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    December 9, 1908

    “Are You Dead?” The Medical Missionary, 17, 49, p. 986.

    ATJ

    ALONZO T. JONES

    “HE that is dead is freed from sin.”MEDM December 9, 1908, page 986.1

    Are you freed from sin? If not, do you not see exactly where the difficulty lies?MEDM December 9, 1908, page 986.2

    There stands the truth of God, that “he that is dead is freed from sin.” Then if you are not freed from sin, the only cause of it is that you are not dead.MEDM December 9, 1908, page 986.3

    Jesus says, “Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone; but if it dies, it bringeth forth much fruit.”MEDM December 9, 1908, page 986.4

    Again he says, “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit.”MEDM December 9, 1908, page 986.5

    Again he says, “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit.”MEDM December 9, 1908, page 986.6

    As the Father is glorified in your bearing much fruit, and as it is only “if it die,” that it “bringeth forth much fruit,” it certainly follows that herein is the Father glorified, that ye die.MEDM December 9, 1908, page 986.7

    Are you dead? Are you freed from sin? Will you glorify the Lord by bearing much fruit? Will you die?MEDM December 9, 1908, page 986.8

    “Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone.”MEDM December 9, 1908, page 986.9

    Do you want forever to abide alone? “Without Me ye can do nothing.”MEDM December 9, 1908, page 986.10

    Without Him you can do nothing; without Him you abide alone; “except it ... die, it abideth alone;” except you die, you can do nothing.MEDM December 9, 1908, page 986.11

    But, bless the Lord, “if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.”MEDM December 9, 1908, page 986.12

    In being dead, then, there is freedom from sin; there is abiding with the Lord; there is the bearing of much fruit to the glory of God; and the end, eternal life.MEDM December 9, 1908, page 986.13

    In not being dead, there is bondage to sin; there is abiding alone; and the end, eternal death.MEDM December 9, 1908, page 986.14

    Thus he that will save his life shall lose it; but he that will lose his life for Christ’s sake shall keep it unto life eternal.MEDM December 9, 1908, page 986.15

    Will you lose your life and save it? or will you save your life and lose it?MEDM December 9, 1908, page 986.16

    “It is appointed unto men once to die.” And in the gospel, God his fixed it so that every man can die that “once,” so as to live forevermore.MEDM December 9, 1908, page 986.17

    Except it die, it abideth alone; but when we choose to die that we may bring forth much fruit, he does not leave us alone, nor ask us to die alone. He only asks us to die with him. Bless his name!MEDM December 9, 1908, page 986.18

    Then “if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him.” He does not live in sin. And being with him, we shall not live in sin.MEDM December 9, 1908, page 986.19

    Are you freed from sin? Are you dead? Are you dead with Christ, so that you live with Christ?MEDM December 9, 1908, page 986.20

    “Be of Good Cheer” The Medical Missionary, 17, 49, pp. 987, 988.

    ATJ

    ALONZO T. JONES

    HAVE you ever thought carefully of what is involved in that statement concerning Jesus, that “the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all”?MEDM December 9, 1908, page 987.1

    “Iniquity” is inequality, or crookedness; and means “all departure from the rectitude of God and of the law of God.” It is a word covering the same ground as the word “sin.”MEDM December 9, 1908, page 987.2

    Iniquity, or sin, is accompanied with guilt. According to the measure of the consciousness of sin, is the measure of the sense of guilt; and according to the degree of the sense of guilt, is the sense of condemnation.MEDM December 9, 1908, page 987.3

    To separate the sin from all sense of guilt and of condemnation, would be only to destroy all real sense of sin; and so would nullify it as a matter of consciousness or intelligent thought.MEDM December 9, 1908, page 987.4

    Therefore, when it is said of Jesus that “the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all,” it says that all the consciousness of all the sins, and all the guilt and condemnation that attaches to the consciousness of all the sins, “of us all,“—all this was “laid upon him.”MEDM December 9, 1908, page 987.5

    Think of the sense of guilt and condemnation that rests upon yourself, in the consciousness of the sins which have been most vividly brought home to your soul. Then think that His consciousness of sin was as much clearer and more intense than yours, as his mind and life were purer and more spiritual than are yours; and that according to the degree of the consciousness of sin is the sense of guilt and condemnation; then you will begin to get some idea of what was done when the Lord laid upon him all the iniquities, not of yourself only, but all the iniquities of us all.MEDM December 9, 1908, page 987.6

    Then think of Him, laden with his intensity of the consciousness of all the sins of all men; and, in that, laden also with the burden of all the guilt and condemnation that inevitably goes with the consciousness of sin; and you can begin to form some conception of the fearful disadvantage under which He went the way before us.MEDM December 9, 1908, page 988.1

    All this sin with all its attendant guilt and condemnation, was imputed to him,—was made his own as if he had actually committed it all, and was rightfully feeling the guilt and the condemnation of it all.MEDM December 9, 1908, page 988.2

    Thus He was made “to be sin for us;” thus was he made “in all things” “like unto his brethren;” and thus was he stricken with the curse which must rightfully blast sin, and also the one upon whom sin is found.MEDM December 9, 1908, page 988.3

    Thus, laden actually with the sins of the world, He, in the weakness of human flesh, passed over the ground where Adam failed. His trial was as much greater than was that of Adam as was the extent to which the race had degenerated from the condition of Adam when he was tried. And his trial was as much greater than that which we could be called to bear, as the sins of all are more than the sins of one, and as his consciousness of the nature of sin was broader and more intense than ours is, or could be.MEDM December 9, 1908, page 988.4

    And yet, under this enormous disadvantage, He in this world and in the weakness of human flesh, was faithful to God, and overcame the world.MEDM December 9, 1908, page 988.5

    With what encouragement, then, comes to us the exhortation: “Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; who was faithful to him that appointed him”! And with what inspiration comes to us His triumphant word, “Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world”!MEDM December 9, 1908, page 988.6

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