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

© 2008 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)

January 3, 2009

God’s Purpose in Trials

In Exodus 14 God reveals three reasons why trials come into the lives of His choosen people

  1. He wants all the world to know His glory
  2. To display His character
  3. To reveal our hearts

God is jealous God and there is no cost to great for Him to accomplish His purpose of being glorified by His people.  God’s plan to harden Pharaoh’s heart led Pharaoh to take his people into the sea, to their certain doom.  In God’s wisdom, He knew pharaoh would do this (14:17-18).  Pharaoh was a responsible individual and was not coerced or forced into his actions.  God is glorious and this is a truth He has gone to great lengths to communicate, from allowing Pharaoh and his men to perish in the Red Sea to offering up His only Son on the cross for the sins of all.  God’s purpose for each individual is to glorify Him, let us pray that we glorify Him like the Israelites and not like the Egyptians.

We see a sovereign God at work in this chapter.  Moses sings in Exodus 15 that God is glorious in power (15:6).  He is a God who is awesome in glorious deeds and doing wonder (15:11).  He controls the winds and effortlessly drives the sea back so that the Israelites can pass through (14:21-22).  There is no sign of worry or fear for the Israelites when they are aware of God at work.  God’s power extends past nature man made things as we see him clogging the Egyptian chariots (14:25).  Our best made inventions cannot prevent God’s plan.  The Egyptians were in a state of panic because they chariots and not the Lord.

When the Israelites see the egyptians their immediate reaction is that of unbelief.  God has revealed in their hearts that they had a larger view of the Egyptians instead of Him.  Instead of affirming truth about God, they complained and were more aware of their circumstances of who God is (14:10-12).  Moses on the other hand reminded the people of truth, he gave them advice that we can eve use today.  There is no place for fear, but to stand firm on who God is.  To look to salvation and the hope we have in God.  Let our hearts be still because God is fighting for us and still at work (14:13-14).  The final product of this trial is that the people believed and feared the Lord (14:31).

October 13, 2008

Spurgeon on Psalm 1

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I’ve recently started a read the Bible in a year reading plan.  I’ve never done one before and decided that since I got a new Bible this would be a great one to read through my Bible in a short amount of time and be able to underline passages that I haven’t gotten to yet.  One of the places that today’s reading had me was Psalm 1.  Since I own all three volumes of “The Treasury of David” by Spurgeon, I opted to read what he said about this Psalm and I just want to share it here because it was definitely very edifying to my soul.  The word of Spurgeon are in italics

his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
In the day of his prosperity he sings psalms out of the word of God, and in the night of affliction he comforts himself with promises from the same book…In David’s day how small was the volume of inspiration, for they had scarcely anything save the first five books of Moses!  How more, then should we prize the whole written Word which it is our privilege to have in all our houses!

He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
The rivers of pardon and the rivers of grace, the rivers of promise and the rivers of the communion with Christ, are never failing sources of supply
that yields its fruit in its season,
The man who delights in God’s word, being taught by it, brings forth patience in the time of suffering, faith in the day of trial, and holy joy in the hour of prosperity.
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
But we must not always estimate the fulfillment of a promise by our own eyesight…It is not outward prosperity which the Christian most desires and values; it is soul prosperity which he longs for…As there is a curse wrapped up in the wicked man’s mercies, so there is a blessing concealed in the righteous man’s crosses, losses and sorrows. The trials of the saint are a diving husbandry,by which he grows and brings forth abundant fruit.

Psalm 1:2-3

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