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I CORINTHIANS 12? The subject, which the apostle covers in this chapter, was one most deeply needed at that time by the Corinthian saints, and is still much needed today. There is no greater forgetfulness of any part of the truth of God amongst Christians, than as to their great need of the Holy Spirit on the one hand, and as to God’s great gift of Him on the other. Here we have the truth of the church viewed as that to which God had given the Spirit of “power” (1 Cor. 12) of “love” (1 Cor. 13), and of the “sound mind” that should be shown (1 Cor. 14). The Spirit of power was there; but, whatever the energy He works in, the Holy Spirit has in no way set aside responsibility. Man cannot understand this. A divine person, His office is to be here, that He might be in the saints, the dwelling of God, and that they should have therefore an infinite resource; but, at the same time, not so that the might of the almighty Spirit of God could not be thwarted and hindered.
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Every true believer in Christ has two natures. The first is what he or she possesses as a child of Adam - it is a nature shared by all. The second is that divine life which we now possess as children of God. These are sometimes referred to as our old and new natures - one comes with natural birth, the other with new birth. This subject is not an academic one. If we do not understand that we, as believers, possess a new nature, and that our old nature is dead in God's sight, it will result in a frustrating struggle. Throughout the history of Christianity many a saint has sought to subdue the flesh and eradicate sin, not understanding that it is altogether done with in God's sight, and that he or she can live in the good of a new nature and the power of the Holy Spirit.
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“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
Acts 4:12
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“Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it.”
Song of Solomon 8:7
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Those whom the Lord calls and uses in His service are those who have willingly yielded themselves to Him as His bondmen. They are freedmen; but more than that, they are bondmen....The great fact is that the power of His love makes us willing servants.
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There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it. Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man. (Eccl. 9:14-15)
Ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye through His poverty might be rich. (2 Cor. 8:9)
Rich in glory, Thou didst stoop;
Thence is all Thy people’s hope;
Thou wast poor, that we might be
Rich in glory, Lord, with Thee.
When we think of love like this,
Joy and shame our hearts possess;
Joy, that Thou couldst pity thus;
Shame, for such returns from us.
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Growing in Grace
“Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer … So will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish” (Esther 4:15-16).
Esther is another very interesting book of the Bible, and shows how the Lord preserves and cares for His people, even when they are in a foreign land, and perhaps are not honoring Him as they should. The book of Esther takes place during the reign of king Ahasuerus, whose real name was Xerxes. He reigned from 485 B.C. to 474 B.C., so the book of Esther took place some years before we read about Ezra and Nehemiah.
Esther was a young girl whose parents had died, and a relative named Mordecai had adopted her as his own daughter. They did not live in the land of Israel, but lived in the Persian empire, where their ancestors had been taken by Nebuchadnezzar. She was apparently a very attractive girl, and eventually the Persian king Ahasuerus chose her for his queen. This was of course quite a wrong thing for a Jewess to do, for they were not to marry outside of the people of Israel. This is probably the reason that the name of God is not mentioned in the whole book of Esther, but we certainly see God working on behalf of His people.
A man named Haman was a high official in the Persian government, and he did not like Mordecai, nor did he like the Jews as a people. He wanted to get rid of them all, and persuaded the king to kill all the Jews on a certain day. Mordecai appealed to Esther to go to the king, and to ask him to do something about this. However, it was against the law for anyone, even the queen, to go into the king’s presence without being invited. The king might welcome someone who came in, but he also might execute them, if he decided he did not like their coming in to disturb him. But Esther decided to go in, and to trust the Lord as to the king’s reaction.
I will not tell you the rest of the story, but read it for yourself in the book of Esther. It is all very interesting, and remarkable how the Lord used Esther to deliver the Jews from harm. Also, let us remember that the Lord can, and does, still work today on behalf of you and me, to protect us.
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What profit is there of circumcision? (Romans 3:1)
Much every way.1 – Circumcise yourselves to the Lord, and take away the foreskins of your heart.2 – If … their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept of the punishment of their iniquity: then will I remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember.3
Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers.4 – In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ.5 – You, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses.6
Put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and … put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness.7
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Comfort of the Scriptures
“As often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord’s death till He come” (1 Cor. 11:26).
When we partake of the Lord’s supper, as every true believer in Christ is privileged to do, it presents to us a backward look at “the Lord’s death” and a forward look for His appearing, for we “eat this bread, and drink this cup ... till He come.” It also gives us an inward look, for “let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.” There is nothing either miraculous or mysterious about the Lord’s supper. It “shows,” that is, by it we “declare,” we “preach,” we “speak of” His “death till He come.” It is a simple continuation of what our Lord did on the night before the cross, when He “took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is My body. And He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; for this is My blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” We take the Lord’s supper, not because it has merit, but because we love Him who said, “This do in remembrance of Me.” We look back and remember that “the Son of God ... loved me, and gave Himself for me,” we look ahead to the time when “we shall see Him as He is,” and we look into our hearts and pray, “Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.”
We gather around His table
To remember His work for us;
We look forward to His coming,
And back to His work on the cross.
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