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The Love of Substitution

Many people who have chosen the course of their lives do not want to be left responsible for its consequences. Instead they blame their state on the natural things of the world such as heredity, environment, people, personalities, and situations. They do not want to stand alone before God and face what their own selfishness has produced. Selfishness lingers only because man will not find a substitute for his life. A substitute is one who, in the willingness of his heart, agrees to take your place.

Man in the vanity of his own heart could not substitute for someone without remuneration for himself.

If Jesus Christ had demanded repayment for the life that He gave, we would be forced to serve Him out of bondage. Many Christians try to get others to submit and to serve them through the letter of the Law. They legislate a standard instead of imparting life. They give others a standard or a goal to reach and then leave them without the life and power needed to reach it. They give advice without the anointed revelation of God’s mind. They operate without power toward others, trying to make them reform to their own self-desires paraded through the letter. They take a right that Jesus Christ Himself never took. Jesus Christ never legislated anything to us. He only died for us, without condition or thought of remuneration, and then committed His life to minister to us the victory won through the Cross.

Carl H. Stevens

Carl H. Stevens

(1929-2008) pastored and established thriving churches and Bible colleges in Maine, Massachusetts, and Maryland. He also helped pioneer Christian talk radio through Telephone Time and the Grace Hour and authored nearly 500 books and booklets. See also the Carl H Stevens Memorial Site
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