This photograph is by Jeremy Kappel.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Gathering in Christ
1 Corinthians 12:12-14
For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body -- so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body -- whether Jew s or Greeks --whether slaves or free -- and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. For in fact the body is not one member but many.
…Not only is Jesus Christ identified with my sin, but I am identified with Him so that His ruling disposition is in me, and the moral transaction on my part is agreement with God’s verdict on sin in the Cross of Jesus….As long as a man has morality well within his own grasp, Jesus Christ does not amount to anything to him, but when a man get to his wits’ end by agony and says involuntarily, “My God, what am I up against? There is something underneath I never knew was there,” he begins to pay attention to what Jesus Christ says. A moral preparation is necessary before we can believe; truth is a moral vision and does not exist for a man until he sees it. There is a moral frontier outside which Jesus Christ does not tell, but when once we get over that frontier, He becomes all in all. God takes us through circumstances until we enter the moral frontiers where Jesus Christ tells. When you come to your wits’ end, remember there is a way out, namely, personal relationship to God through the Redemption of Jesus Christ.
Excerpts from Oswald Chambers
Daily Devotional Bible, Reading 245 (9/2)
From The Shadow of an Agony