The gospel of Jesus Christ always forces an issue of will. Will I accept the verdict God passed on sin in the cross of Christ? Do I want to be identified with the death of Jesus? To be killed to all my former interest in sin, worldliness, and self? To be so identified with Jesus that I’m spoiled for everything else but him? The great privilege of discipleship is that I can sign on under his cross, and this means death to sin.

Get alone with Jesus and tell him either that you don’t want sin to die out in you or that, at all costs, you want to be identified with his death. The instant you act in confident faith on what our Lord did on the cross, a supernatural identification with his death takes place, and you will know with a knowledge that passes knowledge that your old self is crucified with Christ. The proof that your old self has been crucified with Christ is the amazing ease with which the life of God in you enables you to obey the voice of Jesus Christ.

Every now and again, our Lord lets us see what life would be like if it weren’t for him. It’s a justification of what he said in John 15:5: “Apart from me you can do nothing.” That’s why the bedrock of Christianity is personal, passionate devotion to him. We mistake the ecstasy of our first introduction into the kingdom of God for God’s purpose in getting us there. His purpose in getting us there is that we realize all that personal identification with Jesus Christ means.

Wisdom from Oswald

For the past three hundred years men have been pointing out how similar Jesus Christ’s teachings are to other good teachings. We have to remember that Christianity, if it is not a supernatural miracle, is a sham.  The Highest Good, 548 L