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© Robert E. Donaldson Th.D.
There is a range of promises that centre on the Lord Jesus Christ, the inestimably blessed One, whose are the regions of eternity, whose is the donation of life eternal, in whom is the crisp and fragrant certitude of God from whom He came, to whom He went, and from whom He will come again.
To His own, His return is the climacteric point in eternity, just as His crucifixion is the overcoming of the abyss and His resurrection is the presentation of a power so precise, so personal and so human in format that all fear and hopelessness is at once replaced by victory and indeed triumph. The cross remains however the centre, for there is seen the outpouring of a love so intense, immense and personal that the blind could see, if they had optical organs at all. Such however is the death of the human spirit, which lingers like a corpse within the body of those who reject the truth, that the very life which can respond in itself and in its own light, is as darkness. As Jesus said: If the light which is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
Yet this is not all. Though this death is so moribund that an undertaker, had he senses for the task, would turn in dismay from its very carriage to the tomb, as it were, is not so final that it cannot be penetrated by the resurrection power of Christ. It is the experience of Christians, as it is the promise of the Bible, that those who in faith turn to Him are granted life from the dead: For thus we judge, says Paul, that if one died for all, then all died and He died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them, and rose again.
ALL are invited. BUT those who die into HIM, who lose that individual power to distance themselves from God and so become individuals in God, these live; and such is their life that it is re-oriented to the lively dynamics of divine inter-relationship. In a deathless certainty, they live as the world despises, but as eternity loves.
In the promises of God, is their nestling place. In the blessings of God is their habitat. Unseen, the spiritual is their domain, the Spirit of God is their recourse, and the Lord Himself eternally is their recourse. The paths are -smooth-able in His provisions, the mountains are movable in His power, and the wisdom is discoverable in faith, as one seeks it from Him.
For the unconverted, these pages will be like an undiscovered territory, and it is my prayer that as you read, you will be led into a discovery which will change your territory to a better place. A message for your follows shortly.
For the converted, this provides an inspection point, to discern the wonders that are provided, so that you might possess your possessions as the prophet of old told his people, and enjoy more fully the wonders of the Altogether Lovely One, whose are the mountains and the hills, whose is the redemption from the travail of the sorrows of sin, and in whom is life eternal, friendship that knows no imperfections and a tenderness of heart that is as undeterrable as is the power that safeguards.
In Him, to
be lion-hearted is to participate in what He is; and fearlessness is as the
sunset to the dawn: what follows from His favour. To fear the Lord is to fear nothing else;and in His fear, there is a cleanness that is at
once fragrant and real.
A WORD, IN CONCLUSION,
TO THOSE NOT YET
CONVERTED TO CHRIST, FOLLOWS ...
Time to Turn!
To nursery rhymes ?
The BIBLE is adult - and Christ has no Equal.
Europe burned. England burned. Berlin burned, as did Coventry; Russia was ravaged; men blasted men and then developed a bigger atomic blast. This showed itself radioactive with RESULTS which could stay for thousands of years, to contaminate - if you were still around, as a race - the only world you have. 1945 advanced, its military victories the prelude to moral defeat. The world began to change (Matthew 24:5-11).
Men were derided, children became king: youth could do little wrong. Many of these had to 'find' themselves, discipline being distressing to them; and they developed a fancy for drugs and doing less; then women were the next idea, to become men-substitutes, rather than partners. But one thing never changed: sin. It stalks and talks to young and old; it breeds war, produces lust, misuses the young, abuses all. Yet it is No. 1 in popularity in an earth squirming with earthquake, smog, greenhouse warming, pesticides, water level losses, divorce and racial, civic and political corruption/madness on a scale almost inconceivable.
In their millions, people make up what they want to believe and then try to act the part. Meanwhile, the God who made them is left to admire their devastation of their children with
1) weird do-nothing approaches that allow sin to fester like pus, and
2) scholarly nursery rhymes - foolish inventions like organic evolution, that in turn invent nothing: but do aid a species of morals that could make a whore look almost virtuous by comparison.
Self, success, gaining, enjoying, disregarding, satisfaction, being important and regarded, getting your way, being tough, surviving and the like become idols that break: and many is the heart broken with them. Mediums and gurus in and out of 'churches' take the populace for little existential trips, voyages of self-discovery, but the sound and proven word of truth is ignored as if it were a leper. Yet no leper despising a cure is safe.
It is time to return to God who predicted many such things in the Bible He provided (Matthew 24, II Timothy 3, I Timothy 4, II Peter 2), and to find what peace really is, and where meaning lives. It is time to come to the gracious operation of Christ, the great Physician so that your heart may be changed, your sins forgiven and your place as a child of God granted: John 6:37,8:58,10:9,27-28, Romans 3:24-28,5:1-17, 6:23,8:16.
