Monday, September 8, 2008

The Sexual and Irresistable Grace

Well now that I have your attention.....In Sunday School yesterday, Pastor Ken talked about the lust (longing) by the God of this universe for his people. We had a good talk after the class about how this relates to Irresistable Grace. Because Irresistable Grace is exactly that...God wooing his Beloved into his arms. This is the first time that I finally came to see the sensual/sexual desires of mankind as a picture of God's power and irresistable grace. Indeed this is one of God's spiritual purposes for our natural "sex drive" so that we can understand a little more about him. Song of Solomon and its provocative images and sensual language I now believe is intended to serve this purpose. I often imagine the God of this universe charming and seducing his beloved; his intended fiance, which leads to this question: "Will you marry me?" (Will you believe in the name of my Son, Jesus Christ?) HOW COULD SOMEONE SAY NO! Now for men, we can get pretty rings and talk the sweet talk and still SEEM irresistable when we POP the question to our beloved. CAN YOU IMAGINE the irresistability of the God of this universe who POPS the question to our soul at conversion after he has removed our old heart and given us one anew!? Of course, as always God connects my personal devotions with my "happenings" of life. I thank him continually for His Sovereign ordering of my life in all things!


“The exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead.”
— Ephesians 1:19, 20

In the resurrection of Christ, as in our salvation, there was put forth nothing short of a divine power. What shall we say of those who think that conversion is wrought by the free will of man, and is due to his own betterness of disposition? When we shall see the dead rise from the grave by their own power, then may we expect to see ungodly sinners of their own free will turning to Christ. It is not the word preached, nor the word read in itself; all quickening power proceeds from the Holy Ghost. This power was irresistible. All the soldiers and the high priests could not keep the body of Christ in the tomb; Death himself could not hold Jesus in his bonds: even thus irresistible is the power put forth in the believer when he is raised to newness of life. No sin, no corruption, no devils in hell nor sinners upon earth, can stay the hand of God’s grace when it intends to convert a man. If God omnipotently says, “Thou shalt,” man shall not say, “I will not.” Observe that the power which raised Christ from the dead was glorious. It reflected honour upon God and wrought dismay in the hosts of evil. So there is great glory to God in the conversion of every sinner. It was everlasting power. “Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.” So we, being raised from the dead, go not back to our dead works nor to our old corruptions, but we live unto God. “Because he lives we live also.” “For we are dead, and our life is hid with Christ in God.” “Like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” Lastly, in the text mark the union of the new life to Jesus. The same power which raised the Head works life in the members. What a blessing to be quickened together with Christ!

Spurgeon, Charles H.: Morning and Evening : Daily Readings. Complete and unabridged; New modern edition. Peabody, MA : Hendrickson Publishers, 2006, S. September 8 PM

1 comments:

David C Ochs September 9, 2008 at 3:25 AM  

hey Chris, great to hear from you man. Nina and I could certainly use your prayers. Thank you for them! I hope you and your family are doing quite well. I am glad to see that you are still strong in the faith as well!

God Bless!

Dave

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