Self destruction through the cross
by Shem Derick
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The young man went away sorrowful. Christ then turned to the disciples,: and said: "How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!" The disciples, we read, were greatly astonished, and answered: "Who, then, can be saved?" And Christ gave this blessed answer: "The things which are impossible with men are possible with God" (Luke 18:22-27)
"Christ had said to the rich young ruler, "Sell all that thou hast ... and come, follow him."
Just to put a hold on that. Christ did try to show the man reality other than what he did perceive in his mind. He asked him to sell all that he had and the end result was to follow him. In other wards, he could Nat follow him unless he had accepted him. But according to the young rich man, his wealth was worth more; he saw no reason to follow a man yet he was loosing all he had . am sure Christ's description there hits all of us.
We are so foreign to the things of God, we can't understand them unless he leads us " fixing our eyes on Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its
shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."
when Christ told the rich man to let go of all he had, it seemed like was was loosing his life. " Then Jesus said to his disciples, Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me." Jesus tried to show the man the value of life through him and the result of following him but the young man could not comprehend what Christ meant.
" The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are
discerned only through the Spirit 1 Corinthians 2:14" man can not know what he knows not unless he knows by he who knows." That's a fact there..the natural can't comprehend any thing of God in spirit unless viewed in the spirit.
Christ's desire is that if we are to come after him and follow his ways, we have to reach that point of self denial and that cuts across all. We have to acknowledge that their is one true God and there is none other. "I am the LORD, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God. I will strengthen you, though you have not acknowledged me, Isaiah 45:5" man has to have that sink down his spine.
At this point a Child of God means one who totally knows nothing; can't even make a step towards any sort archivment unless the father leads him. That is what God desires; that we see him alone in the picture of his son and that in our failures he is made stronger
" But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all themore gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me 2 Corinthians 12:9 ".
In Christ's description here, he points out that self is not any means of safety or that we can be saved by self but rather self is destruction and something has to be done so that we go his way and that is to put away self and the means to the destruction of self were provided through the cross.
" For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God Ephesians 2:8"
" Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17". self is no means of salvation but denial of self leads to salvation. The acceptance of Christ is the walk to follow him but that is after self denial that in you, dwells no good. "For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out Romans 7:18"
Today I had an urge to say this though I know that we have heard this several times but these ain't just words but to me they seem more like life, if I can't see nothing in this then am just like a blind man, walking confidenlty,pretending to know his way yet still has the guts to ask for directions.
May God open up our eyes to see him.
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