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"The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those
things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we
may do all the words of this law.” (Deu 29:29).
God has revealed all that He wants His people to know. He
has made this revelation in nature and especially in His Word. There are many
things which He has not chosen to reveal. These are the “secret things” which
belong to Him.
We are not to inquire into these secret things. God has
given us what we need to know now. He has given us these revealed things “that
we may do all the words of this law.” He wants us to live by what we do know,
and to refrain from following our curiosity by seeking into those things that
belong only to Him.
Some people are so busy trying to figure out mysteries that
God has not chosen to reveal, that they don’t even live basic Christian lives
according to the plainly revealed principles of God’s Word.
Let us seek diligently to know everything that God has
revealed -- and live according to this revelation! And let us not waste time
speculating on what has not yet been revealed.
"But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he
hath pleased.” (Psa 115:3).
The truth taught in this verse should bring comfort and
stability to the child of God, no matter how confused and troubled the world
becomes. God is in control of all things. He is not the author of sin but He
overrules even the sinful acts of men for His own wise purposes.
Sinful men and nations can go just so far as the Lord
allows them to go and no farther.
King Nebuchadnezzar recognized this sovereignty of God as
he said, "And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he
doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of
the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?" (Dan
This is a very practical truth for the child of God to
believe in with all his heart. Let come what may, he will have peace in his
heart because the King of kings is on His throne and is in control.
"And Jacob their father said unto them, Me have ye bereaved
of my children: Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and ye will take Benjamin
away: all these things are against me.” (Gen 42:36).
Satan always tries to get the child of God to look on the
dark side of life. The devil attempts to make us believe that things are worse
than they really are. He does this so that we may be fearful and discouraged in
the work of the Lord.
Jacob said "all these things are against me" when in
reality they were all working together for his good. Joseph was not really dead,
but God in His marvelous providence, had sent him to Egypt for the specific
purpose of saving Jacob and his family alive during the famine. (Gen. 45:7).
Simeon and Benjamin would both outlive their father and the whole family would
live together in happiness and prosperity in the land of Goshen. (Gen. 46:34).
Things were a lot brighter than Jacob thought they were.
And things are a lot brighter than you think they are too,
child of God. God loves His children and He orders all things for their good and
"Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not
look on iniquity....” (Hab 1:13).
There is a great need today for God’s people to understand
the holiness of God. Sin will not appear as horrifying to us as it really is
unless we understand that sin is committed against a holy God. Salvation in
Jesus Christ cannot be properly appreciated until we realize the immeasurable
contrast between the Holy God and filthy sinners.
The angelic beings recognize the holiness of God for what
it is. Isaiah heard the seraphim cry “... Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of
hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.” (Isa 6:3). John had this to say
about the heavenly creatures: "And the four beasts had each of them six wings
about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night,
saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.”
Let us beg the Lord of glory to open our eyes so that we
may behold His holiness. Then we will automatically see our own wretchedness and
we will glorify God for His salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ. And we will be
revived! There is no lukewarmness when we behold the glory of the Most High God!
"The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the
evil and the good.” (Prov 15:3).
Do you really believe this verse? Really believe it?
Believe it from the heart and not just from the head?
The answer to this question is found by the effect which it
has on an individual’s life. A real believer will be just as careful about his
private conduct as he is about his public conduct.
One who hesitates to commit certain sins because the eyes
of men are upon him, but who commits them when alone, does not really believe
this verse. A person who watches his language when he is around Christians, but
does not do so at other times, does not believe this verse.
Sodom and Gomorrah could not hide their sins from the Lord.
(Gen. 18:21). David could not hide his sin from the Lord. (2 Sam. 11:27). Cain
could not hide his murder from the Lord. (Gen. 4:10).
We all live in glass houses as far as God is concerned. May
this truth mold our lives in private and in public.
"And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the
time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with
him, and all Israel ... But David tarried still at Jerusalem.” (2 Sam 11:1).
It has been well said that “an idle mind is the devil’s
workshop.” David was a mighty man of God and had gone before the armies of
Israel many times as they fought the Lord’s battles. But now David had become
overconfident or lazy or both. He did not go to battle with his troops, but
stayed behind and lounged around the palace.
While he was in this condition of slothfulness, he was
tempted to sin and wound up committing adultery and murder. If he had been busy
fighting the Lord’s battles the temptation would not have been presented.
