Solo Christo 5

It is hard to imagine the agony of being in hell.  In the gospel of Luke we get a glimpse of it when Lazarus complains that he is tormented in this flame (16:24).  It is interesting to notice how he calls for a heaven-dwelling finger, in order to alleviate the pain being experienced in his hell-dwelling tongue.

The earth-dwelling tongue only stops being set on fire of hell (Ja 3:6) when the spiritual fingers of Christ Jesus the Lord are put into one’s ears and the ears are opened (Mk 7:33-35).  Before that time our tongues are full of deceit, and the poison of asps is under our lips (Rom 3:13).

The apostle Paul arguably did more good with his finger than he ever did with his tongue.  Being restricted to confined quarters in Rome, he could do very little with his tongue.  Therefore, I write these things being absent, he said, knowing well that power had been given him to edification, and not to destruction (2 Cor 13:10).

May our hearts burn within us (Lk 24:32) for all the right reasons, as we consider not only that we have the word of God but that it is Christ himself, the God-man, who has personally opened to us the scriptures (v.32).  May our tongues remember that it is He who has granted them the Spirit of adoption (Rom 8:15), and the soothing sincerity of confession (Rom 10:8-10).

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Iceberg

We only see the iceberg’s tip

our lives being lived as on a ship,

and so we see the Saviour’s pain

and dare to think we can explain.

 

But oh the depths of judgement, hell

deeper than earthquake, magma well,

the punishment of one soul there

transcends the whole of earth’s despair.

 

The Saviour suffered all our loss

compressing all upon the Cross, 

for souls like stars or grains of sand

He bore God’s wrath, for none could stand. 

 

God’s judgement mankind terrifies

for all have sinned and dwell in lies

but Christ came here to sacrifice

your guilt is burning?  Seek His ice.

Sola gratia 5

When one is born again, it is almost a thing of sadness to contemplate returning to the world from which one was saved, there being an urge to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better (Phil 1:23).  However, it is God’s pleasure that we do return to live to His glory, and He gives us the latter half of His moral law to help us in our earthly, heavenward journey.

5.  The honour (Ex 20:12) due to parents is a solemn one, because that relationship more than any other represents the relationship of Our Father to a soul saved by grace.  The closeness of mother to baby or father to child cannot be equalled in any other earthly way and all other versions of it (teacher-student, employer-employee) echo the original which in turn honours God.

6.  We can kill (v. 13) in many ways; verbally, socially, emotionally, politically, militarily.  There are, of course, isolated occasions when there is a just cause.  However, in the main one is not to be angry without a cause (Mt. 5:22), and you are even to love your enemies (v. 44) without cause!  Such causeless love reflects the causeless love of Christ for the sinner saved by grace.

7.  Adultery (v. 14), whilst impossible for the true believer to desire or to lastingly dwell in, is nevertheless a temptation which may serve as a barometer of our daily devotional warmth. When prayers and Bible reading dry up, adultery will come knocking, the spiritual being the precursor to the mental then, God forbid, the carnal. 

8.  To steal (v. 15) by the use of one’s tongue, hand, mind or money, to build a private Babel, can happen in the realm of work, play or even religion.  When Christ Jesus the Lord is not the object of our desire we steal away our gifts from Him, and need again to give ourselves back to our Owner, as a living sacrifice (Rom 12:1).

9.  To bear false witness (v. 16) is for the believer a life which is indistinguishable from a worldly, unbelieving life.  If we allow ourselves to become the world’s friend in the wrong sense of that phrase, then we are losing our true witness and will lose our privileged position as bearers of spiritual fruit.

10.  To covet (17) in itself is not a bad thing, for we are urged to covet earnestly the best gifts (1 Cor 12:31).  However, if the eye does not fill itself with the godly things of this world (Bible, prayer, Christian literature, God-honouring music, sweet fellowship), then one will inevitably covet the worst gifts, which may end up becoming self-inflicted punishments.

May the Lord bless us along our solitary journeys, as we draw nearer to each other in Christ.

Thank God

Thank God God only knows the heart,

that bodies touch yet are apart,

for even in a new born’s breast

a cold war rumbles, not pure rest. 

 

Thank God God only know the mind,

that even to ourselves we’re blind,

for even in a new born’s head 

takes place a struggle, sin though dead.  

 

Thank God God only knows the soul,

that in our trials there is a goal,

for even in a new born’s day

there dwells a darkness, held at bay. 

 

Thank God God only knows the world,

before and after, all unfurled,

for all whose life is God the Son

there’s forgiveness, forget the sun.