IMPORTANCE OF BROKENNESS
The Meaning of the Cross
Often we hear about the cross. Perhaps we are too familiar with the term. But what is the cross after all? We shall see it means the breaking of the outward man. The cross reduces the outward man to death. It splits open the human shell. The cross must break all that belongs to our outward man- our opinions, our ways, our cleverness, our self- love, our selfish interests, our all. Clearly, this is the Lord’s way. In fact, it’s crystal clear.
As soon as our outward man is broken, our spirit can easily come forth. Consider a brother as an example. All who know him will the knowledge that he has a keen mind, a decisive will, and refined emotions. But instead of being impressed by the natural characteristics of his soul, they realize they have met his spirit. Whenever people fellowship with him, they encounter a released and a transparent spirit. Why? Because everything characterizing the soul of his outward man has been dealt with.
Take a sister as another example. Those who know her recognize her quick disposition. She is quick and thought, quick of speech, quick of confess, quick in writing letters, and quick two-tear up what she has written. However, those who meet her do not meet her quickness. Instead, they touched the flowing out of her spirit. She is one who has been utterly broken and has become transparent. This breaking of the outward man is very basic. We should not cling to our weak, soulish characteristics, still emitting the same all-natural discharges after five or 10 years of the Lord’s dealing. No, it is important to allow the Lord to forge a way out through the hardshell of our outward man.
Rev. P. Benjamin Jr. Praise God Saints! We are a Chosen people