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The Wednesday Word: Purchased!

“Forasmuch as you know that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (1 Peter 1:18:-19).

Among the many and varied meanings of redemption in the Old Testament is the idea of making a purchase. They are one and the same. In Leviticus 25, for example, we read of how people, upon getting into financial difficulty, could sell themselves as slaves to pay their debts. They could then, at a later date, buy themselves back or if unable to do so, a near relation, a kinsman, could pay for them. In other words, they could be redeemed.

Some years ago, a young teenage girl lay on her death bed. The poor child was, understandably, concerned about her soul. Looking at her grieving mother she said, “Mum, let me ask you a question. When you pay the money for a dress or goods of any kind, haven’t you a right to take your purchases home with you?”

“But of course.”

The dying girl’s eyes seemed to lighten up and sparkle, and she said, “This is good news, really good news, I´ve been thinking a lot about this. According to the Bible, Christ bought me at Calvary. He bought me with an enormous price. He actually bought me with His own blood. This, therefore, must mean that He has the right to take me home. He´ll not leave me behind like a discarded shoe.”

The grieving mother was momentarily stunned, then quietly bowed her head, and answered, ” Yes my darling, Jesus has purchased you. He now owns you, and, when He is ready, He will take you home to be with Him forever.”

I love that! Believers are bought and paid for. We are already redeemed. We are already purchased with a price, the price of God´s own blood (Acts 20:28).

Do you know what we have been redeemed from? We´ve been redeemed from all iniquity (Titus 2:14). That´s excellent news!

We were slaves to death, darkness and the devil but we have been bought and brought back by the Lord Jesus.

Do you know what He redeemed us with? He redeemed us with His precious blood the precious blood of Christ (1 Peter 1:18-19).

Precious blood was used to buy us. When something is precious, it´s scarce. Oceans of blood have flowed through the centuries but none of it purchased even one of us. Great armies have spilt countless gallons of blood but not one soul was redeemed by it. But when Christ arrived, His blood was pure, precious and perfect. At Calvary, He poured out His blood to purchase us. He´ll, therefore, take care of His purchased possession.

Do you know unto whom, we have been redeemed? He redeemed us unto Himself (Titus 2:14).

Redeemed From, Redeemed With and Redeemed Unto!

What a stunning redemption!

How striking, therefore, to remember that we are not our own but are bought with a price. We are to, therefore, glorify God in our bodies, and spirits, which are God’s.”

And that´s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com  

The Wednesday Word: Questions I’d like to Ask, and Answers I’d Love to Receive

Each week I try to give you, my reader, some aspect or other of the gospel. The reason for doing this is my desire to be a part of a large company of believers, worldwide, grounded and established in the Finished Work of Jesus. Today is check-up day. I would, therefore, like to ask you some basic, yet profound, questions and give you the kind of gospel-based answers I would love to hear.

Here goes!

Q) Do you see yourself as being a sinner, deserving of God’s punishment, but do you also see that Jesus is your living, loving Saviour?

A) Yes, I see that outside of Christ I’m an entirely lost, ungodly sinner in the Lord’s sight. I also see that, in myself, I am utterly helpless, lost and in need of His grace and mercy (Ephesians 2:12-13).

Q) Is there anything else you’d like to add to this answer?

A) Yes, I believe that Jesus loves me, that He gave Himself for me, and died for me on the cross, bearing my sins, and God’s judgment of them (Ephesians 2:3-4).

Q) Is salvation personal for you?

A) Yes, He died for me.

Me, the sinner.

It’s personal!

Me, the guilty one.

It’s personal!

Me, the unjust one.

It’s personal!

Me, the helpless one.

It’s personal!

He was wounded for my transgressions.

It’s personal!

He was bruised for my iniquities.

It’s personal!

The chastisement of my peace was upon Him.

It’s personal!

And with His stripes I am healed.

It’s personal!

My sins were transferred to Jesus and they are gone forever.

In short, He died for me in particular (see Romans 5:12; Ephesians 4:18; Isaiah 53: 4-6; Galatians 2:20)).

