23 How Can I Personally Partake In The Atonement?
God forbid that I should glory save in the cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ.”
of Jesus Christ always forces an issue of will. Do I accept God's verdict on
sin in the Cross of Christ? Have I the slightest interest in the death of
Jesus? Do I want to be identified with His death, to be killed right out to all
interest in sin, in worldliness, in self – to be so identified with Jesus that
I am spoilt for every thing else but Him? The great privilege of discipleship
is that I can sign on under His Cross, and that means death to sin. Get alone
with Jesus and either tell Him that you do not want sin to die out in you; or
else tell Him that at all costs you want to be identified with His death.
Immediately you transact in confident faith in what Our Lord did on the Cross,
a supernatural identification with His death takes place, and you will know
with a knowledge that passeth knowledge that your “old man” is crucified with
Christ. The proof that your old man is crucified with Christ is the amazing
ease with which the life of God in you enables you to obey the voice of Jesus
and again, Our Lord lets us see what we would be like if it were not for
Himself; it is a justification of what He said – “Without Me ye can do
nothing.” That is why the bedrock of Christianity is personal, passionate devotion
to the Lord Jesus. We mistake the ecstasy of our first introduction into the
Kingdom for the purpose of God in getting us there; His purpose in getting us
there is that we may realize all that identification with Jesus Christ means.