The oil of gladness

It has been said that much is revealed by the kind of questions men and women ask. Some ask questions to set traps, to promote a narrative, to suggest mental superiority, while others are just darn good ones that should be considered in purity. God’s questions are always pure. Now this.

How can an all holy God, One whom sin cannot abide His presence, One who is an all-consuming fire, One who is holy, just, and perfect in all His ways, One who is separate from sinners, One who alone is worthy of Majesty, One alone whose name is Wonderful, how, how, how can this One………………..justify sinful man………………..without compromising his own intrinsic eternal perfection?

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Pause.

The answer is found in the person of Christ, demonstrated through His life, verified through His death, and again confirmed at the right hand of God: ‘Sit thou here…………’

The gospel answers mans deepest need, while leaving untarnished the glory of heaven’s unsullied light. Ask Saul of Tarsus if his heart indited a good matter while he stood by and nodded the head at the stoning of Stephen. He would look down at the ground and say ‘no.’

Ask him if grace was upon his lips when he set out toward Damascus to hale into prison they who believed in the promises of God;  he would say, ‘no.’

Then ask him if he knew of He who was anointed with the oil of gladness above His fellows, and he would lift his eyes upward, and with a fresh energy he would say ‘yes, of course, the Christ of God. The harbinger of grace.’

Paul was no doubt chosen of God as the most unlikely of men to unfold the bottomless well of the grace of God, given freely to hungry souls who admitted their deepest need: bread and water.

It was Paul, given by God of course, the doctrine of how God could cloak a common sinner (such as he for instance) with a robe of righteousness, without God being embarrassed in the process. How to make right that which was crooked. How to align the type on a screen perfectly. How to justify!

Not only would Paul explain justification, he would define it further by saying that the oil of gladness as contained in the Lord, invited a person to enter the inner room of the One who makes right, and not just to be a spectator, but a guest, and invited to eat and drink and draw nigh. Who does this? Is not the secret chamber reserved for the privileged. Uh, yep.

But hydraulic oil, sewing machine oil, canola oil, olive oil? Ha, all good and useful, but the true oil can only come from One place.

Rejoice and be glad,  and this is merely touching the hem in this context.  So, the next time you check your oil…

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7 Responses to The oil of gladness

  1. Beautiful! We must refresh and renew that oil, not unlike our cars, or else our own engines will gunk up!

    This post reminds me of the parable of the ten virgins, the bridesmaids who brought only their lamps…. but no oil. It’s a sad parable, but it reminds me that we must each seek our own oil, that as much as I would like to, I cannot give anyone my own, and someday that door will shut, with such a sense of finality. It breaks my heart, but then I remember that God is steadfast and merciful and the parable itself is like an instruction to us, a wake up call, to help us avoid being on the wrong side of that door.

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    • Citizen Tom says:

      I suppose the parable of the ten virgins and the bridesmaids who brought only their lamps seems sad, but truly it is not. Think of the five who also brought oil and from whence it came.

      Jesus paid the price of our sins. He gives each of us the oil we need. We have none of our own, but He gives us what we each need — and more. As Paul found out, eternal joy comes in repenting of sins and accepting the gift. Imagine limitless joy.

      Those who refuse? I suspect they will cease to be, and there is a simple justice in that. If we want no part of God, and He accepts our choice, then how can we continue? It is He who gives us life. The alternative is death, to cease to exist.

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      • Well said, Tom. God’s justice, God’s ways, are perfect.They have the most amazing wisdom and reason behind them. It is the human part of us that does not always understand, that finds some things sad or “mean,” but when we stick with it, when we seek to truly understand, it’s incredible what He will show us.

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  2. ColorStorm says:

    Interesting too ms bytes, I suppose how ‘oil’ on the world stage is a daily news story; the price, who has it, who wants it, etc. And yep, in your reminder of the parable, the word ‘give us your oil…………..’ sorry, the gift of God is not a baseball trading card.

    A book can be written about the value of the ‘oil fields…………’ wait, it has been already. Always liked like oil of gladness though. Ps 45 is drop dead awesome, and the twin reference in Hebrews.

    But yep, sanctified oil is far better. Changed the oil recently in car and truck, and pouring in fresh liquid as opposed to the black stuff by reason of use…….is a darn good analogy as you said.

    (btw, saw your latest, it’s a compliment to tell you I’m chewing on it; will no doubt have a line or two later. 😉

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  3. atimetoshare says:

    And those of us who enter heaven’s gates will be as greased lightening!

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  4. ColorStorm says:

    Way to go K.

    God works wonders with sanctified dirt.

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