Christ our Final destination   Leave a comment

Oswald Chambers once said “ Any honest unbeliever can be nothing but a pessimist , optimism is not the rightful domain of those who are faithless. At best they flatter themselves that they are “good enough” for God, for themselves and for others. This is probably also the plight of one who is “Almost Christian” resting in assurance that whatever they might have done or not done, fits them for the presence of God.

As I see it , and as the Bible sees it. The believer rests on the Death of Christ who died on his behalf. No piety or practice can be added as some kind of merit. Though holiness of life and purity in speech and thought are expected. Indeed commanded. Yet who can live up to this standard, it is setting up the sinner for despair and the unbeliever to futility.

To not embrace the Death of Christ and His righteousness He imputes to us is sheer folly.

Yet this is the very thing our human nature is so prone to do. Very often we are so caught up in the “things of God” that we forget “the God of all things” Does God expect less than 100 percent of us? ( because in real terms this is the best we can give some more than others) God demands the 100 percent, and from Christ who perfectly obeyed God on our behalf , He exacts it. This is not an easy things to take to heart. Pride wants to add a little merit of its own. Yet this way is not open to us. Christ has to be our total and complete righteousness or we have to face the wrath of God for our own shortcomings.

Can any man not mourn when he sees the mountain of his sin in front of him? Only a fool plays on the edge of a volcano that erupts. Such is sin, it is a volcano of human depravity that waits to explode on the one that comes to close to the edge. Sin lies in the corridors of the human soul waiting to be fed, and the end of it is death. Who can deliver from such a dreadful foe, and one that lurks within our very being? Can a man control his innermost thoughts? Maybe some of the time. But sin will take its opportunity with human weakness and drag its victim to the pit.
Who can save us from this body of death? This is the question the Apostle asks in Romans 7. And it is a question everyone needs to ask when they see the sinfulness of sin. As with the apostle I also have to add, “praise be to God!” who has give us this sure and living hope, the sure promise that Christ has indeed taken the punishment due to us and that the mountain of sin is demolished. Removed from us as far as the east is from the west.
But those who indulge in a optimism that flatters their own egos, will find their sin a monster that will eat them alive. Futility will be their end. Having said that I speak as one who has to tread gently, and not be self righteous. That also is folly and evidence of a heart full of pride. So who can escape this? We escape just condemnation by accepting the sacrifice of one completely innocent taking the guilt and punishment for our sins, this is what Jesus Christ has done for us, this is the old, old story, that Christ has died for us, so we may be reconciled to God. Not only is He the door to Heaven, He is the Way and the Final destination.

“Long my imprisoned spirit lay
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night:
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray;
I woke; the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off: my heart was free:
I rose, went forth, and followed thee.”

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Posted March 18, 2010 by Reformed and renewed in Devotional

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