Our Holy Gift in the Manger

 


As it is the nature of the eye to preserve its purity

by washing away all dust;

So is the nature of God to repel all sin.

Every particle and shade of iniquity

creates in the soul of God a revulsion.

~ Richard Taylor


This is why Jesus came.


Sin is deadly.

It must, therefore be destroyed,

or it will destroy.

Any remedy that does not take primal account of sin

and aim at its absolute abolition,

is insufficient, if not spurious (counterfeit).”

~ Lowery


Christ was born to remove all sin

and its stain on our soul.

If we have submitted to His holy work,

should we continue to sin

and trodden under foot the gift of grace?

God forbid!


The story of the birth of Christ is wonderful.

The work of His life is immaculate.

The end thereof led to suffering,

a sore and bloody death.

The truth of His life brings to the lost, salvation.

To the sinner, repentance.

To the disciple, a new nature.

To the saved, a glorious redemption.

Embrace this gift,

wrestle with it, cling to it, cherish it.

Let it have its full work in your soul.

Sin will lose its sting, its power

its hold over your life.

Let sin die as Christ did for you.

See all things anew

from a heart pure and true.

Forsake not the gift that was given to you.


There is a warning that we must heed.

Drawn from the score of scriptures’ seed.

Moses and his people felt its sting.

We will too if we fail to cling.


For if we go on sinning willfully

after receiving the knowledge of the truth,

there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,

but a terrifying expectation of judgment

and the fury of a fire which will consume the adversaries.

Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses

dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.

How much severer punishment

do you think he will deserve

who has trampled under foot the Son of God,

and has regarded as unclean

the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified,

and has insulted the Spirit of grace?

For we know Him who said,

Vengeance is Mine, I will repay.”

And again, “The Lord will judge His people.”

It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Hebrews 10:28, 29


Jesus’ birth is framed within this world of deadly sin.

Bore by the Holy Spirit, for you and for me,

He commands us to be like Him,

born anew, pure, holy, and true.

His grace is sufficient

to lead us away from sin and its wages.


As New Born Babes


Wherefore laying aside all malice,

and all guile, and hypocrisies,

and envies, and all evil speakings, 

as newborn babes,

desire the sincere milk of the word,

that ye may grow thereby: 

if so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

1 Peter 2:1-2


Drink up the celebration of the Lord!

Purify your heart, your mind, your soul

If you have been saved from sin,

no longer live therein.

The work of Christ can take you there.

Precious and holy babe was He.

Born to save us from our sin

and cleanse us for eternity.


The God of restoration wants

to sanctify you wholly.

This can only be done by

complete, intentional, and perpetual submission.

Repent, consecrate, dedicate

every inkling of you soul and life to him.


There is no greater gift than this.

Walk in His way.

The higher road awaits you.

Its paving stones glisten with truth,

its path is straight and narrow.

Let it elevate you and take you home.

Enter therein the straight gate,

 and you shall be free indeed!


Merry Christmas!


Amen

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