On the Cross

Posted by Jerry White on Mar 25, 2016

“Christ was all anguish that I might be all joy,
cast off that I might be brought in,
trodden down by an enemy
that I might be welcomed as a friend,
surrendered to hell’s worst
that I might attain heaven’s best,
stripped that I might be clothed,
wounded that I might be healed,
athirst that I might drink,
tormented that I might be comforted,
made a shame that I might inherit glory,
entered darkness that I might have eternal light.
My Saviour wept that all tears might be wiped
from my eyes,
groaned that I might have endless song,
endured all pain that I might have unfailing health,
bore a thorny crown that I might have
a glory-diadem,
bowed his head that I might uplift mine,
experienced reproach that I might receive
welcome,
closed his eyes in death that I might gaze
on unclouded brightness,
expired that I might for ever live.”
The Valley of Vision, 76-77
Edited by Arthur Bennett
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He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.
1 Peter 2:24 (ESV)

Were the whole realm of nature ours,
That were an offering far too small;
Love that transcends our highest pow’rs,
Demands our heart, our life, our all.
Isaac Watts




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Victory Through Faith

Posted by Jerry White on May 23, 2013

“Understanding and appropriating the facts of the cross proves to be one of the most difficult and trying of all phases for the growing believer. Our Lord holds His most vital and best things in store for those who mean business, for those who hunger and thirst for His very best as it is in our Lord Jesus Christ. The believer’s understanding of the two aspects of Calvary gives the key to both spiritual growth, and life-giving service.

‘Calvary is the secret of it all. It is what He did there that counts, and what He did becomes a force in the life of a Christian when it is appropriated by faith. This is the starting point from which all Godly living must take its rise. We shall never know the experience of Christ’s victory in our lives until we are prepared to count (reckon) upon His victory at the cross as the secret of our personal victory today. There is no victory for us which was not first His. What we are to experience He purchased, and what He purchased for us we ought to experience. The beginning of the life of holiness is a faith in the crucified Saviour which sees more than Hs substitutionary work. It is a faith which sees myself identified with Christ in His death and resurrection.’….

Our intelligent faith standing upon the facts of Calvary gives the Holy Spirit freedom to bring that finished work into our daily lives.”

Miles J. Stanford

Principles of Spiritual Growth, 70-71

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So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Romans 6:14 (ESV)

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Your entire Christian life must be by faith in Jesus Christ and His finished work. All you need to live a God pleasing and God honoring life Christ accomplished in your behalf. His appointed means for this provision to become yours in experience is for you to receive it in simple faith exactly like you received your justification through faith in Christ’s finished work on the cross. Trust Christ for His Spirit to make real in you your union with Christ (1 Cor. 6:17). Deliberately and inwardly rely on Him to be who He is through you. Day by day keep trusting for this, and transformation will occur.




The Lord’s Satisfaction

Posted by Jerry White on Nov 26, 2012

“God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good” (Gen. 1:31).

God watched His first woman allow the serpent, Satan disguised, to deceive her into disobeying His command (Gen. 3:1-6). Then He saw His first woman tempt His first man with the forbidden fruit (Gen. 3:7). When Adam disobeyed his Creator’s clear command, the entire human race, which was in his seed and would come from him, plummeted into slavery to sin. As mankind multiplied so did wickedness because every human being born was corrupt, controlled by indwelling sin and enslaved to Satan. “The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him to his heart” (Gen. 6:5-7, emphasis mine). The loving Creator, a Father in heart, saw the crown of His creation that had been “very good” become “only evil continually.” God’s heart went from being delightfully satisfied with what He saw as “very good” to becoming grieved because of man’s sin.

This led to the grand display of His beautiful character. His love, holiness and justice would be made visible to His angels, His enemy and demons, and to mankind. At cost beyond human comprehension God would sacrifice His own beloved Son in order to redeem individuals from sin’s grip and Satan’s tyranny. He would reconcile repentant believing sinners to Himself and recreate them into the image of His own beautiful character so He could once again see His redeemed as “very good.” The cost required His own Son to become a mere human in order to be like a slaughtered lamb bearing His Father’s infinite wrath for our sin. It was the only way. “It was the Lord’s good plan to crush him and fill him with grief. Yet when his life is made an offering for sin. He will have a multitude of children, many heirs…. When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish, he will be satisfied” (Isaiah 53:10-11, NLT).

What will He see accomplished that will satisfy Him?

“And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him (Col. 1:22-23, ESV). The Lord is able to “to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy” (Jude 24, ESV).

Because of His Son’s sacrificial death, the Father, who was grieved to His heart by our sin, will see His redeemed ones transformed to become holy, blameless, and above reproach in His all penetrating gaze — exactly like His beautiful Son. The beloved Son accomplished His Father’s desire, and His heart will be fully satisfied with us. Glory to God in the highest! Amen!

JRW




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The Lord’s Satisfaction

Posted by Jerry White on Apr 12, 2012

God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good (Gen. 1:31 ESV). God in His infinite goodness created everything and was satisfied that all was very good.

God watched His first woman allow the serpent (Satan) to deceive her into disobeying His command (Gen. 3:1-6). He then saw His first woman tempt His first man with the forbidden fruit (Gen. 3:7). When Adam disobeyed his Creator’s clear command the entire human race that was in his seed, and would come from him, plummeted into slavery to sin. As mankind multiplied so did wickedness because every human being born was corrupt, controlled by sin and enslaved to Satan. The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart (Gen. 6:5-6 ESV). The Creator—Yahweh by name—saw His crown of creation that first had been very good become only evil continually. God’s heart went from being satisfied with what was very good to becoming grieved—all because of man’s sin, including yours and mine.

