The Great Life

by Oswald Chambers 

To be an Uncommon Believer….

Let the “First Voice” You Hear in the Morning….

Be the Voice of the LORD

If you only take your own ideas, you will never know the truth. The whole truth is the only truth, and the whole truth is Jesus Christ—“I am . . . the Truth.” Any bit of truth is an error if taken alone.  


"Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: . . Let not your heart be troubled." John 14:27


Whenever a thing becomes difficult in personal experience, we are in danger of blaming God, but it is we who are in the wrong, not God, there is some perversity somewhere that we will not let go.

Immediately we do, everything becomes as clear as daylight. As long as we try to serve two ends, ourselves and God, there is perplexity. The attitude must be one of complete reliance on God. When once we get there, there is nothing easier than living the saintly life; difficulty comes in when we want to usurp the authority of the Holy Spirit for our own ends.

Whenever you obey God, His seal is always that of peace, the witness of an unfathomable peace, which is not natural, but the peace of Jesus. Whenever peace does not come, tarry till it does or find out the reason why it does not. If you are acting on an impulse, or from a sense of the heroic, the peace of Jesus will not witness; there is no simplicity or confidence in God, because the spirit of simplicity is born of the Holy Ghost, not of your decisions. Every decision brings a reaction of simplicity.

My questions come whenever I cease to obey. When I have obeyed God, the problems never come between me and God, they come as probes to keep the mind going on with amazement at the revelation of God. Any problem that comes between God and myself springs out of disobedience; any problem, and there are many, that is alongside me while I obey God, increases my ecstatic delight, because I know that my Father knows, and I am going to watch and see how He unravels this thing.



The Impartial Power Of God

by Oswald Chambers

To be an Uncommon Believer….Let the “First Voice” You Hear in the Morning….Be the Voice of the LORD

"For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified." Hebrews 10:14

We trample the blood of the Son of God under foot if we think we are forgiven because we are sorry for our sins. The only explanation of the forgiveness of God and of the unfathomable depth of His forgetting is the Death of Jesus Christ. Our repentance is merely the outcome of our personal realization of the Atonement which He has worked out for us. "Christ Jesus . . . is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption." When we realize that Christ is made all this to us, the boundless joy of God begins; wherever the joy of God is not present, the death sentence is at work.


It does not matter who or what we are, there is absolute reinstatement into God by the death of Jesus Christ and by no other way, not because Jesus Christ pleads, but because He died. It is not earned, but accepted. All the pleading which deliberately refuses to recognize the Cross is of no avail; it is battering at another door than the one which Jesus has opened. I don't want to come that way, it is too humiliating to be received as a sinner. "There is none other Name . . ." The apparent heartlessness of God is the expression of His real heart, there is boundless entrance in His way. "We have forgiveness through His blood." Identification with the death of Jesus Christ means identification with Him to the death of everything that never was in Him.

God is justified in saving bad men only as He makes them good. Our Lord does not pretend we are all right when we are all wrong. The Atonement is a propitiation whereby God through the death of Jesus makes an unholy man holy.

When we know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, it means we are free from anxiety, free from carefulness, so that, during the twenty-four hours of the day, we do what we ought to do all the time, with the strength of life bubbling up with real spontaneous joy.

 


The Offering Of The Natural

by Oswald Chambers

"Nothing has any power to alter a man save the incoming of the life of Jesus

and that is the only sign that he is born again.

 

"Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman." Galatians 4:22

Paul is not dealing with sin in this chapter of Galatians, but with the relation of the natural to the spiritual. The natural must be turned into the spiritual by sacrifice, otherwise a tremendous divorce will be produced in the actual life. Why should God ordain the natural to be sacrificed? God did not. It is not God's order, but His permissive will. God's order was that the natural should be transformed into the spiritual by obedience; it is sin that made it necessary for the natural to be sacrificed.

Abraham had to offer up Ishmael before he offered up Isaac. Some of us are trying to offer up spiritual sacrifices to God before we have sacrificed the natural. The only way in which we can offer a spiritual sacrifice to God is by presenting our bodies a living sacrifice. Sanctification means more than deliverance from sin, it means the deliberate commitment of myself whom God has saved to God, and that I do not care what it costs.

If we do not sacrifice the natural to the spiritual, the natural life will mock at the life of the Son of God in us and produce a continual swither. This is always the result of an undisciplined spiritual nature. We go wrong because we stubbornly refuse to discipline ourselves, physically, morally or mentally. "I wasn't disciplined when I was a child." You must discipline yourself now. If you do not, you will ruin the whole of your personal life for God.

God is not with our natural life while we pamper it; but when we put it out in the desert and resolutely keep it under, then God will be with it; and He will open up wells and oases, and fulfill all His promises for the natural.




Jesus Christ was Not Resurrected on Easter Sunday

by Allen Williams


The Christian faith has adopted many pagan practices and rituals over the centuries in its mission to carry out the great commission. This has given rise to a number of religious myths, which have been counter productive to the church's mission to spread the gospel. People sense the phoniness.