One of the best ways to protect ourselves against
temptation is to be so busy about our Father’s business that there is no room in
our lives for Satan’s suggestions.
Christian friend, busy yourself today in the work of
"Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without
the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.” (1
When an enemy or something dangerous approaches us the best
thing to do is to flee with all our might. To play with fire is to risk being
burned. Joseph literally fled from a situation in which he was being tempted to
commit fornication. (Gen. 39:12).
The Bible tells us to flee from other things: “... flee
from idolatry.” (1 Cor 10:14). Whatsoever a man most trusts in and most delights
in is his “god.” Therefore health, wealth, friends, family can all become idols.
“... Flee these things....” (1 Tim 6:11). Here we are told
to flee from a covetous love of money.
"Flee also youthful lusts....” (2 Tim 2:22). Many strong
desires we have when we are young can lead us into sin but the Bible says to
flee them -- to run from them with all our might.
We must believe the word of God that these things are
extremely dangerous to our souls and we must heed God’s Word and flee from them.
The things that we have been warned to flee from are “... fleshly lusts, which
war against the soul....” (1 Pet 2:11).
"Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so
shall ye be my disciples.” (John 15:8)
The highest aim of a child of God should be to glorify the
Heavenly Father. The way to glorify the Father is to bear much fruit. The fruits
of righteousness cannot be borne by mere human effort. They can only be borne as
the child of God abides in Jesus Christ. “... He that abideth in me, and I in
him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
(John 15:5). We abide in Christ as His words abide in us. (John 15:7). It is
impossible for us to abide in Christ and to bring forth fruit to the glory of
God if we are not knowing and obeying the word of God.
This can only be done by the power of Jesus Christ in us.
Paul prayed that the Philippians should be “... filled with the fruits of
righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.”
Christian friend, are you glorifying God? Are you bearing
much fruit or are you just getting by? The Father is glorified when we
bear much fruit.
Get your Bible out; read it; meditate on it; apply it
practically to your life today. Then you will be abiding in Christ and you will
be bearing much fruit.
"What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy
Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are
bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit,
which are God’s.” (1 Cor 6:19, 20).
Many wonderful things are taught in these verses. First,
the child of God learns that his body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. A true
belief in this will have a profound effect on the way that one lives. Everywhere
he goes, every thought he thinks, every word he speaks, every sight he sees, is
witnessed by the indwelling Holy Spirit.
This passage also tells the child of God that he does not
have the right to live as he pleases. Why? He does not belong to himself. He is
God’s by right of purchase. Let that thought sink in deeply -- you do not own
Finally, this passage teaches that the chief aim of a child
of God should be to glorify God both in body and spirit. This should be our
constant and conscious aim each day. Our physical, emotional, and mental life
must be completely devoted to Him each day.
Glorify Him today as you have never glorified Him
"As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all
men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” (Gal 6:10).
One of the primary characteristics of Christians should be
their helpfulness to others. In doing this they are imitating the heavenly
Father Who “... maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth
rain on the just and on the unjust.” (Mat 5:45). He said, “... Love your
enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for
them which despitefully use you, and persecute you....” (Mat 5:44).
We are to be helpful every time the opportunity to be so
presents itself. The Good Samaritan did good to a total stranger when the
opportunity arose. (Luke 10:33-37).
We are to be especially helpful to those of the “household
of faith.” Our primary efforts in works of benevolence are to be directed toward
the members of the true congregations of the Lord Jesus Christ.
As we thus busy ourselves in helping mankind in general and
members of the body of Christ in particular, we will live happy, fulfilled
lives. We won’t have time to complain, to worry, or to feel sorry for ourselves.
Find someone to help today in the name of the Lord
"Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come,
what is that to thee? follow thou me.” (John 21:22).
The Lord had told Peter that he would die a martyr’s death.
Peter then asked the Lord about John saying, “and what shall this man do?” the
Lord replied with the words of our text.
There is a very important lesson for us here. We are
sometimes so busy speculating on what others are doing that we don’t get our own
jobs done! Our Lord has a job for each of His people to do, and these jobs will
take all of our time and energy if they are properly done. If we are doing what
the Lord has for us to do we won’t have time to be “... a busybody in other
men’s matters.” (1 Pet 4:15).
God has not given us the job of telling other Christians
what their jobs are. It is true that for each man, “... to his own master he
standeth or falleth....” (Rom 14:4).
