Wednesday, March 30, 2016

PSALM 51 continued...

Addie and Ezra with Aunt Jamie on their fifth birthday:
Put your happy face on Ezra!
My little twins' fifth birthday was on Easter this year, but my grandson was not happy sitting through a service.  He finally got up from the pew in the middle of the service and declared loudly, "I quit!" and marched out.
Many are likewise petulant adults who walk away from our Savior with an attitude of "I quite!" when we have been given every opportunity for the gift of grace, a gift that is free, but costly.  It is not just the outward trappings of the sin which so easily entangles us," (Hebrews 12:1), but it is the carnal mind which is enmity against God.

"Behold, I was shapen in iniquity (KJV)
Behold I was brought forth in iniquity (NASV)
("I was brought forth from the womb" from the original) ;
and in sin did my mother conceive me.
(verses 5)

"A genuine penitent will hide nothing of his state;
he sees and bewails not only the acts of sin which he has committed,
but the disposition that led to those acts...The light that shines into his soul,
shews him the very source whence transgression proceeds:
he sees his fallen nature, as well as his sinful life;
he asks pardon for his transgressions,--
and he asks washing and cleansing for his inward defilement."
(Adam Clarke)


As we see here, Christ's sacrifice was not only for our sins, but for our Sin, our sin nature.  If the Son of God was sacrificed so sorrowfully in all its terrible torture,
Would God only do a partial work in our lives?
Only forgive our acts of sin and yet leave our sin nature in tact?

"Thanks be to God, through Jesus Christ our Lord!
So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God,
but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus
has set you free from the law of sin and of death.
For what the Law could not do,
weak as it was through the flesh, God did:
sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh
and as an offering for sin,
He condemned sin in the flesh,
in order that the requirement of the Law
might be fulfilled in us,
who do not walk according to the flesh,
but according to the Spirit."
(Romans 7:25-8:1-4)

What God requires, He provides:
Pardon, Cleansing, Empowering
to live a life free from Sin.

"Behold, Thou dost desire truth
in the innermost being,
And in the hidden part Thou wilt make me know wisdom."
(verse 6)

For not only were we conceived in sin,
but Truth was interwoven in there as well
to speak into our lives the breath of God, His wisdom:
we were never left alone in our sin.

This is what is known as the hidden man of the heart...
"but let it be the hidden person of the heart,
with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit,
which is precious in the sight of God."
(I Peter 3:4)

So, don't quit, don't walk out on God's grace.
The difference in those who make it in this Christian life and the ones who don't,
is that the ones who make it, don't quit.

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