Born again (John 3: 6-7, I John 5:1,1:1-4)? Of course, no baby escaped being born; but you don't hear young boys boasting about having been born. They GROW and develop STRENGTH; and so it is in spiritual life. You COMMENCE, then GROW and LEARN and become transformed into a free format under Christ: that is the divine way (II Peter 3:18, II Corinthians 3:17-18, Philippians 2:1-11). Not the mark of the world, the beast or the self, but the seal of the Spirit in the life of Christ, the certainties of God who provides all (II Peter 1) - are there!
You do not want it? Hell is the name for the post of displaced persons who WANT IT THAT WAY! What would you expect? That dreaming through things gains truth and life! To sit on this world is to repose on a volcano, fierce within and of no long time to eruption! "THIS," said Christ, "is the condemnation, that light has come into the world and men have loved darkness rather than light." Why ? He explained...
"Because their deeds are evil!" (John 3:15-21). Either evil will swallow you or you swallow your pride and seek the truth, turning in repentance to Him who, told of men perishing at the sudden collapse of a tower upon them, said to the heart: "Except you repent, you will all likewise perish" (Luke 13:3). BEING ALIVE is no guarantee. Being a child of God IS, because He is the truth, and life is His. In love He gave HIS OWN LIFE in the person of His Son, "the just for the unjust to bring us to God" (I Peter 1:4,2:24,3:18), freely offering life eternal.
It is time to turn!
Rev. Dr. Robert E. Donaldson, October 1997
Valley View, Australia
A TASK FORCE TO BRING BLESSING TO THE READER WHO WILL STUDY THE WORD OF GOD AND APPLY IT
1.THE LAUNCHING PLACE and the Heavens Themselves: Cyrus and Christ
2. THE TENDER AND THE TRUE: The Truth, the Travesty and the Lie
3.DELIVER US FROM DISPENSATIONALISM, and from Sovereignty without a Sovereign Alike
4. What is the Meaning of the FIRST VISION OF EZEKIEL ?
How is it a Major Thrust to Repentance, Cleansing, and conduct conformable to Christ ?
5. What is the Meaning of EZEKIEL'S LAST VAST VISION of the Temple, The Stream and the Altar ? How is it a Picture of Evangelism, Recalcitrance, Spiritual Power, The Sacrifice of Christ as the True King of the Jews and His Coming Power ?
6. WHY IS DANIEL'S 70 7'S PROPHECY A TWO-EDGED SWORD ?
How does it provide a glorious focus on Christ crucified on the one hand, and a necessary instruction on His coming glory ?
7. BEYOND THE CURSE
8. OH THE BLESSEDNESS OF THE MESSIAH!
The Exuberance of Delight in the Lord,
Where Blessings Circulate in Spirit,
As Blood does in Heart - Psalm 84 exposited and applied.
9.UNSURPASSABLE PINNACLE, JESUS CHRIST
10. JACOB, THE WRESTLER WHO FOUND RE ST
11. THE WORLD BELONGS TO GOD AND I BELONG TO HIM
An account of two major divine deliverances :
wrought with tenderness, executed with power, in a modern-day church scenario: shows application of II Corinthians 1:10, within the scope of II Timothy 4:17-18.
12. THAT EXUBERANT DAY OF REST!
follows an account of the gist and thrust, the word of God to man on the
day of rest.
There are attached to this such comforting, penetrating and comprehensive promises, that it would seem remiss to omit such a topic from any work on Biblical blessing, however short. (See also Barbs, Arrows, Balms, Part 9.)
13. REST IN REALITY AND IN REDEMPTION
Ways In and THE WAY OUT of the CURSE at the STRICTLY PERSONAL LEVEL for man in the midst of the universe
14. THE INALIENABLE LIBERTIES of the Life in Christ
The revelations of Isaiah 32-33 give choice grass,
with wonderful scenes
of distant delight and near wonder.
15. THE ESCAPE!
Stand still! ... Go Forward! Recent developments in ancient Exodus, and ancient lessons for modern times from the unchanging God.
16. CHRIST-ASSURANCE ... Self-assurance is in vogue, and as ugly as any other pretension. On the other hand:-
Christ-assurance is first revelatory, God-given,
second rational, founded on fact, and
a blessing from the mouth of the God whose word CANNOT be broken,
because it always stands, though the years yap like crazed dogs and philosophers flap like untied tents. Valid, virtuous and victorious, His word never errs.
THE REALM OF THE APPENDIX
THE REST THAT
HAS A WAY OF ITS OWN ...
This was originally drawn from NEWS 33, concerning Israel, on the web page for World Wide Web Witness, and now replaces it, as part of the work, Biblical Blessings.
with modifications for this purpose.
It shows from current world news in the most sensitive spot on earth, how understanding is crucial not merely for peace, but for wisdom.
The Eternal God never has a place as an extra....
THE DAY WHICH HAS A SAY OF ITS OWN
THE REVIEW OF REST, CREATION AND RESURRECTION,
OVER HISTORY FROM THE FIRST,
AND ITS APPLICATION TO MODERN HISTORY
THE REDEEMER WHO HAS
AN INFINITUDE OF HIS OWN
BEING GOD AS MAN
THE MAGNIFICENCE OF THE MESSIAH