Today, do as the Apostle Paul did. Say “... Lord, what wilt
thou have me to do?....” (Acts 9:6). Then, get up and be about the Master’s
"And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the
which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself
could not contain the books that should be written....” (John 21:25).
The Man, Jesus Christ, is God manifest in the flesh. (1
Timothy. 3:16). In Him “... dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.”
(Col 2:9). While on earth, every word that He spoke and every deed that He
performed were of infinite significance.
If a man were blessed to study His life daily for a
thousand years he would not even begin to exhaust the riches of that blessed
It is the duty and the privilege of every child of God to
daily study and meditate on the life and works of the Son of God. Such prayerful
study will enrich and strengthen the life of the saint beyond imagination.
Begin today! Make the contemplation of the life of
the Lord Jesus Christ the all-consuming passion of all your days on earth. You
will be wiser than wise men, richer than kings, stronger than the mighty.
"And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with
graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them,
Loose him, and let him go.” (John 11:44).
Jesus had raised Lazarus from the dead by merely crying,
“Lazarus, come forth.” Then he told those that were standing by, “Loose him, and
let him go.” There is an important lesson taught here. Jesus did what man cannot
do -- He gave life to the dead. Then He told men to do what they were capable of
doing -- assist the one who had been given life.
What is true in the natural realm is also true in the
spiritual. Man cannot give spiritual life. He cannot even help in giving
spiritual life. This is the work of God. God must speak directly through
the Holy Spirit to one dead in trespasses and sins in order for him to obtain
spiritual life. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is,
when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall
live.” (John 5:25).
Then the work of the church of Jesus Christ is to “loose
and let go” the one who has been given spiritual life. The gospel removes the
graveclothes of ignorance and false ideas and allows the child of God to serve
his Lord freely and unhindered.
Christian, are you loosing and letting go the children of
"And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou
hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.” (Col 4:17).
Paul was closing his letter to the church at Colosse as he
wrote this verse. Evidently Archippus was neglecting the job which the Lord had
assigned him to.
Each saint has a ministry which he has received from the
Lord. No one can do the job which the Lord has given to you but you!
Each saint needs “to take heed” to his ministry. Satan will
try to hinder you in it or divert your attention from it. The attractions of
this present evil age are designed to make you forget or neglect your ministry.
But it is essential that you fulfill it! First, prayerfully
determine what your ministry is. God will show it to you. Then seek to fulfill
it with all your might. Don’t let anybody or anything distract you from it.
Then, as you lay dying you will be able to joyfully say, "I
have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the
faith....” (2 Tim 4:7).
"For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present
world, and is departed unto Thessalonica....” (2 Tim 4:10).
Demas had at one time been a professing Christian and a
follower and helper of Paul. Writing to the Colossians from prison in Rome, Paul
had said, "Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you.” (Col 4:14).
Writing to Philemon Paul had said, "Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, my
fellowlabourers.” (Phile 24).
But now, in his last imprisonment, Paul says that Demas has
forsaken him. And why? Because he loved this present world. Demas evidently
became afraid of persecution and hardship and deserted the apostle. While we
cannot judge the soul of this man it is evident that he was guilty of a very
great sin which brought sorrow to his life and dishonor to the cause of Christ.
Christian friend, are you a Demas? Has the going gotten too
rough for you? Must you hang your head in shame?
If so, repent! Confess your sin. There is forgiveness in
Jesus Christ. He forgave Peter and restored him to service.
Get back in the battle on the Lord’s side. There is victory
at the end.
"For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because
the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.” (Phile 1:7).
"Refresh” is a wonderful word. It means “to give rest, to
give intermission from labor.” Often we become weary in both body and soul. How
sweet it is when some good brother or sister in Christ refreshes us with a kind
word of encouragement, with a good meal, or with assistance in our work.
Such a man was Philemon who refreshed the weary saints of
God. Paul spoke of others who “... refreshed my spirit and yours....” (1 Cor
16:18). On this occasion the refreshment evidently consisted of a much-needed
gift of money.
On another occasion Paul wrote, “... the more joyed we for
the joy of Titus, because his spirit was refreshed by you all.” (2 Cor 7:13).
Let us be as a brook of cool waters to our thirsty
Christian friends. Let us do this in both word and deed.
"Insomuch that we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so
he would also finish in you the same grace also.” (2 Cor 8:6).
