“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, July 16, 2012

The old, old story

The final exoneration of the Father hinges upon man’s total recovery from rebellion to obedience to God, and his full restoration, body, mind, and character, into the kingdom of heaven. Today, if man needs peace with God but he does not perfectly obey God’s laws, if he will accept the shame and condemnation that God places upon his conscience through His Spirit, in his humiliation and need he will then be brought to accept God’s only provision for mercy, which is to look at the loss the sinner has cost God—the price of His beloved Son dying because of sin, his sin. There, hanging on the cross before the sinner he will find, not a God cursing him for his life of sin or for making Him die for sinners, like some racous swine sacrifice. Instead, he sees a God fighting to stay alive in order to extend the picture of His love for His own fallen race “unto the end,” (Jn. 13:1) loving and asking His Father forgiveness for every sinner til His very last waking thought, before descending into shock and death. Christ assumed man’s full eternal execution due to his rebellion toward God and His Law, tenderly wooing us back to Himself. In the plainest possible pictorial, His arms opened so widely as to encompass the globe, and inviting the whole of humanity, “God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them.” (2Cor. 5:19). Instead, God imputed our trespasses unto His Son who was treated as sin for us.

God proved, through His divine Ambassador, that He, the great offended One, would accept the whole offensive race. If they come to the cross. At the cross no one is excluded; everyone may come and remain there until they let its message sink in. And anyone, in whom its message of love does sink in, will be immediately transformed into a worthy child of the heavenly family. The omnipotent God powerfully, permanently nailed His Son, like Saul's dead body, as more than a statement of mercy, but of justice as well. Christ on His cross, forever receiving the bolts of God's wrath toward sin, is our only doorway into the kingdom of God. In those bolts we see God's wrath toward the sin in our life, the pestilential self-centeredness we have loved and petted and inculcated into our character.

If we can accept these terms, receiving His mercy while acknowledging His justice, then heaven is ours. If we turn it down because we don't like God's dispensation of justice, then that is indication that rebellion remains in us and eternity is not ours. We must suffer together with the Son, humbled by the mercy and justice streaming from Him, yearning to take stop sinning so that He need not suffer because of us. We must be crucified with Him, even as Abel and others died with every dying and dead lamb. Our pride must endure such suffering that we hate sin for what it has done to God and His beautiful Son. If we suffer together with Them, we shall reign with Them, even in this life.


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