LOOKING TO PRAISE AND WORSHIP JESUS THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. 18 No man has ever seen God at any time; the only unique Son, or the only begotten God, Who is in the bosom [in the intimate presence] of the Father, He has declared Him [He has revealed Him and brought Him out where He can be seen; He has interpreted Him and He has made Him known].

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Rewards

by Mark Pierson

I am really enjoying Blaising and Bock's "Progressive Dispensationalism". I like how they see that in Eph. 2:11-19 the New Covenant promised to Israel in Jeremiah 31:31-34; 32:38-40; Ezekiel 36:25-27, etc. is now also available to the Gentiles. That of having God the Holy Spirit living inside and moving us to walk in God's ways. This is the parting of the ways in the two systems of FGT and Progressive Dispensationalism - how the New Covenant is viewed. Where man failed under the Old Covenant God takes up with the "I wills" of the New Covenant. Christians, both Jews and Gentiles, benefit from God's "I wills". Man failed under the Old, God triumphs in the New. I believe that the Church is now at the very appex of redemptive history this side of the eternal state. The land promises and political promises, so say Blaising and Bock, will find fulfillment in the millenium.

However, the New Covenant is being experienced in an inaugural sense right now as men and women are now temples of God, indwelt by His Spirit, and walking (albeit faultingly)in His ways. He is now working in them both to will and to do for His good pleasure. His Spirit, working in concert with His word, is bearing fruit in lives. New desires arise from that heart of flesh spoken of in the New Cov. Christ-likeness is now the aim of the Christian life, thanks to the indwelling Holy Spirit.

That contrite heart God desires is now a reality. We are now to show forth the praises of Him Who has called us out of darkness and into His marvelous light. We are now His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works. The drive to be more like Christ is the product of the Spirit's indwelling.

Living lives to the glory of Christ is what brings on the rewards. In short, we are saved to serve, the Father having crucified us with His Son, that our bodies of sin might be destroyed. We are no longer slaves of sin, but slaves to God, and led by His Spirit. Having been conveyed by the Father into His Son's kingdom, the Son now reigns over us His subjects by the indwelling Holy Spirit. We all will go on to rewards, some having yielded 100 fold, some 60, some 30 - yet ALL will be rewarded. It will be grace upon grace - God having been the One to have enabled, to have led and to have energized the saint all along; and that saint getting the rewards for what God had done through him or her.

Praise God!

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Blogger mark pierson said...

This is an urgent note from James and Cristina...

"Yesterday I went to the emergency for a serious wound on my left small toe. It was more serious than we thought. I had a small cut on my little toe and it got worse from all the rubbing by the steel toed shoes I wear at work. There’s more to that story than I can tell in this email. Seems it was seriously infected and I will probably lose the toe. They are worried that the infection may spread to the bone so that would be even worse. Right now I have an IV hooked up into me and I have to go to the hospital every day at 7:30 am even during Christmas for intravenous medication until I see the plastic surgeon. So I seek your prayers for that as well as discipline for my diabetes.

As well last night when I was in emergency, Cris came up and she couldn’t stay long as they also rushed her mom to the emergency too as she had severe chest pains. Cris had our daughter Danielle and her boyfriend drive Cris up to University hospital Emergency but she was not there as there was no room or beds in the hospital, they had transferred her to Victoria South in our city. Cris finally got home about 1 am and she went over to her mom’s for the night as the hospital said there was nothing they could do for her as the pain disappeared but her white blood count was up.

All in all a very trying day and it causes you to rest upon the providence and sovereign purposes of God. It makes it difficult as I am the only one with a license and with Christmas a few days away there is so much to do and I am hobbling along all bandaged up.

So please keep us in your prayers

In Christ

Jim and Cris Lush

December 15, 2007 11:34 AM

 
Blogger mark pierson said...

jazzycat said...
James and Critina,
I will keep you and your family in my prayers. May God sustain you and provide his healing and his comfort.
wayne

December 14, 2007 6:23 PM


Susan said...
Jim and Cris,

Praying along with Jazzy for your healing and peace during this time. Praying that God equip you with whatever you need to get through these trials.

December 14, 2007 11:38 PM


Scribe said...
Cris and James,

I am praying for your strength in the Lord. I echo Susan and Jazzy's sentiments...may the Lord sustain thee through the comfort and strength of His Holy Spirit.

Psa 34:19 Many [are] the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth them out of them all.

December 15, 2007 8:36 AM

December 15, 2007 11:36 AM

 
Blogger jazzycat said...

Mark,
One of my favorite all time movie quotes is, "There's no crying in baseball" and I believe the Bible teaches there will also be no weeping and gnashing of teeth in heaven.

Because as you say, "Where man failed under the Old Covenant God takes up with the "I wills" of the New Covenant. Christians, both Jews and Gentiles, benefit from God's "I wills". Man failed under the Old, God triumphs in the New.

December 15, 2007 2:16 PM

 
Blogger donsands said...

The Lord has a New Temple where He dwells. His people.
Amen.

God destroyed the Old Temple; down to the last stone in 70 AD. And even before that, on the Day our Lord was cruciifed, the Curtain to the Holy of Holies was torn "asunder" as he bore the sins of the world!

God loves to live with His people. That's what Emmanuel means. God is with us.

He has always been with His people, but not all His people are His people.

I'll be praying for Jim and Cris.

December 16, 2007 10:01 AM

 
Blogger Jonathan Moorhead said...

Mark, I'm glad you are enjoying the book. You have gleaned some great thoughts here.

December 16, 2007 9:17 PM

 
Blogger only1way said...

as is sit having my devotions i took note of this most important prayer request. What can we say...when the child is pained the Father's lap is the safest place to be. So there we go. It is the best and only place of true security.

December 18, 2007 5:50 AM

 

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