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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

My Utmost For His Highest : "The Call Of God"

February 1, 2012

For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the
1 Corinthians 1:17
Paul states here that the call of God is to preach the gospel; but
remember what Paul means by "the gospel," viz., the reality of
Redemption in our Lord Jesus Christ. We are apt to make
sanctification the end-all of our preaching. Paul alludes to personal
experience by way of illustration, never as the end of the matter. We
are nowhere commissioned to preach salvation or sanctification; we
are commissioned to lift up Jesus Christ (John 12:32). It is a
travesty to say that Jesus Christ travailed in Redemption to make me
a saint. Jesus Christ travailed in Redemption to redeem the whole
world, and place it unimpaired and rehabilitated before the throne of
God. The fact that Redemption can be experienced by us is an
illustration of the power of the reality of Redemption, but that is
not the end of Redemption. If God were human, how sick to the heart
and weary He would be of the constant requests we make for our
salvation, for our sanctification. We tax His energies from morning
till night for things for ourselves - some thing for me to be
delivered from! When we touch the bedrock of the reality of the
Gospel of God, we shall never bother God any further with little
personal plaints.
The one passion of Paul's life was to proclaim the Gospel of God. He
welcomed heart-breaks, disillusionments, tribulation, for one reason
only, because these things kept him in unmoved devotion to the Gospel
of God.

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