January 11, 2009

The Mystery of Knowing and Embracing Love...

I have been so heavy hearted for a young Christian sister (who Michael, and Donna, Mel, Deni and many other have been praying for) that I had to post this email that I sent to her. It blessed me and I pray that God will use it to bless her, as well. She told me tonight (she comes from a Roman Catholic background) that she sees her relationship with Christ as "A tyrannical, demanding, Master (Christ) and she as a slave". Please (if you are reading this blog) prayer that the Lord will bless her with an overwhelming abundance of His Truth, and His grace. I have no doubt that she loves the Lord (I have known her for over a year now on a very intimate level).

She is one of those precious saints, like Cowper, who have a almost "Bi-polar" spiritual relationship with Christ. High mountain top, child like ecstasy; followed by darkness and despair that almost debilitate them. I love her dearly and ask you to continue to pray for her.

Here is the post. An excerpt from a sermon by Ebenezer Erksine:

The love of this God of love is a strong and invincible love. Before his love could reach us in the application of it, it had mountains to level: but, "behold, he cometh, leaping upon the mountains, and skipping upon the hills." There were deep seas and floods in the way of his love, but "many waters could not quench it, neither were all floods able to drown it:" it runs through every difficulty, it encounters every impediment in its way.

The infinite distance between God and a creature, was a bar in the way of this love: but he conquers this impediment; for "God is manifested in the flesh." The moral distance between a filthy guilty sinner is an impediment in the way of this love: but he breaks this bar also; for the Son of God is not only manifested in the flesh, but "made in the likeness of sinful flesh, yea, made sin for us."

The curse of the law was a bar in the way: but this bar he breaks; for Christ was "made a curse for us, that we might be redeemed from the curse of the law." Sin in its guilt, and filth, and power, lay in the way of his love: but love breaks through this, and "finishes transgression, and makes an end of sin." Ignominy and disgrace lay in its way, grief and sorrow: but this love conquers that: for he was content, out of love, to become "a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief."

And then, when this love comes to the sinner, in order to conversion, it finds him dead, dead in trespasses and sins: the man has perhaps laid twenty, thirty, forty, or sixty years in the grave of sin, so that, lo, he stinks: Oh, what an object he is! He is an object of loathing instead of love: but yet this love of a God of love conquers this impediment also: for, "when we were dead in sins, for the great love wherewith he loved us, he quickened us."

And then, after this love has actually grasped the soul in effectual calling, how many provocations gets it by the whoredoms of heart and life-departing from the Lord? And yet, such is the invincible nature of this love, that it overcomes all, and abides firm to the end; hence, says the apostle, Rom. 8:35, 37, "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerers, through him that loved us."

It is because his love is invincible, that we are more than conquerors through him that loved us; because his love is strong as death, therefore, death shall not separate; because it is deep as hell, therefore, neither hell nor devils shall be able to make a separation.

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