Thursday, January 21, 2010

"For Thy Sake" Conclusion

"I have learned by experience that God hath blessed me for thy sake" (Genesis 30:27).

Of only one can it be said, He "was in all points tempted like as we are, and yet without sin" (Hebrews 4:15). No other human being has faced temptation in all its varied forms and measures. And no other human has ever overcome every temptation ever faced. The Lord Jesus Christ stands alone on nail-scarred feet, and the merit of His perfect life and being is so highly valued in God the Father's sight that it can be applied to all who by faith are united with Christ. "Christ is made unto us... righteousness" (I Corinthians 1:30).

For His sake, the multitude of our sins are forgiven. For His sake, believers will live forevermore in a "peace which passeth all understanding" and "joy unspeakable and full of glory." For His sake, our formerly rebel hearts are now the very home of God. For His sake, "all things are yours... and ye are Christ's, and Christ is God's." And for His sake, "the love of God, which passeth knowledge" will be our eternal portion that "in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus" (Ephesians 4:32; Philippians 4:7; I Peter 1:8; Galatians 4:6; I Corinthians 3:21; 23; Ephesians 3:19; 2:7). How wonderful must the Lord Jesus be that He is not only the heir of all things, but the executor of an eternal estate so vast that we are "joint-heirs" with Him? (Hebrews 1:2; Romans 8:17).

I am fully convinced that the more believers realize and embrace the infinite wonder of our Savior's person and His work on our behalf, the more we will genuinely love God as the natural, or supernatural, fruit of realizing the beauty of holiness that is the Lord Jesus. Furthermore, learning by experience that we are blessed for His sake will lead us to more and more appropriate "the unsearchable riches of Christ," and thus, to shine forth in glory to God. We have sought in this series of messages to encourage an increased understanding that our faithfulness is the fruit of Christ's faithfulness, and that every good thing we will ever receive from God is "freely given" because it was purchased for us by a price too costly to fathom. May our Heavenly Father lead and enable us all to greater and more consistent experience of joyful acclamation to the Lord Jesus, "I have learned by experience that God hath blessed me for Thy sake."

"But after that the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Spirit; which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life."(Titus 3:4-7)

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