HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:3).
Now, this definite, absolute and final putting off of ourselves in an act of death, is something we cannot do ourselves.
It is not self-mortifying, but it is dying with Christ. There is nothing can do it but the Cross of Christ and the Spirit of God. The church is full of half-dead people who have been trying, like poor Nero, to slay themselves for years, and have not had the courage to strike the fatal blow.
Oh, if they would just put themselves at Jesus’ feet, and let Him do it, there would be accomplishment and rest. Hallelujah. They are so caught up with the absolute in themselves, as the world does not exist. It is all about them going nowhere. I hope that they come back to themselves and acknowledge that only God can do the exceedingly abundant thing.
On that cross He has provided for our death as well as our life, and our part is just to let His death be applied to our nature just as it has been to our old sins, and then leave it with Him, think no more about it, and count it dead, not recognizing it any longer as ourselves, but another, refusing to listen or fear it, to be identified with it, or even try to cleanse it, but counting it utterly in His hands, and dead to us forever, and for all our new life depending on Him at every breath, as a babe just born depends upon its mother’s life.
The church is not depending on the pastor or bishop, but on the one that giveth life. Oh, Hallelujah He did it already on the cross and through His death we have life in abundance. I say to God be the glory. Think about this for a moment and let it soak in. So many pastors and bishops have failed and in their closing days, they are trying to conquer the members.
My encouragement this morning is to hold on to the Tree of Life and let God be your constant guide all the way.