no sin; it was for us, and not for Himself, that He made death His own.”

Eighth Ray – Remission. “My blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many, for the remission of sins” (Matt. 26:28). The meaning of the word “remission” is, according to Liddle and Scott, “A letting go, a setting free, as of a slave or captive. Or more fully and completely from a Biblical standpoint, “dismission, discharge, a setting free. In the Septuagint, and New Testament, setting free, remission of debt or punishment; hence, the forgiveness of sins on the part of  God, and with reference to the future judgment; total remission and forgiveness, excluding all idea of punishment.”

As the year of jubilee, which began on the Day of Atonement, the debtor was freed from all liabilities; so Christ frees from the bondage and guilt of sin, by shedding His blood for us.

Ninth Ray – Revelation. “Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3). Dr. Denny relates in his “Studies in Theology” an incident which illustrates the effectiveness of the Gospel of Christ’s substitutionary work. He says, “A fishing tackle maker and an enthusiastic fisherman, once told me of losing his bait in a mysterious way without catching anything. The explanation was, that by some accident or other, the barb had been broken from the hook. It was my friend himself who made the application of this, when he said, that this was exactly what happened when people preached the love of God to men, but left out of their Gospel, the essential truth, that it is Christ on the Cross, the Substitute for sinners, in whom that love is revealed. In other words, the condemnation of our sins in Christ upon His Cross is the barb on the hook.”

The barb of the Gospel is unmistakably the Atonement of Christ, and without it, there is no catching of men out of the Great Sea of in; but on the other hand, the hook upon which the barb is welded, is the Word of God; for it is in it we are told, He died according to its revelation. Take the Scripture away and the Christ is removed, and we exclaim with Mary, “They have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid Him” (John 20:13).

Christ Died for What Men did Not Do.

There are many things which man should have done, that he has not done. Man should have fulfilled God’s law in every iota and particular; and he should have glorified God in an absolute and perfect consecration to His will. He has done neither, he has come short of God’s glory, and has been guilty of enmity against God. Christ, in striking contrast, has been obedient to the will of God, and glorified Him. There are two “I have’s” in the Gospel according to John, which bring out these facts. In speaking of Himself as the Good Shepherd, who gives His life for the sheep, and His authority for so doing, He says, “This commandment have I  received from My Father” (John 10:18); and in looking over His life’s work, in the light of the Atonement He was about to make, He says, in speaking to His Father, “I have glorified Thee on the earth: I have finished the work which Thou gavest Me to do” (John 17:4). He was, in particular, the perfect One. There was no rift in the lute of His character, it always sounded forth “Glory to God in the highest.” There was no flaw in the devotion of His life,  it stands unique and alone in its marvelous beauty. There was no fault in the consecration of His service, it was perfect with the holiness of God. There was no stain in the texture of His nature, it was pure in every part. There was no alloy in the gold of His holiness, it was uncorrupted by self. There was no spot in the sun of His testimony, it was truly noble, and nobly true. There was no want in His obedience, for it was perfect in its delight to do God’s will, and to finish His work; and there was no defect in the work He undertook when He died to meet God’s claims, and to bring glory to His name; for that death on behalf of His own, went up to God as a sweet-smelling savor (Ephesians 5:2)), which not only satisfied the claims of His throne, but brought joy to His heart. Thus believers find themselves perfected in His comeliness; beautiful in His beauty; holy in His holiness; righteous in His righteousness; precious in His preciousness; living in His life; accepted in His acceptableness; enriched in His riches; blessed in His blessedness; seated in His exaltation; sufficient in His meetness; strong in His grace; gladdened in His joy; and loved in His love. And all these blessings have stamped upon them, the hall-mark of Christ’s perfect Atonement.

~F. E. Marsh~

(continued with # 7)

July 25, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

The Voice of the Shepherd


“And when he brings out his ow sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice” (John 10:4)

Have you ever seen a child who cannot find his mother in a crowd? Although she may be out of sight, the little tyke may still hear her voice. It is almost as though his inner radar scans the sounds around him, looking for that one familiar tone. Did you know that Jesus encouraged His hearers to have that same familiarity with the voice of God?