Q) So, how many of your sins did Jesus bear on the cross?

A) All of them (1 Peter 2:24).

Q) Since He died, for all your sins, how many sins do you suppose He forgives you of today now that you believe in and on Him?”

A) I believe He has forgiven all my sins, every one of them. He forgave everything at the cross. All was settled 2000 years ago at Calvary. It is written, “In whom, we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace’ (Ephesians 1:7). So according to this scripture, in Christ, I already have forgiveness of sins. My sins have already been punished on Christ. My sins have already been blotted out and forgiven through Christ and His finished work. True, I confess my sins when I commit them but that is a matter of maintaining and enjoying fellowship with God.

Q) How do you know that Jesus died for your sins?

A) Because He rose from the dead (Romans 4:25).

Q) Do you have eternal life?

A) Yes, Jesus gave it to me (John 10:28). Also, John 6:47 says, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believes on Me has everlasting life.”

Q) Where is the Lord Jesus now?

A) He is risen from the dead and is now in Glory. He is the enthroned One (Hebrews 10:12). The man of Gethsemane, the man of Calvary, the man of the tomb, is now risen from the dead, and has gone to Heaven from where He now rules with cosmic authority and from where He will one day soon return (Revelation 1:7).

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com 

The Wednesday Word: No Worries!

December 30, 2020 Leave a comment

“Be careful (anxious) for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God and the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

What a wonderful scripture. It’s a pity that we so often don’t believe it is there. An epidemic of worry and anxiety seems to have invaded the homes and hearts of numerous believers. Many followers of the Lord are now having sleepless nights and anxious days.

The word ‘careful’ is also translated “worry.” Worry, according to the dictionary definition, means “to slay, kill or injure by biting and shaking the throat” (as a dog or wolf does), from Old English ‘wyrgan’ “to strangle.

‘Strangle!’ That’s what worry does to our faith.

But consider the Lord Jesus, He could have worried about the Pharisees or Herod or the Sadducees or Judas Iscariot or others of the disciples. He could have worried about any number of things, but instead He prayed about everything and worried about nothing. Think of the buildup to Calvary. He knew what He was going to face on the cross, but He prayed to His Father saying, “not my will, but thine be done.”

The letter to the Philippians, from where we get our text, is one of the most practical letters in the New Testament. Our verse says,” Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God …. (Philippians 4:6-7). That’s as good a picture of Christ’s prayer life as we will ever get.

Likewise, we are to worry about nothing; pray about everything and be thankful for anything.

Most of us will admit that we worry. We know the Bible says it’s wrong, even sinful, but we do it anyway. Let’s be encouraged to change our ways. Instead of fretting, let’s worry about nothing; pray about everything and be thankful for anything.

Look again at Philippians 4:6. How much are we to worry about? … “Nothing.” Nothing is probably the most exclusive word there is in the English language … it excludes everything. We are to worry about nothing (NO THING). The reason we are to worry about no thing is because we are to pray, like Jesus, about everything.

Years ago, a widow asked the great preacher Dr. G. Campbell Morgan, “Do you think we ought to pray about the little things in our lives?” And Dr. Morgan, replied, “Madam, can you mention anything in your life that is a big thing to God?”

The Lord wants us to bring all to Him.

The opposite of NOTHING is EVERYTHING. As believers, we need to get in the habit of bringing everything to Him in prayer—excluding nothing.

Just as nothing means no thing, so everything means every thing.

When Paul says that a Christian is not to worry, he is not saying we need to ignore reality. Paul doesn’t say we are to pretend difficulties and challenges don’t exist. Instead, we need to move the things we want to worry about into the realm of prayer.

A man couldn’t sleep one night. He rolled and tossed, until his wife finally asked him, “What is the matter? Why can’t you sleep?” He said, “I owe the tax man $20,000 and the bill is due, and I can’t pay it.” “Well,” his wife said, “Get up, get dressed, go and tell the tax man you can’t pay him. Then come back and go to sleep and let him stay awake.”

