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“You Will Have Delivered Your Soul” (Ezek 3:1-27)
THURSDAY, JULY 31, 2014
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“Again, when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die; because you did not give him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood I will require at your hand. Nevertheless if you warn the righteous man that the righteous should not sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live because he took warning; also you will have delivered your soul.” (vs20-21)

Sin is an astonishing thing because it’s strange that men are in rebellion against God and unwilling to hear His word, but this is mankind’s natural estate- hard hearted and rebellious - and when told of impending danger, most reject it, but we deliver our own souls by obedience to the Great Commission (vs1-15). We read, “Moreover He said to me: ‘Son of man, receive into your heart all My words that I speak to you, and hear with your ears. And go, get to the captives, to the children of your people, and speak to them and tell them, ‘Thus says the Lord God,’ whether they hear, or whether they refuse.’ Then the Spirit lifted me up, and I heard behind me a great thunderous voice: ‘Blessed is the glory of the Lord from His place!’ I also heard the noise of the wings of the living creatures that touched one another, and the noise of the wheels beside them, and a great thunderous noise. So the Spirit lifted me up and took me away, and I went in bitterness, in the heat of my spirit; but the hand of the Lord was strong upon me. Then I came to the captives at Tel Abib, who dwelt by the River Chebar; and I sat where they sat, and remained there astonished among them seven days.” God sends and equips us, causing us to labor against human resistance, and He gives us power by His command to push us forward, telling us what we must do, and then enabling us.

The gospel must be lived in hostile territory where people hate us, but God’s made us strong, giving us the truth, the comfort of the Spirit, and the support of the church, whereby we labor with others who obey God. We are not sent by ourselves, but He equips us, stands us up, and He makes us able to endure our adversaries, as we FEAR God rather than men, keeping our eye on His reward, rather than sin’s pleasures.

Be thankful that you’re sent, and do not draw back in this uphill battle; it is war, but God enables us to overcome, so overcome, stand, and speak all the words of this life, telling men humbly that sin must be punished, Christ is Lord and Savior, and faith is doing nothing and laying down your life, both. Preach Christ and please God.

Secondly, delivering our soul is MOST important, more important than all else. God says, “Now it came to pass at the end of seven days that the word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me: When I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul (vs16-19).” It doesn’t matter, ultimately, who hears us; it matters that we preach faithfully, making our own election sure (2 Pet 1:10-12). People say, “I’m saved by grace, so it doesn’t matter if I live faithfully, and you must never warn believers of damnation”, but the elect will hear His voice, and THEY follow Him (John 10:26-27). These warnings must never be disregarded; they compel us to war against sin, lest having preached the gospel to others, we become castaways ourselves. Paul said, “But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become rejected (1 Cor 9:27).” His warnings cause us to grab the promises, and they humble us in prayer. Like Noah, we are forced to obedience and thereby brought to Christ for grace, taking heed to save ourselves.

Finally, we only honor God when He works in us, so we are dependent to the glory of His grace. He says, “Then the hand of the Lord was upon me there, and He said to me, ‘Arise, go out into the plain, and there I shall talk with you.’ So I arose and went out into the plain, and behold, the glory of the Lord stood there, like the glory which I saw by the River Chebar; and I fell on my face. Then the Spirit entered me and set me on my feet, and spoke with me and said to me: ‘Go, shut yourself inside your house. And you, O son of man, surely they will put ropes on you and bind you with them, so that you cannot go out among them. I will make your tongue cling to the roof of your mouth, so that you shall be mute and not be one to rebuke them, for they are a rebellious house [sin is so strong that we need God to overcome it in ourselves]. But when I speak with you, I will open your mouth, and you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God [He makes us faithful].’ He who hears, let him hear; and he who refuses, let him refuse; for they are a rebellious house (vs22-27).” He doesn’t commission us and then leave us to ourselves; He CAUSES us to obey, and when He is hidden, when faith misses Christ, we cannot honor Him in word and deed, but He causes us to arise, so we seek His power for faithfulness. Faithfulness is always leaning upon God through Christ as the Reason that He will do good to us; it is never by human ability (Acts 3:11-13).