In today’s passage from the Gospel of John, Jesus likens His followers to sheep under the direction of the Great Shepherd. In this parallel, we see that only the shepherd can approach the flock without causing alarm. If an unknown were to come near, the sheep would immediately sense danger, and the doorkeeper would not open the stable door. Also, we see that the sheep follow the shepherd wherever he leads because they know his voice. Just like a child listening for his mother, sheep instantly recognize the shepherd by his voice.

Why is this analogy important to us today? It is because we are the sheep and Jesus is the Shepherd. He has entered our “flock” by stepping into human history, and He calls us to Himself by word and deed.

Can you hear the word of the Lord? He desires to make Himself known in your life. If you have trouble hearing His voice, stop and pray for help in quieting the noises of the world so that you can focus intently on the voice of your Great Shepherd.

Lord, when I can’t discern Your voice, help me not to ask You to speak louder but, rather, to spend more time listening for it. Amen

~Charles Stanley~

 

July 25, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

The Discipler’s Manual # 5


Christ Died for What Man had Done.  In the story of Aladdin, in the Arabian Nights, we are told that Aladdin could  only get the desire of his heart by rubbing the lamp which the Genie had given him. In like manner, it is only as we rub the lamp of Divine truth by prayerful and submissive meditation that we get the soul-satisfying blessings of the Gospel. The Holy Spirit has been pleased to couple with the black garb of man’s sins, and the golden girdle of Christ’s all-sufficient sacrifice, certain expressions, which demonstrate and illustrate how completely the healing balm of His atonement, covers the sore of man’s transgressions. Let us briefly see how this is brought out in the following nine passages of Holy Scripture, where “sins” are specially mentioned: – “Manifested to take away our sins” (1  John 3:5);  “Offered one sacrifice for sins” (Hebrews 10:12); “Gave Himself for our sins” (Galatians 1:4); “Propitiation for our sins” (1 John 2:2); “Suffered for sins, the Just for the Unjust” (1 Peter 2:24); “Once offered to bear the sins of many” (Hebrews 9:28); “Bare our sins in His own body on the tree” (1 Peter 2:24); “Blood … shed … for the remission of sins” (Matthew 26:28); “Died for our sins” (1 Corinthians 4:3).

In each of the above Scriptures, there are two great truths presented – namely, the sins of the sinner, and the sacrifice of the Saviour. And while we keep these two truths before us, I want to emphasise one fact in each of these Scriptures, as found in connection with the fact of Christ’s atoning death. These nine statements might be called, “Nine rays which radiate from the sun of Christ’s atoning sacrifice.

First Ray – Manifestation.  “He was manifested to take away our sins” (1 John 3:5). The meaning of the word “manifested” is, for one to reveal himself, who had been hidden behind a curtain. The Greek word is rendered “shewed” in John 21:1, 14, when the attention is directed to the fact of Christ appearing after His resurrection. In the verse before us, we have it distinctly stated, that Christ appeared in human form for one specific purpose (1 Timothy 3:16; 1 John 1:2), namely, to take away our sins. As the scape-goat, on the day of atonement, was separated to take away the sins of  Israel (Lev. 16:21), so Christ was manifested to take away our sins by His death – to take away the penalty which they merited, and to destroy the power which they had gained over us.

Second Ray – Perfection.  “Offered one sacrifice for sins for ever” (Hebrews 10:12). The emphasis in this verse, is on the word “one”, calling attention to the fact, that Christ’s one offering, once offered, is sufficient to meet the necessity of the case. The Holy Spirit repeats again, and again, the words “once” and “one” (see Hebrews 9:12, 26, 28,; 10:2, 10, 12). The contrast is, between the many offerings, offered at many times, which proclaimed their imperfection; and the one Offering, offered once, which tells out its perfection. Christ the Perfect One, offered Himself as the Perfect Offering, which perfectly deals with our sins, and gives to the believer a perfect conscience, in consequence.

