“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
- Name: David
- Location: United States
A person God turned around many times.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014
The mercy of a just God
“And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God,… that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.” (Ex. 34:6,7). “For I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me; and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep My commandments.” (Ex. 20:5,6).
In Paul we see the same bullish sentiment of the Father toward His intelligent creation. “I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to you in heaviness. For if I make you sorry, who is he then that maketh me glad, but the same which is made sorry by me?” (2Cor. 2:1,2).
“So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church.”(Eph. 5:28,29). Incomprehensibly more so, does the Father nourish and cherish His only begotten Son.
Even the holy angels and unfallen worlds needed an intercessor, and the Son had ever been that for them. Even they needed God’s compassion given through His Son, their great High Priest, “who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that He Himself also is compassed with infirmity.” (Heb. 5:2). The Son was in their form; even He was less than the great King. “Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared. Beware of Him, and obey His voice, provoke Him not.” (Ex. 23:20,21).
The Son of God, like His Father and acting in His Father’s behalf, would by no means clear the guilty without their true humility and confession of guilt, and sorrow for their sin. Then, He would be their very merciful High Priest. He must first bring the proud sinner to real conviction. He can admit no leavening of His Father’s kingdom by the deceitful nature of sin that would break out into another plague in heaven as it had on Earth.
In angelic form, the Son identified with His faulty heavenly children, and cared for them and taught them how to be better, as the Father designed it should be. The provision of the Son’s intercession came from His Father’s love for His kingdom. The song of the angelic hosts as they flew around Him was, “But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us…” (Eph. 2:4).
Friday, September 12, 2014
Jesus, the lightning rod of God’s conviction
“As many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (Jn. 1:12,13).
Friday, September 05, 2014
The Mother is the Son
Surely, the scriptures are they which testify of Jesus. “Search the scriptures; for…they are they which testify of Me.” (Jn. 5:39).
In the [future July 13, 2015] post we looked at Eve representing the Son of God. Adam, the king of Earth, was made in the Father’s image; and, Eve, the queen, was made special in the Son’s. If there was ever a Queen of heaven, it would be Jesus. But, this privileged status Satan has usurped for himself and has replaced godly Eve with a prostitute, “the Great Whore”. So, let’s turn away from paganism’s representations of Satan’s kingdom and let’s look at the true greatest of all attractions, the self-sacrificing Son of God through His biblical lessons.
Eve was the mother of all living as the Son made all things, and without Him there was not anything made that was made. As Adam empowered her lifeless eggs, so did the Father empower His Son with creative power and life. “I can of Mine own self do nothing” (Jn. 5:30). “Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of Himself.” (Jn. 5:19).
He breathed the breath of life from His Father, breathing the Holy Spirit into Adam and Eve. “And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost.” (Jn. 20:22). “For as the Father hath life in Himself; so hath He given to the Son to have life in Himself.” (Jn. 5:26). “He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” (1Jn. 5:12).
Eve’s characteristics perfectly resembled the Son of God in every way. In the garden, hers would have been the pure joy of birthing her children, as likewise, nothing had given the Son greater joy than to mold Adam from the ground and to form Eve from his rib. But, after sin, outside of paradise, both Eve and the Son would greatly multiply their sorrow in delivering the children of their love.
“Unto the woman He said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children.” (Gen. 3:16). To give us the second birth, the Son of God, the Mother of all living, must also experience multiplied sorrow as He faced the full wrathful disposition of God against the sin controversy and the disloyalty of His most precious human race. He greatly multiplied His Son’s sorrow in order to prove His Son’s already infinite love for fallen mankind and thus make Him more than fit to be our eternal intercessor against all the indefatigable efforts of Satan to keep us lost under his dominion.
“Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows…. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He hath put Him to grief: when Thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand. He shall see of the travail of His [Son’s] soul, and shall be satisfied: by His knowledge shall My righteous Servant justify many; for He shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong; because He hath poured out His soul unto death: and He was numbered with the transgressors; and He bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” (Isa. 53:4,10-12).
For His release from impenetrable upset against sin and sinners that raged in His heart, God provided His own way of escape, a loophole from Lucifer’s legal machinations. His Son must assume their full liability. “He said, Surely they are My people, children that will not lie: so He was their Saviour.” (Isa. 63:8). Through God’s just plan, nothing Satan would say could ever remove the Son’s right to represent them before God. Once His plan was fulfilled, God’s disturbed mind toward Adam and his race was finally resolved. He had His precious children again, and their dangerous adversary was worsted beyond repair.