The best recognized Christian myth is that Christ died on Good Friday and was resurrected on Easter Sunday. But, how can Christ's raising from the dead be a myth, you ask? The resurrection is a well-documented and witnessed event that is not in question but rather the Church's Easter Sunday resurrection claim.

There is not a shred of evidence to support the church's Easter resurrection story despite the biblical account. In fact, Christ's own words contradict what most churches teach about his death and resurrection.

The Pharisees had asked Jesus to give them a sign that he was the long awaited messiah. His response was "This is an evil generation; they seek a sign; and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of Jonas" the prophet." - Luke 11:29 (KJV). So how does the prophet Jonah prove that Christ was Messiah?

We know from the book of Jonah that he spent 3 days and 3 nights in the belly of the great fish God had prepared. (Jonah 2:17)

The bible gives us a clue with Christ's statement in Matt 12:40: " For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale's belly of the great fish, so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth" . In this verse, Jesus makes the claim that he will be in the tomb of the earth for 3 full days and 3 full nights, the same length of time that Jonah was in the whale's belly.

Remember "..man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God." (Luke 4:4) In order to be God, any timetable predicted must be precise.

If God's word is truth, then Christ's claim of being in the belly of the earth for 72 hours must be taken as a literal not a metaphoric interpretation. But there is a problem with the traditional Easter story that claims Christ was in the grave just two days and one night, counting from the sixth hour on Friday afternoon until sunrise Easter morning. Some apologists have claimed that He wasn't in the tomb as long as He thought, so then how could he be God? Clearly the traditional account does not fulfil the 72-hour prophetic sign that must occur for Christ to be Messiah.

The Pharisees of the day clearly understood the prophesy that Jesus gave, as the bible states that the day following the day of preparation, they came to Pilate asking for guards to make sure his disciples did not steal the body on the third day. (Matt 27:v62-63) So, if Jesus was in the grave as he claimed for 72 hours, then what day was he crucified on?

The bible gives a clue to the actual day of crucifixion when it mentions the 'day of preparation', a term used to denote the day before a high Sabbath. High Sabbath's only occur in the annual Holy days laid out by God's Master Plan in Leviticus 23, which are separate and distinct from the weekly Sabbath. This means that the crucifixion had to have occurred during the week of one of the biblical holy feasts but which one?

To answer that we look to the book of John: "Now before the feast of the Passover when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the father.." This statement establishes the crucifixion occurring during the week of Passover. (John 13:1) "Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world." (John 1:29)

These passages indicate that Christ was the Passover lamb symbolized by the lamb without blemish in the old testament ritual (Exodus 12:v5-7). The lamb's blood was to be placed on the side posts and lintel of the door so that God would spare Israel's firstborn in His final plague on Egypt. This lamb was to be killed on the night of the 14th of the month as commanded in Leviticus 23.

Christ and his disciples celebrated the last supper on the 14th day of the seventh month, which places his crucifixion on the following day, Wednesday the 15th of Nisan, a day of Preparation. The Jews celebrate Passover the evening of the 15th.

The 1st day of unleavened bread occurs on the 16th and is a High Sabbath. So the week of Christ's crucifixion had two Sabbaths, the weekly one and one from the annual holy days. No work could be done on any Sabbath so food preparation for the holy day must occur on the preparation day. Neither Mary nor anyone else could have possibly gotten to the tomb before early Sunday morning because of the preparations required before the two Sabbaths that week.

In 33 AD, Tuesday night was the 14th of the month. About the 6th hour on the 15th, Jesus died.

God counts time from 'even to even' as one 24-hour day as defined in Genesis 1:5. So, Christ was in the tomb Wednesday even (sundown) to Thursday even (sundown) which is one day. Then from Thursday even until Friday even for a second day. And finally from Friday even until Saturday even for a third day as well as the nights of Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

This satisfies the exact 72-hour requirement in the heart of the earth that Christ prophesied, fixing the Resurrection on the biblical Sabbath, just before sundown and confirming Him as the long awaited Messiah.

But, the bible clearly states that "In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre", which was definitely Sunday morning.

The earthquake and the appearing of the Angel as recounted in (Matt 28:v2-6) was NOT to let Christ out of the tomb because he was already risen (not at dawn that morning but before sunset the previous day. Otherwise, the sign of Jonah could not have been fulfilled.)

Easter sunrise services are simply another myth perpetuated by Christianity's mixed pagan teachings.

"There was no "Easter sunrise service" in the early Church—even according to the Encyclopaedia Britannica: "The name Easter… is derived from Eostre, or Ostara, [ISHTAR] the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring… There is no indication of the observance of the Easter festival in the New Testament." (1911 ed., p. 828). - Tomorrow's World - the Sign of Jonah

So why does Christendom teach such nonsense? Christ provides the answer in Mark 7:9, "Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition."

You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. " My sheep hear my voice and I know them, and they follow me." (John 10:27). His voice of truth stands out from the malaise.

So, do you believe the God of the Bible and follow his command 'to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.." (Matt 28:20) or do you choose to believe Christendom's pagan fables?