therefore, we ourselves speak proudly of you among the churches of God for your perseverance and faith in the midst of all your persecutions and afflictions which you endure.2 Thessalonians 1:4(NASB)
I have made You known to them, and will continue to make You known in order that the love You have for Me may be in them and that I Myself may be in them. (John 17:26 NIV)
Perhaps you have been amazed sometimes, and perplexed and bewildered, why God should use that, and that and that; and such and such persons. You have been inclined to say: "It is all contrary to what I believe to be necessary to God for His work. I see that the Bible says that instruments have got to be according to God's mind in order to be used." But history does not bear that out. As I say, He has used the devil, and the devil is not according to God's mind. There is a sovereignty of God spread over in relation to His end. But when you have said that, it is a frightening fact when you come to the work of God. I mean this - that we may be working for God, and doing many mighty things as employees of the Kingdom of God, the rule of God, and then, in the end, be cast away! In the end, we ourselves might just go to pieces. Here it is - this strange thing, that these men went out, twelve and seventy, with this 'delegated authority' - and exercised it, and mighty things resulted; and then these same people are found, after the Cross, with their faith shattered; nothing to rest upon. What does that say?
Thank God, the book of the Acts transforms the whole situation! Because the book of the Acts brings in this mighty new factor: that Christ, Who had delegated the authority, is now indwelling as the authority Himself. And the works now are mighty works, but they are not just works FOR the Lord - they are the works OF the Lord. It all goes to prove this tremendous fact: that it is "Christ IN you" that is the indispensable necessity for Life and for work.... What a marvellous thing it is that we are in the dispensation when the one thing, above all others, that God will make true, is "Christ in you" - Christ IN you!
I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. § God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. § For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words. § When He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. § It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power.
If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
When He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth. § You have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things. To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. § All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. § The Holy Scriptures … are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. § The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. § If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God. § Whoever walks the road, although a fool, shall not go astray.
Seeing that we have died to that which once held us in bondage, the Law has now no hold over us" (Rom. 7:6a, Wey.).
For the believer, the dominion of Law is just as devastating as the dominion of Sin. At Calvary, death freed us from both.
"Theological teaching since the Reformation has not set forth clearly our utter end in death with the Lord Jesus on the Cross. The fatal result of this error is to leave the law claimant over those in the Lord Jesus, for the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth' (Rom. 7:1). Unless you are able to believe in your very heart that you died with Him, and that you were buried, and that your history before the Father in Adam the first came to an utter end at Calvary you will never get free from the claims of the law upon your conscience." -W.R.N.
"The principle of the new life is faith. Faith, hope, and love are its characteristics. All these require, not self-occupation, but occupation with the Lord Jesus Christ. If you take up the law to help you, it tells you just what you must be and do, but it gives no power for it. Power is in the Spirit; thus grace, not law, is the way of growth. That the law cannot justify is comparatively simple; but that it hinders fruit-bearing is hard to realize. Sin shall not have dominion over you, because ye are not under law, but under grace.'" -F.W.G.
"Those who put the believer under law destroy the authority of the law, or put the Christian under the curse, for in many things we offend all. They fancy they establish the law, but they destroy its authority. They only establish the full, immutable authority of the law, who declare that the believer is under grace, and therefore cannot be cursed by its just and holy curse." -J.N.D.
"So that we render a service which, instead of being old and formal, is new and spiritual" (Rom. 7:6b, Wey.).
'Jesus said, “Believest thou this?”' John 11:26
Martha believed in the power at the disposal of Jesus Christ, she believed that if He had been present He could have healed her brother; she also believed that Jesus had a peculiar intimacy with God and that whatever He asked of God, God would do; but she needed a closer personal intimacy with Jesus. Martha's programme of belief had its fulfilment in the future; Jesus led her on until her belief became a personal possession, and then slowly emerged into a particular inheritance - "Yea, Lord, I believe that Thou art the Christ. . . "
Is there something like that in the Lord's dealings with you? Is Jesus educating you into a personal intimacy with Himself? Let Him press home His question to you - "Believest thou this?" What is your ordeal of doubt? Have you come, like Martha, to the overwhelming passage in your circumstances where your programme of belief is about to emerge into a personal belief? This can never be until a personal need arises out of a personal problem.
To believe is to commit. In the programme of mental belief I commit myself, and abandon all that is not related to that commitment. In personal belief I commit myself morally to this way of confidence and refuse to compromise with any other; and in particular I commit myself spiritually to Jesus Christ, and determine in that thing to be dominated by the Lord alone.
When I stand face to face with Jesus Christ and He says to me - "Believest thou this?" I find that faith is as natural as breathing, and I am staggered that I was so stupid as not to trust Him before.
For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ will all be made alive.
1 Corinthians 15:22
The consequences of this verse today, are mind-blowing – staggering to say the least. The eternal ramifications of these words are dumfounding – yet so few are fully aware, for just as those in Adam will all die – so those in Christ will all be made alive. Those positioned in Adam will die – but those positioned in Christ will live.
The human race is divided into two camps – two parties – two distinct factions. Every member of the human race is either connected with Adam or with Christ. Initially, every person is connected with Adam from the moment we are born.. but those believing in Jesus are removed from Adam and put into Christ – forever. Those that move from Adam to Christ are born again into a new life.
Every single person has a choice to move from being in Adam to being in Christ. Every member of humanity has the choice to change camps and swap parties. Every person who ever lived has a positional identification with Adam or Christ – but how few make the choice – how few consider the eternal ramifications.
The devastating consequences of being connected with Adam are horrifying: for as in Adam all die. All who remain in Adam will face eternal death. The eternally glorious effect of being connected with Christ are wonderful. In 1 Corinthians fifteen we read: – so also in Christ, all will be made alive. All who transfer from Adam into Christ are given eternal life.
Death – eternal death; eternal separation from God is the chilling end of all in Adam. Death is the inevitable, irreversible result of being in Adam and remaining in Adam. Death is the inescapable reality and guaranteed consequence of remaining in Adam.
Every member of the human race was born in Adam – and that’s every single person. Everyone with a human mother and humanread more
The eyes of the LORD are on those who fear Him. He sees and hears all that depend on His faithful love.
The Lord is ever-watching everything that is going on in your life and in mine. He sees the stresses and strains; problems and pain; disappointments and doubt. He even sees ahead of time what is going to take place tomorrow, next week, next year. He is watching over you and guarding your life as a shepherd protects His sheep. He is monitoring your path with a Fatherly-heart – desiring only the best for you.
Nothing can take place today without the Lord being right there with you. Nothing can happen tomorrow that is not already foreknown to Him – and He has already taken steps to guide your path in the direction that is best for you. The Lord is ever listening to all the words we speak and the thoughts of our hearts. He hears our cries for help and listens when our voice is raised in thankful praise. The fear of the Lord and reverence of His name is the beginning of wisdom, and trusting His love and believing His Word is what delights His heart – and so He sees and He hears all those that depend on His faithful love.
Is this not a wonderful comfort to know that God is ever watching over His own. He guards us from danger; He directs the way that we take; He listens to our whispered prayer and He hears our humble worship. The watchful eye of the Father is upon all those that reverence His name. The eyes of the LORD are in every place, He is watching the evil and He is beholding the good, Proverbs 15:3
What a comfort that He sees everything that happens, whether for good or ill. No matter what takes place and no matter what you face, He sees it and is there with you. Nothing that can happen that is outside His plan and purpose forread more