Sunday, July 20, 2014

As Witness, You Either Encourage Or Compound

The Bible is clear that our ability to believe in God--that Jesus is Lord, is an ability granted by God Himself and not something we are able to do by ourselves . . .

"29  For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake"  --Phil. 1:29

. . . and that this is how we are saved:

"If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."  --Rom. 10:9

And it is clear that just as the numbers of hairs on our bodies are known and counted by God Who determined that they should be so, so is the number known, counted and determined who are chosen by God to be saved--those whom He has "granted . . . to believe in Him."

Most street preachers evidence this when they often tell a prospect something like, "I can't make you believe--the Holy Spirit is the One who must convict you. . . . I can only tell you the truth and then it will be the Holy Spirit Who will open your eyes or not. . . ."

So then some will say, "So why bother?  If it has already been decided who will and who will not believe, what is the point of preaching, evangelizing at all?"

Well, the point is always about the demonstration of God's glory--which is what He is doing here with all of this; and what is to be grasped is that He has also determined to work through fallible, fallen mankind to effect His will in an era of space and time--in this creation.  "But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong."   --1 Cor. 1:27


Demonstration and witness. . . . This is what it's all about--at least so far as has been revealed.  The Lord is demonstrating His magnificent, glorious attributes and made us to be witnesses and participants in that demonstration.

Could God have chosen to create a world where all get saved?  Yes, of course.  He could have created a world where none sinned, as it will be in Heaven.  But He did not; for His own "good pleasure" (Eph. 1:9) He has planned it the way He wills, and "who are you, a mere creature, to question God?!"  (Rom. 9:20)

 ". . . the true task of the "Church" [is to] proclaim the Gospel that we become a savor of life unto life in them that believe and a savor of death in those who reject the truth."  --Barnhouse

Knowing this, we need not fret nor be anxious nor fear that our preaching of the Gospel may not be "effective". . . . We can rest assured, in the peace of God, that those who are to be granted to believe WILL believe, either now or in time . . . and that those who reject the Good News, in the face of our witness, do so that their "cup of iniquity" should be filled!

As witnesses--as actual "ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us" (2 Cor. 5:20) our expression of the truth we have been shown acts to give strength, hope, "savor of life" to the "believing ones" (see John 3:16, properly translated) while compounding just wrath upon the heads of those who continue in rebellion.  This is our role as witnesses, as ambassadors, as "temples of God" wherein the Spirit of God dwells (1 Cor. 3:16).

In this sense we are "prophets" who "admonish" in the name of Christ, "priests" who teach, give comfort and encourage other believers. . . . (see Col. 3:16, Rom. 15:14, Heb. 3:13)

 We are called to be witnesses of the truth before believers and unbelievers alike, not so much to persuade but to declare . . . so that those chosen will hear and be saved . . . or so that the already saved will be encouraged . . . or so that the children of the devil are further condemned in their refusal to submit.

 In this way, by means of we creatures, on the stage of the world, in this space and time, the Word of God goes out and does not "return void" but in every case, "accomplishes" all that the Lord intends.
(see Isa. 55:11)

God speaks through His witnesses, demonstrating His glory, encouraging or compounding wrath, and all His will is done. . . .

2 comments:

Mark said...

The story of the exodus of the hebrew slaves out of Egypt .Is the best example .Though most of us in christianity where raised to look at thisas literally(happened in the past in the flesh demenshion).And that happened when looked at this way is the good Jewish people still enslaved in a jewish "state".

If one takes the exodus and teaches it as a tale of the "Spirit" of a people the outcome of the spiritual people(israel).The exodus when taught in a negative light it becomes a fleshly dimension an when taught in a positive light it becomes a spiritual dimension.

On that rock down their amongst the natives at its basic say's "glomes valley".I physics a glome is know as a threeshere or a hypersphere .And the theory is to take the three(trinity) spheres and put them in a spinning motion and at the center of these spheres opens a forth(spiritual) demdnsion.

When ones flesh is standing looking at the rock at heavener and reading exodus 33(a spiritual teaching) This door within opens and flesh and spirit are" One" or a "Unity" of flesh and spirit which the first rune suggest.

Or "magic to glome".Look at it as a wedding of the fleshbody and the holy spirit .NOW WHY IS SUCH A ROCK HERE IN THE U.S. AND NOT YOU KNOW WHERE? Because most of us claiming chrisyianity are in flesh only and absent of the holy spirit.

Decieved and living a lie.

The nations people need to know about this rock and it's relationship to scripture but it's kept hidden(not looked at)because thats what worlders do in their secret scocieties......they keep seecrets.In light of spiritual truth a secret is the lie!

Daniel2:45

45"Inasmuch as you saw that a stone was cut out of the mountain without hands and that it crushed the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold, the great God has made known to the king what will take place in the future; so the dream is true and its interpretation is trustworthy."

The actual physical stone slid (Without human hamds) down into the cleft.Human hands carved the runes.

Was the carver in the spirit?

Brenda James said...

Amen brother.. well said! may our voices ring louder now than ever before!

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