Of Christ the Mediator.
Chapter 8, Paragraph 8.
“… governing their hearts by his word and spirit,…”
Because of redemption, the elect are free from the slave master of sin. Our guilt has been forgiven; the punishment due us is borne by Jesus Himself. We are now free to do whatever we want as independent women and men, right? After all, as culture in the United States claims, freedom is being able to do what you want, when you want it, with no repercussions. Is that what Christ’s redemption has given His elect?
Christian, because of redemption your life is not your own. Yes, you are no longer a slave to sin, but you are governed by Jesus Christ. His reign is not anarchy. He does not leave His sheep to wander, but guides them with the word and with the Spirit. Such guidance is kind, showing us His will, drawing us to Himself even in times of discipline. His governance of our hearts is not something to resent but to cherish, as it is for our good and His glory.
We need not fear that Scripture and the Spirit will be at odds with one another in revealing Christ’s will. The Spirit will not lead you in a way that is contrary to His Word. Pray for the Spirit to dwell in you richly, and also richly read the Word. This way we will grow in the knowledge of Christ, and discern what is pleasing to Him.
Questions to Consider
- Is there any part of Christ’s governance that you are resisting at the moment?