TDR: ‘A Mediator’ (Galatians 3:20)

A mediator, however, implies more than one party; but God is one.
Galatians 3:20

God is and must be the eternal enemy of sin. He cannot be reconciled to it; it is the abominable thing which He hates. He cannot look upon it but with abhorrence. How then can God receive, bless, or commune with us?

Only through a Mediator. Jesus fills this office; He stands between God and us; He honours all the Father’s perfections and renders us and our services acceptable through His glorious righteousness and precious blood. God can only love us, receive us, commune with us or bless us, in Jesus. He represents us to God and we are accepted in the BELOVED. He represents God to us, and we prove Him to be gracious.

When going to the throne of grace, never forget that Jesus is the Mediator; the middle Man. Present your person, your petitions, and your praises to God through Him. You have nothing to fear, for Jesus wears your nature. He has a heart that beats in unison with yours. He calls you BROTHER; He uses all His influence with the Father on your behalf; all He did and suffered is employed for you; and at this moment He pleads your cause.

Oft as guilt, my soul, torments thee,

Turn thine eyes to Jesus’ blood;

This will comfort, cheer and cleanse thee,

Seal thy peace and do thee good.

Peace and pardon

Flow to thee through Jesus’ blood.

Daily Remembrancer by James Smith

Journal Jottings

‘The idea of a heart-searching God, requiring spiritual worship, had not struck me before, and I began to fear that with all my reading and saying of prayers, I had never in reality prayed, and therefore all my religion was in vain. I now began to try to pray in spirit and in truth, but the more I tried the more my thoughts would wander…

I carried [all the taunts and accusations] to the Lord, and it furnished me with matter for prayer; and at these times sweet portions of the word would flow into my soul, filling me with joy and gladness. It was, at times, as if the Lord sweetly whispered in my soul, “I have loved thee.” “I have redeemed thee: thou art mine.” “Thou art all fair.” “It is God that justifieth, who is he that condemneth?”

Often did I enjoy the most sweet and blessed peace within, when all was confusion and opposition without; and sacred quietness in the midst of tumult and noise.’

AUTOBIOGRAPHY, p.14, 41-42

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