The “grace” under consideration is the grace of giving. It
is a wonderful blessing when God works in our hearts so that we willingly give
of our money in His cause. “The children of Israel brought a willing offering
unto the LORD, every man and woman, whose heart made them willing to bring for
all manner of work, which the LORD had commanded to be made by the hand of
Moses.” (Exo 35:29).
When God gives us the grace of a willing heart we need to
exercise this grace by actually giving. Titus was commanded to “finish” or
perfect this grace in the Corinthian saints. When God stirs up your heart to
give, be thankful for this great blessing and don’t despise it. Say with Paul:
“... and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain....” (1 Cor
Remember, “... God loveth a cheerful giver.” (2 Cor 9:7).
"For the invisible things of him from the creation of the
world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his
eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse....” (Rom 1:20).
God does not grant a saving knowledge of Himself to
everyone, but He has left such abundant witness of His majesty in nature that no
human being can without excuse deny His power in creation. Even “... The heavens
declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork.” (Psa 19:1).
There is absolutely no excuse for anyone to be an atheist
or to advocate the false theory of evolution. The work of the Master Designer is
everywhere evident in the natural creation.
The child of God, whose spiritual eyes have been
wonderfully opened, has even more reason to see the mighty hand of God revealed
in the natural creation. Let us take time to observe the wonders of nature
Let us cry out with the angelic seraphim: “... Holy, holy,
holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.” (Isa 6:3).
"But the chief priests consulted that they might put
Lazarus also to death; Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away,
and believed on Jesus.” (John 12:10-11).
When man is dead in sin, his blindness and rebellion
against God is incredible. These religious leaders knew that a miracle had been
wrought. They knew that Jesus had raised Lazarus from the dead. But, instead of
worshipping Him as the Son of God, they tried to get rid of the evidence of this
Later these same leaders reacted in a similar fashion to
another miracle. They said, “... for that indeed a notable miracle hath been
done by them is manifest to all them that dwell in Jerusalem; and we cannot deny
it.” (Acts 4:16). But again they refused to worship Jesus of Nazareth. Again
they tried to suppress the evidence. Why, oh, why? Because they were dead in
Truly the Lord Jesus said that “... no man can come unto
me, except it were given unto him of my Father.” (John 6:65).
"I thank my God upon every remembrance of you ... For your
fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now....” (Phil 1:3, 5).
The word “fellowship” here means “sharing in common.” Paul
is thankful that these Philippian saints have shared in common his efforts to
spread the gospel. How did they share in his work? By praying for him and by
assisting him many times with gifts of money as he was preaching.
They had helped him from the “first day” that they had
received the gospel when Lydia let Paul and his companions use her house for a
base of operations. (Acts 16:15). They had helped him several times as they sent
him funds so that he might be free to be in the preaching ministry full-time.
(Phil. 4:14-16). And even “now,” when he was imprisoned at Rome, they had sent
him a gift. (Phil. 4:18). They had shared in common Paul’s work of preaching
even though they had not actually been out in the field preaching themselves.
Christian friend, are you fellowshipping your pastor and
other faithful ministers of the word?
"Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and
them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.” (Heb 13:3).
When things go well with us, it is all too easy for us to
forget those who are in trouble. Even when we don’t completely forget them, we
don’t enter into their troubles prayerfully as we should.
But we must mentally put ourselves in the place of our
brethren in Christ who are in trouble. We must think on their troubles and try
to vividly imagine what they are suffering. Then we must fervently be in
diligent prayer for them. We will be better able to pray fervently if we have
gained a sympathetic knowledge of their troubles.
But this is not enough. We must not remember them in word,
thought, prayer only. We must remember them in deed. We must help them in
every way we possibly can. This is truly “remembering” in the scriptural sense
of the word.
The saints of God must heed the words of the apostle when
he said, “... whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one
member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.” (1 Cor 12:26).
This kind of closeness among the people of God will make
life in this cold world a lot more pleasant.
"Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give
glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake.” (Psa 115:1).
Man has no real glory of his own but he is nevertheless
prone to try to take honor and glory to himself. Even religious men like to
glory in their works for the Lord. Many men like to boast of how many souls they
have saved when, in reality, “... Salvation is of the LORD.” (Jonah 2:9).
