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SCHOOL of THEOLOGY => Religion & Theology => Topic started by: The Crusader on February 17, 2013, 11:09:00 AM

Title: A great little read: From CR Stam's "Things That Differ"
Post by: The Crusader on February 17, 2013, 11:09:00 AM

A great little read: From CR Stam's "Things That Differ"

To the believer it is thrilling to see the cross as God's reply to Satan when, at first glance, it had appeared that the cross was Satan's greatest triumph.
 
Satan had, of course, worked long behind the scenes to prevent the coming of the Redeemer. He had opposed it by seeking the destruction of all Hebrew male children in Egypt (Ex. 1:16,22), by seeking the annihilation of the whole nation by Pharaoh (Ex. 14), by seeking to wipe out “all the seed royal" through Athaliah (II Chron. 22:10), by seeking the destruction of the race again through Haman (Esth. 3:12,13).
 
When the deceiver was overruled in these and other attempts on Christ, and
 the Lord, after all, appeared on earth, Satan redoubled his efforts to destroy Him. When but an infant, Herod sought the young child's life (Matt. 2); at Nazareth, His neighbors tried to throw Him over a cliff (Luke 4:29); a fierce storm on Galilee would have engulfed Him (Mark 4:37), etc.
 
Finally it seemed Satan was winning. He had succeeded in turning Israel's rulers against Christ (John 7:48), then the masses (Matt. 13:13-15), then many of His own disciples (John 6:66,67) and finally even one of the twelve (Matt. 26:14-16).
 
Some suppose that Satan sought to prevent the crucifixion, but we must not presume that Satan understood how the cross would accomplish his defeat and our redemption. We read distinctly that "Satan entered into" Judas (John 13:27). Satan thought that the crucifixion of Christ would destroy Him. How he must have congratulated himself on his success as our Lord died in shame and disgrace on Calvary's cross!
 
Doubtless it was a great shock and disappointment to him when Christ arose from the dead, but imagine his dismay when he discovered that he had tricked himself by crucifying Christ - that God had actually paid for man's sins by the death of Christ so that He might save the chief of sinners and send him forth to offer "redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace"! (Eph. 1:7).
 
Thus Satan reached the climax of his career of deception when he deceived himself at Calvary.
 
In the light of this it is not strange that Satan hates and opposes the message of grace, the preaching of the cross, more bitterly than he ever hated or opposed the prophetic program. Nor is it strange that it is God's purpose:
 
"...that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God" (Eph. 3.10).
Title: A great little read: From CR Stam's "Things That Differ"
Post by: The Crusader on February 17, 2013, 11:17:10 AM
Here Paul talks of Christ giving him the "mystery", or secret of the gospel. God kept it secret from the Satanic rulers of this world. Indeed, as verse 8 says--had they known that God would reconcile sinners to himself--Satan would never have crucified Christ!

It is God alone that is wise. Even though God has allowed Satan to rule this present day world, and hundreds of millions follow him unknowingly--God has shown him to be a fool in comparison with God's wisdom.

1Cr 2:6 ¶ Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:

1Cr 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, [even] the hidden [wisdom], which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

1Cr 2:8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known [it], they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
Title: Re: A great little read: From CR Stam's "Things That Differ"
Post by: me again on August 25, 2014, 08:45:13 PM
This is an old topic, but I just read it and it is AMAZING!!! Wow!!!