Freely we love Him
- Dear Elders and beloved members,
With solemnity I have been going through your discussions. I understand its a desire to be with God and knowing the truth which makes you so eranest and bold. Please go through this message. I hope it comforts you.
"We would see Jesus."-John 12:21
Evermore the worldling's cry is, Who will show us any good?" He seeks satisfaction in earthly comforts, enjoyments, and riches. But the quickened sinner knows of only one good. "O that I knew where I might find HIM!" When he is truly awakened to feel his guilt, if you could pour the gold of India at his feet, he would say, "Take it away: I want to find HIM." It is a blessed thing for a man, when he has brought his desires into a focus, so that they all centre in one object. When he has fifty different desires, his heart resembles a mere of stagnant water, spread out into a marsh, breeding miasma and pestilence; but when all his desires are brought into one channel, his heart becomes like a river of pure water, running swiftly to fertilize the fields. Happy is he who has one desire, if that one desire be set on Christ, though it may not yet have been realized. If Jesus be a soul's desire, it is a blessed sign of divine work within. Such a man will never be content with mere !
ordinances. He will say, "I want Christ; I must have Him-mere ordinances are of no use to me; I want Himself; do not offer me these; you offer me the empty pitcher, while I am dying of thirst; give me water, or I die. Jesus is my soul's desire. I would see Jesus!"
Is this your condition, my friend, at this moment? Do you have this one desire, and is that after Christ? Then you are notfar from the kingdom of heaven. Do you have this one wish in your heart, and that one wish that thou mayst be washed from all thy sins in Jesus' blood? Can you really say, "I would give all I have to be a Christian; I would give up everything I have and hope for, if I might but feel that I have an interest in Christ"? Then, despite all thy fears, be of good cheer, the Lord loves you, and you will come out into daylight soon, and rejoice in the liberty wherewith Christ makes men free.
- Beloved Ones,
Many of us who are highly qualified suffer from, ego problems. This is a discussion on that problem.
The Apostle Paul said in 1TI 1:15, "This is a faithful saying, and
worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to
save sinners; of whom I am chief."
Jesus teaches that being even the least bit self-centered in our
motivation brings us guilty as one who has broken the law of God.
When self becomes the center, we are guilty of breaking Gods law
In the seventh commandment, the Lord brings forward how self is
served with lust. Lust is so self-centered it destroys. The Lord is
showing in our text how the slightest violation of the seventh
commandment is destructive self-centeredness.
These principles which the Lord Jesus brings forth make the
distinction between the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees
and the imparted righteousness of Christ. We must watch for these
principles. A Pharisaical, self-centered righteousness makes one
view himself as having done very well in keeping most of the
commandments. You and I have a tendency in most of the commandments
to look at them in a Pharisaical way without really understanding
the spirit of the law.
Jesus taught the spirituality of the law, which is God-centered.
The motivation is for the glory of God; the motivation is love for
God! Loving God above all and loving our neighbour as ourselves is
the spirituality of the law. This teaches the law through the
mirror of self-knowledge showing what an incurable disease the
leprosy of sin is. The spirit of the law teaches self-knowledge.
As a Pharisee, the Apostle Paul was able to teach us what it was to
see the law through the eyes of a Pharisee. He also taught us what
it is to see the law spiritually. The Apostle Paul gives us some
beautiful illustrations. He says in PHI 3:4-6, "Though I might also
have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he
hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: Circumcised the
eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an
Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; Concerning
zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is
in the law, blameless." What does He mean when saying, "as touching
the law, a Pharisee"? He means that as touching the law, he has
obeyed it to the last jot and tittle in a legal sense.
When Pauls eyes were opened and when his righteousness began to
exceed this Pharisaical righteousness, he could say as we read in
PHI 3:7-10, "But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss
for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the
excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I
have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung,
that I may win Christ. [In other words, he lost all this self-
righteousness; he lost all these things that he had at first
counted as gain. Now he sees that he has to write death on them all
because it was self-centered; it was not God-centered.] And be
found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the
law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the
righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and
the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his
sufferings, being made conformable unto his death."
Seeing the spirituality of the law fosters humility with a heart
tender for the will of God. When we start to understand the
spirituality of the law, we start by saying with the Apostle Paul
in 1TI 1:15, "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all
acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners;
of whom I am chief." When the mirror of self-knowledge came up
before his eyes, the Apostle Paul saw the spirituality of the law.
We, too, must see the spirituality of the law for until we see the
spirituality of the law, we have no need for a Saviour. We think we
are self-efficient; we dont need a Saviour. With a God-centered
view of each commandment, we stand before the mirror of self-
knowledge and see our lost condition and our need of a Saviour.
This is when the conviction of sin starts bringing us to Christ.
The spirituality of the law teaches us to fear self, hypocrisy, and
the deceitfulness of the motives of the heart. We become afraid of
ourselves. When you meet a person it is a common custom to ask,
"How are you?" If we were really in the right spirit, our answer
would have to be "How am I? I am wretched; I am sinful, and I need
a Saviour." This would have to be our response if we are going to
be honest to the world. Every time a person asks, "How are you?",
the response should be "I am wretched; I am sinful. I am afraid of
myself because I know that if the Lord would leave me over to
myself, I would destroy myself. I see the hypocrisy that is within
my heart. I see the deceitfulness of the motives of my heart."
As we grow in the knowledge of self, we have to analyze every
motive; we have to analyze every statement. We have to analyze
everything in the light of the spirit of the law. How does it stand
in the light of Gods countenance? At this point all we can say is,
as Apostle Paul said, "He came to save sinners of whom I am chief."
- Dear Saji,
The polls which you commented about will not be concluded in near
future. They are relevant to all members particularly the ones who
join MOSC new.
I can't see why ICON which never had a poll in 6 years comes up
suddenly with a political poll. Chandy will be losing precious
Jacobite votes on account of this misadventure by ICON.
Bindu Scaria, IRS
Group Moderator: MOSC Group
--- In MalankaraOrthodoxSyrianChristian@yahoogroups.com, "Saji"
> Dear Mr Skaria,
> Two of our polls are not yet concluded even after 1 1/2 years.who
> I think , it is not noticed by our Moderators.
> --- In MalankaraOrthodoxSyrianChristian@yahoogroups.com, "Biju
> Skaria" wrote:
> > I am not very surprised to see the Oommen Chandy Poll in the
> Duplication group. This is their first poll in 6 years. While MOSC
> has had polls from inception on useful issues. Many ICON members
> live bodily in the US with kerala kadan mentality feel they arebound
> to help Chandy. Alas! Chandy's congress will be wiped out in thisinto
> election. ICON members can then invite the losers to come vaccation
> in the US.
> > SOCM is looking solely to add members and has suddenly turned
> a secretive group. BTW keeping in view the veetu midiku attitude Imall
> sure SOCM will come-up with the TM Jacob aka Sreshta poll. I urge
> JSC members to participate.deserve
> > Abraham, I agree with you. Kerala people are very clean and
> a Kaalkazugal service by their parish priest.
> > New moderators are taking job too seriously. Its making me tired
> reading all this kid storys and inspirational stuff.
> > Yrs in His service
> > Biju Skaria