Friday, February 02, 2007

"Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel..."
~1 Corinthians 1:17
A word from Oswald Chambers
(excerpts taken from "My Utmost For His Highest")
"...We are not commissioned to preach salvation or sanctification - we are commissioned to lift up Jesus Christ. It is an injustice to say that Jesus Christ labored in redemption to make me a saint. Jesus Christ labored in redemption to redeem the whole world and to place it perfectly whole and restored before the throne of God. The fact that we can experience redemption illustrates the power of its reality, but that experience is a byproduct and not a goal of redemption.
If God were human, how sick and tired He would be of the constant requests we make for our salvation and our sanctification. We would be a burden from morning till night asking for things for ourselves from which WE want to be delivered.
....When we finally touch the underlying foundation of the reality of the gospel of God, we will never bother Him anymore with little personal complaints.
The one passion of Paul's life was to proclaim the gospel of God. He welcomed heartbreak, disillusionment, and tribulation for only one reason - these things kept him unmovable in his devotion to the gospel of God."

1 comment:

Peanut Butter and Jelly Boats said...

Hmmm I'm going to have to dig this book out of a box from the garage (we're inbetween moves). This is the kind of thing that should be studied for a few days. Great Post!