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#41 Theopesta

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Posted 09 September 2005 - 07:40 PM

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Why should death merely as death be apparently treated with such abhorrence, and be made the subject of such stringent measures of purification?

This touches a subject high, deep, and wide. It calls attention to the origin of death in relation to man, and to the nature of life in relation to God. Both these subjects are liable to be skimmed over in this merely naturalistic age. Men find death a universal law of the animal world, so far as they have experience of that world upon earth and they are apt to regard it as the inseparable corollary of life--the necessary and other half of the phenomenon of vitality. They see animals, great and small, born, grow, decay, and die' and they see man do the same. Therefore they write it down as a "law of nature", for which they do not require to seek a special origin, and to which, therefore, it is impossible they can attach the odious character suggested by these provisions of the Mosaic law regarding it.

death is the result of sin, and not the necessary quality of the nature with which he was endowed in the first instance. This truth enables us to understand the peculiar detestation of death expressed by the ordinances we are considering. The presence of death--the touch of death--means the presence of sin, and sin is the awful thing that fools make a mock at: the crime of insubordination against the wish, will, or law of the Eternal Author and Possessor of Creation.

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Posted 09 September 2005 - 08:27 PM

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If the ceremonial repudiation of death in the law of Moses have this pungent meaning, it naturally brings the question of life into view, and opens celestial realms. What is life?

what is life?

can we find life in rest in sleeping in being fonded from others?

can we find life in rest or in struggling in tears and sweeting?

what is life and where is the true deep life?

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Posted 09 September 2005 - 10:12 PM

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The Law of Moses/DEATH:

The power of death was there that it might be destroyed. If it was not there, it could not be destroyed. This is the mischief of what may be truly called the Papal view. By denying that Jesus came in the very dying flesh of Adam, it changes the character of the death of Christ into a martyrdom or a punishing of the innocent for the guilty: instead of being what it is revealed to have been--a declaration of the righteousness of God that He might be just, while the justifier of those who have faith in it for the forgiveness of their sins (Rom. 3:24-26).

A man who comes to Him with the idea that he has a right to be heard and to be saved, because his sins have been compounded for substitutionally in the death of Christ, as one man may satisfy the debts of another, is not in the frame of mind that is acceptable to Him. We must recognize that "grace reigns through righteousness" (Rom. 5:21), and that we are forgiven, not because another has been punished for our sins, but because:
we recognize this righteousness in the operation that put the Lord to death for the declaration of that righteousness and in the condemnation of sin in the flesh (Rom. 3:25; 8:3).

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Posted 09 September 2005 - 10:38 PM

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The Law of Moses/DEATH:

God is ready to pardon, but not to put aside the ways of His righteousness

He aims at His own exaltation as well as our benefit, in the conferring of salvation: and therefore He adopts a method that humbles us in the dust while affording scope for His favour towards us without departure from justice and wisdom. It is a method that while inviting us to take of the water of life freely, puts us under everlasting obligation to Christ, through whom alone we can have access to Him or entrance to everlasting life. They are no empty words that the saints employ when they sing, "Thou wast slain and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood ....

Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and wisdom and riches and honour and glory and blessing."

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Posted 11 September 2005 - 07:16 AM

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the Pilgrim'progress:

the cross "He hath given me rest by his sorrow, And life by his death."

Formalist and Hypocrisy: when the christian began to ascend the hill of difficulties he said: "This hill, though high, I covet to ascend;
The difficulty will not me offend,
For I perceive the way to life lies here:
Come, pluck up, heart, let's neither faint nor fear!
Better, though difficult, the right way to go,
Than wrong, though easy, where the end is woe.

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