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andrew-murrayAbide in Him As Your Sanctification

"Paul unto the Church of God which is at Corinth to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints" ;-thus the chapter opens in which we are taught that Christ is our sanctification. In the Old Testament, believers were called the righteous; in the New Testament they are called saints, the holy ones, sanctified in Christ Jesus.

A Savior From Sin

"Thou shalt call His name Jesus; for He shall save His people from their sins" Matthew 1:21.
"Ye know that He was manifest to take away sins; and in Him is no sin. Whosoever abideth in Him sinneth not"
I John 3:5,6.
It is sin that is the cause of our misery. It is sin that provoked God and brought His curse on man. He hates sin
with a perfect hatred and will do everything to root it out.

  1. It is to take away sin that God gave His Son that Jesus gave Himself.
  2. It is God who sets us free. Not only free from punishment, curse, uneasiness and terror, but also free from sin itself.
  3. You know that He was manifested so that He might take away our sins. Let us receive this thought deep into our hearts - it is God who takes away our sins.

At This Moment

"Behold, Now is the accepted time; behold, Now is the day of salvation." (II Corinthians 6:2)
The thought of living moment by moment is of such central importance -- looking at the abiding in Christ from our side -- that we want once more to speak of it. And to all who desire to learn the blessed art of living only a moment at a time, we want to say: The way to learn it is to exercise yourself in living in the present moment. Each time your attention is free to occupy itself with the thought of Jesus -- whether it be with time to think and pray, or only for a few passing seconds -- let your first thought be to say: Now, at this moment, I do abide in Jesus.

Having begun in the Spirit

The words from which I wish to address you, you will find in the epistle to the Galatians, the third chapter, the second and third verses: "This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish?" And then comes my text: "Having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?"

Impossible with man, possible with God

"And he said, the things which are impossible with men are possible with God" (Luke 18:27). Christ had said to the rich young ruler, "Sell all that thou hast ... and come, follow me." 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).

Of God Are Ye in Christ Jesus

  • God Himself has united you to Him
  • As your Wisdom
  • As your Righteousness
  • As Your Sanctification
  • As your Redemption.

O Wretched man that I am!

"O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 7:24,25).
You know the wonderful location that this text has in the epistle to the Romans. It stands here at the end of the seventh chapter as the gateway into the eighth. In the first sixteen verses of the eighth chapter, the name of the Holy Spirit is found sixteen times. You have there the description and promise of the life that a child of God can live in the power of the Holy Spirit. This begins in the second verse: "The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death" (Romans 8:2).

Privilege and Experience

1. The high privilege of the children of God
2. The low experience of too many of us
3. The cause of the discrepancy
4. The way of restoration of the privilege

That God May Be All In All

I Corinthians 15: 24-28.-"Then cometh the end, when He shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when He shall have put down all rule, and all authority and power. For He must reign till He hath put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For He hath put all things under His feet. But when He saith, ALL things are put under Him, it is manifest that He is excepted (excluded), which did put all things under Him. And when all things are subdued unto Him, then shall the Son also Himself be subject unto Him, that God may be all in all."

The Confession Of Sin

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” 1 John 1:9.
The one thing which God hates is sin. It grieves and provokes Him, and He will destroy it. The one thing that makes man unhappy is sin.1 The one thing which Jesus had to give His blood for was sin. In all the communication between the sinner and God, this is the first thing which the sinner must bring to his God—sin.2

The fruit of the Spirit is Love

I want to look at the fact of a life filled with the Holy Spirit more from the practical side. I want to show how this life will reveal itself in our daily walk and conduct. Under the Old Testament you know the Holy Spirit often came upon men as a divine Spirit of revelation to reveal the mysteries of God, or for power to do the work of God. But He did not dwell in them then. Now, many just want the Old Testament gift of power for work. But, they know very little of the New Testament gift of the indwelling Spirit, animating and renewing the whole life. When God gives the Holy Spirit, His great object is the formation of a holy character. It is a gift of a holy mind and spiritual disposition, and what we need, above everything else, is to say:
"I must have the Holy Spirit sanctifying my whole inner life if I am really to live for God's glory. "

The Presence of Christ

The presence of Christ lost
The presence of Jesus dreaded
The presence of Christ revealed
The presence of Jesus desired
The presence of Christ trusted
The presence of Christ forgotten
The presence of Jesus restored

 
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