That’s the kind of thing Paul is saying in Philippians 4:6-7. When we tell the Lord everything, it becomes His problem. We have the right as His children to go to Him in prayer and say, “This is something I can’t handle” and then turn everything over to Him. As Luther used to say; “Pray and let God worry!”

As believers, we are to worry about nothing; pray about everything and be thankful for anything.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com  

The Wednesday Word: GRACE IN TWO SMALL WORDS

December 23, 2020 Leave a comment

“Fear not, you worm Jacob, and you men of Israel; I will help you, says the Lord, and your Redeemer” (Isaiah 41:14).

This text gives us grace in two small words.

What are the 2 words?

They are, “Fear Not.”

In the Middle East there is an ancient fable that Pestilence met a caravan on the way to Baghdad.

“Why must you travel to Baghdad?” asked the Caravan Master. “To take five thousand lives,” he answered.

On the way back Pestilence again met the caravan.

“You deceived me,” said the Caravan master. “You took 50,000 lives.”

“No,’ insisted Pestilence. ‘I took 5,000 lives. Fear killed the rest.”

That is a fable.

But, here’s a fact … fear kills.

At one time or another, most of us have been gripped with fear. It’s no wonder then that these two words, ‘Fear Not’ are found frequently throughout the scriptures. In fact, the phrases, “Fear not” or “Be not afraid”, occur more than 100 times in the King James Bible.

In all our fears may we learn to look to Jesus. He is the antidote to fear, anxiety and worry.

When the Lord applies these two words ‘fear not’ to our hearts, they sustain and support us.

Consider the context of our verse. The people of Israel had just found out they were going to be sent into captivity to Babylon. They needed a word from the Lord, and He gave it … “Fear Not!” The Lord was on their side. Consider this; if the Lord is on our side, all must eventually be well.

The Lord is all-sufficient for every emergency and each need. In Christ we lack nothing. In Christ, we are graced with all-sufficient, spiritual blessings in Christ (Ephesians 1:3). In Christ, we have enough to meet every necessity.

“Fear not.”

“Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take,

The clouds ye so much dread

Are big with mercy, and shall break

In blessings on your head.”

Notice how the people of Israel are called worms yet the Lord has grace for them. And that’s the way it is with us. Jesus takes us at our worst and gives us grace. If He only took notice of us when we were great and continually strong, we would perish. But the Lord looks at us in our lowest … when we are down in the depths and gives us grace. Fear not!

These two words, ‘Fear Not’ revive, restore and renew us. He is not scolding us … He’s not saying …” Here you!! You’d best fear not!!! Now get it straight!!!

No! He says … “Fear not, I will help you. I, Yahweh will support you.”

We look at the future and there seems to be a mountain of rugged obstacles fast approaching us … But, here’s the good news. God is the God of the mountains. He is with us, no matter what we are going through. Fear Not!

Because of the shed blood of Calvary there is no longer separation between us and God. There are no mountains of division. As Paul says, “ For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39).

Fear not,

Nothing can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus.

“And though this world, with devils filled,

Should threaten to undo us,

We will not fear, for God has willed

His truth to triumph through us.

The prince of darkness grim—

We tremble not for him;

His rage we can endure,

For lo! his doom is sure,

Two little words shall fell him.”—Martin Luther.

Fear Not!

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com 

The Wednesday Word: A Little to a Lot

December 16, 2020 3 comments

The Lord can do a lot with a little. Just consider how in John 6:1-14 the Lord was given a little food (5 loaves and 2 fish) and turned it into a feast. Little was placed in hands of the Lord and He made it a lot. Isn’t that just like Jesus?

I recently read of how an evangelist was ministering many years ago in the Lake District of England. There he met an 80-year-old lady who told him how her shop had come into being. It all started in her Sunday school class when, one day, one of her young students came to her after class with a request. He held up a shining sixpence and said, “Please, Mrs. Cameron, will you give this sixpence to Jesus?” Startled, she almost told the child she couldn’t do that, but upon her shoulder she felt the restraining hand of the Lord who seemed to direct her, “Take it.” “Alright,” Mrs. Cameron told the boy, “I’ll give it to Jesus.”

