FROM MY HEART TO YOURS
“Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you are truly unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth (1 Corinthians 5:7,8).”
Today, Sunday, February 7, 2016, our Sunday School lesson was from Exodus 12 about the Passover, that time in history when God killed all the firstborn of Egypt. All the firstborn of Egypt died that night, of people, and of animals, whether livestock or of cats and dogs. The children of Israel were made exempt from the death of the firstborn, by putting blood from a sacrificial lamb on the two doorposts, and on the lintel of the house. All instruction as to exactly what they were to do in regard to the Passover, is recorded in Exodus 12:1-13.
The significance of Passover for Christians is twofold. First, we who trust in Jesus Christ, are saved from the penalty of being sinners, by virtue of the blood that Christ shed on the cross (1 Corinthians 5:7). 1 Peter 1:18,19 says that we are “not redeemed with corruptible things like silver and gold, from our aimless conduct received by tradition from our fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as a lamb without spot and blemish.” Therefore, the Lord Jesus Christ is our Passover, the One who assuages the wrath of God away from those whom Christ makes righteous. Secondly, as the children of Israel were to be ready to leave quickly, by having their waists belted, and sandals on their feet, and a staff in their hands; so should we be ready to go at the behest of our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ, anywhere He leads us.
Think of it: Our sins have been removed from us “as far as the East is from the West (Psalm 103:12).” We aren’t bound by sin any longer, and sin won’t have dominion over us any longer. We are therefore free to serve the Lord Jesus Christ in newness of life because “Sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace (Romans 6:14).” We are no longer slaves of sin, but rather, children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things are passed away; behold all things have become new (2 Corinthians 5:17).”
Seeing that this is the standing of every Bible believing Christian, as declared by the Word of God, should we not take our place in the world in a much more sure and forceful manner? Not forceful in the sense of being militant in the least, but rather, forceful knowing that the power of Almighty God is with us. “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ that died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, ‘for your sake we are killed all the day long. We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.’ Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 8:31-39).
Beloved, seeing that these things are true as declared by the inerrant Word of the True and Living God; why not throw ourselves into the battle for the Lord in such a way that will turn the world upside down once again (Acts 17:6). If any of you who read this are interested in attacking the problem of a mostly anemic church which exhibits little spiritual power in the world at this time, let me know. As I’ve said before, I’m old, and my best physical years are behind me. Nevertheless, in November this past year, I experienced an ongoing revival of love for the Lord Jesus and His people. Being inexperienced in this sort of thing, I have begun where I believe I can best be used by God; and that’s in writing this blog. Revival is greatly on my mind, and I see it as a must, if we’re to impact the world as the Church should impact the world. If you are of a kindred mind, please let me know. Thanks.
With love for all, a sinner saved by grace,
Bill (Bluegill Bill) Biza