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A.B. Simpson "The end is...."

Posted by Tkulp , 05 April 2017 · 271 views

A.B. Simpson devotional for Wednesday, April 05, 2017...

 

Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried. This is the promise for the Lord's coming. It is more than purity. It is to be made white, lustrous or bright. To be purified is to have sin burned out; to be made white is to have the glory of the Lord burned in. The one is cleansing; the other is illumination and glorification. The Lord has both for us, but in order for us to have both we must be put into the fire to be tried. We must be led into difficult and strange places where Christ shall be more to us because of the very extremity of the situation. We are approaching these days. indeed, they are already around us, and they are the precursors of the Lord's coming.

 

Blesssed is he that . . . keepeth his garments lest he walk naked (Revelation 16:15).
There are voices in the air, filling men with hope and fear;
There are signals everywhere that the end is drawing near;
There are warnings to prepare, for the King will soon be here;
Oh, it must be the coming of the Lord!
Scripture
Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried—Daniel 12:10

 

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Once again, the Lord and His work in the lives of people over the years; what they write, what they live and share, brings the puzzle of life together!

 

A. B. Simpson leaves no question, in this devotional, to what he believed, regarding sin! Sin is to have no part in our lives. Sin is to be burned out! Then, as the Bible says, comes sanctification! "To be purified is to have sin burned out" then comes the sanctifying, where as Simpson puts it "...to be made white is to have the glory of the Lord burned in"!

 

"The one is cleansing; the other is illumination and glorification."

 

Tozer spoke, some time ago, about society changing the meanings of words. Looking at the Church-World blend today I see more of the World than I see of Jesus Christ.

 

The milk that is sold in the stores today is so modified that I to not consider it to be "milk". It has had much of the cream taken out, homogenized, pasteurized and supposedly vitamins, etc, added back in. What a deception; a false mess! Milk is no longer 'Milk'!

 

The same has happened to the "Truth" of Jesus Christ, until it is no longer "TRUTH"!!

 

Christianity is no longer being like, or in, the image of, Jesus Christ!

 

Mostly it is a strong "belief" that one is going to a place called 'heaven'; with absolutely NO evidence of "New Birth" required. One is said to be 'saved by grace'; a newly defined salvation without deliverance, and a grace that is "whatever you want it to mean", except "life changing"!

 

 

Jesus said,

 

"You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy; [Lev. 19:18; Psa. 139:21-22] But I tell you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, [Pro. 25:21-22] To show that you are the children of your Father Who is in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the wicked and on the good, and makes the rain fall upon the upright and the wrongdoers [alike]. For if you love those who love you, what reward can you have? Do not even the tax collectors do that? And if you greet only your brethren, what more than others are you doing? Do not even the Gentiles (the heathen) do that?
You, therefore, must be perfect [growing into complete maturity of godliness in mind and character, having reached the proper height of virtue and integrity], as your heavenly Father is perfect. [Lev. 19:2, Lev. 19:18]" (Matthew 5:43-48)






How do we obtain this maturity?

 

AB Simpson's devotionals for the 4th and the 5th of July hold the foundation for Spiritual Maturity!  

 

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Tuesday, July 04, 2017

What becomes of our old nature when we are sanctified? Many people are unduly concerned to know if it can be killed outright and seem to desire a sort of certificate of its death and burial. It is enough to know that it is outside and Christ is in us. It may show itself again, and even knock at the door and plead for admittance, but it is forever outside while we abide in Him. Should we step out of Him and into sin we might find the old corpse in the ghastly cemetery, and its foul aroma might yet embrace and overcome us once more. But he that abideth in him sinneth not and cannot sin while he so abides.

Let us therefore abide and let us not be anxious to escape the hold of eternal vigilance and ceaseless abiding. Our paths are made and we are given strength to pursue them; let us then walk in them. God has provided for us a full sanctification. Since He has given us His own holiness, is it strange that he should require us to be holy, even as He is holy? Let us then put on our beautiful garments and prepare to walk in white with Him.

 

Scripture

Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not1 John 3:6

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

 

A garden enclosedSong of Solomon 4:12

 

 

 

The figure here is of a beautiful, fruitful enclosure, not a wilderness. Garden soil is cultivated soil, very different from the roadside or wilderness. The idea of a garden is culture. The ground has to be prepared, to be broken up by ploughing, to be mellowed by harrowing. All the stones have to be removed and the roots of all natural growth dug up. The good things we are seeking are not natural growths and will not prosper in our natural soil. We all feel we should try to improve the old nature, but that is not God's way. His method is to get self out of the way entirely, and let Him create anew out of nothing, so that all shall be of Him; and Jesus will be the acknowledged Alpha and Omega.

The thing we want to learn here is to die. There can be no real life till self dies. And we dare not try to die ourselves, but ask God to slay us; He will make a thorough work of it.

 

This the secret nature hideth,

Summer dies and lives again,

Spring from winter's grave ariseth,

Harvest grows from buried grain.

 

Scripture

A garden enclosedSong of Solomon 4:12

 

 

...and July 3 of 'Streams in the Desert"

 

 

July 3

 

Master Plowman

 

Does a farmer just keep on plowing at planting time? Does he keep breaking up and harrowing his ground?—Isa 28:24 NET

 

One day in early summer I walked past a beautiful meadow. The grass was as soft and thick and fine as an immense green Oriental rug. In one corner stood a fine old tree, a sanctuary for numberless wild birds; the crisp, sweet air was full of their happy songs. Two cows lay in the shade, the very picture of content.

 

Down by the roadside the saucy dandelion mingled his gold with the royal purple of the wild violet.

 

I leaned against the fence for a long time, feasting my hungry eyes, and thinking in my soul that God never made a fairer spot than my lovely meadow.

 

The next day I passed that way again, and lo! the hand of the despoiler had been there. A plowman and his great plow, now standing idle in the furrow, had in a day wrought a terrible havoc. Instead of the green grass there was turned up to view the ugly, bare, brown earth; instead of the singing birds there were only a few hens industriously scratching for worms. Gone were the dandelion and the pretty violet. I said in my grief, “How could any one spoil a thing so fair?”

 

Then my eyes were opened by some unseen hand, and I saw a vision, a vision of a field of ripe corn ready for the harvest. I could see the giant, heavily laden stalks in the autumn sun; I could almost hear the music of the wind as it would sweep across the golden tassels. And before I was aware, the brown earth took on a splendor it had not had the day before.

 

Oh, that we might always catch the vision of an abundant harvest, when the great Master Plowman comes, as He often does, and furrows through our very souls, uprooting and turning under that which we thought most fair, and leaving for our tortured gaze only the bare and the unbeautiful. —Selected

 

Why should I start at the plough of my Lord, that maketh the deep furrows on my soul? I know He is no idle husbandman, He purposeth a crop. —Samuel Rutherford

 

 

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