Third Ray – Consecration.  “Give Himself for our sins” (Galatians 1:4). We read that some of Paul’s friends urged him not to “adventure himself into the theater” at Ephesus, lest he should come to harm; and in 2 Corinthians 8:5, we read of those to whom the apostle wrote, that “they first gave their own selves to the Lord.” Let us take these Scriptures, and apply them to Christ. He did “adventure (the words “adventure” and “gave,” are the same rendered “gave” in Galatians 1:4) His life on our behalf, for He gave Himself to the task to taking the punishment of our sins, and this in consecration to God’s will, for He was acting at His bidding.

Fourth Ray – Propitiation. “Propitiation for our sins” (1 John 2:2). Christ is the propitiatory Sacrifice, who answers to God’s justice on behalf of our sins. The Greek word “Hilasmos,” rendered propitiatory, answers to the Hebrew word “caphar,” which means to effect a reconciliation with God, by atonement. Christ has given to God, by His death, all He asked from us; hence, we are covered in the all-answeringness of what Christ gave to God, when He died in our place.

Fifth Ray – Substitution. “Suffered for sins, the Just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18). The preposition “huper” rendered “for” in the sentence “Just for the unjust,” means on behalf of, as when one person bending over another, in order to protect him, so acting on his behalf , in receiving the blow which was aimed at him, and thus suffering in his stead. This is exactly what the Lord Jesus did for the believer. He, the Righteous One, received the punishment due to the unrighteous one on account of his sins.

~F. E. Marsh~

(continued with # 6)

July 24, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Inspiration of Spiritual Initiative


“Arise from the dead …” (Ephesians 5:14)

Not all initiative, the willingness to take the first step, is inspired by God. Someone may say to you, “Get up and get going!” Take your reluctance by the throat and throw it overboard – just do what needs to be done!” That is what we mean by ordinary human initiative. But when the Spirit of God comes to us and says, in effect, “Get up and get going,” suddenly we find that the initiative is inspired.

We all have many dreams and aspirations when we are young, but sooner or later we realize we have no power to accomplish them. We cannot do the things we long to do, so our tendency is to think of our dreams and aspirations as dead. But God comes and say to us, “Arise from he dead …” When God sends His inspiration, it comes to us with such miraculous power that we are able to “arise from the dead” and do the impossible. The remarkable thing about spiritual initiative is that the life and power comes after we “get up and get going.” God does not give us overcoming life – He gives us life as we overcome. When the inspiration of God comes, and He says, “Arise from the dead …,” we have to get ourselves up; God will not lift us up. Our Lord said to the man with the withered hand, “Stretch out your hand” (Matthew 12:13). As soon as the man did so, his hand was healed. But he had to take the initiative. If we will take the initiative to overcome, we will find that we have the inspiration of God, because He immediately gives us the power of life.

~Oswald Chambers~

July 24, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 1 Comment

God’s Will: Less of Me, More of Him


“Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God” (Philippians 1:11)

Some Christian believers seemingly are committed to endless dialogue about the deeper spiritual life, just as though it were some new kind of fun and games.

Actually, many people want to talk about it as a topic but no one seems to want to know and love God for Himself!

When do we learn that God IS the deeper life?

Jesus Christ Himself is the deeper life and as I plunge on into the knowledge of the triune God, my heart moves on into the blessedness of His fellowship.

This means that there is less of me and more of God – thus my spiritual life deepens, and I am strengthened in the knowledge of His will.

I think this is what Paul meant when he penned that great desire. “That I may know Him!” He was expressing more than the desire for acquaintance – he was yearning to be drawn into the full knowledge of fellowship with God which has been provided in the plan of redemption.

God originally created man in His own image so that man could know companionship with God in a unique sense and to a degree which is impossible for any other creature.

Because of his sin, man lost this knowledge, this daily partnership with God, and his heart has been darkened. But God has given sinful man another opportunity in salvation through the merits of a Redeemer, only because he was made in the image of God, and God has expressed His own everlasting love for man through the giving of His Son.