Live faithfully and testify of Christ in conduct and speech. We are not all gifted preachers, but we all live for God’s glory and warn this world, choosing Christ over pleasure, identifying with Him in His sufferings (Heb 11:24-26). Grace has made you a witness, and grace will bring you to glory, after you’ve suffered a little while, warning others (Heb 10:32-39). This is the self-denial that we are called unto, the war against the world, where we speak truth in love, shining as lights for our own salvation, and in hope towards others. Their response is often hateful, but OURS is to continue preaching, trusting Christ, walking in obedience to God (Acts 4-5). This fear of the Lord compels us, and it is a good compulsion.

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"Aim High" by John Trapp
THURSDAY, JULY 31, 2014
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AIM HIGH.

Propound to yourselves the best patterns and the highest pitch of perfection; Not resting in any measure of grace acquired, so as to say as those in Zechariah, “Blessed be God, for I am rich,” Zech. xi. 5; but advance forward toward the high prize, as Paul did, Phil. iii. Be as Caesar, who thought there was nothing yet done till all was done. Beginnings are not sought for of Christians, saith St. Jerome; but ends of things. And it is a rule in the civil law, Nothing seems to be done, if anything remains to be done. For that which is but almost done, is not done, at all, saith Basil, and not to go forward is to go backward, saith Bernard. It would have been better for Judas never to have been an apostle, and for Julian never to have been a Christian, because to begin well and not to hold on is but to climb up higher, that he may fall the farther. Let our ladder therefore reach to heaven, as Jacob’s did; let our garments reach down to our feet, as Joseph’s did; let us offer a whole burnt-offering with the very tail also, Exod. xxix. 22. Let the fire from heaven never go out upon the hearth of our hearts, as that fire of the sanctuary. Levit. vi. 12.

Let us not look back with Lot’s wife, nor turn again when we go forward, as those living creatures did not, Ezek. i. 12, but as the Philistines’ kine that drew the ark in a new cart (though milch kine, and had calves at home yet) they held on their way, lowing till they came to Bethshemesh, 1 Sam. vi. 12; so let us amidst so many revilings and discouragements hold on our way to heaven, going and weeping with our faces thitherward, Jer. 1. 4. “The dog to his vomit, and the sow to her mire,” are canonical proverbs such as should make a Christian sick to think on them, 2 Pet. ii. 20. God will spew out all that do not so, as he did the Laodiceans, who said they were rich and wanted nothing. They had false weights of their own, and therefore were grievously cheated with light gold, Rev.iii,14. Whereas St. Paul, who was a fair deal better than the rest of them, was still striving and straining after more, and is therefore called by St. Chrysostom, a greedy insatiable worshipper of God.

Forgetting what is behind, saith he, and reaching forth (as runners do) unto those things that are before, I press toward the mark, I pursue or persecute it (the word signifies) with eagerness of affection. I follow it as one that will not leave, till I have that which I follow; but if I fall, I will rise again to it, and not give up; no more than when I was a persecutor I did, till I had him whom I persecuted. Thus St. Paul, and he adds, “Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded.” As who should say, Seem we to ourselves or others never so perfect, or be we never so perfect in comparison of others, yet let us be thus minded, to strive to further perfection. And a little after, “Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an example. For our conversation is in heaven,” Ever after he had been caught up thither, and heard things unspeakable, he became unsatisfiable, till he went there. So was Moses after he had been in the mount, and received the law. He no sooner was come down thence, but he was at it, Exod. xxxiii. 13, “Show me thy way, that I may know thee.” God grants him that request: is he satisfied? no: he must have more yet: God must go along with the people. Well, I will do this thing also that thou has spoken, saith God, ver. 16, 17. Is he content? no: for he said, ver. 17, “I beseech thee, show me thy glory.” God shows it him. Is he well yet? no; God must pardon the sin of his people too, and take them and him for his inheritance, chap.xxxiv. 9. Add this fruit of his favour to the rest, and then Moses hath done, for present at least. The covetous is not so greedy of gain as the godly of grace. He always cries, “Give, give,” and never has, enough. If once you say, “It is enough,” you are undone; if you cease to go forward, you begin to go backward.

- Section 5 of "Antidote to Personal Apostasy" by John Trapp (1601-1669)

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