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Monday, November 23, 2015

The Gospel According to Paul # 52

In His Letters to Timothy (continued)

After all, it is really just this. It is what the Lord Jesus is "made unto us ... from God": God's satisfaction. Oh, thank God that the Lord Jesus covers our faults and weaknesses and defectiveness. I once read a story - I think it was  true - of a certain hotel on the continent, where people used to go and say for rest and quiet and detachment. One day a mother arrived with her little girl, and that little girl was just beginning to learn the piano. Every morning, first thing, she went to the piano and strummed and strummed, and all day long she strummed. Morning, noon and night she strummed, until the people became almost distracted, and they were counselling together as to what they should do, when a famous pianist arrived to stay at the hotel. He at once sensed the atmosphere, took the situation and when the little girl went to the piano, he went up alongside and sat down, and put his hands over hers and guided them, and there began to come forth the most beautiful music. The  people came down from their rooms into the room where the piano was, and sat down and listened. When the recital was over, the pianist said to the little girl, Thank you so much, dear; we have enjoyed it so much today" - and all the trouble was over.

Yes, the Lord Jesus just puts His hands over ours. We might make a mess of things; we do, if we are left to ourselves. We upset a lot, and do a lot of harm; we are so imperfect, so faulty: and then the Lord Jesus comes, in this blessed way,  and corrects our defectiveness, answers to the Father for us, makes good our deficiencies - how? - with Himself, just Himself.

That is the answer; that is the good news - "the gospel of the glory of the blessed God".

~T. Austin-Sparks~

(The End)

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