The first day we came to Christ!

Life and walk of Faith

 2 Corinthians 5:17  17 Therefore if any man be gin Christ, the is ha new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.


2 Corinthians 5:17
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him.  

 Colossians 2:6

Suggested Further Reading: 1 John 2:3-11

There are many Christians whose lives really are not consistent. I cannot understand this if they are walking in Christ; in fact, if a man could completely walk in Christ he would walk in perfect holiness. We hear an instance, perhaps, of a little shopkeeper who puffs and exaggerates as other shopkeepers do; he does not exactly tell a lie, but something very near it. Now I want to know whether that man was walking in Christ when he did that. If he had said to himself, Now I am in Christ, do you think he would have done it? We hear of another who is constantly impatient, always troubled, fretting, mournful. I want to know whether that man is really walking in Christ as he walked at first, when he is doubting the goodness, the providence, the tenderness of God. Surely he is not. I have heard of hard-hearted professors who take a Christian brother by the throat with, Pay me that thou owest.  Do you think they are walking in Christ when they do that? We hear of others who, when their brothers have need, shut up the bowels of their compassion and are mean and stingy; are they walking in Christ when they do that? Why, if a man walks in Christ, then he acts as Christ would act; for Christ being in him, his hope, his love, his joy, his life, he is the reflex of the image of Christ; he is the glass into which Christ looks; and then the image of Christ is reflected, and men say of that man,He is like his Master; he lives in Christ.  O dear brethren, if we live now as we did the first day we came to Christ, we should live very differently from what we do.

For meditation: Christ gave us a perfect example in service (Mark 10:43–45; John 13:14–15), in kindness, forgiveness and love (Ephesians 4:32–5:2), and in suffering (1 Peter 2:21–23). Could you honestly encourage other Christians to imitate you, as you imitate Christ (1 Corinthians 11:1)?

Sermon no. 483 7 December (1862)

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OH VICTORY IN JESUS1

The Destroyer destroyed

THY WORD

That through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.

 Hebrews 2:14

Suggested Further Reading: Genesis 3:1-15

At last the day arrived; it was telegraphed to the court of hell that at last Christ would die. They rung their bells with hellish mirth and joy. He will die now, said he; Judas has taken the thirty pieces of silver. Let those scribes and Pharisees get him, they will no more let him go than the spider will a poor unfortunate fly. He is safe now.  And the devil laughed for very glee, when he saw the Saviour stand before Pilate’s bar. And when it was said, Let him be crucified, then his joy knew no bounds, except that bound which his own misery must ever set to it. As far as he could, he revelled in what was to him a delightful thought, that the Lord of glory was about to die. In death, as Christ was seen of angels, he was seen of devils too; and that dreary march from Pilate’s palace to the cross was one which devils saw with extraordinary interest. And when they saw him on the cross, there stood the exulting fiend, smiling to himself.  Ah! I have the King of Glory now in my dominions; I have the power of death, and I have the power over the Lord Jesus.  He exerted that power, till the Lord Jesus had to cry out in bitter anguish, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? But, how short-lived was hellish victory! How brief was the Satanic triumph! He died; and It is finished! It shook the gates of hell. Down from the cross the conqueror leaped, pursued the fiend with thunder-bolts of wrath; swift to the shades of hell the fiend did fly, and swift descending went the conqueror after him.

For meditation: The powers of darkness enjoyed only an hour of apparent victory over the Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 22:53), but it resulted in his victory procession with them on public display as his captives (Colossians 2:15).

Sermon no. 166 6 December (1857)

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