Bought by the Blood

April 17, 2012

The Glorification of God and the Humility of Man

All we have we have from God as the fountain, and in and through Christ as the channel of conveyance. He is made of God to us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption: all we need, or can desire. We are foolishness, ignorant and blind in the things of God, with all our boasted knowledge; and he is made wisdom to us. We are guilty, obnoxious to justice; and he is made righteousness, our great atonement and sacrifice. We are depraved and corrupt; and he is made sanctification, the spring of our spiritual life; from him, the head, it is communicated to all the members of his mystical body by his Holy Spirit. We are in bonds, and he is made redemption to us, our Saviour and deliverer. Observe, Where Christ is made righteousness to any soul, he is also made sanctification. He never discharges from the guilt of sin, without delivering from the power of it; and he is made righteousness and sanctification, that he may in the end be made complete redemption, may free the soul from the very being of sin, and loose the body from the bonds of the grave: and what is designed in all is that all flesh may glory in the Lord. Observe, It is the will of God that all our glorifying should be in the Lord: and, our salvation being only through Christ, it is thereby effectually provided that it should be so. Man is humbled, and God glorified and exalted, by the whole scheme.

-Matthew Henry on 1 Corinthians 1

God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

(1 Corinthians 1:28-31 ESV)

Hallelujah! All I have is Christ
Hallelujah! Jesus is my life

Now, Lord, I would be Yours alone
And live so all might see
The strength to follow Your commands
Could never come from me
Oh Father, use my ransomed life
In any way You choose
And let my song forever be
My only boast is You”

“All I Have Is Christ” by Jordan Kauflin

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July 12, 2011

Your Gospel Is Too Small

A gospel which is only about the moment of conversion but does not extend to every moment of life in Christ is too small. A gospel that gets your sins forgiven but offers no power for transformation is too small. A gospel that isolates one of the benefits of union with Christ and ignores all the others is too small. A gospel that must be measured by your own moral conduct, social conscience, or religious experience is too small. A gospel that rearranges the components of your life but not put you personally in the presence of God is too small.

-The Deep Things of God, by Fred Sander

February 22, 2010

Holiness Is The Means To Happiness

“Chosen – that we should be holy; not because he foresaw they would be holy, but because he determined to make them so.  All who are chosen to happines as the end are chose to holiness as the means.  Their sanctification, as well as their salvation, is the result of the counsels of divine love.” – Matthew Henry

February 8, 2010

Experiencing Sanctification

Sanctification means to be intensely focused on God’s point of view. It means to secure and to keep all the strength of our body, soul, and spirit for God’s purpose alone. Are we really prepared for God to perform in us everything for which He separated us? And after He has done His work, are we then prepared to separate ourselves to God just as Jesus did? “For their sakes I sanctify Myself . . .” ( John 17:19 ). The reason some of us have not entered into the experience of sanctification is that we have not realized the meaning of sanctification from God’s perspective. Sanctification means being made one with Jesus so that the nature that controlled Him will control us. Are we really prepared for what that will cost? It will cost absolutely everything in us which is not of God…The resounding evidence of the Holy Spirit in a person’s life is the unmistakable family likeness to Jesus Christ, and the freedom from everything which is not like Him. Are we prepared to set ourselves apart for the Holy Spirit’s work in us?

via The Cost of Sanctification – My Utmost For His Highest.

February 7, 2010

Refiner’s Fire

The altar means fire – burning and purification and insulation for one purpose only, the destruction of every affinity that God has not started and of every attachment that is not an attachment in God. You do not destroy it, God does; you bind the sacrifice to the horns of the altar; and see that you do not give way to self-pity when the fire begins. After this way of fire, there is nothing that oppresses or depresses. When the crisis arises, you realize that things cannot touch you as they used to do. What is your way of fire?

Tell God you are ready to be offered, and God will prove Himself to be all you ever dreamed He would be.

via Oswald Chambers’ “My Utmost For His Highest”: February 6th..

December 29, 2009

Character Vs. Comfort

Filed under: communion with God,Francis Chan,Sanctification,trials — cubsfan1980 @ 12:14 pm

In a recent sermon by Francis Chan he is talking about character qualities that are born by the Spirit’s work in us and he makes the convicting statement that we are too often more concerned with our circumstances that we are with our character.  He then goes on to this present this scenario that really challenges us on where our hopes and desires are.

2010 is coming up.  Let’s say, Jesus came in the room today and said, “2010 is coming, I’m going to give you an option. Plan A or Plan B.

Plan A: I can make 2010 a very easy and comfortable year for you.  Everything will go your way.  You want a great marriage, it will be there.  If you’re not married, the perfect mate will come.  You want a new job where you make three times as much as last year, you will get it.  You want everyone in your family not to get sick, you don’t want to get sick and have a six-pack, it will all supernaturally happen.  It is all going to be there.  At the end of the year you won’t be any stranger then in 2009.  You’re not going to be any closer to me, we won’t be any more intimate.  But it will have been a fun year.

Plan B: I am going to have you go through some hardships and it won’t be an easy year.  But during those times you and I are going to grow so close.  You will experience me like never before.  At the end of the year you will be this man or woman that is so far beyond where you are today.  You will have a steadfastness and strength you have never had before.  I am going to get you through it, but it will be tough.”

