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?
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…