This message was spoken by R.Merlin in Paramankeni, ECR, in March 2017. This is available under (the topic of) Books and under (the Date of) May 2017
The Lord states, “Be holy, for I am holy.” Holiness is that which characterizes God and all things that belong to him. Uncleanness signifies something abnormal or unusual. Unclean can never come into contact with the holy. Since uncleanness and holiness could not co-exist, a means was necessary to restore uncleanness to the realm of clean and orderly. Anything that disturbed this order, e.g., death, disease, or sin, was a potential threat to the whole community, and sacrifice was the principal means for remedying the disruption and restoring harmony into the community”. According to Leviticus, sacrificial blood is necessary to cleanse and sanctify. Sacrifice does more than merely restore order. It allows the holy God to meet with and dwell with sinful people. Hence different types of sacrifices.
This was spoken by R.S.Milton on October 2016 in Chennai. This transcript is available under the topic of God's eternal plan and purpose and under the date of May 2017. Here below is the gist of the message. Let us all be encouraged and motivated to pursue Christ! Your comments and suggestions are welcome. R.M
The purpose of our life is to know Christ, to inherit Christ, and to gain Christ as much as possible. The measure of Christ must increase in our life. As a result of that we must be able to serve Christ to unbelievers and believers as well. It is not enough that we have been saved or delivered. As Devern F.Fromke says in his book Ultimate Intention, it is not enough to come out of Egypt, out of Egypt into Canaan. God’s goal for the Israelites was not just to deliver them out of Egypt, but to lead them into Canaan.
We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. But, has the measure of Christ increased in us? In Egypt Israelites enjoyed Christ as Passover lamb, in wilderness as Manna from the heavens, water from the rock, pillar of cloud and fire etc. But in the land, their experience and enjoyment of Christ was more. This has have we grown in the Lord? Are we able to dispense and serve Christ to needy people?
In this life how happy or how satisfied or how fruitful or how restful we are depends upon how much we have known Christ, inherited Christ and gained Christ.
Our calling is to know, inherit and gain Christ. Paul in Philippians 3 talks about this high calling.
1. Cross is the only way to inherit Christ. Without the fellowship of His suffering being conformed to His death, we cannot know Him and the power of His resurrection.
2. We must pay a heavy price to inherit Christ. God’s people wrongly think that if God has promised, why we should fight, why we should labor, why there should be enemies? The book of Joshua is a book about fight to inherit Canaan. Knowing Christ and inheriting Christ should cost us something. I will not offer sacrifice to the Lord which does not cost me anything.
3. Finally we will have a reward. First of all the Christ we inherit will become the inheritance of the Father. That will be glorious. What kind of Christ are we going to offer to God? Moreover, during our life time, through us Christ will be dispensed to those who do not have Christ or who lack Christ. Through you, how many people received Christ, how many lives blossomed, how many were revived is the greatest reward here on earth.
One day this will be fulfilled. Guarantee is the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
This was spoken by R.S.Milton in Chennai on April 30, 2017. This message is available under the topic of Christian life -discipleship and under the date of April 2017. Here is an introduction to the message. Let it not just remain a message. Let it become our daily practice. R.M
The life of God’s people must be fruitful. At the end of our life, there should be fruits. If not, we will be disappointed and the disappointment will be very serious and severe. “The day” of our Lord Jesus Christ will refine, test, and weigh our fruits. We can know that now. There will be early signs of emptiness which is coming. God will certainly show us at least a handful of clouds about the forthcoming heavy rainfall. Let us not miss them because of our pride.
The Bible speaks about two abiding fruits.
1. Christ being formed in us. Particularly His character being formed in us. It should be a fruit of our life. How much Christ will be glorified in us is directly proportional to the measure of Christ formed in us, measure of Character of Christ formed in us. At His coming, when He is glorified in others, if He is not glorified in us, we will be ashamed. We can measure, others can measure, our neighbors can measure, non-believers can measure if the character of Christ has been formed in us or not.
2. If Christ’s character has been formed in us, we will be bringing people to Christ. If that does not happen, it is a contradiction. Is it possible for a magnet not to draw an iron piece? Have we brought people to Christ by sharing His gospel?
3. Why is there a lack of these two things in God’s people? What is the reason for this barrenness? Perhaps we may be involved in unwanted and unnecessary things. What should we do to rectify this? There is no constant and continuous fellowship with Christ. Our character, our morality, our kindness, our constitution, our heart-attitude-all these are formed by the kind of heart-relationship we have with our Lord Jesus Christ.
What kind of relationship and communion do you have with Him?
a. Do you have a quiet time with the Lord? Do you have set apart specific time for the Lord to speak to you, to deal with you? Our attitude should be, “Lord speak to me what you want to speak.”
b. Do you meditate on the Word of God?
c. Pour your heart in the presence of the Lord.
Those who have constant and continuous communion with the Lord will grow and mature in their life.
Indeed Christ is all in all. But, is He all in all to us? This is the longing of a heart to make Him to be the center of our life.
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Col. 3:11 "...Christ is all, and is in all."