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

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

"...that He may exalt you in due time"

Does the fact that we, as believers, are humbled before God mean that we spend the rest of eternity with our head held low and walk around with "our tail tucked between our legs" like a scared puppy? The Scriptures teach us the precise opposite. The stated result of being humbled before God is found in 1 Peter 5:5: "Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time." The precedent and pattern for this sequences of events (from humbled to exalted) is seen in the Lord Jesus Christ as described in Phil 2:8 & 9 where it is stated that because the Man, Christ Jesus, humbled Himself before His Father that He was exalted above all else (except the Father, 1 Cor.15:27 & 28). We share in Christ's exaltation, but to a lesser degree, not fully, because we will never be the object of praise and worship that He rightfully is throughout eternity. A listing of the very special ways that we are exalted in Him can be found in Eph. 1:3-14. Keeping in mind that all which the Father has done for us is "in Christ," "because of Christ," and "for Christ."
Eph. 1:3 "every spiritual blessing"
1:4 "He chose us...that we should be holy and without blame"
1:5 "predestined to the adoption as sons"
1:6 "He made us accepted in the Beloved"
1:7 "redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins"
1:8 [grace---v.7] "abounding to us"
1:9 "made known to us the mystery of His will"
1:10 "gathered together in Christ"
1:11 "we have obtained an inheritance"
1:12 "that we should be to the praise of His glory"
1:13 "sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise"
1:14 we are a "purchased possession"
Similar examples can be found in Col.1 with greatest of these in Col. 1:27 "...Christ in you..." What greater exaltation can man be afforded man than to be indwelt by the Triune God? John 14:23.

While these things are precious to the child of God they are meaningless to the lost (examine yourself). To the redeemed these verses produce a fresh dose of humility and gratitude. What a blessing it is to lay down our idols, our favorite sins, our pride, our life and be humbled under the mighty hand of God! What an untold privilege to walk humbly with our Creator! Rev. 1:4 & 5 " Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen." 1 John 3:1 & 2 "Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us that we should be called children of God...beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is." Can we bow in humble adoration?

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