from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.Ephesians 4:16(NASB)
Once more (it is a little while) I will shake heaven and earth, the sea and dry land; and I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the Desire of All Nations. (Haggai 2:6,7)
It seems a terrible thing, even to think, but as we have touched so very much of what is called 'Christianity' we are bound to believe that, because vast numbers who call themselves Christian are in an utter false position, and the system itself has become so largely an earthly, traditional, formal, and unspiritual thing, this worldwide shaking is quite necessary and will be eventually justified. If we were writing a treatise, we could show that what is called 'Christianity' is really the greatest enemy of Christ.
It will be seen that it is not a matter of substituting another and better system for an old and poorer or bad one. Some people seem to think that it is all, or largely, a matter of the order, technique, and form, and if we returned to the "New Testament" form or order of churches, all will be well. The fact is that, while certain things characterized the New Testament churches, the New Testament does not give us a complete pattern according to which churches are to be set up or formed! There is no blue-print for churches in the New Testament, and to try to form New Testament churches is only to create another system which may be as legal, sectarian and dead as others. Churches, like the Church, are organisms which spring out of Life, which Life itself springs out of the Cross of Christ wrought into the very being of believers. Unless believers are crucified people, there can be no true expression of the Church.
Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am weak; O Lord, heal me, for my bones are troubled. My soul also is greatly troubled; but You, O Lord—how long? Return, O Lord, deliver me! Oh, save me for Your mercies’ sake! § My heart is severely pained within me, and the terrors of death have fallen upon me. Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me, and horror has overwhelmed me. And I said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.” § You have need of endurance.
While they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.” § Our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. § The blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.
I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep. § The solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”
The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him. § Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.
Having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance. § Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.
I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name. § This is the name by which she will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Love suffereth long, and is kind" (1 Cor. 13:4).
The price of leadership remains high and hard; it may be cheap and easy for the dictator, for the hireling, but never for the shepherd. The dictator dominates; the hireling flees; but the good shepherd loves his sheep and is loved by them. He lays down his life for the sheep. True spiritual leadership involves this principle: "Death working in me works life in you" (2 Cor. 4:12, Cony.).
"It is the quality of leadership that they can bear to be sat on, absorb shocks, act as a buffer, bear being much plagued. Moses put up with the complaints and the waywardness and revolt of the people. He pursued a steady course, enduring as seeing Him who is invisible. The wear and tear and the continual friction and trials which come to the servants of God are a great test of character." -F.M.
"Bridge the gaps! A bridge means something - generally a life laid down. The very simplest bridge, a plank thrown across a stream, was once part of a tree standing erect, sapping life from the earth, and beautifying all the area around it. Now it is dead, but perhaps saves other lives; anyway it helps to make others useful, and is content to push others on, unnoticed, unthanked. Seekest thou great things for thyself? seek them not,' just be a bridge. It is so simple. See that others are placed on the right track with God through the Lord Jesus. When they get there, they will not thank you, will never look back probably at the bridge; but the Great Architect will know and love and care." -E.W.
"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 2:5)
For He Who has begun a good work in you will complete it in the day of Christ Jesus.
At the point of new birth He who began this new work in you made a promise. He promised to perform a good work in you until the day that Jesus comes to take us home. What He’s started in you He will continue until you’re conformed into His likeness.
Spiritual perfection: perfection of the spirit was reached the second we believed. Soulical perfection: perfection of the soul takes time a whole life-time. Bodily perfection: perfection of the body must wait until the resurrection. What is so hard to accept is that God takes His time to bring us to perfection! God is never in a hurry! God always produces at His appointed time. He will do it in you and He will do in me what He purposes for our very best. And He will do it in His time and His way and for His glory – but for our benefit.
I was reminded of this truth yesterday as I was searching for some missing data. One great godly saint who understood the time-weathers principle of God wrote:- Many a young Christian, who has not been warned of this necessary voyage of discovery upon which the Holy Spirit will certainty embark him (Rom.7:1ff), has been plunged into almost incurable despair at the sight of the sinfulness which is his by nature. He has in the first place rejoiced greatly in the forgiveness of his sins, and his acceptance by God; but sooner or later he begins to realise that all is not well, and that he has failed and fallen from the high standard which he set himself to reach, in the first flush of his conversion.
How invariably this is the very experience of those great saints of faith that we respect .. and yet how unfailingly we doggedly follow this downward path, unaware of its celestial goal. He continues.. He begins toread more
“Perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” 2 Corinthians 7:1
"Having therefore these promises." I claim the fulfilment of God's promises, and rightly, but that is only the human side; the Divine side is that through the promises I recognize God's claim on me. For instance, am I realizing that my body is the temple of the Holy Ghost, or have I a habit of body that plainly will not bear the light of God on it? By sanctification the Son of God is formed in me, then I have to transform my natural life into a spiritual life by obedience to Him. God educates us down to the scruple. When He begins to check, do not confer with flesh and blood, cleanse yourself at once. Keep yourself cleansed in your daily walk.
I have to cleanse myself from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit until both are in accord with the nature of God. Is the mind of my spirit in perfect agreement with the life of the Son of God in me, or am I insubordinate in intellect? Am I forming the mind of Christ, Who never spoke from His right to Himself, but maintained an inner watchfulness whereby He continually submitted His spirit to His Father? I have the responsibility of keeping my spirit in agreement with His Spirit, and by degrees Jesus lifts me up to where He lived - in perfect consecration to His Father's will, paying no attention to any other thing. Am I perfecting this type of holiness in the fear of God? Is God getting His way with me, and are other people beginning to see God in my life more and more?
Be serious with God and leave the rest gaily alone. Put God first literally.
God… in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, Whom He hath appointed heir of all things,
For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.
There is a modern day view that the Bible is a history of man’s discovery of God. Some think the Scriptures show that man has uncovered the truth about God. But this point of view is fundamentally flawed. This opinion places man in the driving seat. This perspective implies that man is getting knowledge through man’s wisdom.. that through man’s pioneering cleverness, man has found out the secrets of God.
There is indeed an increasing revelation of Himself. There is a revelation that God has given to His people. The Holy Scriptures are the record of the revelation of God to man. The Bible is the tool God has used to disclose Himself to His people. At first: God at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets. Hebrews 1:1. This revelation of Himself is given by God, to those appointed for the task.. but the revelation is clearly from God -and not via the wisdom of man.
The full revealing of the Godhead, finally came through Jesus. Jesus;- the brightness of the glory of the Father. Jesu:- the express image of the person of God. Jesus:- Who upholds all things by the word of His power. Jesus:- Who through His death and resurrection purged us of our sin. Jesus:- Who is seated at the right hand of the Majesty on high. Jesus:- the only begotten Son of God. Jesus is the One Who is the full revelation of the Father.
He it was Who was with the Father from eternity past. Jesus was brought forth to be born of a pure virgin. Jesus assumed our very nature. Jesus expressed in a human body, the character of God. Jesus spoke the words of the Father through aread more