To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Ephesians 3:10, 11.
We should consider that it was not merely to accomplish the redemption of man that Christ came to earth, it was not merely that the inhabitants of this little world might regard the law of God as it should be regarded, but it was to demonstrate to all the worlds that God’s law is unchangeable and that the wages of sin is death.
There is a great deal more to this subject than we can take in at a glance. O that all might see the importance of carefully studying the Scriptures! Many seem to have the idea that this world and the heavenly mansions constitute the universe of God. Not so. The redeemed throng will range from world to world, and much of their time will be employed in searching out the mysteries of redemption. And throughout the whole stretch of eternity this subject will be continually opening to their minds. The privileges of those who overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony are beyond comprehension.
We have each to battle with the fallen foe. . . . Begin the warfare at once by gaining victories over self. Do not give place to the devil. . . . Throw all the weight of your influence on the side of Christ.
When you look at the cross of Calvary you cannot doubt God’s love or His willingness to save. He has worlds upon worlds that give Him divine honor, and heaven and all the universe would have been just as happy if He had left this world to perish, but so great was His love for the fallen race that He gave His own dear Son to die that they might be redeemed from eternal death. As we see the care, the love, that God has for us, let us respond to it; let us give to Jesus all the powers of our being, fighting manfully the battles of the Lord. We cannot afford to lose our souls; we cannot afford to sin against God. Life, eternal life in the kingdom of glory, is worth everything.
That I May Know Him p. 367
—–Here are some more meetings to pray for: • Crestview, FL (Mar 21 – Apr 16) Share Him • Norfolk, NE (Mar 21 – May 28) • Rockaway Beach, OR (Mar 28 – 30) Oregon/NPUC Prayer Conference. Speaker is Pavel Goia. • Palmetto, FL (Apr 4– May 4, 2014) with Scott Moore and LIFE team. • Liberal, KS (Apr 12 – 19) Diane
This morning, I noticed a post from Esther Marie on Facebook that made me very happy. I will quote it here. “I have to share my most happy mommy moment so far……Emma (age 2 ½) was knocking on the cabinet door and I told her about how Jesus is knocking on the door of her heart and wants to come in and help her to be kind and loving and obedient. I told her that he doesn’t ever come in unless he is invited. She looked very thoughtful and so I said,”do you want to ask Jesus to come in?” She nodded her head…So I said,”say Jesus please come into my heart.” She repeated…then she smiled really big and went to the door and opened it and said” Jesus! Where are you? Jesus come in!” And pointed to her heart. Then she closed the door and turned to look at me smiled and said,” Jesus came in!” I was so happy. I know Jesus was happy too.”
Oh, the innocence and trust of a little child! How literal they are. How fully they feel. How completely they love. One day as our Dear Saviour was teaching the people, “they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them. Mark 10:13-16
Another time when the disciples were arguing over who was the greatest, Jesus put a little child on His knee and exclaimed, “Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matt 18:3, 4
How important that we believe as completely as Emma did in her childish way. How vital that we ask Jesus into our heart just as readily. Our Great Redeemer pleads, “give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.” Prov 23:26 “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.” Rev 3:20, 21
May we open our heart’s door to the One Who left the glories of Heaven, the worship of all the inhabitants of the universe to live as a man and suffer all of the abuse the evil one could heap upon Him and allow Himself to be nailed to the cross for you and for me. May we pray as did David, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10 May we serve Him joyfully, with our whole being, and be willing to do all of His bidding is my prayer.