Bible Passage:Gal 3:23
"Shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed."
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Here Paul speaks of the fullness of the time into which Christ came. But we must apply it not only to that time, but also to the inward man. For that which is done as history and according to the time wherein Christ came, abolishing the Law and bringing liberty and eternal life to light, is always done spiritually in every Christian. These times, then (of the Law and the Gospel, I mean), are in a Christian as touching the affections and inward man. The time of the Law is when the Law exercises me and torments me with heaviness of heart, oppresses me, brings me to the knowledge of sin, and increases the same. Here the Law is in its true use and perfect work, which a Christian often feels as long as he lives. So Paul was given a thorn in the flesh, "the angel of Satan to buffet him." He would gladly have been delivered from all trouble and anguish of spirit, and therefore he desired that this temptation might be taken from him. Nevertheless, this was not done. This battle every Christian feels. The time of grace is when the heart is raised up again by the promise of the free mercy of God, who says: "Why art thou cast down, O my soul, and why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God; for I shall yet praise Him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God." We are reminded that there is beside the Law, grace and faith and blessing. These do not accuse me, terrify me, and condemn me, but they comfort me, they bid me trust in the Lord, and promise unto me victory and salvation in Christ.
Just as I am, though tossed about
With many a conflict, many a doubt,
Fightings and fears within, without
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.
aka Pastor Robin Fish
It isn't whether we win or lose, it is "Do we stand faithfully?"
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