Wednesday, 15 July 2015
Everyone has ‘conscience’.
Conviction of sin by the Holy Spirit blots out every relationship on earth and makes us aware of only one – “Against You, You only, have I sinned …” (Psalm 51:4) … God does forgive, but it cost the breaking of His heart with grief in the death of Christ to enable Him to do so. The great miracle of the grace of God is that He forgives sin, and it is the death of Jesus Christ alone that enables the divine nature to forgive and to remain true to itself in doing so. It is shallow nonsense to say that God forgives us because He is love. Once we have been convicted of sin, we will never say this again. The love of God means Calvary – nothing less! The love of God is spelled out on the Cross and nowhere else. The only basis for which God can forgive me is the Cross of Christ. It is there that HIS CONSCIENCE is satisfied.
Forgiveness doesn’t merely mean that I am saved from hell and have been made ready for heaven … Forgiveness means that I am forgiven into a newly created relationshipwhich identifies me with God in Christ. The miracle of redemption is that God turns me, the unholy one, into the standard of Himself, the Holy One. He does this by putting into me a new nature, the nature of Jesus Christ.
Unquote (emphasis mine)
Dear Father God
I do not want to have a shallow understanding of Your love. Draw me closer; Draw me nearer … In Christ alone, I have no fear …
In Christ Alone - Natalie Grant
In Christ alone my hope is found; He is my light my strength my song; This cornerstone this solid ground; Firm through the fiercest drought and storm; What heights of love what depths of peace; When fears are stilled when strivings cease; My comforter my all in all; Here in the love of Christ I stand;
In Christ alone, who took on flesh; Fullness of God in helpless babe; This gift of love and righteousness; Scorned by the ones He came to save; Till on that cross as Jesus died; The wrath of God was satisfied; For every sin on Him was laid; Here in the death of Christ I live;
There in the ground His body lay; Light of the world by darkness slain; Then bursting forth in glorious Day; Up from the grave He rose again; And as He stands in victory; Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me; For I am His and He is mine; Bought with the precious blood of Christ;
No guilt in life no fear in death; This is the power of Christ in me; From life’s first cry to final breath; Jesus commands my destiny; No power of hell no scheme of man; Can ever pluck me from His hand; Till He returns or calls me home; Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand!
Thank You Father!
Lam Yee Ling