Monday, March 7, 2016

    Only an outcast, Lord, am I;
    Only a sinner judged to die;
    Only a mourner o’er my sins;
    Yet, there’s a Voice I hear within;
    Yet, there’s a Voice I hear within.

    Only a Voice, but it is Christ’s;
    Only a Voice, but His brings Light;
    Only a Voice, but His can heal;
    Now can my soul unto Him kneel?
    Now can my soul unto Him kneel?

    “Yes,” He speaks, “you may seek My face;”
    “Yes,” He speaks, “now receive My grace;
    Yes, you’re a sinner; that’s your name;
    But, I’m the Saviour; that’s My name.
    But, I’m the Saviour, that’s My name.”

    Salvation is Christ’s gift to me;
    Salvation now has set me free;
    Salvation is the Saviour’s fame;
    And He’s my Saviour, bless His name!
    And He’s my Saviour, bless His name!

    He’s the Saviour; He took my blame!
    He’s the Saviour; yes, that’s His Name!
    He saved my soul then changed my name!
    He calls me “child!”  Oh, praise His Name!
    He calls me “child!”  Oh, praise His Name!
                                              M. Robbins

So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.  Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.  And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.  But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.  Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.  For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die; but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:  And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.            
                                                                                                                                      Romans 8:8-17

     In order to help heal and save people, it takes many years of study to become a medical doctor and then additional years of training to become a “specialist.”       
     But Christ didn’t have to “study” in order to achieve His earthly objective - becoming “the Saviour.”  Rather, He “made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.”
     What Christ went through we’ll never know.  However, we do know that He left Heaven and all its glories to live in a conquered land with little possessions so that we might live in Heaven’s glory as heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ.
     We also know that as Christ was dying on the cross, He was ridiculed by the rulers, the chief priests and the soldiers.  And their words were shameful. 
     While they, themselves, were clothed in unseen wickedness, the rulers reminded Christ that He saved others.  While they, themselves, were robed in their own righteousnesses which were as filthy rags, the chief priests mocked Him and said He should save Himself and then they’d believe He was the King of Israel.  And while they, themselves, were under orders of a mere common ruler, the soldiers also mocked Christ’s divinity and likewise urged Him to save Himself.
     But Christ could not save both Himself and us. 
     So, because He was the sacrificial lamb slain as it were before the foundation of the world (1 Peter 1:19-20), Christ chose to save us rather than to save Himself.  And it is because Christ carried the sins and bore the penalty of death for each individual, He alone forever will be known as “the Saviour.” 
    But Christ can only save an individual who acknowledges bearing the identity of a “sinner” and in dire need of the Saviour.  Paul, himself, personally stated in 1 Tim 1:15:  This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
     Enough now with the pronouns:  “we,” “they” and “us.”  Christ saves “sinners” as individuals.  So, I, myself, must be saved before I call Him mine!
     And so to Christ alone I’ve all my sinfulness.....bearing the name of “sinner”.....yet, believing He died for me.  And because He is the Saviour, by His mercy I’ve been saved!                                  
                                                                                                                                              M. Robbins


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