17 Redemption Creates The Need It Satisfies
the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are
foolishness unto him.” 1 Corinthians 2:14
of God creates a sense of need of the Gospel. Paul says – “If our gospel be
hid, it is hid” – to those who are blackguards? No, “to them that are lost: in
whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not.”
The majority of people have their morality well within their own grasp, they
have no sense of need of the Gospel. It is God Who creates the need of which no
human being is conscious until God manifests Himself. Jesus said – “Ask, and it
shall be given you,” but God cannot give until a man asks. It is not that He
withholds, but that that is the way He has constituted things on the basis of
Redemption. By means of our asking, God gets processes into work whereby He
creates the thing that is not in existence until we do ask. The inner reality
of Redemption is that it creates all the time. As the Redemption creates the
life of God in us, so it creates the things belonging to that life. Nothing can
satisfy the need but that which created the need. This is the meaning of
Redemption – it creates and it satisfies.
“I, if I be
lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me.” We preach our own
experiences and people are interested, but no sense of need is awakened by it.
If once Jesus Christ is lifted up, the Spirit of God will create a conscious
need of Him. Behind the preaching of the Gospel is the creative Redemption of
God at work in the souls of men. It is never personal testimony that saves men.
“The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life.”