~A. W. Tozer~

July 23, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Discipler’s Manual # 4


Christ bore the Judgment of God against Sin for those who Receive Him as their Substitute; therefore, in Him, they have Died for their Sin.

The three causes of God’s judgment  upon men as sinners, have their counterpart in Christ’s death for sin, for He was judged for what the believer was, as a sinner; for what he did; and for what he failed to do.

1. Christ died for what we were.  We are in ourselves sinners, with a sinful nature, and as such, we must be judged. We read, “God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and by a sacrifice for sin condemned sin in the flesh” (Romans 8:3). Principle Moule renders the latter part of the above verse, and comments upon it as follows: “And as sin-offering,” expiatory and reconciling, “sentenced sin in the flesh”; not pardoned it, observe, but sentenced it. He orders it to execution; He kills ts claim and its power for all who are in Christ.” We know from Scripture statement, that while our actual sins are forgiven for the sake of Christ (Ephesians 1:7; 1 John 2:12), our sinful nature is not forgiven, but judged in His death. This is wondrously and minutely typified in the sin-offering. Let us ponder the following four questions in relation to this aspect of the subject. What was the sin-offering called? Where was the sin-offering taken? What was done with the sin-offering? Who killed the sin-offering?

What was the sin-offering called?  It was called a sin-offering (see Leviticus 4), and it was offered to God for the sin of ignorance. The sin of ignorance was a sin committed through indwelling evil, but the committer was none the less guilty, because he did it unwillingly (Leviticus v. 17). In the Hebrew, the words sin and sin-offering are identical; hence, when we read, “It is a sin-offering,” we might as literally read, “It is sin.” Thus the sin-offering is treated as sin, and judged as sin. This is also true with reference to Christ as the Sin-Offering. He was treated on the Cross, by God in righteousness, as the personification of sin. As Luther says, “He was my sin,” or better, as the Holy Spirit says, “He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Where was the sin-offering taken?  The Scripture says, “The whole bullock shall he carry forth without the camp” (Lev. 4:12). Outside the camp was the place of judgment. it was the place to which the leper was separated (Lev. 13:46), hence Miriam was shut out of the camp for seven days, when she was smitten with leprosy, in consequence of her sin against her brother (Numbers 12:15). The Sabbath-breaker was stoned to death, outside the camp, when he came under the judgment of God, because of his willful transgression of God’s commandment (Num. 15:35, 36). Christ the great Anti-type, when He was judged for our sin, “suffered without the gate” (Hebrews 14:12). Christ, the Spotless One, went to the place of uncleanness, the place of death, the place of judgment, that He might be treated as the transgressor, as the unclean one, and as the sinner. This is clearly stated in God’s Word. In 2 Corinthians v. 21, He is said to be “made sin”, and in Galatians 3:13, He is said to be “made a curse.” The  reference in the last passage of Scripture, is to the judgment of the prodigal and rebellious son, mentioned in Deut. 21:18:23), who, after he had been stoned to death outside the camp, was hanged, and of whom it written, “He that is hanged on a tree is accursed of God”. Such words being associated with Him who died for us, tell us on the one hand what we deserve, and on the other hand the terrible death He underwent. A doctor gives medicine to heal the sick, but Christ took our disease that He might heal us. A man pays a ransom to free a slave, but Christ paid the ransom by becoming a slave, that He might fee us.

What was done with the sin-offering?  “And the skin of the bullock, and all his flesh, with his head, and with his legs, and his inwards, and his dung, even the whole bullock shall he carry forth without the camp, unto a clean place, where the ashes are poured out,and burn him on the wood with fire: where the ashes are poured out shall he be burnt” (Lev. 4:11, 12). These words plainly tell  us the sin-offering was to be utterly consumed, except the fat, etc. (Lev. 4:8-10).

