“For your sakes he became poor.” 2 Corinthians 8:9
The Lord Jesus Christ was eternally rich, glorious, and exalted; but “though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor.” As the rich saint cannot be true in his communion with his poor brethren unless of his substance he ministers to their necessities, so (the same rule holding with the head as between the members), it is impossible that our Divine Lord could have had fellowship with us unless He had imparted to us of His own abounding wealth, and had become poor to make us rich. Had He remained upon His throne of glory, and had we continued in the ruins of the fall without receiving His salvation, communion would have been impossible on both sides. Our position by the fall, apart from the covenant of grace, made it as impossible for fallen man to communicate with God as it is for Belial to be in concord with Christ. In order, therefore, that communion might be compassed, it was necessary that the rich kinsman should bestow his estate upon his poor relatives, that the righteous Saviour should give to His sinning brethren of His own perfection, and that we, the poor and guilty, should receive of His fulness grace for grace; that thus in giving and receiving, the One might descend from the heights, and the other ascend from the depths, and so be able to embrace each other in true and hearty fellowship. Poverty must be enriched by Him in whom are infinite treasures before it can venture to commune; and guilt must lose itself in imputed and imparted righteousness ere the soul can walk in fellowship with purity. Jesus must clothe His people in His own garments, or He cannot admit them into His palace of glory; and He must wash them in His own blood, or else they will be too defiled for the embrace of His fellowship.
O believer, herein is love! For your sake the Lord Jesus “became poor” that He might lift you up into communion with Himself.
“The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.” Isaiah 40:5
We anticipate the happy day when the whole world shall be converted to Christ; when the gods of the heathen shall be cast to the moles and the bats; when Romanism shall be exploded, and the crescent of Mohammed shall wane, never again to cast its baleful rays upon the nations; when kings shall bow down before the Prince of Peace, and all nations shall call their Redeemer blessed. Some despair of this. They look upon the world as a vessel breaking up and going to pieces, never to float again. We know that the world and all that is therein is one day to be burnt up, and afterwards we look for new heavens and for a new earth; but we cannot read our Bibles without the conviction that—
“Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
Does his successive journeys run.”
We are not discouraged by the length of His delays; we are not disheartened by the long period which He allots to the church in which to struggle with little success and much defeat. We believe that God will never suffer this world, which has once seen Christ’s blood shed upon it, to be always the devil’s stronghold. Christ came hither to deliver this world from the detested sway of the powers of darkness. What a shout shall that be when men and angels shall unite to cry “Hallelujah, hallelujah, for the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth!” What a satisfaction will it be in that day to have had a share in the fight, to have helped to break the arrows of the bow, and to have aided in winning the victory for our Lord! Happy are they who trust themselves with this conquering Lord, and who fight side by side with Him, doing their little in His name and by His strength! How unhappy are those on the side of evil! It is a losing side, and it is a matter wherein to lose is to lose and to be lost for ever. On whose side are you?
—Morning and Evening
1 Corinthians 1:26-31 New King James Version (NKJV)
Glory Only in the Lord
26 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. 27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; 28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, 29 that no flesh should glory in His presence. 30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— 31 that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”[a]
We have all noted how Very Important Persons (VIPs) usually do not glue with spiritual truths. If you speak with people who are full of themselves, there remains little room to put anything else in their reservoir of knowledge. This includes most famous celebrities, Hollywood socialites, politicians and dignitaries. Paul was a rare exception. He was a trained rabbi and teacher who learned at the feet of Gamaliel, he was from the tribe of Benjamin, a Pharisee and member of the Sanhedrin, a student from the universities in Tarsus, and a Roman citizen. The Lord stripped Paul of all of his pride in order to use him.
Also consider the mathematical and scientific genius Albert Einstein and the following quotation:
In a 1929 Saturday Evening Post interview, Albert Einstein said, “As a child I received instruction both in the Bible and in the Talmud. I am a Jew, but I am enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene…. No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life.”
~ Very wise words from a very wise man.
Jesus Christ was with God the Father before the world was created. He became human and lived among humanity as Jesus of Nazareth. He came to show us what God the Father is like. He lived a sinless life, showing us how to live; and he died upon a cross to pay for our sins. God raised Him from the dead.
Jesus is the source of eternal life. Jesus wants to be the doorway to new life for you. In the Bible He was called the “Lamb of God” (John 1:29). In the Old Testament, sacrifices were made for the sins of the people. Jesus became the sacrificial lamb offered for your sin.
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). He is waiting for you now.
Admit to God that you are a sinner. Repent, turning away from your sin.
By faith receive Jesus Christ as God’s Son and accept Jesus’ gift of forgiveness from sin. He took the penalty for your sin by dying on the cross.
Confess your faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
You may pray a prayer similar to this as you call on God to save you: “Dear God, I know that You love me. I confess my sin and need of salvation. I turn away from my sin and place my faith in Jesus as my Savior and Lord. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.”
After you have received Jesus Christ into your life, tell a pastor or another Christian about your decision. Show others your faith in Christ by asking for baptism by immersion in your local church as a public expression of your faith.
From Open Windows
A Guide For Personal Devotions
Winter 2016-2017 LifeWay
Have A Blessed Christmas
Pray For Revival In America!
This man lived on Earth only 33 years, never traveled more than a few miles from His home, never wrote a book, never raised an army, never ruled over so much as a village, let alone a kingdom, never owned a thing, never married or had children, never enrolled for any formal education, and finally was executed as a criminal. Furthermore, though He never wrote a book, others have written innumerable books about Him, while a psalmist assured us that His words would also be preserved “from this generation for ever.” (Psalm 12:7) And all this has come to pass! Herein is a marvelous thing! Indeed, He was, and is, God and this was demonstrated by His flawless character, His amazing teachings, His unique miracles, His volitional, sacrificial death, and His mighty defeat of death itself by His bodily resurrection and ascent into Heaven.
Henry M. Morris
2016 Days of Praise devotional
Tuesday, March 29
Jewish Synagogues have long ignored Isaiah 53 because of the very plain reference to the crucified Christ. This is the fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Isaiah was written 700 B.C., yet chapter 53 plainly refers to Christ on Calvary seven centuries later! When the fullness of the Gentiles comes, the Lord will take the blinders off of the eyes of the Jews and they will see who they crucified, and the Messiah they missed two thousand years ago! Consider this incredible verse in Romans:
25 For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. New King James Version (NKJV)
Listen to this powerful testimony in Hebrew with the English words below the picture:
Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly interviewed Franklin Graham in reference to Rob Bell’s heresy. Rob Bell does not believe hell is real or that homosexuality is a sinful life style. The conversation however, shifted to the doctrine of salvation. Franklin Graham correctly asserted that only faith in Jesus Christ’s atoning work can save anyone. O Reilly’s Irish Catholic background and worldly “logic” countered Graham’s Biblical truth, and Franklin Graham would not back down one inch. O’Reilly attempted to take over and steer their discussion towards his own mindset but the Lord had a hold of Franklin Graham and the Lord had His way! This is why I like Franklin Graham. Watch and listen to it play out. May you and I have this kind of love, boldness and unction when our opportunity to shine presents itself:
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