Jottings – Do Not Put Yourself Outside of the Circle of Those Who Crucified Him

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Referring to Isaiah 53:4-6 ~

 

Do not put yourself outside of the circle of those who crucified Him.

 

Beers, Tim. Sermon. North York Gospel Chapel, York, PA. May 31, 2015

 

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Jottings – Our Sins Were the Cause of His Sorrows

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On Matthew 26:47-56 ~

 

We see in these verses the cup of our Lord Jesus Christ’s sufferings beginning to be filled. We see Him betrayed by one of His disciples, forsaken by the rest, and taken prisoner by His deadly enemies. Never surely was there sorrow like His sorrow! Never may we forget… that our sins were the cause of these sorrows! Jesus was ‘delivered for our offenses.’ (Romans 4:25.)

 

J. C. Ryle, Expository Thoughts on Matthew. (New York: Robert Carter & Brothers, 1860), pp. 366f.

 

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Jottings – Man’s Evil And God’s Grace Thoroughly Came Out In The Cross


In the cross I see God humbling Himself—the only One of all greatness making nothing of Himself for my soul—the only One who commands all becoming a servant of the very vilest. A person cannot receive the truth of the cross without having in measure his walk in accordance with the spirit of it. Yet saints of God have regarded the cross, not so much as that power by which the world is crucified unto them and they unto the world, but rather as the remedy by which they are set free from all anxiety, in order to make themselves a comfortable place in the world. The Christian ought to be the happiest of men; but his happiness consists not in what he has here, but in what he knows that he will have with Christ. Meanwhile, our service and obedience are to be formed according to the spirit of the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ. Man’s evil and God’s grace thoroughly came out in the cross; all met there: and it is founded upon this great truth that it is said so often in scripture, ‘The end of all things is at hand;’ because all was brought out in moral ways and in dispensational dealings between God and man.

 

William Kelly, Lectures on the Gospel of Matthew, (London; Glasgow: G. Morrish; R. L. Allan, 1868), p. 342.

 

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Jottings – The Fullness Of The Godhead

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The Cross is indeed the fullness of all wisdom for us. It is the judgment of man; it is the manifestation and glory of God. If we accept it as the setting aside for us of self and all that self can glory in, we shall find that it has set aside at the same time all that would hinder safe and steady progress. Christ is then ours with all His fulness, to draw from for every need that can possibly arise. Take it as the apostle puts it, that ‘in Him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and in Him we are complete’—filled up. Here is the one daily provision to carry with us, but for it the judgment of the Cross must be accepted in its entirety. Then in this Cross Christ is entirely for us,—all that God is as manifested here in Him.

F.W. Grant, The Crowned Christ. Galaxie Software, 2004; p. 92.

 

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Entry Level Theological Truth [37]

“To the woman He said: ‘I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you.’ Then to Adam He said, ‘Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, “You shall not eat of it”: ‘Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.’” Genesis 3:16-19

Rose ThornsThe fall of mankind brought radical consequences to Adam, Eve, and all of their descendents – in essence, every human being who ever existed was affected by it. Some of the reminders of Adam and Eve’s sin targeted their unique roles: the former as the provider and the latter as the mother. Their marital relationship – once meant for companionship and cooperation – now would be subject to strife, as competing desires between the spouses led to friction (Genesis 3:16, the last clause in particular.) Of course, the worst consequence of all was eventual physical and immediate spiritual death, ushered into the world by Adam’s sin (Romams 5:12.)

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Jottings – The Cross

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As long as you live, beware of a religion in which there is not much of the cross. You live in times when the warning is sadly needful. Beware, I say again, of a religion without the cross.

J.C. Ryle, “The Cross of Christ,” in Old Paths: Being Plain Statements of Some of the Weightier Matters of Christianity. London: Charles J. Thynne, 1898, p. 249.

 

 

 

 

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Jottings – The Cross Of Christ

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But oh the profound mystery of the cross! — the glorious mystery of redeeming love I see God Himself taking all my sins… I see Him laying them all upon the head of my blessed Substitute, and dealing with Him about them. I see all the billows and waves of God’s righteous wrath — His wrath against my sins — His wrath which should have consumed my soul and body in hell throughout a dreary eternity; I see them all rolling over the man who stood in my stead; who represented me before God; who bore all that was due to me: with whom a holy God dealt as He should have dealt with me. I see inflexible justice, holiness, truth, and righteousness dealing with my sins, and making a clear and eternal riddance of them.

C. H. Mackintosh, The All-sufficiency of Christ, http://www.stempublishing.com, accessed on April 5, 2012.

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Where Is Your Interest?

A few years ago I was given a new Bible. It’s a devotional Bible for men with stories, analogies and commentaries scattered throughout.   The only problem was that when I saw the translation I was skeptical. The New Living Translation? Wait a minute, isn’t that just a paraphrase?  I have to admit I was disappointed. I was encouraged however, to give it a try. I am so glad that I did.  Do I still study with my trusted NKJV? Yes. Do I still think of verses I have memorized in NKJV? Yes. But the NLT has opened up a whole new enjoyment and appreciation for the Word of God. It has revealed the scriptures in a fresh and tangible way. It has made my daily devotions come alive. Now this post isn’t about Bible translations, and the futile debates over which one is right and wrong can be left for someone else.

One verse that has become so much more meaningful to me since reading it in the NLT is Galatians 6:14, “As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died.” Wow, what a powerful verse and translation of it. It really says it all about how my life should be lived.

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Jottings – Crown and Cross

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What is crown up there is cross down here.

John N Darby. From STEM Publishing, accessed on Nov. 10, 2011

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