Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Perfect Will Of God (SD27)

Mat 5:44-45a, 48  "But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect."
   
It is the will of God that all of us be perfect for this is His highest calling for us. We are saved after having believed and accepted the everlasting gospel (Outer Court), and after having loved Him by keeping His words we have sanctified ourselves and then able to enter the Holy Place. Finally we have now come to the Golden Altar of Incense right in front of the Mercy Seat of God.

Rev 5:8  Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.

Luke 22:43-44 _Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

At His last prayer at Gethsemane, out of His great love for us, our Lord needed the angel to prevent His frail human body from fainting or dying, when He willingly offered Himself to suffer excruciating pains and extreme agony which was far beyond human endurance until His facial tiny blood vessels ruptured and He sweated blood. By His blood falling onto the ground, it removed the curse upon the ground. (Gen 3:17-19)

Mat 26:38-39  Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.” He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, to let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”
 
Our Lord Jesus knew that He would be betrayed to be crucified and He rejoiced in the suffering and death for the salvation of all mankind. But His death would condemn His own people to the eternal fire including His own brethren, friends, etc. At this cross road, He committed Himself to God and accepted His will, after having requested not to drink the cup three times because it would hurt Him very much condemning His own people to Hades.

Luke 23:34a  Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”
   
Even with excruciating pains, He prayed for their forgiveness for He knew that all of them would be destined to damnation without repentance. Praise God that many Jews and Jewish leaders were saved in the book of Acts.
 
Act 7:59-60  And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not charge them with this sin.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

Stephen in the midst of excruciating pain being stoned to death prayed for the forgiveness of their sins and their salvation.

Eph 5:1-2  Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
 
Brethren, look around us and see the sufferings, hurts and pains amongst the brethren. Walk in love and walk also in the light to share their painful burdens. Let us imitate our Lord by laying down our lives for the salvation of those who have persecuted and hurt us. Let our good and righteous works and sacrifices at the Altar of Incense be a sweet aroma to God.