20 April 2015

The Cross and the World

What is a Christian? Paul tells the Colossians that a Christian is a person who has been translated from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of God's dear Son. I no longer belong to the world—I belong to the kingdom of Christ, the kingdom of light, the kingdom of glory, the kingdom of God. Here I am, and the world has nothing to do with me. I am not of it. I am in this other kingdom. Oh, I am still existing in this world, but I no longer belong to it. I have been translated. And my citizenship is now in heaven, from whence also we look for the Savior, and we know that we shall ever go on and be with the Lord. He, by dying on the cross, separates me from the world, puts me into His own kingdom, introduces me to God, and makes me a child of God and an heir of eternal bliss.

He delivers me from the world. He died so that "whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." He does more—He gives me a power that is greater than the world. Listen to John: "…greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world," and, "this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith," our faith in Him (1 John 4:4; 5:4).

And thank God, He gives us occasional glimpses of that other world, that real world, that pure, holy world that is yet going to be. This old world can never be improved and reformed. He will set up a new world: "new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness" (2 Peter 3:13). A renovated cosmos, a perfected universe, with glory everywhere. The glory of the Lord shall cover everything as the waters cover the seas.

— Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Further Reading
Justification and Sanctification
The Narrow Gate
Equipping Eve: What Is Truth?

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