From Dust to Glory

(Don’t Do It Yourself) Hacks

I spent some time on youtube looking for home hacks. In this case, it was how to cleanse a musty odor from the washing machine tub (looked it up for a friend). After spending some time there, I left that arena satisfied but with home hacks still present in my thoughts.

I then opened my bible for some soul cleansing. For within it I once again come upon the most fantastic cleansing hack in human history.

“How to Turn Dust into Eternal Glory.”

G.W.


The Apostle Paul’s remedy To Turn Dust to Glory! (“For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” 1 Co. 2:2.)

Paul was . . .

  an extraordinary man,

  called to an extraordinary office, and

  being sent to perform an extraordinary work,

  he chose an extraordinary subject.

He knew history,

he was acquainted with philosophy, and

he was well versed in tradition.


There were . . .

  few subjects that he could not handle,

  few themes that he could not discuss,

  few congregations that he could not interest.

But he made the conversion of sinners the object of his life,

and he chose Christ crucified to be the subject of his ministry!

No matter where he went, he took his subject with him.

No matter whom he addressed, he directed their attention to this point.


He knew what man required, and what man preferred; but it made no matter to him. As he wrote to the Corinthians, so he always acted, “Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified–a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles; but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God!” 1 Corinthians 1:22-24


Paul’s subject was Christ Crucified!  Paul chose this subject, and he had good reasons for doing so!

First, it is a most comprehensive subject,

for it is the center where . . .

  time and eternity,

  God and man,

  sin and holiness,

  life and death–meet!


It is the theater where God . . .

  displays His perfections,

  unfolds His purposes,

  maintains His rights,

  confounds His foes, and

  secures His glory!


It is the instrument by which . . .

  death is destroyed,

  sin is conquered,

  rebels are reconciled,

  saints are sanctified, and

  heaven is opened!


It is an object which . . .

  confounds reason,

  astonishes angels,

  attracts sinners,

  imparts holiness, and

  furnishes matter for endless praise!


Second, it is the most honored subject.

It tunes the harps of heaven.

It fills the sweetest songs on earth.


It is that by which the Holy Spirit works . . .

  in the conversion of sinners,

  in the consolation of saints,

  in the sanctification of believers, and

  in the establishment of the church of God.


By the preaching of Christ crucified . . .

  the oracles of the heathen were silenced,

  the altars of the heathen were cast down, and

  the temples of the heathen were transformed into houses of prayer.


By the preaching of the cross . . .

  society is elevated,

  nations are honored, and

  millions are snatched from Hell!


Third, it is a subject that is intensely hated!

Devils hate it, and try to prevent its publication.

Erroneous men hate it, and try to substitute something of their own for it.

And just in proportion as men are influenced by the prince of darkness, or yield to the pride of their own fallen natures–will they hate the doctrine of the cross!


But all Christians love it,

all the ministers of Christ glory in it,

all poor perishing sinners need it!

The more we know of God’s nature and government, the more we see of man’s natural state and condition. And the more we feel of our own weakness and depravity, the more shall we prize and value the doctrine of the cross!


Christ, and Him crucified shall be . . .

  the subject of my ministry,

  the theme of my songs,

  the joy of my heart, and

  the foundation of my everlasting hope!


O my soul,

  look to Jesus, as crucified for your sins,

  think of Jesus, as dying in your stead,

  speak of Jesus, as full of grace and love!


Christians! WHAT do we preach?

We are ALL preachers, and we preach daily!

But do we preach Christ?

Do we speak of Him with our tongues?

Do we write of Him with our pens?

Do we honor Him with our lives?

Is Christ and His glory, the grand end and aim of our life?


WHY do we preach Christ?

Is it out of love to Him?

Is it that we may do good to souls?

Is it that we may please God?

Christ crucified should be preached by every Christian.

Christ crucified should be preached in all companies.

Christ crucified should be preached every day.


Beloved,

  if we would save souls from death,

  if we would rescue sinners from eternal misery,

  if we would make believers happy,

  if we would cover Satan with shame,

  if we would deprive death of its sting, and

  if we would make the road to glory plain–

we must preach Christ crucified;

we must exercise faith in Christ crucified;

and we must daily meditate on Christ crucified!


May Christ and His cross be all my theme!

May Christ and His cross be all my hope!

May Christ and His cross be all my joy!


Cross of Jesus! Jesus crucified!

To you would I look in life, and all its troubles!

To you would I look in death, and all its pangs!

To you would I look in glory, when filled with all its joys!

“God forbid that I should glory, except in the cross of my Lord Jesus Christ!”

(James Smith, 1802-1862) “Rills from the Rock of Ages”, 1860


[For without crucifixion there is no Resurrection].

“By the sweat of your face, you shall eat bread, until you return to the ground, because from it you were taken; For you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Genesis 3:19

But God…full of grace gave us Jesus. He alone has the power to turn us from Dust to Eternal Glory! The single most miraculous hack of all. Without Jesus’ propitiation on our behalf through His crucifixion and Resurrection, we would all return to dust with our souls hellbent on damnation. Considering this, I will say have a very nice day!

Caveat: Dear Reader, if you have not surrendered your life to Jesus, all bets are off till you do. Please do take this seriously before your head lays on your pillow this night. (G.W.)

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19 thoughts on “From Dust to Glory”

  1. Hallelujah!!! This presentation of who, and what Christ should be to us is amazing?
    I have seen this scripture, and I agree, nothing is as powerful as Christ and Him crucified.
    Our lives, and ministries must be centered on this point, without it there is no real value to anything that may be said. I love the apostle Paul, and believe that he knew that without Christ nothing he said would be as deep as he obviously was.
    I thought I had replied, but I didn’t see it, so I reply once again (basically what i just wrote).
    God bless you, and Amen!

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    1. Another one I found in the “spam filter.” I’m sorry this is late being posted, Pedro. I’m going to have to check my settings. Thank you for this comment! God Bless you!

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  2. My heart felt like it was about to burst as I read through this! The awe. The conviction at whether we’re preaching Christ crucified in all we do. The beauty. This part in particular made me feel such a sense of wonder. 😭

    “for it is the center where . . .
    time and eternity,
    God and man,
    sin and holiness,
    life and death–meet!

    It is the theater where God . . .
    displays His perfections,
    unfolds His purposes,
    maintains His rights,
    confounds His foes, and
    secures His glory!”

    Thank you, G. W. for this most beautiful and enriching post!!

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    1. I’m so glad you liked it, Kendra. I thank God that He preserved the works of so many of the old classic preachers. Men like C.H. Spurgeon, A.W. Pink, and A.W. Tozer. And here is James Smith, along with many more who may be less familiar to the modern ear.

      In days like today, it’s invigorating to peruse the archives of the old masters who knew God and how to paint His portrait with words of wonder. But, I thank the Lord more so that He preserved His own words for us. The same Bible from which the old masters preached!

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      1. Oh yes! They did indeed have a way with words. I was reading Night Scenes From The Bible last night (one of those old ones) and marveling at the way each scene is set to where you may as well be there. As to James Smith, I hadn’t heard of him, but will see what I can find to read! Thanks again, for this blessing!

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    1. Thanks, Gary. The ebb and flow of waves of sin and conviction have been the great spiritual war throughout mankind’s history. Christ crucified has settled the issue for all who believe into the Savior.
      Each generation has had to make the clear-cut choice since His coming until He returns. Very good point there, Gary!

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