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Redeeming Power

Donald Macleod gives a marvellously clear and tremendously encouraging summary of God’s power in redemption.*

He distinguishes it from providence with which it is closely intertwined simply to make clear what it is. He sees it manifested in 3 ways:

  1. Christ’s virginal conception.
  2. Christ’s resurrection (which he points out is ascribed in various Scriptures to each member of the Trinity in turn).
  3. The application of redemption to believers.

This application to believers he develops in 4 ways:

  1. It is definite and irreversible, yet involves a progressive sanctification.
  2. It operates through the Word of God, which is ineffective by itself unless accompanied by the power of God.
  3. It is demonstrated in preserving power that does not rob us of our responsibility while being specially available in times of great need.
  4. It will culminate in the resurrection of believers.

I found his concluding remarks on its demonstration in times of need particularly clear and encouraging:

“There is nothing greater in the life of the church than to see men and women, temperamentally and constitutionally weak and fragile, enabled to endure what would make strong men quake: able to be patient in affliction, content whatever their circumstances, and making melody in their hearts always and in all things (Ephesians 5:20). That is the acme of Christian achievement and one of the most moving accomplishments of omnipotence.” (pp. 57-58)

I am sure we can all think of men and women who displayed this divine demonstration of preserving power, and who, like Macleod, gave all the credit to Him whose power enabled them to display His glory in their lives. The daily challenge is to be one of their number.

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* Donald Macleod, Behold Your God, Fearn, Ross-shire: Christian Focus Publications, 1990, pp. 53-58

Best value, or inestimable value?

I passed the faithful this morning. They were gathered around the sacred fount. Their fervent expectation was the Sabbath Bacchanalia. There they stood in high spirits. The sun shone brightly through the leafy trees outside the wine shop.

I’d had my wine for the day. Just that sip from the cup, after the bread, as I do each Lord’s Day. We, too, had thought of value as we gathered. Not the best value wine, but the precious blood of Christ — “Jesus’ rich, atoning blood” as we had sung in our opening hymn of praise. Not best value, but inestimable value.

The contrast could not have been more intense.

The value of Christ’s blood is greater than silver or gold. It is not with such perishable things that redemption is accomplished. It takes something of inestimable value to pay the ransom for sinners. (1 Peter 1:18,19).