Our Dependence Upon His WorkAugust 24, 2010 at 9:00 am | Posted in William Gurnall | Leave a comment
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Wisdom from William Gurnall
God chose to give this treasure of reconciliation to humble us, so our haughtiness might bow and God could be exalted in our day of salvation. “The bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world” (John 6:33). And notice hwy God chose that method to feed His children in the wilderness: “Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee”(Deuteronomy 8:16).
Let us examine this humbling process more carefully. Naturally we assume that the Israelites would have become wise as well as humble when God Himself fed them with “angels food” (Psalm 78:25). Yet man is proud and wants to be his own provider; he does not enjoy a meal sent in by charity, at another’s expense, nearly so much as he does food which he earned himself. This pride made the children of Israel wish for the onions of their Egyptian gardens – inferior food but food bought with their own money instead of brought to them by God. God’s reconciliation to sinners was aimed at a more perfect union than He had with Adam.
God would never have allowed His first workmanship to be so scarred by sin if He had not planned to build a more magnificent structure out of its ruins. Because He intended to print man’s happiness in the second edition with a more perfect type than the first, He used Christ as the only fit instrument to accomplish this design: “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). He did not come to give the dead and damned a bare peace – naked life – but a more abundant life than man ever had before sin separated him from God. – Taken from The Christian in Complete Armour, August 19. Edited by James S. Bell, Jr. Moody Publishers Edition, 1994.