Included in this week’s issue:
The Internal Reality of Redemption
Real redemption in Christ has not been fully wrought for us till it is wrought *within* us. -Cornelius Van Til, *Christian Apologetics*
The Blessing of Absolute Surrender
Many of us have this central and ever present struggle: my will and desire versus God’s. I like these words from Andrew Murray written in 1895.
Absolute surrender—let me tell you where I got those words. In Scotland once I was in a company where we were talking about the condition of Christ’s Church, and what the great need of the Church and of believers is; and there was in our company a godly worker who has much to do in training workers, and I asked him what he would say was the great need of the Church, and the message that ought to be preached. He answered very quietly and simply and determinedly:
“Absolute surrender to God is the one thing.”
The words struck me as never before. And that man began to tell how, in the workers with whom he had to deal, he finds that if they are sound on that point, even though they be backward, they are willing to be taught and helped, and they always improve; whereas others who are not sound there very often go back and leave the work. The condition for obtaining God’s full blessing is absolute surrender to Him.
The Realness of the Spiritual
Some great wisdom I greatly appreciate from A. W. Tozer in The Pursuit of God,
God and the spiritual world are real. We can reckon upon them with such assurance as we reckon upon the familiar world around us. Our trouble is that we have established bad thought habits. We habitually think of the visible world as real and doubt the reality of the other. We do not deny the existence of the spiritual world but we doubt that it is real in the accepted meaning of the word. The object of the Christian’s faith is unseen reality.