“Oh, the unspeakable greatness of that exchange,—the Sinless One is condemned, and he who is guilty goes free; the Blessing bears the curse, and the cursed is brought into blessing; the Life dies, and the dead live; the Glory is whelmed in darkness, and he who knew nothing but confusion of face is clothed with glory.” Trailady

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Monday, October 31, 2011

The vacuum of God’s self

The Son of God not only has revealed His Father’s emptiness of self in His incarnation, ministry, and death, but, as Creator, He also built it into nature.

In the vastness of the universe, decorated by the innumerable galaxies and stars throughout, we can begin to comprehend the beauty of our God. And what do we see filling all the vast void between the cosmic decorations? Vacuum, perfect 0 Hg vacuum. In this we see what is left of our Creator after providing life and power to the immense universe. Every planet has pressure given to it to contain its atmosphere. All that God provides for His creation leaves Him with nothing left for Himself. In order to provide for the life of His creatures, all the virtue and life that leaves Him for their sake saps Him of His life.

Yet to die, for His children is His life. To see and hear their thankfulness keep Him going. With infinite pleasure He inhabits the praises of His kingdom.

Being recipients of His eternal giving we are disciples of His selflessness. We are to receive of His and show it to others. We must keep our eyes fixed on His emptying of self, and thus be driven to live free from sin, which is the categorical title of all self-focus.

His patience toward our many flaws gives us inspiration to suffer long toward others’ short-comings. His forbearance and grace, if we behold Him, will work in us His good pleasure to others. But if we don’t watch the Master at work, no amount of our own ethics and morality can substitute for that which comes to us by seeing and studying His selfless love and imitating Him.

His righteousness, vacant of self, His lowliness filled with redeeming love becomes our modis operandi. Entranced by His matchless charms, our whole nature is transformed. “And the roof of thy mouth like the best wine for my beloved, that goeth down sweetly, causing the lips of those that are asleep to speak.” (Song 7:9). We are possessed by His righteousness, His prisoners captivated by His love. “By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if ye have love one to another.” (Jn. 13:35).

“If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.” (1Jn. 1:7). By working out what He works in, by acting for Him, being His healing hands and traveling feet, His rich character more and more appears desirable; His loving heart slowly takes the place of our infirmed character. Through His possession of our heart and soul He impants His mind in ours, thought by thought, feeling by feeling, motive by motive, from faith to faith.

As we add to faith virtue, and to virtue knowledge, to knowledge temperance, to temperance patience, to patience godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity, we will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

And in the selflessness we imitate from the Father we will find life to make perfect sense. We will all view all of our trials as challenges to see the Father’s character anew. All the difficult self-sacrifices we will welcome as friends and teachers sent from our God through His Son. Christ is worthy to receive honor and glory and power because He turned us around from our path of sure destruction through our selfishness. No one else could do it, except Him and His cross.

Through His cross and our cross we become trees planted together beside a great confluence, our leaf never withers, we bear fruit in abundance and whatever we do prospers.

We have found the key of wisdom and knowledge and life.


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