We must beg God to help us subdue our pride and to give
all glory to God. We must have the same song on our lips as those heavenly
ones did in the vision which God gave to John. They said, "Thou art worthy, O
Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things,
and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” (Rev 4:11). No one is worthy to
receive glory but the Lord of hosts. How unbecoming it is for a mere man to seek
We must have the same attitude as John the Baptist.
Speaking of the Savior he said, "He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John
3:30). We must be as Paul who said, “... He that glorieth, let him glory in the
Lord.” (1 Cor 1:31).
When Christ taught His disciples to pray He instructed them
to say, “... For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.
Amen.” (Mat 6:13).
Praise the Lord, right now! Praise Him forevermore!
"And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by
my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.” (Phil 1:14).
Paul was under house-arrest at Rome. He was still permitted
to preach the gospel. Many of the Christians in Rome had been silent because of
fear of persecution from the Jews and from the Roman government. But Paul was
not afraid to preach Christ. His bold example stirred up many of those who had
been timid to preach also.
We never know when our example may be just what someone
else will need to enable him to stand up for the Lord Jesus Christ. The
opportunity may occur in a classroom when an ungodly teacher is ridiculing the
claims of the Bible.
God will bless us and will use His Word when we speak it.
Satan knows this and he will attempt to put a muzzle on us.
Stand up for God today. Set the example for timid
Christians. You may be pleasantly surprised to see the results.
"Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was
stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry.” (Acts 17:16).
Athens was the cultural, intellectual, and artistic capital
of the ancient world. People came from afar to see the art and architecture.
They came to hear the wisdom of the famous philosophers. Men in general were
greatly impressed by this fabulous city.
But Paul was a man whose heart beat for God. He was not
impressed by all this worldly finery. He was stirred in soul because there was
no worship of the true God in this place. All these magnificent works were used
in the service of idols.
Friends, the world in general is in just about the same
condition as it was in the days of Paul. We have much that is impressive.
Science has performed wonders. “Higher” education is available to more people
than ever before. Worldly comforts have rapidly multiplied and become widely
But there is very little worship of the true God. Oh, there
is plenty of worship going on, but a close examination will reveal that most of
it is a modern form of paganism.
We need men and women like Paul. Those who are not easily
impressed by the “progress” that is being worshipped today.
Open your eyes. Is the world more pagan than you thought it
was? Will your soul be stirred? Will you speak in the name of your Lord?
"And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook
his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean:
from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles.” (Acts 18:6).
A very important principle of personal responsibility is
taught here. Paul had faithfully preached to these Jews in Corinth. They had
rejected the message. Then Paul told them that their blood was on their own
He was referring to a principle in Ezek. 33 where a
watchman was set over the people. When the watchman saw danger approaching he
was to warn the people. If the people refused to take heed the blood was on
their heads. But if the watchman failed to warn the people the blame would be
Paul was faithful to live by this principle for his entire
ministry. As he neared the end he could say, "Wherefore I take you to record
this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to
declare unto you all the counsel of God.” (Acts 20:26, 27).
What kind of position do you find yourself in? Has the
whole counsel been preached to you and have you rejected it? If so, blame lies
at your door. Have you been in a position to deliver warning and have failed to
do so? Blood is on your head.
These are serious matters. We must consider them often.
"I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the
house of the LORD.” (Psa 122:1).
David had a proper appreciation of the house of the Lord.
Many Christians lack this appreciation today. The New Testament house of God is
the congregation of believers who worship the Lord in spirit and in truth. (1
Many Christians try to do their spiritual work on their own
or organized into groups apart from the church. There is not one whit of
authorization for these practices in the word of God. Men think they can improve
on God’s ways, but this is impossible.
We need a fresh appreciation for the church of the living
God. This is God’s house. It is where He dwells in a special way. This is the
institution which He has chosen to propagate His truth.
The church is not beautiful to the world and never has
been. But the child of God who has been shown the beauty of God’s house is
compelled to say, "For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had
rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of
wickedness.” (Psa 84:10).
Are you blessed to be a member of a true New Testament
congregation? Thank God for it. This is one of the choicest blessings that God
gives. Be glad beyond measure when it is time for the assembly to meet.
"And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you,
Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and
descending upon the Son of man.” (John 1:51).
There is a tremendous gap between the sin-cursed earth and
heaven. This gap could only be bridged by the proper mediator or go-between.
