Posts tagged ‘Resurrection’

April 30, 2015

Daily Devotionals: (April 30th) My Redeemer Lives

by Aaron Dunlop

Reading: “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God.” Job 19:25–26

As one said once upon his death bed, “To die is not to be lost.” Short is the victory of the grave. Every departed saint may, with a little variation, adopt the triumphant words of our blessed master and say to sickness, say to pain, say to death itself, “Destroy this temple, but at the appointed season, God, to whom it belongs, will raise it up.” This was the language of Job, and Job’s support: “I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body,” that is, though my frame be destroyed, and moulder away, one part after another, “yet in my flesh shall I see God; whom I shall see for myself and mine eyes shall behold”; these very eyes which I now have, shall see him, “and not another’s; though my reins be consumed within me.” He who built the bodies of His people knows and observes every particle of their dust; and will rebuild them more glorious than at first: for if that which was done away, was, in many respects glorious; when it is put together again, to remain forever, will exceed in glory.

When the bodies of God’s elect have slept the time allotted, the Lord will suddenly come to His temples, He Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God, the dead in Christ shall rise first. Of this the ancient Jewish church has as positive assurances given them, as we have under the gospel. As for me, says David, I shall behold thy presence in righteousness, and when I wake up after thy likeness, I shall be satisfied with it.”

Death is a long sleep; but, to them who believe it is a sweet sleep, and a safe one: though their flesh sees corruption, it rests in hope, and their dust is precious, for it was ransomed by the blood of Christ, sanctified by the Spirit of God, and is part of the Saviour’s mystical body.

“I had rather be in hell with Christ, than be in heaven without Him.”—Martin Luther

Adapted from Augustus Toplady

April 29, 2015

Daily Devotionals: (April 29th): Has My Mind Risen with Christ?

by Aaron Dunlop

Reading: “If you then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” Colossians 3:1–2

To win heaven, the mind must become heavenly; and to be heavenly, it must habituate itself to heavenly things and heavenly pursuits. It is a law of our mental constitution, that the mind assimilates in its tone and habits of thought with the subject which most engrosses its study. Hence it is that we sometimes become men of one idea. Now the contemplation of divine and spiritual themes has a powerful tendency to spiritualize and sanctify the mind.

It seems impossible to breathe a heavenly atmosphere, and not be heavenly; to study holy things, and not be holy; to admire the image of Christ, and not resemble Christ; to have frequent communion with Jesus upon the throne, and not catch some stray beam of His glory. And apart from Christ nothing is really pleasant and satisfying to the heavenly mind. Without Him, what a dreary, lonesome wilderness would this be!

But with Christ in the heart, and the heart resting in Christ—He in the center of our souls, and our affections and desires centering on Him—the desert loses its solitude and its desolateness. To have the eye resting on Jesus, all our heart-springs in Him, the spirit in frequent excursions where He dwells in light and glory, to lean upon Him and converse with Him as though He were actually walking by our side, sitting at our table, associating with us in our callings—this is heavenly-mindedness.

“This is a life of desire and prayer; but that [heaven] is a life of satisfaction and enjoyment.”—Richard Baxter

Adapted From Octavius Winslow.

April 28, 2015

Daily Devotionals: (April 28th) Freedom from Corruptible Bodies

by Aaron Dunlop

Reading: “How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?” 1 Corinthians 15:35

The body is the antagonist, and not the auxiliary of the soul—it is its clog, its prison, its foe. The moment that Jesus condescends to “grace this mean abode” with His indwelling presence, there commences that fierce and harassing conflict between holiness and sin, which so often wrings the bitter cry from the believer, “Oh wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” Oh, what a cumbrance is this body of sin! Its corruptions, its infirmities, its weaknesses, its ailments, its diseases, all conspire to render it the tyrant of the soul if grace does not keep it under and bring it into subjection as its slave.