That night she held up the sixpence and prayed, “Lord Jesus, this is your sixpence. What do you want me to do with it?”

The next morning, she took the sixpence and bought currants and self-rising flour and made some buns. She put them in the front window of her cottage on two plates, and within half an hour, they had all sold. With the money, she made more buns, and sold them. She continued making buns, selling buns, making buns and selling buns. After a time, she went down to the grocer. “Mr. Smith,” she asked, “would you have any damaged tins of beans, fruit, anything that you would sell to me at a reduced price?” “Why yes, Mrs. Cameron, I would.” So now in the front room window of her cottage she was selling, along with her buns, tins which were dented or had missing labels. This went on for a while, and then she thought, “Why not sell Bibles?” Soon she was selling buns, beans, and Bibles. She made so much money, she decided to remove her front window and to install a shop window. Then she began a line of Christian books. She was truly in business now, selling buns, beans, Bibles and books. Her sales continued to increase. Mrs. Cameron led the evangelist into her shop. “I want to show you something,” she said as she opened a ledger book. Turning the pages over, she pointed to listing after listing: George Mueller’s orphanage £125 (a considerable sum in those days) … £150, China Inland Mission … £200, Congo Evangelistic Mission. Page after page recorded money she had sent out across the world ministering to countless missionary organizations and orphanages … and it all began with a little boy’s sixpence.

It wasn’t so important what the boy had, but where he put it. He put it into the hands of Jesus.

Jesus is the Lord of multiplication and abundance. He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). He is supernatural. The amazing thing is that He uses what we have to accomplish His purposes. What we have is what Christ uses. “But”, says someone, “I have so little faith.” That´s OK, just use what faith you have in His service and you will be amazed as to how the Lord Jesus works.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com 

The Wednesday Word: Justified from All Things

“Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins; and by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses” (Acts 13: 38-39).”

JUSTIFIED FROM ALL THINGS … what does that mean? That means the believer is perfectly cleared from the guilt of every sin. No charge can be brought against them for when the believer was justified, he was declared righteous, according to the just judgment of God.

The law of Moses could never justify us … it could only condemn. But because of the gospel, God now justifies the ungodly. But how can this possible? Is it because of works of righteousness which we have done? Never! It is “through this man,” the Lord Jesus Christ, whom Paul preached as having died and risen again.

In Romans 4, God justifies.

Whom does He justify?

The ungodly that work not.

Is there anyone else?

Yes, He justifies those that believe (rest) on Jesus.

The way to be saved is, therefore, not by good works,

Not by becoming good,

Not by deserving it.

If that were the case, salvation would be not grace but debt (Romans 4:4).

The way to be saved is by believing in Jesus without any confidence in our goodness or works.

This is what Scripture calls grace not debt (Romans 4:5).

Horatius Bonar tells us “The justifying work of Calvary was God’s way … of securing certainty. It was the only perfect thing which had ever been presented to God in man’s behalf; and so peculiar was this perfection, that it might be used by man in his transactions with God as if it were his own.”

There are three ways in which we are declared justified in the book of Romans …

“Justified by His grace” (Romans 3:24)

“Justified by His blood”(Romans 5:9

“Justified by faith,” (Romans 5:1)

Justified by his grace,” ..that is the source of it; justified by his blood,” that is the righteous basis of it; justified by faith, that is the way in which we get a hold of it; faith is the hand that is stretched out to freely receive.

May we never forget that Justification is through this ” man,” the Lord Jesus Christ.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com

The Wednesday Word: GOD’S FACTS AND OUR FEELINGS

When, in His Word, God states a plain fact, we are wise if we bow to and believe it. Even though our understanding may not be quite able to grasp it, He will, in His own time, make it plain. But should He never, in this world, explain it, it is for us to believe His Word.

In John 3:35-36, God has given us four solid facts. We are called to believe them.

1. The Father loves the Son.

2. And has given all things into His hand.

3. He that believeth on the Son has everlasting life.

4. He that believes not the Son . . . the wrath of God abides on him.

These are four facts … they are not human opinions. These are truths, not based upon any experience in us. They are unalterable realities. When we believe them, they might well affect our feelings, but the facts are there whether we feel them or not.