“He shall see of the travail of His soul, and shall be satisfied.” In Rachel’s death we see a figure of Christ’s travail and hard labor for our redemption. The wife of Jacob’s deep love died in order to give him a son. First the babe was named Benoni, “the son of my sorrow”; but, after birth he became Benjamin, “the son of my right hand”. “And they journeyed from Bethel; and there was but a little way to come to Ephrath: and Rachel travailed, and she had hard labour. And it came to pass, when she was in hard labour, that the midwife said unto her, Fear not; thou shalt have this son also. And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Benoni: but his father called him Benjamin. And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem.” (Gen. 35:16-19). The death of the beloved mother was the birth of her son; her life lost for his. Likewise, the Son of God in order to give us the second birth.
In many ways we see Jesus through His wonderful female creation. When the woman is of age, something in her longs to be married and she looks forward to the man who will give her a family. Normally, once married she immediately begins to build a nest and a gaggle of kids. How tenderly does she watch over her little ones and feed them with life and love. Unless they are predisposed otherwise, they respond in kind—always. God made the children to respond to love and affection. And, unless her sinfulness or that of her husband damages her love, she pours out herself for her family and enjoys the greatest peace God could ever design. Greater love has no one than this.
Albeit, she paid a price to have all this love and comfort, and soon she is the center of her little family, closer to the children than her husband is. And, as much as the children do, she is loved by her husband the same. “The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her.” (Prov. 31:11). Here we see the Son, the center of the kingdom of heaven.
So the woman ends up the happiest person in the family, getting love and affection from both sources, her husband and her children. She gets the best arrangement! Who wouldn’t envy her position in life? The father goes to work or works in the field, surrounded by business or manual labor, white collar workers or blue collar workers. They don’t love him; they expect him to work. And of course, he is naturally bent to work hard. So everyone at work is copasetic.
But, the mother who stays home has all day to love the children, and her husband also when he comes home. The deeper her family’s affection and attention and intimacy to her, the happier she gets and reflects all that love again back to them. She can never get enough love. Her heart is a bottomless pit for love. She wants her family together, especially at night before she can rest. She worries about them and waits up late until her babies come home.
She craves acceptance. All the children crave it as well; and she is like them in that respect. But, unlike theirs, her craving started as a child and has only increased during the years. She is all about love and acceptance and relationship. All that she really needs is to be accepted by her loved ones. She doesn’t ask for pay to spill blood, sweat, and tears for them; all that she want is just inexpensive love.
The more acceptance she receives, the more she loves to serve. In her heart, Acceptance = Willingness to serve. Acceptance X 10 = Willingness to please X 10. Acceptance10 = (Happiness + service)10. The equation of her love response is as unbendable as the laws of mathematics.
Give her enough love and she will do supernatural things. I heard of a mother picking up the corner of a car to save her child who was pinned underneath. The strain on her body was probably like having another childbirth; but she got her baby; and that’s all that mattered to that woman.
Give a mother love and she is the happiest person in the family. And that is as it should be because she is like the Son, the Mother of all living by whom “were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth,” for “without Him was not any thing made that was made.” (Col. 1:16;Jn. 1:3). As every mother can’t get enough love from her life-mate and her children, so does the Son of God, who loved His Father and us with an everlasting love. “The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” (Jer. 31:3). Through a continuous stream of millions of mothers since the dawning of time, love and self-sacrifice have broken out in a blessing to all mankind, the world round.
In every mother we see the Son of God. His Father surrounded Him with love. Constant was and is and ever will be the love from His Father. And after diffusing His Father’s infinite and never-ending life and love to the inhabited worlds throughout immensity, the innumerable inhabitants echo back to the Son an accumulated appreciation and love that strives to reciprocate with the Father. So, like the earthly mothers, the Son gets love from both directions.
In the heavenly courts, in His ministry for all created beings: through the beloved Son, the Father’s life flows out to all; through the Son it returns, in praise and joyous service, a tide of love, to the great Source of all. And thus through Christ the circuit of beneficence is complete, representing the character of the great Giver, the law of life. Desire of Ages, p. 21.
Prior to the emergence of the great controversy into His heavenly home life, He thrilled under such blessed conditions. The affection of His Father and His creation was what He lived for. He was their perfect mediator with the infinite Father. Creation was His constant concern and the object of His heartaches. He ever lived to make intercession for them.
But, the time came when the Mother of all living came to Earth, made of a woman. The Lord Jesus, Son of Mary, the Messiah.
“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (Isa. 9:6).
Now, the Son of God, the Mother of all living who, through eternity past had prefigured Eve and every mother, beams with joy in anticipation that the great controversy is almost finished and the original arrangement of double love can be restored. “And I saw another mighty Angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon His head, and His face was as it were the sun.” (Rev. 10:1).
And His prayer before His Father: