The Only Free Person on the Planet – by Desmond Ford
- Bible study
- Christian Evidences
- Christian Living
- Dr Desmond Ford
Nov 11, 2015 1377
We find it hard to believe that we could be slaves needing redemption.
Who of us is perfectly patient? That virtue has eluded me ever since I sought to achieve and attain to it. I am not patient. I have never have been, I do not expect to fulfill all the requisites of perfect patience in this life.
Who of us is perfectly temperate? This body which is the temple of God, I treat it rather casually too many times, as though it belonged to me, but him who defiles the temple of God, him shall God destroy. The temple of God is Holy which temple you are. So whatever you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
We are slaves and the guilt of sin must be broken before the power of sin is snapped. We will never cease to be slaves until we want to do what we ought to do. The only person that wants to do what he or she ought to do is the person that knows that God is theirs and they belong to Him.
That is the only free person on the planet, the person that knows that God is theirs, that only Heaven is given away, that only God can be had for the asking, that all our sins are a grain of sand compared with the mountain of the love of God, that all our sins are like a spark falling into the ocean of the mercy of God, that God is more willing to save and redeem us than a mother pluck a child from a burning house, that you can no more take love out of the heart of God than you can take the blaze out of the sun and the salt out of the sea.
These truths are only perceived by those who feel their need who, like Mary, kneel at his feet, and giving Him their all, knowing it is nothing, nothing compared with the infinite gift He bestows.
It is only the poor who are blest, and I am talking about poor in spirit. There is no virtue in being poor financially, there is no virtue in being rich financially.
Jesus says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit,” which is another way of saying blessed are those that know they need me. There is not one harsh syllable from Jesus in Matthew, Mark, Luke or John to anyone however depraved, however fallen, however weak, however corrupt, not one syllable of condemnation to anyone who felt their need. Oh, that encourages me no end.
– Des Ford. Rom 8:27–32. Adapted from, “The News That Shook The World – Part 2.”