Saved For Surrender

One of the courses Precept offers is “How the Bible fits together”. This course brings the student from Genesis to Revelation, showing us the coherency and consistency of Scripture. And one of the themes that run throughout Scripture is that of surrender.

In this blog post, I will do two things. First, I will trace out briefly the theme of ‘surrender’ in Scripture and then conclude with some thoughts on 2 Cor 5:14-15 for the reader to meditate on. Why 2 Cor 5:14-15? Because it is probably the most instrumental verse the Lord has used to convict me of everything I’m going to say here.  

1. The story of surrender from Genesis to Revelation. 

Come with me to Genesis. God created man and man was surrendered completely to His Creator. Whatever God said, Adam would do. And this was good. However, in Genesis 3, sin entered the world. The serpent claimed that Adam’s surrender made no sense. And so man decided to renounce his surrender, and take up arms against his own Creator. It is here that the war began. Through Israel’s history, we see episodes of men refusing to surrender their lives to God, and taking up arms against Him.

 However, because of God’s Love, He sent His Son. Jesus Christ was completely surrendered to His Father and completely surrendered to the will of His Father (Eg. Jn 5:30, 10:18, 12:49). What a beautiful picture we see in Gethsemane, as God’s Son expresses His anguish. He cries out! And again! Silence. But so much was spoken by that silence. Once more, He cried out, “nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” (Matt 26:39). It is this surrender that finally brought Him to the Cross. My friend, is there a clearer picture of surrender than on the Cross? A man, crucified. Look at Him! His arms are nailed, His feet are nailed. He is completely surrendered physically. Then again, around Him stand men (you and I) who refuse surrender to the Father. They (we) take up arms against God, and now, they kill His Son. How does the Son respond? He is still utterly surrendered to the Father’s will. He does not call down legions of angels, but in humble submission cries out, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they’re doing!”. He surrendered Himself unto death that those who took up arms against Him might live. Do an IBS study on Isaiah 53 this week. I highly recommend it. And see; see how the Christ was completely surrendered to the will of the Father, for you, and for me.

 This is the world we live in. And there is a war within our own soul. For the unregenerate, it is war against God. For the regenerate, it is a war against sin. But in both cases, the only solution is surrender. 

Looking forward, on that great and Final day according to the Bible, every knee shall bow, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (Phil 2:9-11). This means, that either we bow the knee now, or our knees will be made to bow on that day. Either way, we will bow. And it is those who are surrendered here on earth who will be joyfully surrendered for eternity.  

Application

The first thing we learn from this Biblical survey is that we are either surrendered to God or we are taking up arms against Him. There is no neutral ground. So let me ask the reader, how would God look at you? I mean, have you surrendered your entire life to Him, or are you intentionally taking up arms against the Almighty? If your life is not joyfully yielded to Him, think with me. Why are you fighting against the Almighty? Do we presume to be stronger than the God of the universe? Do we think we can make better plans than He can for our lives, or for this world? Do we think we are smarter than the All-wise? Surely not. As surely as I can squash an ant with my finger, God could do the same to us. But in His grace He does not. Why are we so stubborn? Well, it is my advice to you O sinner, you will bow the knee to the Almighty one day, so why not do it willingly, and gladly now? You are not bowing the knee to an egoistic tyrant who would devour you, but to a God who loves You, and has demonstrated His love in giving His Son for you. You can trust Him. 

Again, many of us have ‘grown up in church’. Have we surrendered to Christ? And I do not mean just our bad deeds. Sure, most of us could easily say that we surrendered our badness to God. But what about our ‘goodness’? When we come to God, it must be with empty hands. We must not attempt to add any of our goodness to the work of Jesus – not our best prayers, not our offerings, not even our Bible studies. But surrender with empty hands, trusting only and gladly in the finished work of Christ. Add anything to Christ’s work, and we will be subtracting everything. He will either be a complete Savior or not a Savior at all. Surrender both your bad and good deeds to Him, my friend. 

 2. Some Thoughts on 2 Cor 5.

One of the verses that has impacted me most is 2 Cor 5:14-15. “For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.” 

What was the context of 2 Cor 5?

What is controlling Paul? What do you think this means?

Why did Christ die? 

Here is a definition for surrender: Those who live might no longer live for themselves but for Him who for their sake died and was raised.

Here is the motive for surrender: The Love of Christ controls us… One died for all. 

Biblical surrender never comes through a legalistic method – by us constantly trying to remind ourselves to be surrendered. Rather, Biblical surrender comes, when we are brought to our knees when we see Jesus being brought to His knees on our behalf. Biblical surrender comes, when we lose our life for Jesus who lost His life for us. Biblical surrender comes, when we live for Him, who lived and died for us. May God give us a glimpse of Gethsemane and Calvary, that we might live a life of joyful surrender – the way we were created to live. Amen.

 

 

 

Daryl joined Transform Student Ministries this past summer serving in the Intern Program. When we asked Daryl for a short bio for the blog, he told us that he is a great sinner, and has a great Savior.

 

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