Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Monday, March 24, 2014

Christ is never fully valued

(J.C. Ryle)

So they cast him out of the vineyard and killed him!" Luke 20:15

This parable shows us the deep corruption of human nature. The conduct of the "wicked farmers" is a vivid representation of man's dealings with God.
Let us often pray that we may thoroughly understand the exceeding sinfulness of man's heart. Few of us, it may be feared, have the least conception of the strength and virulence of the spiritual disease with which we are born. Few entirely realize that "the carnal mind is enmity against God," and that unconverted human nature, if it had the power, would cast its Maker down from His throne! 
The behavior of the wicked farmers before us, whatever we may please to think, is only a picture of what every natural man would do to God, if he only could.
To see these things is of great importance, for Christ is never fully valued--until sin is clearly seen! We must know the depth and malignity of our disease--in order to appreciate the great Physician!


Darrel said...

Denial of our condition before God is a sure way to remain forever estranged from Him. It leads one to believe that he can lift himself up by his own boot straps and that by a conscience act of his will he may enter into the good graces of the King of kings. Eventually it will take one to the point of believing that all mankind will be ushered into heaven and live there happily ever after.

Such a thought process in men as presented by brother Ryle is the exact same (to the letter) attitude and thought process that we find in Lucifer just before eternal damnation was pronounced on him (Isa. 14). But our Lord has seen fit to show mercy and compassion in the saving of His chosen ones. He removes a man from the slime pit of his sin, cleans him up and clothes him in the righteousness of His Son. But that's not the end of it, He makes this new creation of His to be conformed to the image of His Son, ever to be in His presence, ever to be free from sin. And this He does for those who formerly had the mindset described by Ryle, but were changed only by the grace of salvation. Thanks be to God!!!

lyn said...

Amen and Amen! To think of the sewer God pulled me out of produces so much gratitude in my heart. To think of how our Lord suffered for all my horrific sins is hard to grasp. He was without sin, and yet, He became sin, my sins were laid on Him. Amazing