Creator God would now display the beauty of His character. His love and holiness and justice would be made visible to His angels, His enemy and demons, and to mankind. He would sacrifice His own beloved Son in order to redeem individuals from sin’s grip and Satan’s tyranny. He would reconcile repentant believing sinners to Himself and recreate them into the image of His own beautiful character so He could once again see His redeemed as very good. The cost would be His own Son becoming a mere human and be made sin for us in order to be like a slaughtered lamb bearing His Father’s wrath for our sin. It was the only way.

It was the Lord’s good plan to crush him and fill him with grief. Yet when his life is made an offering for sin, he will have a multitude of children, many heirs…. When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish, he will be satisfied (Isaiah 53:10-11 NLT, emphasis mine).

What will He see that will satisfy Him?

And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him (Col. 1:22-23 ESV). The Lord is able to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy (Jude 24 ESV).

Yahweh, grieved to his heart because of our wickedness, displayed His love, justice and holiness in the anguish of His Son’s sacrificial death, and the eternal incomprehensible result will be the Heavenly Father’s great joy to see His children holy, blameless, and above reproach in His all penetrating sight—exactly like His beautiful Son. The Father and His Son will be satisfied!

JRW




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When Peace Rules

Posted by Jerry White on Mar 21, 2011

Let the peace that Christ can give keep on acting as umpire in your hearts.

Colossians 3:15 (Williams Translation)

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“A saintly African Christian told a congregation once that, as he was climbing the hill to the meeting, he heard steps behind him. He turned and saw a man carrying a very heavy load up the hill on his back. He was full of sympathy for him and spoke to him. Then he noticed that His hands were scarred, and he realized that it was Jesus. He said to Him, ‘Lord, are you carrying the world’s sins up the hill?’ ‘No,’ said the Lord Jesus, ‘not the world’s sin, just yours!’ As that African simply told the vision God had just given him, the people’s hearts and his heart were broken as they saw their sins at the Cross. Our hearts need to be broken too, and only when they are shall we be willing for the confessions, the apologies, the reconciliations and the restitutions, that are involved in a true repentance of sin. Then when we have been willing to humble ourselves, as the Lord humbled Himself, the dove will return to us.

Sweet messenger of rest! `

Return, O heavenly Dove, return

I hate the sins that made Thee mourn,

And drove Thee from my breast.

One last word. The Dove is the emblem of peace which suggests that if the Blood of Jesus has cleansed us and we are walking with the Lamb in humility, the sign of the Spirit’s presence and fullness will be peace This is indeed to be the test of our walk all the way along. ‘Let the peace of God rule (or arbitrate) in your hearts’ (Col. 3:15). If the Dove ceases to sing in our hearts at any time, if our peace is broken, then it can only be because of sin. In some matter we have departed from the humility of the Lamb. We must ask God to show us what it is, and be quick to repent of it and bring the sin to the Cross. Then the dove will be once again in His rightful place in our hearts and peace with God will be ours.”

Roy Hession

The Calvary Road, 42-43




Our Feelings May Change

Posted by Jerry White on Mar 10, 2011

“We are liable to worry a little when we think of our changeableness. If you are at all like me, you are very far from being always the same. I am sometimes lifted up to the very heavens, and then I go down to the deeps. I am at one time bright with joy and confidence, and at another time dark as midnight with doubts and fears. Even Elijah, who was so brave, had his fainting fits. We are to be blamed for this, and yet the fact remains: our experience is like an April day, when rain and sunshine take turns. Amid our mournful changes, we rejoice to hear the Lord’s own voice saying, ‘Fear not: for I have redeemed thee.’ Everything is not shifting waves; there is rock somewhere. Redemption is an accomplished fact. ‘The Cross, it stands fast. Hallelujah!’

The price has been paid, the ransom accepted. This has been accomplished and can never be undone. Jesus says, ‘I have redeemed thee.’ Our feelings may change, but this does not alter the fact that we have been bought with a price and made the Lord’s own by the precious blood of Jesus. The Lord God has already done so much for us that our salvation is sure in Christ Jesus. Will He begin to build, and fail to finish? Will He lay the foundation in the everlasting covenant, dedicate the walls with the infinite sacrifice of the Lamb of God, give up the choicest Treasure He ever had, the chosen and precious One of God, to be the Cornerstone and then not finish the work He has begun? No, if He has redeemed us, He has, in that act, given us the pledge of all things.

See how the gifts of God are tied to this redemption. ‘I have redeemed thee, I have called thee’ (Isa. 43:1).”

Charles Spurgeon

Joy In Christ’s Presence, 110-111

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For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:38-39 (ESV)




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I Crucified Jesus

Posted by Jerry White on Apr 9, 2009

`Twas I that shed the sacred blood;
I nailed him to the tree;
I crucified the Christ of God;
I joined the mockery.

Of all that shouting multitude
I feel that I am the one;
And in that din of voices rude
I recognize my own.

Around the cross the throng I see,
Mocking the sufferer’s groan;
Yet still my voice it seems to be,
As if I mocked alone.

Horatius Bonar (1808-1889)
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“Let me never forget that the heinousness of sin lies not so much in the nature of the sin committed, as in the greatness of the Person sinned against.”
The Valley of Vision, p. 143
Edited by Arthur Bennett
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Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.
Acts 2:36 (ESV)




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