Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A Weakness of the Present Era of the Church

George Horne comments on Psalm 114:1-2.  Notice, how he sees the Christian's relationship to the world as an antichrist system.  How little we hear from the pulpit these days about the world as one of the three enemies of the people of God along with the flesh and the devil.  It is a weakness in our understanding that other eras in church history better understood.

Psalm 114:1-2
When Israel went out from Egypt,
    the house of Jacob from a people of strange language, 
Judah became his sanctuary,
    Israel his dominion.

"When Jahweh delivered Israel from the bondage of Egypt he chose them for his peculiar people, his presence resided in their camp, as in a 'sanctuary,' or temple; and he ruled them as an earthly king exercises sovereignty in his 'dominions.' This world, and the prince of this world, are to us, what Egypt and Pharaoh were to Israel.  The redemption of our nature, by the resurrection of Christ, answers to their redemption by the hand of Moses.  When we are baptized into the death and resurrection of our Lord, we renounce the world, its pomp and vanities; and should, therefore, quit its corrupt 'language,' manners, and customs, with as much alacrity and expedition, as the family of Jacob left those of Egypt.  We are the 'sanctuary,' the temple, in which Christ dwells by his Spirit."

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