October 12, 2014
God freely offered three gifts to the fallen AIDS infected pastor in Montgomery.
Salvation comes through receiving the blood atonement of Jesus Christ; thereby making the new creation acceptable by birth into the household of God.
Christ has made peace by the blood of His cross. God preaches peace by Jesus Christ. “Being justified by faith, we have peace with God.”
Power comes from the indwelling Holy Spirit, sent from above after Jesus Christ sat down at the right Hand of God.
All Three are gifts. With all three is provided the proper life energy for successful living.
When salvation alone is received and applied as a free gift from Christ leaving the other two to self-occupation, disaster is the harvest of the planted seed. Such action is most common among those who thank God for salvation, but go on after salvation by means of their own power. “Let me do it.”
If you ask us what gives us true settled peace, we reply, “Believing in Jesus.” ”Believing in Him that justifieth the ungodly.” ”Believing in Him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead.” Read Romans 3 and 4. This takes us clean out of ourselves, and this is just what you want.
Two things are certain and cannot be avoided. Death and judgment.
Hebrews 9:27 (KJV) “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”
2 Corinthians 5:10 (KJV) “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”
Revelation 20:12 (KJV) “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.”
The saved appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ.
The never spiritually-born appear some thousand years later before the Great Whit Throne Judgment.
Why have you fallen away? Why have you gone back? Why have you been drawn into worse sins since your conversion than ever you committed before? Because you have never really laid hold of Christ as your true ground of peace, as the One who is made of God unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption. If He were a covering for your eyes and an object for your heart; if each redeemed were occupied with Him and not with oneself, each redeemed would have victory over their lusts, passions, tempers and tendencies; over habits, influences and circumstances. In short, to be occupied with Christ by the Holy Spirit is not only the true foundation of peace, but also the secret of strength and victory, and of all real progress in holiness.
Here is precisely where so many go astray. They are occupied with themselves — their conversion and its evidences, their experiences, what they have passed through, and the like. They take comfort from their likings and dis-likings, from their loving what they once hated and hating what they once loved; all of which, though real enough in themselves, are not the ground of peace, the secret of liberty or the source of true spiritual power. These latter you must seek in Christ alone. The moment you take your eye off Him, you lose peace and power. “Looking off unto Jesus” must be the motto from the starting-post right onward to the goal. May God's Spirit make all this most real and precious to your soul!
Today, find the peace of God and then you can have Peace with God. When the zipper to your heart is re-opened, it is then too late to change the locks and passwords, but not too late to find the peace of god. 1 John 1:9 (KJV) “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Receive all three, then go and sin no more. The spiritual creation cannot sin and cannot die. Why run errands for a corpse destined to reap what it has sown? Leave the old ever-present Adamic-nature dead where God placed it, crucified at the Cross of Christ.