Who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness [justification], and sanctification, and redemption [deliverance] — 1 Cor. 1:30.
He who redeemed us, or bought us with the sacrifice of His own life, gives us, as our Prophet or Teacher, wisdom by His Gospel, to see our fallen state and Himself as our Helper; as our Priest, He first justifies us and then sanctifies or consecrates us … and finally, as King, He will fully deliver the faithful from the domination of sin and death, to a glorious share in His Kingdom; for "God will raise up [from the dead] us also, by Jesus."
"Hallelujah! What a Savior!"
Truly He is able and willing to save to the uttermost all that come unto God by Him—Z '03, 440 (R 3279).
God appointed Jesus to supply our every need. He is our Wisdom in that He teaches us the whole counsel of God. He is our Righteousness in that He imputes His merit to us and enables us to practice justice. He is our Sanctification in that He enabled us to consecrate our humanity to death, and enables us to carry out our consecration fully … enables us to grow in every good thought, quality, word and deed. He is our Deliverance in that He enables us to gain victory over all our spiritual enemies through helping us to exercise an overcoming faith, hope, love and obedience; and ultimately, if we are faithful, will give us victory over death and the grave by raising us from the dead. Hallelujah! What a Savior!—P '30, 152.
Parallel passages: Jer. 9:23, 24; Matt. 23:8, 10; 1 Cor. 1:18-29; Col. 3:2; Rom. 3:21-26; 4:20-25; 5:1; 10:3-14; John 17:17-19; Acts 26:17, 18; 1 Cor. 1:2; Eph. 5:25-27; Heb. 2:11; Rom. 11:26; Luke 4:18; Matt. 6:13; Rom. 7:24, 25; 2 Tim. 4:18; Heb. 2:15.
Hymns: 96, 139, 167, 170, 240, 15, 178.
Poems of Dawn, 265: Deliverance.
Tower Reading: Z '14, 228 (R 5506).
Questions: How have I this week appropriated Jesus as my Teacher, Justifier, Sanctifier and Deliverer? What helped or hindered therein? What resulted therefrom?
STILL o'er Earth's sky the clouds of anger roll,
And God's revenge hangs heavy on her soul.
Yet shall she rise—though first by God chastised—
In glory and in beauty then baptized.
Yea, Earth, thou shalt arise; thy Father's aid
Shall heal the wound His chastening hand hath made;
Shall judge the proud oppressor's ruthless sway
And burst his bonds, and cast his cords away.
Then on thy soil shall deathless verdure spring;
Break forth, ye mountains, and ye valleys, sing!
No more your thirsty rocks shall frown forlorn,
The unbeliever's jest, the heathen's scorn;
The sultry sands shall tenfold harvests yield,
And a new Eden deck the thorny field.
E'en now we see, wide-waving o'er the land,
The mighty angel lifts his golden wand,
Courts the bright vision of descending power,
Tells every gate, and measures every tower;
And chides the tardy seals that yet detain
Thy Lion, Judah, from His destined reign!