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Devotional: W.G. Mullan

No. 417

CONTEMPTUOUS  “IFS” -  2.

We have considered some of the settings of the contemptuous “ifs” sneered by those, different in social lives, albeit, together in bitter scorning of the rejected Saviour.  Others signified their hateful contempt in further references to His witness among the people.  They mocked His Life of Submission to the Will of His Heavenly Father, “He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now ‘if’ He Will have Him,”  Matthew 27:43.  In His Life among them He constantly testified of complete submission to His Father’s Will ; of the hour when His disciples deserted Him, “And yet I am not alone because the Father is with Me,” John 16:32.  His Prayer, unknown to the scorners, had been,  “ I have glorified You on the earth, I have finished the work which You have given Me to do,” John 17:4.  This Work of the Cross was the “Finished!” His Father had placed  in His Hands.  ‘If’ God will have You, come down from the Cross”  (and prove it was their blinded reasoning).  His declaration and determination were wrapped up in His final hours of Redeeming Grace when His Father “laid upon Him the iniquity of us all”, Isaiah 53:6.

The scorning “ifs” that were blind to the real purpose of Calvary were uttered by those completely untaught in the Great Plan of Eternity, now being fulfilled.  The writer of the Book of Hebrews, gathers throughout the Book, the fulfilling of the sacrifices of God in Jesus;  then he unites them in his benediction verses, revealing the Eternal Determination of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, “the God of Peace” causing His richest blessing upon His people, brought about, “through the Blood of the Everlasting Covenant,”  Hebrews 13:20.

“Ifs” of scorn may seek to disturb and even dismay but we allow our God to remind us through His Word that no power on earth or issuing from Hell can break the Eternal Covenant by which I, weak believer though I may be, will be separated or cut off from that precious Covenant.

 

‘Under the Blood of Jesus, Safe in the Shepherd’s fold;

Under the Blood of Jesus, Safe while the ages roll;

Safe, though the world may crumble,

Safe though the stars grow dim,

Under the Blood of Jesus, I am secure in Him.

 

 

William G. Mullan

wmullan777@btinternet.com

 

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