There was once a young man who was due to inherit a considerable fortune when he turned 21. On the morning of his 21st birthday the family lawyer called him saying “Congratulations you have turned of age today”

“Excuse me” the young man replied, “but I think you are mistaken.”

“How so?” inquires the astonished lawyer.

“Well I’ve three reasons. In the first place, I don’t feel that I am twenty-one. Secondly, I was only this very morning looking in the mirror, and I’m sure I didn’t look like twenty-one. Lastly, I don’t act like I’m 21. My friends will confirm that. How can I, therefore, be 21? My friends don’t think I am, and as for myself, I neither feel like it, nor look like it.”

So, what did the lawyer do?

He emailed him a copy of his birth certificate.

Who would be so absurd as to talk like that 21-year-old? Who indeed? But the truth is, there are multitudes of professed believers in Christ to-day, who pursue precisely the same lines of argument. They don’t feel like what they think a Christian should feel like. They live in insecurity because they fail to trust the Word of God.

Let us look briefly at the four facts in John 3:35-36.

Fact 1. “The Father loves the Son.” Now, do you feel that fact to be true? You don’t have to. God’s Word says He does. It is not a question of what we think or feel. It is a wonderful fact; and we can be certain that all we, in Christ, are equally loved by the Father.

Fact 2. “And has given all things into His hand.” “Well,” you say, “I would like to believe that, but I don’t see everything put into His hand” … I understand, but have you forgotten that we walk by faith and not by sight?

Fact 3. “He that believes on the Son has everlasting life.” You say, “If I could only believe I was saved, I would be saved.” But wait a minute, God does not say, “If you can only have enough faith to believe that you have eternal life, you shall have it.” That’s not what the Word says. That would make a saviour of faith and would exclude Christ. But, if we believe (rest) on Jesus, He states a simple fact about us … we HAVE everlasting life.

Fact 4. “He that believes not the Son . . . the wrath of God abides on him.” Do you believe that the wrath of God abides upon the unbeliever? “Well” you say, “I’m not saved, and I don’t feel any wrath.” That doesn’t matter. Your feelings cannot make the scriptures true or false. Regardless of feelings, the wrath of God is upon the unbeliever.

“The grass withers, the flower fades: but the word of our God shall stand for ever” (Isaiah 40: 8).

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

http://www.milesmckee.com

The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination Chapter XXVIII- Calvinism in History

December 2, 2020 1 comment

The Reformed Doctrine Of Predestination

Chapter XXVIII

CALVINISM IN HISTORY

11e. CONCLUSION

This tree,” to adopt the eloquent paragraph of another, “may have, to prejudiced eyes, a rough bark, a gnarled stem, and boughs twisted often into knotted shapes of ungraceful strength. But, remember, it is not a willow-wand of yesterday. These boughs have wrestled with the storms of a thousand years; this stem has been wreathed with the red lightning and scarred by the thunderbolt; and all over its rough rind are the marks of the battle-axe and the bullet. This old oak has not the pliant grace and silky softness of a greenhouse plant, but it has a majesty above grace, and a grandeur beyond beauty. Its roots may be strangely contorted, but some of them are rich with the blood of glorious battlefields, some of them are clasped around the stakes of martyrs; some of them hidden in solitary cells and lonely libraries, where deep thinkers have mused and prayed, as in some apocalyptic Patmos; and its great tap-root runs back, until it twines in living and loving embrace around the cross of Calvary. Its boughs may be gnarled, but they hang clad with all that is richest and strongest in the civilization and Christianity of human history.”[76]

As we survey this system we feel as one sitting at the manual of a great organ. Our fingers touch the keys, as stop after stop opens of the swell, until the full chorus responds, a grand harmony. Calvinism touches all the music of life because it seeks the Creator first and above all and finds Him everywhere. Or again, we have been out upon the deep, the great celestial dome overhead, the wide expanse of eternity all around our souls and in and above all, there is GOD. Or again, we stand, as it were, at the rifting of the rocks, with the landscape behind, the gorge before us, the mighty river of time flowing forth out of and into eternity, the sun in its zenith overhead, all ablaze with light and warmth, and in a whisper first, our souls have echoed back the words, “O the depth of the riches!” For Calvinism shows us God and traces His footsteps, — God, in all His greatness, majesty, wisdom, holiness, justice, love. Calvinism shows us God high and lifted up; and our souls cry out again, “What is man that THOU . . . art mindful of him?”

