Sunday, October 18, 2009
SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS IN CHRIST
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ."
Now, when the poor soul is in prison, in chains and in condemnation, he needs deliverance from his captivity, but he feels that none upon earth can help or deliver him. O no; the blessed Savior alone can deliver and save him. His atoning blood is the ransom price.
He says, "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those that are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord." (Isaiah 61:1-2).
When this deliverance is proclaimed in the conscience of the poor sinner, the effect is as the Bible describes - it is "liberty to the captives."
Our religion to stand the test must be according to the Scriptures; and the language of the inspired Word is, "Deliver him" (the poor, captive, bowed-down soul) "from going down to the pit; I have found a ransom for him" (Job 33:24) - the blood of the incarnate God.
"As for you," says Jehovah the Father to the dear Redeemer, "by the blood of your covenant, I have sent forth your prisoners out of the pit wherein there is no water." (Zechariah 9:11).
Mark it, my friends, God delivers the poor sinner by the blood of the covenant, the blood of the dear Redeemer.
The Holy Spirit applies the atoning blood of Immanuel to the conscience of the convinced sinner, and he discovers to him that the debt of sin is paid, law and justice satisfied, hell defeated, death vanquished and glory obtained. And when the poor sinner sees and feels this in his conscience, he has the spiritual blessing of deliverance from guilt and condemnation, and is brought into the glorious liberty of the gospel.
"Stand fast therefore in the liberty with which Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage."
And again, "If the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed." (John 8:36)
By John Kershaw - 1853