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Gifts for the Rebellious

Discussion in 'Other Discussions' started by KenH, Aug 17, 2022.

  1. KenH

    KenH Well-Known Member

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    Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: Thou hast received gifts for men;
    Yea, for the rebellious also, that the Lord GOD might dwell among them. - Psalms 68:18

    What a painful thing it is to be rebellious! There is hardly any feeling worse than rebellion to a man whose conscience is made tender in God's fear. To have rebellion against a holy and wise God; rebellion against his dealings with us in providence; against his teachings in grace; because we have not more of the light of his countenance; because we have not more and clearer testimonies and manifestations! We know in our judgment that God cannot err in any of his dealings, and yet to find at times such awful rebellion against God, O how painful it is! The least trifle can work up rebellion. It does not want a storm or a gale to lift up its proud waves. The slightest breath, the faintest breeze that blows, will at times stir up the billows of the rebellious heart, and make it swell with tumultuous heavings. But what a mercy it is to the poor souls that groan and grieve under a rebellious heart, that this ascended Mediator has received gifts for them! It is not your patience, meekness, and good temper, nor your gentle and quiet disposition, that bring down grace into your hearts; but God the Father has lodged all the graces and gifts of the Spirit in his dear Son, and they are given to you because you have an interest in his blood and righteousness. The Lord teaches us this. If we were always patient, meek, holy, submissive, never harassed by the devil, and never felt the workings of corruption, we should begin to think we had some power to please God in ourselves, and should slight and neglect a precious Saviour. But when taught by painful experience what a depraved nature and rebellious heart we carry in our bosom, when the Lord lets down a little mercy and grace into our soul, we then know the blessed quarter whence it comes, and learn to abhor ourselves and bless his holy name.

    - J.C. Philpot, Daily Portions, August 16

    (emphasis mine)
     
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    tyndale1946 Well-Known Member
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    Ken if we didn't have such a merciful Godhead we would ALL be as toast... He is more merciful than any of us can even imagine... And scripture states that ALL his Father gave to his Son, WILL be saved... And HE is in the Salvation business not any of US, and HE WILL do what is right... And I rest in these scriptures, knowing HE WILL!... Brother Glen:)

    Romans 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

    21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
     
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