How often, when the mind would pursue its favorite study, the wearied and over-tasked body enfeebles it! How often, when the spirit would soar in its contemplations of God, the inferior nature detains it by its weight, or occupies it with its needs! How often, when the soul thirsts for divine knowledge, and the heart pants for holiness, its highest aspirations and its strongest efforts are discouraged and thwarted by the clinging infirmities of a corrupt and suffering humanity!

Not so will it be in the morning of the resurrection—“Then shall this corruptible put on incorruption, and this mortal shall put on immortality.” Mysterious and glorious change! “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye,” the dead in Christ shall awake from their long sleep and spring from their tombs into a blissful immortality. “Sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.” Who can imagine, who describe it—“A spiritual body”? All the remains, all the vestiges of corrupt matter passed away!

“Lord, help me to glorify you;
I am poor, help me to glorify you by contentment;
I am sick, help me to give you honor by patience;
I have talents, help me to extol you by spending them for you;
I have time, Lord, help me to redeem it, that I may serve you.”— C. H. Spurgeon

Adapted from Octavius Winslow.

April 27, 2015

Daily Devotionals: (April 27th) The Hope of Glory

by Aaron Dunlop

Reading: “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints.” Ephesians 1:18

Rise, my soul, the dawn appears
Of that eternal day!
Quit, in hope, this vale of tears,
And mount, and soar away!
Darting through this lower air,
Quick as a seraphic flame,
Rise, the marriage feast to share,
The marriage of the Lamb.
In the wedding garment dressed, 
Which my Redeemer wove,
I shall share the heavenly feast,
With all the church above:
To my elder brethren joined,
I shall there my Saviour see;
In the arms of Jesus find
A blest eternity.
There the saints with transport meet,
And know no parting days;
Jesus’ song of love repeat,
In ecstasy of praise:
Bright as His our bodies are;
Like the head the members shine;
All our open foreheads bear
The glorious stamp divine.
With the high and lofty One
We shall dwell in bliss supreme,
Share the glories of his throne,
And taste the crystal stream:
Banquet on angelic food,
Father, Son and Spirit know; 
Drink the joys that flow from God,
And shall for ever flow.

“[Heaven is] where the unveiled glories of the Deity shall beat full upon us, and we forever sun ourselves in the smiles of God.”—Ezekiel Hopkins

Augustus Toplady

April 26, 2015

Daily Devotionals: (April 26th) The Resurrection Felt, Realized, and Experienced

by Aaron Dunlop

Reading: “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection.” Philippians 3:10

Of the downward tendency of our hearts we are, alas too conscious! We need something to counteract the overworking influence of an ungodly world. Where shall we meet with it? We answer, in the power of Christ’s resurrection, felt, realized, and experienced in the soul.

This is the argument of Paul: “You are a risen people, risen in union with Christ. If this be so, then seek after heavenly mindedness, setting your affections on things above.” What a heaven-attracting power, then, has this glorious truth! What is Christ? He is alive. Where is Christ? He is in heaven, at the right hand of God, as my head—my representative. Then, let me rise!

My business is a snare—my domestic blessings are a snare—my friendships are a snare. Why admit—as I appear to do—that there is an object upon earth whose claims to my love are paramount, whose beauty to my eye is greater, whose attraction to my soul is stronger, than my risen, ascended, and glorified Lord? Is there upon earth one who loves me as Jesus loves me? Is there one who has done for me what Jesus has done? Is there one who is doing for me now what Jesus is doing? Is there one who is to me such a friend, such a brother, such a counselor as Jesus? No, not one! Then, why should not my thoughts be more with Him? Why should not my heart cling closer to Him? Why this vagrancy of mind, this truancy of affection, this wandering of desire; why this forgetfulness, coldness, and cleaving to earth, when my Lord is risen, and I am professedly risen with Him? Oh, to feel more sensibly, more deeply, more constantly the power of His resurrection! Lord, I detect my heart settling down on creature things— objects of sense and sin.

“If you stop and ask yourself why you are not so devoted as the (early) Christians, your own heart will tell you that it is neither through ignorance nor inability, but purely because you never thoroughly intended it.”—William Law

Adapted from Octavius Winslow

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