Tuesday, 10 December 2013 14:39
Man was originally endowed with noble powers and a well-balance mind. He was perfect in his being, and in harmony with God. His thoughts were pure, his aims holy. But through disobedience, his powers were perverted, and selfishness took the place of God. His nature became so weakened through transgression that it was impossible for him, in his own strength, to resist the power of evil.
He was made captive by Satan, and would have remained forever had not God specially interposed. It was the tempter’s purpose to thwart the divine plan in man’s creation, and fill the earth with woe and desolation. And he would point to all this evil as the result of God’s work in creating man.
In his sinless state, man held joyful communion with Him – “in whom lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3). But after his sin, he could no longer find joy in holiness, and he sought to hide from the presence of God. Such is still the condition of the unrenewed heart. It is not in harmony with God, and finds no joy in communion with Him.
Romans 8:7 reads: “For the sinful nature is always hostile to God, It never did obey God’s laws and it never will.” Education, culture the exercise of the will, human effort, all have their proper field of activity or interest, but here, against the carnal mind, they are powerless. They may produce an outward correctness of behaviour, but they cannot change the heart; they cannot purify the springs of life.
There must be a power working from within, a new life from above, before men can be changed from sin to holiness. That power is Christ! His grace alone can invigorate the lifeless faculties of the soul, and attract it to God, to holiness. None but the Son of God could accomplish our redemption; for only He who was in the bosom of the Father could declare Him.
Only Christ who knew the height and depth of the love of God could make it manifest. Nothing less than the infinite sacrifice made by Christ in behalf of fallen man could express the Father’s love to lost humanity. “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son” (John 3:16).
Christ was the medium through which God could pour His infinite love upon a fallen world. “God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself.”
(2 Cor. 5:19). God suffered with His Son. In the agony of Gethsemane, the death of calvary, the heart of infinite love paid the price of our redemption.
TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY.
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