Which plan will you choose?

-Francis Chan

December 1, 2009

Prayer for Sanctification

Oh God my Father
You are my rock and salvation.
I run to you as my refuge and stronghold.
You have delivered me from sin and death
And provide a shield against satan’s attacks.
In you I find my life,
So I continually cry to you.
You are strong and might to save.
I praise you for you are faithful
And have never failed me.
You have chosen to delight in me.
This is a mystery of mysteries.
Fill me with your Spirit so I can live blameless and pure.
Enlarge my heart so I can receive your word.
I want to know your word and live by it
Because it is perfect as you are perfect.
Only by your grace am I made strong.
Without your goodness and support I can achieve nothing.
Help me to trust you more,
My desire is to experience more of your nearness.

November 20, 2009

J.C. Ryle on the secret of Spiritual Prosperity

Filed under: communion with God,grace,J.C. Ryle,Sanctification — cubsfan1980 @ 6:09 am
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All that believers have is undoubtedly of grace.  Their repentance, faith, and holiness are all the gift of God.  But the degree to which a believer attains in grace, is ever set before us as closely connected with his own diligence in the use of means, and his own faithfulness in living fully up to the light and knowledge which he possesses…Attention to this great principle is the main secret of spiritual prosperity.  The man who makes rapid progress in spiritual attainments — who grows visibly in grace, and knowledge, and strength, and usefulness — will always be found to  be a diligent man.  He leaves no stone unturned to promote his soul’s well-doing.  He is diligent over his Bible, diligent in his private devotions, diligent as a hearer of sermons, diligent in his attendance at the Lord’s table. And he reaps according as he sows.  Just as the muscles of the body are strengthened by regular exercise, so are the graces of the the soul increased by diligence in using them…the more we do for our souls, the mow shall we find God does for them.

-J.C. Ryle

November 9, 2009

My Grace is sufficient for you

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. – 2 Corinthians 12:9

“God never allows pain without a purpose in the lives of His children.  He never allows satan, nor circumstances, nor any ill-intending person to afflict us unless He uses that affliction for our good.  God  never wastes pain.  He always causes it to work together for ultimate good, the good of conforming us more the the likeness of His Son (see Romans 8:28-29)…In this passage, God equates  His grace with His power as specifically displayed in our weakness.  This power infusing our weakness is a  concrete expression of His grace: His power comes to our aid through the ministry of His Spirit in our lives.  This is the mysterious operation of the Holy Spirit on our human spirit through which He strengthens us and enables us to meet in a Godly fashion whatever circumstances we encounter.
Notice I said that the Holy Spirit strengthens us and enables us to meet in a godly fashing whatever circumstances cross our paths.  God’s grace is not given to make us feel better, but to glorify Him.  Modern society’s subtle, underlying agenda is good feelings.  We want the pain to go aways.  We want to feel  better in difficult situations, but God wants us to glorify Him in those circumstances.  Good feelings may come, or they may not, but that is not the issue.  The issue is whether or not we honor God by the way we respond to our circumstances.  God’s grace – that is the enabling power of the Holy Spirit – is given to help us respond in such a way…
John Blanchard said, ‘So he [God]supplies perfectly measured grace to meet the needs of the godly.  For daily needs there is daily grace; for sudden needs, sudden grace; for overwhelming need, overwhelming grace.  God’s grace is given wonderfully, but not wastefully; freely but not foolishly; bountfiully but not blindly.” Jerry Bridges.

October 23, 2009

Double Dose of Fridays Are For Fathers

If there was a parenting manual this would be in chapter one.  This is only an excerpt, but I’d highly recommend the rest, especially if you’ve ever been discouraged in your inability to fulfill your role as a parent.

I have a confession to make. Parenting is the hardest, most humbling task I have to do. If ever I think I have already obtained the goal of the upward call in Christ Jesus, parenting helps me realize how far I have yet to go. While parenting our daughters, my shortcomings are magnified and my sins exposed. However, I want to suggest that parenting can and should be a means of our sanctification. Allow me to share some thoughts on why the humility of parenting is of great benefit to us.

Parenting exposes the progress of our sanctification. Before we ever teach our children the truth of who God is for us in Christ, we will be declaring our faith as we live it out before them. Our children are watching us, noticing our hypocrisies, lies, abuses, speech and conduct. Parenting is so hard and humbling because our family observes us when we respond to the difficulties of life, when we have conflict with our spouse and when we have conflict with one another. It is at home where living in light of the gospel counts the most, but for too many this is where it matters the least. Let us make it a priority to grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ so that we may live holy lives before our family. May we as parents provide a picture of the gospel at home.

Parenting helps us better understand and apply the gospel. Unfortunately, much parenting has behavior modification as its ultimate goal. If this is the case with our parenting, we will necessarily be instilling in our children a works-righteousness mentality – “do this, and/or you’ll get this.” I do not mean to imply that we should not hold our children to a biblical standard or that we should not discipline our children when they transgress God’s standard. My point is simply that keeping commandments is not the ultimate goal of parenting. The ultimate aim of parenting is that our children would “set their hope in God” (Psalm 78:7) or as Paul says, that our children would become “wise for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ” (2 Timothy 3:15).

You can read the rest at The Humility of Parenting – The Gospel Coalition Blog.

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