This is no vain and empty eulogy of Calvinism. With the above facts and observations every enlightened and impartial reader of history will agree. Furthermore, the author would say of this book what Dr. E. W. Smith in his book, “The Creed of Presbyterians,” said at the close of the chapter on, “The Creed Tested By Its Fruits,” — namely that these facts and observations are “set forth, not to stimulate denominational vanity, but to fill us with gratitude to God for that past history and that present eminence which should be to every one of us

A vantage-ground for nobleness‘;

and above all to kindle in our hearts a holy enthusiasm for that Divine system of truth, which, under God, has been the foremost factor in the making of America and the modern world.”

In conclusion we would say that in this book the reader has found some very old fashioned divinity — divinity as old as the Bible, as old and older than the world itself, since this plan of redemption was hidden in the eternal counsels of God. No attempt has been made to cloak the fact that the doctrines advocated and defended in these pages are really wonderful and startling. They are enough to electrify the sleepy sinner who has taken it for granted all his life long that he can square matters with God any time he pleases, and they are sufficient to horrify the sleepy “saint” who has been deluding himself in the deadening repose of a carnal religion. But why should they not cause astonishment? Does not nature teem with wonders? Why should not revelation? One needs to read but little to become aware that Science brings to light many astonishing truths which an uneducated man finds it hard, if not impossible, to believe; and why should it not be so with the truths of Revelation and the spiritually uneducated ? If the Gospel does not startle and terrify and amaze a man when presented to him, it is not the true Gospel. But who was ever amazed at Arminianism with its doctrine that every man carves out his own destiny? It will not suffice merely to ignore or ridicule these doctrines as many are inclined to do. The question is, Are these doctrines true? If they are true, why ridicule them? If they are not true, disprove them. We close with the statement that this great system of religious thought which bears Calvin’s name is nothing more or less than the hope of the world.

Loraine Boettner- The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination

Hope in Christ in the face of death

November 30, 2020 9 comments

On Tuesday, Nov. 17th of this year, my wife and I celebrated our 31st anniversary. To many this is a joyous occasion. There might be roses, a ring, a bottle of wine, and maybe a night out for a dinner for two. However, this was not the events of which transpired in our lives on that day.

On that day, a few weeks back, we were sitting in a doctor’s office. It was after 6:00 pm. and my wife was the last patient of the day. The doctor had already performed a colonoscopy the Thursday before. She had a cat scan the day before and we were already anticipating the news which the doctor would enter to tell us.

When he entered he began to explain the procedure of the colonoscopy and how he couldn’t enter with his scope. He informed us that instead of being able to enter the colon from the rear-end, that he instead had to go through her throat. He also explained the cat scan and what he was looking for as a result of this procedure. Upon giving us all the ends and outs of these procedures he just came right out and told us that my wife had a tumor and it was cancerous.

So last week we had to visit the surgeon. He explained to us that the tumor wasn’t just in the colon, but had also spread outside the colon, into her stomach muscles, and possibly into her kidney. Tomorrow he performs surgery and there is a whole list of possibles that will be involved due to the fact that he doesn’t know what all he has to take out when he goes in.

The word cancer produces a certain amount of fear into a person. This is understandable because no one wants to die. Nevertheless, having been born, then death is certain if the Lord tarries. Scripture is plain, that it is appointed unto man once to die. However, death is not the end. Death is just the transferring from one world to another. Yet in all this we can still have hope.

There is one who has defeated death.

His name is Jesus Christ!

He defeated it upon an old rugged cross.

