Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Gathering in Christ

1 Corinthians 1: 18
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God.

… behind the preaching of the Gospel is the creative redemption of God at work in the souls of men. That is the miracle of God. If you can tell how a grain of wheat when put into the ground will bring forth what it never was before, you can also tell how the Word of God out into a man’s soul will bring forth what was not there before -- a new life. The same God is the author of both.

How are men born of the Spirit? By the proclaiming of the historic cross of Christ. “The wind blows where it wishes… so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” The simple proclaiming of the gospel of God creates the need of the gospel. Nothing can satisfy the need but that which creates the need. The inner reality of redemption is that it creates all the time. “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will; draw all peoples to Me.” Once let Jesus be lifted up, and the Spirit of God creates the need for Him.

Excerpts from Oswald Chambers
Daily Devotional Bible, Reading 231 (8/19)
From The Place of Help

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