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Saturday, October 22, 2016

A Nail Fastened In A Sure Place

The Names Of Our God: A Nail Fastened In A Sure Place

Isaiah 22:23King James Version (KJV)
23 And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place; and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father's house.

This is the whole of the Christian life on the head of a nail, driven into the flesh of the One who lived and died and rose again, so we would believe and love and have faith.

 One of His names is "A nail fastened in a sure place."

Like the mountain climber who drives a ice piton into the wall that he relies upon, clings to and trust in to save him if he should slip, so is the nail driven in a sure place.

As a painter I have had to repair many a hole in 'un-sure' chalky dry wall because of nails and screws driven into the wall that got pulled out and no longer supported what was hung upon them.
In the book "The Wasted Vigil" a man ran away from the Soviet army in Afghanistan into which he was conscripted many years before. 

The house he lived in had something unique in it. "On the wide ceiling are hundreds of books, each held in place by an iron nail hammered through it.

 A spike driven through the pages of history,a spike through the pages of love, a spike through the sacred."
Nadeem Aslam's novel begins with the incredible image of a house with its ceilings covered by a man's entire collection of books.

Through intricate details like the ceilings of books, Aslam delicately immerses the reader into the recent history of Afghanistan.

It soon becomes apparent that the books are nailed out of reach so as not to be destroyed by the Taliban.

  By attribution we have been nailed to the cross in Christ Jesus, the payment of our sins keeps us out of reach of the Judgment of God for sin because Christ has nailed them to that cross.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23).
Nailed into Christ Jesus and His payment of our sins, out of reach of the Judgment that has been paid by Him. 
Him who was nailed to the sure place of the cross for our sins, the debt of those sins paid in full, having been nailed to that sure place of the cross.
We who are so precious in God's sight have been nailed to the cross in Christ Jesus to save us from our sins so that we would not be destroyed.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life ( John 3:16 ).
Jesus Christ is that nail driven in a sure place that we believe in, cling to, rely upon and trust in.
We can hang on to Him and be saved.

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever (Hebrews 13:8 ).
The iron spike will corrode over time and let loose.
This nail of Jesus Christ is fastened in a sure place and never shall be removed from that sure place!
You will keep in perfect peace  those whose minds are steadfast,
 because they trust in you ( clinging to that nail that You are and relying and trusting upon 
But you remain the same, and your years will never end ( Psalm 102:27 ).
Always nailed in a sure place, never corroding and failing.
And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place,.... In a strong part of the wall or timber, where it shall not fail, or be removed, or cut down, and so let drop what is hung upon it.
All of us can depend on Him.
In eastern houses, rows of large spikes were built up in the walls.
 Upon these the moveables and utensils were hung. 
Our Lord Jesus is as a nail in a sure place. 
That soul cannot perish, nor that concern fall to the ground, which is by faith hung upon Christ. 
 His Kingdom is an everlasting one, and his truths and ordinances unshaken and immovable: the sure place in which he is fixed is both his church, where he is the everlasting Head, Husband, and Savior of it; and heaven, where he is, and will be retained, until the time of the restitution of all things: 
He will set before the believer an open door, which no man can shut, and bring both body and soul to eternal glory. 
But those who neglect so great salvation will find, that when he shutteth none can open, whether it be shutting out from heaven, or shutting up in hell for ever.
 Christ is the brightness of his Father's glory; and, to them that believe, he is an honor; he is on a glorious throne Himself, and he will bring all his Father's family to sit with him on the same throne.

What must I do to be saved and to cling to this nail of Jesus Christ Who is fastened in a sure place?

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