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The world speaks of the FOUR FREEDOMS. There is, in
reality, only ONE FREEDOM and that is that we are freed from ourselves; universal freedom
from one's self! When Christ rules within we shall be free from self! And as His rule is
over the outer nations, there will be freedom from one another! There is no freedom apart
A Sermon By Dr Charles S. Price
we see these things we look up and see the Deliverer from our SELF has come! "There
shall come out of Zion the Deliverer!" (Romans 11:26) The REIGN OF CHRIST will be on
and the REIGN OF SELF must EXIT. For there is but "one God, the Father, of whom are
all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by
him." I Corinthians 8:6 "There is one body, - and one Spirit, even as you are
called in one hope of your calling; ONE LORD, ONE FAITH, ONE BAPTISM, ONE GOD AND FATHER
OF ALL, who is above all, and through all, and in you all." Ephesians 4:4-6 And there
is ONE FOE - self!
"Know you not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God?" (James 4:4) "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the LOVE OF THE FATHER IS NOT IN HIM. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life is NOT OF THE FATHER, BUT IS OF THE WORLD. And the world passes away, and the lust thereof: but HE THAT DOES THE WILL OF GOD ABIDES FOREVER." I John 2:15 16. 16 This world system in which self has waxed fat is not a planting of "the Father" but is a growth and result of the Adamic curse, under "our father the devil." We have been clothed with the wool from the back of self; wool of the production of self. We have patted self and exalted self until it has grown and spread itself like a GREEN BAY TREE! We know not that we are "wretched and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked?"
As we view the panorama of the world system we
find that the Divine ultimatum, "For there is no difference: for ALL have sinned, and
come short of the glory of God," is, of a truth, being portrayed before our very
eyes. As these pages are being written, an international court, having found
"Go to now, you rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you." Jas. 5:1 Many of us, finding ourselves rich in self, would attempt to commit suicide, even as Judas did. But God is showing His way of escape, for IF WE WILL SEE HIM, WE SHALL DIE - and in such death, we will live again, for Christ will be our life. Even as that poor man who beat his breast and cried, "God be merciful unto me a sinner!" For our righteousness comes not with OBSERVATION (that is of outward appearing) even as the Kingdom comes not with observation. Under the guise of that which does not appear to know God, there may be the deepest communion with God. We have made ourselves sure of the propriety of the outside of the cup while in side we may have been ravening wolves, planning and plotting against one another. "Woe is me, for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the KING, THE LORD OF HOSTS!" Is. 6:5
But there is One and in Him we are clean every whit! Not a spot nor a blemish in our Deliverer who "makes you whole." He makes it an other vessel when He is enthroned within and when Christ who is our life shall appear, then shall we also appear with Him in glory! Glorious appearing of our Deliverer from self? One Lord - one God - one faith - one freedom!
Humanity has been bitten by the snake of the Adamic curse and in us dwells no good thing. But, oh what a remedy redeeming love has so freely provided. LOOK AND LIVE! "Look unto Me, and be you saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God and there is none else." Is. 45 :22 "For our conversation is in heaven; (in the Spirit) from hence also we LOOK FOR THE SAVIOUR, THE LORD JESUS CHRIST: who shall change our vile body' that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body, according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself." Phil. 3:20. 21 "But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord." II Corinthians 3:18
There is nothing that we - possess that can save us. If we are on the housetop, we need not go down to take anything out! Sometime ago, during a radio broadcast announcing the invasion of this planet by Mars, some who were listening found them selves seriously fearing such an invasion by morning. One lady thought of all that lay in the house - things of great value - and what would she take to safety. She found herself, finally, with nothing left but the Blood of Jesus, that would meet such an emergency. Nothing of value for such an emergency! Nothing but the precious blood Nothing to cover the nakedness and sinfulness when faced with sudden destruction but the Blood of the Lamb! As caretaker of the property, all that she actually possessed was in the Blood of Christ! To Him be all the glory! No need to go back into the house! Naked we came into this world and naked we go out - but for His covering! Thank God for Christ! Thank God for the slain Lamb! Thank God for the Sin-Bearer!
He Meets Our Needs
There is a danger that we be caught in the
current of the system of this world until the reality of the Person of Christ is lost.
Even in worship! We can lose Christ in the temple! We can be so caught in the popular cur
rent of religious worship today that the true facts of life and their answers in Him may
be lost in the accoutrements of religion and its program. We shall have nothing to meet
our needs when the crisis comes because we have not followed the very essence of the
Gospel which is the Person of the Lord Jesus. When we find ourselves in need, many times
we reach out for some person to whom we may go. We have not learned to walk and talk with
God. When, in perplexity,
"My sheep hear My voice, and I know them,
and they follow Me!" John 10:27 It is the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ that we
have insulted and done despite to the Spirit of grace when we exalt man. We have DEIFIED
MAN and HUMANIZED GOD! But the DAY OF RECKONING IS UPON US. The Deliverer from self and
from one another is here! The great DAY OF GOD AL MIGHTY IS AT HAND and who can stand in
the evil time? If we are leaning on anything other than the Lord Jesus Christ. we shall
fall! We are each of us on the way out in our rights for there is only One who is
righteous! He has said, "Why do you call Me good? There is none good but One, that
Seeing God with a SINGLE EYE! To know no man after the flesh we deliver such a man and deliver our selves as we SEE ONLY CHRIST! Let us be careful lest we think our selves better than another for it will only lead to heartache! It is the sick that need the Physician. If we are found in self in our way, in our righteousness, we need the Physician. For if we depend upon anything of the flesh we are of all men most miserable. It is not by my abstaining or by my becoming righteous, but it is WHEN HIS LIFE APPEARS that we are truly righteous in Him. He is our righteousness. I have no right to condemn any one's life in the flesh for that has been condemned already. It is when HIS LIFE SHALL APPEAR then we shall appear with Him in glory.
There is an answer to every problem and that answer can be summed up in one word, "JESUS" the DOOR TO GOD! There is 0no other way: there is no other door. Only Jesus. And He is all we need. And in that open door I see my wisdom, my righteousness, my strength, and my healing. But more glorious than all, I see my resurrected life divine, and infinite and eternal. And to my ransomed heart He speaks "Because I live, you shall live also." Four freedoms? Whom THE SON MAKES FREE IS FREE INDEED!
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