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    After being convinced of the hopelessness of self-deliverance, what does he do? He begins to call and to cry for his master to help him. For hours he continues. He does not give up until finally his master returns, and hearing his cries, runs to his dog to release him.


    Explain how this story can be used as an example to illustrate the following spiritual truths:

      - The sinner's chain

      - The sinner not noticing or being bothered by his chain until awakened to realize it

      - The sinner's attempting to do all in his power to deliver himself

      - The sinner's needing, calling, and crying for his Master when he is convinced that self-deliverance is impossible


Thirdly and lastly, the Holy Spirit uses the law in the lives of the regenerated, not only for convicting of misery and working a need for Christ's deliverance, but also in guidance for thankfulness. When the Holy Spirit reveals something of God's gracious deliverance in Jesus Christ, the person's heart is won over in true thankfulness unto God, in wholehearted love in return unto the Lord. Then his deepest desire is to love and serve God with all his heart, mind, and strength.

A crucial evidence of true love is that the person denies his personal desires in order to do that which is pleasing, and avoid that which is displeasing, to the one he loves. How is a person to know lwhat is pleasing and displeasing to God? From God's law.

 

Have mercy upon me, 0 God, according to Thy lovingkindess: according unto the multitude of Thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

Against Thee, Thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Thy sight: that Thou mightest be justified when Thou speakest, and be clear when Thou judgest.

- Psalm 51:l-4

 

The experiential knowledge of misery, deliverance, and thankfulness are inseparably linked. Why is this true?

 

Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.

Blessed are they that keep His testimonies, and that seek Him with the whole heart.

- Psalm 119:1-2

Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned.

- I Timothy 1:5

For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments: and His commandments are not grievous.

- I John 5:3

 

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