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THE GREAT DIVIDE
Rev. Dr. Robert E. Donaldson
Published by World Wide Web Witness Inc.
The Great Dividing Range starts North East of Melbourne and proceeds on to New South Wales, a vast chain, disclosing from its height, the disjoined spaces on either side of it.
A "DIVIDE", Webster's DIctionary tells us, is a ridge separating lower-lying lands.
There is a Great Spiritual Divide which is high, lofty to the clouds, and which separates, down to the lowest depths, what is on either side, and the ridge is the Cross of Jesus Christ, the clouds are the divine intelligence which instituted it in the formation of the spiritual lines for man, and the depths are jagged beyond the uttermost this earth has to offer, on the side where the spiritual sun never reaches, whereas where one may come to the height, there is glory in the foothills, and a cascade at the summit approach, so that every pilgrim which reaches it, is washed, and ennobled, indeed, there is a regenerative surge which changes even to the heart.
Beyond it is mere decline to dark depths, for the fatuous and the infatuated; but it is in the approach that the problem lies. If there is sunshine on the way to it, there are ravines, each provided with its own shute to the lower regions; and ferocious beasts, which use the sunlight to devour the more readily (Acts 20:29, I Peter 5:9), and there are merchants who seek to help you on your way, though it is to their own back doors, where they first strip you of funds, and then assault and dump you in their own private chutes the ready ravine.
But there is a way and it never misses, straight as the rail which stretches to the sublimity of distance in the desert, glowing with light. It has stations. There is the station of Repentance, though there is no train. You have to walk to it, and find it for yourself; though the light makes it very evident to those who travel it. Next comes that of faith, which is very hard to find, though its access is easy, as simple as trust. But no one ever indeed finds it till lifting the eyes to the top of the Ridge of the Divide, they see the Cross; for most take an alternative route, which is very well supplied, going downwards, for they reason, if God supplies it, it has got to be easy.
Many admire the Cross and deciding that experience is all, leave the way and set about their own lives as one's who have visited Venice or some such place. They have made the effort so what more remains ?
Others however find that in this heart's journey, you have to discern its meaning, and when it comes into their line of sight, and they are near enough to see it clearly, the ponder it, amid repentance, directing their trust to the Just One (Acts 3), who once was crucified upon it, and some find then that faith descends like the lovely mist of a giant waterfall, and their eyes being cleansed, they see the format of salvation, the Just for the unjust, to bring us to God, and laying hold by faith on this same Christ, they find suddenly that the entire mountain which had seemed so insuperable, flames with a setting sun fire, and the skies become glorious, and they are moved to faith in this crucified Saviour, appointed Saviour of all sinners, but especially of those who believe, for in them only does the result come; for faith conveys things near from those afar, and sin is moved to Him who died and righteousness from Him, like a vast torrent.
In its turbulence, the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3), comes life, and in its transformative assault comes peace, pardon and the principles of life, the law of the Spirit (Romans 8:2), and then suddenly, the whole landscape changes, and what had seemed fit only for athletes, becomes in the light of the cross of Christ, the very way of life, and one finds a service badge is affixed to one's pilgrim's clothes, so that one may call at any time on the resurrected Christ Jesus for resolution of problems, power for service and understanding for heart.
In this volume, THE GREAT DIVIDE, you will find some relationship to the Ch. 6 of the volume Dizzy Dashes, Heady Clashes and the Brilliant Harmony of Inevitable Truth, and much to this world on the one hand, and especially the incline to the cross of Christ, through which (Galatians 6:14), one becomes crucified to this world and this world to oneself, and in this acceptance, one may sit in heavenly places, as birds which can soar, and find the spiritual perspectives necessary for life with the Lord, and in His service.
As to the other side, some reach it sooner, evacuating from the sunny incline, while other ply their spiritual trades of deception, on this side, charging freight for the shutes to the nether regions, though they have little enough attraction when you arrive.
Indeed, many never begin the ascent, because they are born as are we all, on the other side, and it is only when light penetrates, like that through a tunnel, that any even look up to see a way to the base itself, through a narrow tunnel, which is open only from one side, so that they so much as see that there is something to be seen, and a place where reality begins and dreams are exposed.
Secular Strife, Ruined Vision and Sovereign Life
Life from First to Last
Imagination, Creation and Desecration
The Desolation of the Desolate
and the Desire of the Desolator
and the Destiny Beyond Desolation
THE PLACE OF GRACE
The Singular Name
2:9: "Therefore God has highly exalted Him and given Him
a name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow..."
THE SWOLLEN QUORUM, THE SWOLLEN HEAD
AND THE SWOLLEN BREAD
INVITATIONS AND THE ROYAL ONE - Hosea 14
THE ULTIMATE DIVIDE
AND THE INTIMATE WAY TO IT
This includes Ch. 6, but in a
composite compass, at its end,
moving from Hosea 1-3, and
extending and correlating with Hosea 14
before commencing this,
so that a broader perspective can be obtained.
In this way, the initial perspective
can be amplified on a secure basis.
CALAMITIES AND CATASTROPHE
IN CURSE ...
CAUSE OF THE CONCENTRATION
AND PRELUDE TO INCALCULABLE BLESSING
THE DIVISION OF LIFE AND DEATH
Noah afloat on a Mass Grave-Yard
INVITATIONS AND THE ROYAL ONE - Hosea 14
THE LONG CHRONOSCOPE
It is the time version of a telescope, presenting from the eye of God,
the things that have been, will be and will endure.
This is a series
with starting with Hosea 14, already considered in Chapter 9,
moving now back to Hosea 1-3,
then continuing into Jeremiah 30-31,
giving glory to God and information to man
to make life meaningful, masterful, merciful in Jesus Christ
A PEOPLE, THE PEOPLE AND THE PLAN
God is Infinite in Understanding
The Spiritual Scenario, the National Plan
Moving from Hosea to Isaiah
Prelude to Jeremiah 30-33
The Great Divide
and Multiplication, Addition and Subtraction
FINALE ON GRACE
THE DIVISION OF GRACE AND DISGRACE