There are two words used in the Book of Leviticus, in speaking of burning, which have  a very different meaning. The word which occurs in Leviticus 1: 9, 13, 15, 17; 2: 2, 9, 12, 16; 3:5, 11, 16; 4:10 means to turn into fragrance by fire; hence, to burn as incense, and this fragrance went up to God as a sweet-smelling  savor. This is typical of Christ in the God-glorifying aspect of His death, as the One in whom the believer is accepted (Eph. 5:2). But the word which is used to describe the burning of the sin-offering outside the camp, means, to consume utterly, and is expressive of God’s judgment against sin, as when we read that the one, who was discovered with the things of Jericho which were devoted to the Lord, should “be burnt with fire, he and all that he hath: because he hath transgressed the covenant of the Lord, and because he hath wrought folly in Israel” (Joshua 7:15).

This word of judgment being associated with the sin-offering, tells out the fact, that Christ has borne the fiery judgment of God against our sinful nature. Mr. B. W. Newton, in speaking of this fact, says: “God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and ‘concerning sin, damned sin in the flesh,’ that is, our indwelling sin. Thus the wrath due to both our sin, and to our sins (I speak of believers) was borne by the Holy One, who Himself had neither sin, nor sins. There it expended itself; there it burned until naught but ashes remained; there faith sees both the sin and the sins of all believers, ended for ever, as regards the judicial estimate of God. We may stand, as it were, by the side of that burning pile. We see the flame fiercely raging in the full intensity of its devouring power; at length, we behold it lessen; at last, flicker and decay, till it smolders among the embers. We may watch the last expiring spark that glimmers there, and when that ends – when nothing but the cold ashes remain – we see an emblem of the relation which the fire of holy wrath bears to all the believing people of God. Its power is expended; it hat burnt itself out; ashes only remain.

Who killed the sin-offering?  The offerer killed the sin-offering. If Leviticus 4 is read, it will be found that four different cases are supposed. But whether it were a priest (verses 3, 4), the whole congregation (verses 27-29), there were three things that had to be done in each case, namely, the offering had to be brought to the door of the tent of the congregation; the offerer had to lay his hands on the head of the offering as identifying himself with it; and he had to kill it himself. All this speaks of a personal need, a personal reliance upon the sacrifice for remittance of sin’s penalty, and a personal act of faith, in taking the knife and plunging it into the animal, which was offered up in the offerer’s stead. In its typical application, we are reminded, by the offerer killing the animal for sacrifice, that it was our personal sin which put the Lord Jesus Christ to death. There is a sense in which the words of Peter may be applied to each and all: Ye “killed the Prince of Life’ (Acts 3:15), for it was our sins which nailed Him to the accursed tree.

 

~F. E. Marsh~

(continued with # 5)

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Man’s Place in God’s Plan


“The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s; but the earth hath He given to the children of men” (Psalm 115:16)

God created heaven as a dwelling for Himself – perfect, glorious, and most holy. The earth He gave to man as his dwelling – everything very good, but only as a beginning with the need of being kept and cultivated. The work God had done, man was to continue and perfect. Think of the iron and the coal hidden away in the earth, of the steam hidden away in the water. It was left to man to discover and to use all this, as we see in the network of railways that span the world and the ships that cover the ocean. God had created all to be thus used. He made the discovery and the use dependent on the wisdom and diligence of man. What the earth is today, with its cities and habitations, with its cornfield and orchards, it owes to man. The work of God had begun and prepared was by man to be carried out in fulfillment of God’s purpose. And so nature teaches us the wonderful partnership to which God calls man for the carrying out of the work of creation to its destined end.

This law holds equally good in the kingdom of grace. In this great redemption God has revealed the power of the heavenly life and the spiritual blessings of which heaven is full. But He has entrusted to His people the work of making these blessings known and making men partakers of them.

What diligence the children of this world show in seeking for the treasures that God has hidden in the earth for their use! Shall not the children of God be equally faithful in seeking for the treasures hid in heaven, to bring them down in blessing on the world? It is by the unceasing intercession of God’s people that His Kingdom will come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Ever blessed Lord, how wonderful is the place Thou hast given man in trusting him to continue the work Thou hast begun. We pray Thee, open our hearts for the great thought that, through the preaching of the Gospel and the work of intercession, Thy people are to work out Thy purpose, Lord, open our eyes – for Jesus’ sake. Amen

~Andrew Murray~

 

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