Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

What is fragrant aroma of the Cross in our walk?

Thursday, January 22, 2009

God measures everything, from start to finish, by the perfections of His Son.

This means that we learn how to operate in the tenth problem solving device, occupation with the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Our Position in Christ - “SIT” (EPH 2:6)
Our Life in the World -

“WALK: (EPH 4:1)
Our Attitude to the Enemy -

“STAND”(EPH 6:11)

Sit, Walk, and Stand.
There is the Cross of Sit.
There is the Cross of Walk.
There is the Cross of Stand.

There is the Cross of Sit.

John 19:30 Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.

With respect to our sitting in the Christian way of life, the cross appears as the finished work of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on the Cross.

We rest in the things He accomplished for us by His spiritual death on the Cross.

We rest in the fact of our redemption,
We rest in the fact of our justification.
We rest in the fact of our election and predestination, and ultimate glorification by the Hand of God.

There is the Cross of our Walk.

Luke 9:23 And He was saying to them all, " If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.

He asks us to take up our cross daily, so that is something we ARE to do.

There comes a time when you have to take stock, and be honest about this walk with the Lord.

Luke 9:23 And He was saying to them all, " If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.

We are the people of the cross whether we like it or not! The Church is born crucified.
Notice that our walk in love is based on the cross, where Jesus Christ gave Himself up for us as an offering and sacrifice to God.

ISA 53:10 But the LORD was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief; if He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, and the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand.

NUM 28:2 "Command the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘You shall be careful to present My offering, My food for My offerings by fire, of a soothing aroma to Me, at their appointed time.’

The fragrant aroma that day included propitiation, the fact that our Lord Jesus Christ completely satisfied the justice of God when it came to the sins of the world. But it also included something else.

HOS 6:6 For I delight in loyalty rather than sacrifice,
And in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.

It was the demonstrated understanding of Who His Father really was.

The fragrant aroma that came to His nostrils that day included the aroma of Love. It was that mature virtuous love that casts out fear.

It is that love which manifests itself in obedience.

In HEB 13:15-16 we have this sacrifice, this offering and it points to the Royal Family Honor Code.

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