Wednesday, October 25, 2006

"Meeting" #4

Pages 49-68 are our treat for the fourth "meeting" for the SC Reading Group.

Therein Charnock covers "Part I" of his discourse on Christ Is Our Passover. Though our reading schedule has divided this section into the doctrinal category, the last portion (63-69) deals with "Practical Applications."

Just when I didn't think it could possibly get any better than chapter one, I continued reading, and, well, it did!

Groupies, comment away....


melissa said...

Prayed for all of you this morning.
I've been so thankful for this group. Charnock has been incredible and your comments are truly helpful in understanding and applying what I've read. Thank you.

"A lamb is both clothes and meat. Christ is clothing to us, by righteousness to cover our nakedness, and food to us, by his body and blood to satisfy our appetite. [He is] a sacrifice and a feast for us."

It is necessary that I remember I am in desperate need of the righteous clothing he provides and the feast of himself he offers. I am so thankful that he gives both to us despite the Revelation 3:17 attitudes we have. This quote also reminded me to soak up this verse:

"Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food."
Isaiah 55:1-2

I also thought a lot about this quote:
"A bitterness of soul will make the taste of the benefit of Christ more delicious."
Repentance over our wickedness and remembrance of the sacrifice will quickly help us to savor our Lord and treasure the Passover.

KB said...

The passover has never been so clear. The picture of the passover. wow. 'Christ the Passover'. Glory to God for the preservation of Charnocks writing to be read by me, a young convert in the year 2006.

_Oh Lord, purge out all things contrary to You, because for this end Christ was sacrificed for us. p. 50.

All this joy, and I've only made it to page 51 of our pace.
Halleluiah what a saviour!

melissa said...

Hey are you getting my comments?

tuck said...

“Christ is clothing to us, by righteousness to cover our nakedness; and food to us, by his body and blood to satisfy our appetite. [He is] a sacrifice and a feast for us.” p.56

How marvelous! His righteousness is ours because He is our life!! Let us pray that our appetite for sin ceases to exist and that the “bread of life” and the “water that quenches all thirst” is forever our mouth-watering dessert!!!

“He went to it, not only as a duty, but [as] an honour; and was content for a while to be [the] sport of devils that he might be the spring [source] of salvation to men.” p. 57

The sacrifice Christ made for us on the cross is so immeasurable. How grateful we should be to God for granting us salvation through His Son who came to be the true PASSOVER lamb.

Just as the Israelites covered their doorposts with blood so the angel would pass over them, so did Christ cover us with His blood so that God’s wrath would not be placed on us. How incredible His love is toward us!!! “The wrath of God dreadfully flamed out against his soul.” p.60 May we pray that God would continually make us aware of what it meant for Him to pour out this “wrath” on His Son for us. So that we can respond with thankfulness and humbleness and develop hatred toward the sin, which Christ suffered for.

May we eagerly desire to worship Christ and see Him glorified. Living lives in the Spirit, may we continue to daily “put to death the deeds of the body” (Rom 8:13) and to live by the quote of John Owen, “Be killing sin or sin will be killing you.”

JS said...

“It is from the wrath of God that our Passover hath delivered us. And what is the anger of Pharaoh to the fury of an offended Deity [God], kindled against us by our multiplied transgressions?” (pg 66)

“Remember it with bitterness…Shall we be without it, when we consider the cause of our slavery, and the means of our deliverance? A bitterness of soul will make the taste of benefit of Christ more delicious.” (pg 67)

May we never forget the “cause of our slavery” and the price of our rescue.

“He was a murdered man, and you my soul, the murderer-

Ah, you my sins, my cruel sins,
His chief tormentors were,
Each of my crimes became a nail,
And unbelief the spear."

I slew him--this right hand struck the dagger to his heart.

My deeds slew Christ.” – Charles Spurgeon

“...knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.” I Peter 3:18-20

Charnock’s words are such a head on challenge to our materialistic, luke-warm, self-exalting generation. Oh, how we need a “bitterness of soul”!

May our sensitivities to the “means of our deliverance” never dull - that we would be dazzled with nothing but Christ our King!

Debbie Thomas said...

Clyde Cranford said in his book that "In sending forth His dear Son, God the Father dealt a death blow to sin." May Christ be our portion forever.

Brandon said...

''As therefore our true passover, which is the Lord Jesus, hath been sacrificed for us, let us daily celebrate the memory of it in a manner worthy of so great a grace.'' pg50

I want to be as the unleavened bread and fill my inner man with the true worth of the cross so that by it I will be purged of everything unholy or in the words of John the Baptist ''He must increase and I must decrease'' John 3:30

I am amazed to see how Moses and I have the same faith and that is in Christ and it all boils down to is seeing. Moses saw beyond the sprinkling of the blood and beyond the tablets of the Law to non other than Christ. I have always heard this but have never had it fully explained but now I see it Charnock explained it beutifully.

The passover was an excellent expression of past and future grace it allowed the people to remember there deliverence and look to a future Hope of deliverence and there in that is God himself bieng faithfull to His chosen to give them something to Hope in namely Christ