His name is Jesus Christ!

He defeated it while being forsaken by the Father.

His name is Jesus Christ!

No matter what we go through in this life, it will never be compared to what Christ endured for us. We have never been forsaken by the Father. Nor have we been forsaken by the Son who sits beside the Father making intercession for us. Nor have we been forsaken seeing that Christ is no longer on earth with us because he sent us a Comforter. One who comforts us concerning the promises of God.

We do not have to fear! What we must do is trust! What we must do is have faith in God and cling to his promises! Cling to the promise of Christ who said, I will never leave you or forsake you!

One thing more and I will close:

Christ even comforts us with his body. He has a body of believers of whom he has entrusted to care for one another. Therefore I call on all God’s saints, to pray. Pray to the Father! Ask him to move upon this situation and if it be His will to allow the surgeon to perform this operation without any complications. Nevertheless, let His, the Father’s, will be done!

Even so, Amen!

Reformedontheweb

The Wednesday Word: The Unique High Priest

November 25, 2020 Leave a comment

For something to be deemed UNIQUE it must be the only one of its kind. It is, therefore, impossible for something to be more unique or most unique. If it is unique, it is unique. It stands alone. There is nothing like it. Therefore, Jesus is the unique priest. None can compare to Him.

There were, of course, the priests of the Old Testament. They repeatedly brought offerings of the blood of bullocks and lambs to deal with Israel’s sin.

Each year there was a continual offering for sin. This was merely a signpost to Christ. And then came Jesus. He was the unique priest who made a unique offering. He didn’t offer up the blood of some wee animal. No indeed, He offered Himself and was in this way a priest unparalleled and unrivaled in the annals of human history. He was unique.

No other priest would have dared offer himself for the sins of his people. Why? Because he, himself, was a sinner. He would have had to have an atonement made for his own sins.

Christ, however, the unique priest, died for sins but not for His own … He had none. He came from a virgin womb … He was born sinless and He was buried in a virgin tomb (see John 19:41) … He died sinless.

Jesus was unique. He was both the priest and the offering.

Someone asks, “But how can He be both?”

I would reply,

How can He be both God and the Son of God?

How can He be both the Shepherd and the Lamb?

How can He be both the Beginning and the End?

There are paradoxes, not contradictions.

Jesus is the unique priest. Consider the incomparable transfer of Isaiah 53:6, “The Lord laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” Every evil vice was laid on Him and His entire virtue laid on us. We are now standing in grace (Romans 5:2b) and living in blessings. He is all our righteousness. He is our sanctification. We are complete in Him.

Years ago, in 1975, on my first trip to the United States I was invited to watch the Dallas Cowboys playing (on TV) against one of their American Football rivals. I gladly accepted the invitation, but I must confess, being a Rugby fan, I didn’t understand much of what was going on out on the field. But I politely followed the lead from my hosts … when they booed, I booed…when they shouted, I shouted. Near the end of the game, Dallas were trailing behind. Then, out of nowhere, everyone in the room was on their feet cheering and there was I, on my feet, cheering with the best of them. I thought, however, I’d best come clean and quietly inquire as to what was happening. So, I asked my host about the commotion. He looked at me with an expression which asked, ‘Which part of Mars do you come from?’ and then replied with one word, “INTERCEPTION.” Dallas had intercepted the ball and had gone on to score.

Later, I thought about it and considered how, in the gospel, Jesus was the great interceptor. He made the greatest interception in human history. He intercepted the wrath of an angry God which was headed straight for us. What a catch! What a reversal of the game.

Jesus is the unique priest. If by faith we recieve Him as our saviour, and substitute, we can be as sure of heaven as though we were already there.

Jesus is the unique priest!

So, what is a priest? A priest is one who speaks to God for man and that’s what Jesus is doing right now. He’s not on the cross, He’s out of the grave and is alive in heaven forevermore. Now I don’t want to offend anyone but, since Jesus is the unique priest, that means that there’s no point in praying to Mary or Joseph. They can do nothing for a poor terrified sinner.

Jesus is Unique. Trust in Him alone.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

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