And Jesus turned and saw them following, and said to them, "What do you seek?" They said to Him, "Rabbi (which translated means Teacher), where are You staying?"John 1:38(NASB)
As we take account of the situation today we feel more and more deeply convinced that the greatest need of the hour is for men of vision and courage. But we use the word “vision” in the specific sense in which it is used in the Bible and not in the general sense, of enterprise. That is, what is needed above all else is men who have had a Divine revelation by the Holy Spirit in their own hearts as to God’s purpose in this dispensation, and the particular Divine emphasis for the present hour. There can be much enthusiasm and zeal put behind a more or less generally conceived idea of what needs to be done, with a resultant activity and “movement.” The opposite of this, and that which we are seeing to be so much more needed, is a burdening of the hearts of “chosen vessels” with God’s own most pressing concern at this time, resulting in an all-consuming passion which will accept all the cost of its realization….
There are very few men in our day of whom it can be truly said, “That man has had a revelation from God.” There is all the difference between being saved and then going into Christian service with the resultant studying of the Bible, the preparation of sermons, addresses, lessons; collecting material, mastering themes and subjects; etc., etc., and giving this out as required or as opportunity affords – there is all the difference between this and an open heaven, an anointing, a revelation by the Holy Spirit. It is the difference between our laboring to get, in order to meet a constantly recurring demand, and the Holy Spirit continually revealing Christ in us. This is a general difference, but it is a very great one, and it may represent all the difference between bondage and liberty, between limitation and fullness, even between Life and death in ministry. But this is not our particular point. The need of the hour is not only for a higher spiritual level of ministry in general, it is for men with a specific revelation which will meet the situation as it is now.
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you. § Good and upright is the Lord; therefore He teaches sinners in the way. The humble He guides in justice, and the humble He teaches His way. All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth, to such as keep His covenant and His testimonies.
That they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.
I … beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness … endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
When I am weak, then I am strong. § My God shall be My strength. § He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. § Let him take hold of My strength.
Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you. § The arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the Mighty God of Jacob.
I will not let You go unless You bless me!
You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. § Plead my cause, O Lord, with those who strive with me; fight against those who fight against me. Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for my help.
Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh" (Gal. 5:16).
We receive life by reliance upon the Saviour; we grow in that life by reliance upon the Spirit.
"Many think that because of faith they are cleared of everything before God through the Cross, and therefore by faith they are clear of everything in themselves. But that is the error of holiness by faith.' The objective (position) is that we are clear before the Father; the subjective (condition) is that we are cleared from ourselves by the growth ministry of the Holy Spirit."
"As you by faith in the positional facts realize that you are in the Father's presence, you will not try to depend upon any sense of His presence. You know His presence because you know that your position in the Christian life is a life of faith in the facts - nothing else. That the Father forces you to live by faith so as to draw you into His presence - not you, by sense, trying to draw Him into yours." -M.J.S.
"We are, naturally, suspicious of any offer to make us happy in God. Because our moral sense, our natural conscience, tells us of our having lost all right even to His ordinary blessings. But in the Word of our Father, faith reads our abundant title to be near to Him and happy with Him, though natural conscience and our sense of the fitness of things would have it otherwise. Faith feeds where the moral sensibilities of the natural mind would count it presuming even to tread." -J.G.B.
"The moment we walk by sight we are outside of faith. The Father would never have us outside of faith; hence, even in answering faith, He so answers it that we need it again the next moment, even while we are enjoying the results of it." -J.B.S.
"Faith is. . . the evidence of things not seen" (Heb. 11:1).
We imagine we would be all right if a big crisis arose; but the big crisis will only reveal the stuff we are made of, it will not put anything into us. "If God gives the call, of course I will rise to the occasion." You will not unless you have risen to the occasion in the workshop, unless you have been the real thing before God there. If you are not doing the thing that lies nearest, because God has engineered it; when the crisis comes instead of being revealed as fit, you will be revealed as unfit. Crises always reveal character.
The private relationship of worshipping God is the great essential of fitness. The time comes when there is no more "fig-tree" life possible, when it is out into the open, out into the glare and into the work, and you will find yourself of no value there if you have not been worshipping as occasion serves you in your home. Worship aright in your private relationships, then when God sets you free you will be ready, because in the unseen life which no one saw but God you have become perfectly fit, and when the strain comes you can be relied upon by God.
"I can't be expected to live the sanctified life in the circumstances I am in; I have no time for praying just now, no time for Bible reading, my opportunity hasn't come yet; when it does, of course I shall be all right." No, you will not. If you have not been worshipping as occasion serves, when you get into work you will not only be useless yourself, but a tremendous hindrance to those who are associated with you.
The workshop of missionary material is the hidden, personal, worshipping life of the saint.
Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defence to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet do so with gentleness and reverence.
1 Peter 3:15
There have been many sects and cults that deny the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is not a new issue but one that goes back to the early church fathers and apostles. The Pharisees and Sadducees in gospels times rebutted His claims to deity as blasphemy, for ‘He made Himself equal with God’ – and they took up rocks to stone Him to death. John 5:18
“Spiritists” consider that Jesus, being more ‘divine’ than other men is absurd, while “Jehovah-Witnesses” declare Him as a lesser god – a son of God, but not equal with God. “Unitarians” do not embrace the biblical Trinity, while “Christian Science” exponents state that Jesus was not Deity and equal with God, but a lesser created being – a son of God. Many Christian sects and antichrist cults, declare that there is no scriptural evidence of Christ’s claim to Deity, but unless the Lord Jesus was God, there is no Christian faith.
Liberal theologians deny a literal, historical, grammatical interpretation of scripture, preferring to spiritualise the bible with allegories – thus distorting biblical truth – but to explain away Christ’s deity is to render Christianity as a tissue of lies. Other ‘progressive’ ecclesiastical clerics cut and snip away portions of Scripture that challenge their world-view and render the very Word of God into an object of ridicule.
But the Holy Bible is the source of truth for those that will delve deeply into its pages, and all who consider the Word to be God-breathed – will be rewarded with the truth. Those who deem Scripture as God’s inerrant message will have their faith rewarded. Scripture is its own authority and Scripture is its own interpreter and cannot be broken. It is inspired by God and is useful to teach usread more
Our sufficiency is of God
For there is salvation in no one else. There is no other name given under heaven, whereby we must be saved.
When the Lord Jesus died on the cross His death paid the price for all sin, so that all who believe on Him would receive forgiveness of sins and life everlasting. When the Lord Jesus rose from the dead He broke the power of death forever, so that the sting of death and hell is eternally removed, for all who trust in Him.
His death is sufficient for it satisfied God’s judgement of sin, in your life and mine. His resurrection is sufficient for it broke the power of death in all who believe. Christ’s glorious sufficiency meets every need in this life and the one to come, and we are fully accepted by God for time and eternity, because of His sufficiency.
Christ identified with us, so that we could be identified with Him. Christ became sin for us, so that we could be made the righteousness of God, in Him. Christ is sufficient for every circumstance of life and He is all we need in everything. As God unveiled His lovely attributes in Scripture He slowly revealed Christ to us.
He is all we need in the ups and downs of life, its joys and woes, for He is sufficient. He is the focal point of all Scripture, the great “I AM,” in Whom all revelation unites, for He is the Alpha and Omega of our life, the Beginner and Perfecter of our faith. He is the Holy One of Israel, Who gave us our Scripture, our promises, our Saviour. He is the living Word of God, that Promised Saviour to Whom all Scripture points. He is the only begotten Son of God, Who laid aside His glory to become Son of Man.
He is God with us and was born Immanuel, so we could become His adoptive sons. He is the Light ofread more