This mediator was the Son of Man and the Son of God combined in the person of
the Lord Jesus Christ.
In prophetic vision Jacob saw a ladder reaching from heaven
to earth and the angels of God ascending and descending on it. (Gen. 28:12).
When he awoke from his sleep, he said, “... this is none other but the house of
God, and this is the gate of heaven.” (Gen 28:17).
John here identifies Jacob’s ladder as the Lord Jesus
Christ. The bottom of that ladder stands at the house of God, which is the
church of the living God. (1 Tim. 3:15).
One of the benefits of the mediatorial work of Christ is
the sending of angels to minister to His people. “Are they not all ministering
spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?" (Heb
It is impossible to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ too much.
There are innumerable pictures of Him in the Bible. May you today glorify Him
Who is the true Jacob’s ladder -- the One who bridged the chasm between heaven
and earth and brought complete salvation to all His people.
"Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (1 Th
Paul had just been teaching the church at Thessalonica the
glorious truth of the resurrection of the bodies of the saints. They were
assured that they would once again see their brethren in Christ who had died in
the Lord. Even better they had been told, “and so shall we ever be with the
Lord.” Then he told them to comfort each other with these words.
We need to do this today. We hear bad news on every hand.
This life is full of toil and trouble for the conscientious child of God. There
are always wars and rumors of wars.
God’s people need to come together as often as possible and
comfort one another with the glorious truths of the resurrection. Just a few
more days, and troubles and toils will come to an end. Sin will be no more. Our
own sinful bodies will be raised and glorified. We will see God in peace
forevermore. What glorious words of comfort these are!
"Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another:
and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written
before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.” (Mal
Find a believer today and remind him of the glorious
"For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of
Jacob are not consumed.” (Mal 3:6).
What a glorious truth this is. What tremendous security
there is in it for the child of God. Immutability, or the quality of not
changing, is one of the attributes of God. God is not fickle like man is. But
many people believe that God is changeable -- that He may love you today and
hate you tomorrow. His love, so they say, depends on their conduct. But, praise
be to God, this is not so. Israel was not preserved because of her faithfulness.
She was preserved because of the unchanging love of God.
God spoke to Israel, “... Yea, I have loved thee with an
everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” (Jer 31:3).
These glorious promises of God don’t belong to just Israelites according to the
flesh; they belong to every child of God. Speaking to the saints at Philippi,
many of whom were Gentiles, Paul said, "For we are the circumcision, which
worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence
in the flesh.” (Phil 3:3).
Let us praise God with the poet who wrote, “Change and
decay in all around I see: O Thou who changest not, abide with me!”
"Cursed be he that doeth the work of the LORD deceitfully,
and cursed be he that keepeth back his sword from blood.” (Jer 48:10).
In an army a man that refuses to join battle with the enemy
is regarded as a very poor soldier if not an out-and-out traitor.
We are poor soldiers of Jesus Christ when we “keep back our
swords from blood.” The sword we are to wield is “... the sword of the Spirit,
which is the word of God....” (Eph 6:17). It is a sin to know the word of God
and not to use it. This is keeping back our swords from blood. We need to use
this sword in defending the truth, in combating false ideas, in denouncing
We can have full confidence in our weapons because God has
provided them for us. “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty
through God to the pulling down of strong holds.” (2 Cor 10:4).
Warfare is not easy. We cannot be lazy or cowardly and be a
good soldier. Paul instructed Timothy to “... therefore endure hardness, as a
good soldier of Jesus Christ.” (2 Tim 2:3).
Are you keeping back your sword from blood? Are you letting
your brethren fight all the spiritual battles?
Remember, our LORD said, “... cursed be he that keepeth
back his sword from blood.”
"By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the
king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.” (Heb 11:27).
God is only visible to the eye of faith. Therefore some
believe that a belief in God is a very flimsy thing. But those who have had
their eyes opened by the Holy Spirit know that the invisible God and that all
the other spiritual realities are much more real and enduring than are the
As Paul said in another place, “... for the things which
are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Cor
Invisibility is a basic attribute of God. “Now unto the
King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for
ever and ever. Amen.” (1 Tim 1:17).
But the only one who can endure is the one who knows the
invisible God and who constantly sees Him by an eye of faith. A man may be alone
in a prison cell but he won’t despair if he sees God there with him.
We can even face death unafraid if we can see that the
invisible One is with us.