Third, the sanctions are judicial, involving a judgment before blessing. Adam was to have received blessing first. Cursing was not supposed to have been involved in the Sabbath Day experience at all. Sin disrupted the day of blessing, however, and cursing ended up coming first. From that moment on, blessing could only come through cursing. God said to the serpent, “I will put enmity between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise Him on the heel” (Gen. 3:15). In the midst of declaring the curse, God promised the blessing of a seed who would destroy the serpent. We know that this is the first giving of the Gospel. Through the Seed’s death, none other than Jesus Christ’s Crucifixion, blessing came to the world. Blessing comes through cursing. Thus, the covenant is always ratified through the curse. It has been this way ever since Adam sinned. Abraham’s animals had to be severed and burned with fire. The Deuteronomic covenant was cut by receiving twelve curses on Mt. Ebal (Deut. 27:15-26).
A very critical point about the covenant now emerges. Blessing, reward, and inheritance come through Judgment and its counterparts: discipline and suffering. The way of the covenant is: judgment first, and success later. Nothing is instant. If you want to build a mud hut, it takes a day. If you want to build a cathedral, it takes a century. If you want to build a civilization, it takes generations. The kingdom is built one brick at a time. Judgment comes before blessing. God’s true people do not despise judgment. They are willing to meet judgment up front in life. They confront Christ’s death while alive, rather than wait until Judgment Day. Moreover, all other phases of the Biblical faith that also involve meeting judgment take on clearer meaning: discipline, suffering, or receiving correction and rebuke. Christians are willing to face these, because they understand that life comes through judgment. People who are willing to implement these sanctions capture a civilization. They will rear better children, because they will be willing to discipline them. They will make better employees, since every occupation requires judgment and discipline. They will make better leaders, due to the fact that leaders have to make critical judgment calls. Thus, the covenant engages one in judgment, and judgment transforms him and his world.That You May Prosper, by Ray R. Sutton
Judgement has come upon the world.
Christians must face it, repent of their evil, and tighten their grip on Christ, His Law-Word, and His Victory.
Observe the Chinese servants of Christ, as they lead the way in a hostile empire and a secularist power-elite that despises them:
Ever since President Xi came to power, hopes of forming a civil society in China and opening up the possibility for political reform have been dashed. The arrests of Xu Zhiyong and disciplining of Ren Zhiqiang are simply the final echoes of that reformist dream, the last hurrah of a once-inspirational hope.
Does that mean all is lost?
No. The most formidable foes of the CCP in its quest to maintain power are people who believe in a higher power than the CCP, particularly Christians, both Protestant and Catholic.The one group that the Chinese Communist Party cannot silence by William Huang
The Right Sort can only lust after the unfettered power the CCP has: and after all these decades, the Red Star Aristocrats just can’t win.
Many will falter and fall, like those Chinese Christians who joined the TSPM in the early 1950s. And yet others will keep the faith. A Catholic bishop (later a Cardinal), Ignatius Kung Pinmei, expressed it in these moving words in 1954: “If we renounce our faith, we will disappear and there will not be a resurrection. If we are faithful, we will still disappear, but there will be a resurrection.”
The epic struggle of the house churches and their faithful members in China offers hope to Christians elsewhere. It is a David versus Goliath battle which has lasted seven decades and will stretch on for decades to come. But in the end, as in the Bible, David is going to win.The one group that the Chinese Communist Party cannot silence by William Huang
The CCP in 2020 just does not have the strength or the legitimacy it had in 1955. And the Statist Secularists that rule us today is a far weaker and less confident thing than it was in 1955, too.
(Remember back then, when even the most fervent Christians believed in evolution? When no believer cared for the Law, and everyone was either a premil or amil – a.k.a. “Satan’s people will grow stronger, and Christ’s people will grow weaker, in time and on earth?” When no one could get pass the gatekeepers, and those who disbelieved the Right Sort could not get a word in edgewise – on the radio, or on TV, or in books, or in the mass magazines?
I’m glad those days are dead and gone!)
As usual, the secular conservatives will bend the knee to the liberals. “It’s the practical thing to do… the reasonable thing to do… the way to still retain influence in the halls of power.”
Gotta keep that seat at the right dinner parties, after all.
We have a different goal.
(My bold below.)
The way of the covenant is: judgment first, and success later. Nothing is instant. If you want to build a mud hut, it takes a day. If you want to build a cathedral, it takes a century. If you want to build a civilization, it takes generations. The kingdom is built one brick at a time. Judgment comes before blessing.
The judgement is here.
Time to get the plow into the soil,
plant those seeds,
and get to work.
The blessing is coming.
Arise, and build.