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Bearing His Reproach

October 27, 2014

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Just as His place in glory is our place, so His place on earth is our place as we go through this sinful world. What is His place down here? It is the place of rejection, for “He came unto His own, and His own received Him not.

He is still the rejected One, and the place that the world has given Him should determine the place that you and I will take. He was rejected, not merely by the barbarian world, not merely by those who were living low, degraded lives, but also by the literary world, the cultured world, and the religious world. It was the religious leaders of the people who demanded His death, and all of the world acquiesced. The world continues to do so. It has its culture, its refinements, its civilization, its religion; but our blessed Lord is apart from it all, and the Word to us is this,

Let us go forth therefore unto Him without the camp, bearing His reproach (Hebrews 13:13).

HA IronsideH.A. Ironside
Charge That to My Account (1931), pages 114-115
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The Body of Our Humiliation

October 24, 2014

Who will transfigure the body of our humiliation … (Philippians 3:21).

No one is so keenly sensitive to the degrading corruption and impotence of our bodies as the saint who has caught a glimpse of His glory. But the phrase means more than that. It is not merely a humiliating body, but the body which accompanies and accords with our humiliation (3:21). So long as we are in it we are to humble ourselves, as well as suffer the humiliation it involves. This is not the time for us to be glorified. The Corinthians were sated and rich and reigning, while the apostles were a gazing-stock to the world, but that was due to the Corinthians’ carnality (1 Cor.4:8-10). A mortal body is the proper place to display our present humiliation. Undesirable as it is in itself, we should be thankful for it, as it prepares us to appreciate the body that shall be ours in the future.

KnochA.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Studies in Philippians
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Our “Off” Times

October 21, 2014

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You know, we have our “off” times spiritually. If my experience is of any value to you, I have come to this position: It is not what I can do, not what I cannot do, nor how I am today; all is with Him.

Today, maybe, I am not conscious of His indwelling, but on the contrary very conscious of other things that are not Christ. Well, that is my state; but He is faithful, He is true. He has given me certain assurance – about perfecting unto the day of Christ a good work which HE hath commenced (Philippians 1:6). He started this thing – I did not; He undertook this thing. Before ever I had a being, He had undertaken to carry through His perfect work. That was all undertaken before ever I saw the light of day, so that I did not start this – it did not commence with me.

I find I have these “off” times, but as I definitely trust the Lord, I say, “Lord, this is Your responsibility, and I know this will not last; and I am trusting you in the meanwhile.” Trust Him. “I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me” (Galatians 2:20); He has the whole matter in hand.

T. Austin-Sparks (1888-1971)
A Witness and a Testimony (January, 1940)
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God’s Pattern in Our Lives

October 10, 2014

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God is working out a pattern in our lives. We see only the present and the immediate, but God sees the whole picture of one’s life as it will appear when the last stroke of the brush has completed the picture. In this pattern of our lives there are bright spots and dark backgrounds, all of them necessary for the complete portrait. As we pass through the dark experiences of life, we see only that dark piece.

Our experiences resemble a jigsaw puzzle. Here is a black piece that seems to fit nowhere at all. It does not make sense. Here is a little brighter piece. Other sections of the jigsaw puzzle are dark, and some pitch black, and we cry and moan in these black moments; but by-and-by the Master will take all the pieces that look so disconnected to us now and will carefully arrange each piece in its proper place. Then we shall see His completed work – the work of a Master who makes no mistakes.

When it is all ready, we shall find that the dark pieces of the puzzle were as important to the completion of the full beauty of the pattern as the bright sections.

Take heart, dear child of God. Father makes no mistakes. He loves you more than you love Him, and even as the child cannot understand an earthly father until he reaches maturity, so, too, we cannot understand all now; but someday we shall understand.

M.R. De HaanM.R. De Haan, M.D. (1891-1965)
Broken Things – Why We Suffer (pages 104-105)
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Your Religious Camp

October 7, 2014

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To go forth unto Him without the camp, bearing His reproach, does not mean going outside the worldly crowd; it means being put outside the religious crowd you belong to.

One of the most poignant bits of suffering comes along that line. If you remain true to Jesus Christ there are times when you will have to go through your convictions and out the other side, and most of us shrink from such a step because it means going alone. The “camp” means the religious set you belong to; the set you do not belong to does not matter to you.

Oswald ChambersOswald Chambers (1874-1917)
Loneliness
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