Many of us have a wrong idea of what the Church is, and this wrong idea may result in our present and eternal loss. The Church is not a building of wood, of bricks, or of stones, nor is it an organization of man’s devising. The Bible tells us that the Church is the Body of Christ (Ephesians 1:22,23), of which He, the risen and glorified Saviour in Heaven, is the Head (Colossians 1:18), and all His redeemed ones on earth are members (Romans 12:4,5).
It is possible for one to have his name on a church roll, and even be very active in church work, and not be a member of Christ’s Body. If you are not a member of His Body, the Church, the only way to become one is by trusting Him as your Saviour (Ephesians 2:13-16). When you trust the Saviour, the Holy Spirit will baptize you into the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12,13). Then you will be united to Christ, the Head in Heaven, and to all other believers on earth. As the Body of Christ on earth has only one Head, the living Lord in Heaven, so the Head in Heaven has only one Body on earth—His Body composed of every believer.
Look at the human body. It is one body composed of many members—hand, foot, etc. God has given every member a definite place of service, and every member needs every other member for the body to function properly. So the Church, the Body of Christ, is one Body composed of many members, every believer (1 Corinthians 12). The Head has fitted every member for the service He wants it to do for His own glory and for the good of all (Ephesians 4:7-16). Every believer should get his directions from the Head, and to the Head he will have to give an account of his stewardship.
In the wilderness, God dwelt among His earthly people Israel in the tabernacle (Exodus 29:43-46); then in the land of Palestine, He dwelt in Solomon’s temple (1 Kings 8:13). Now, God does not dwell in temples made with hands (Acts 7:48). Since Pentecost, by His Holy Spirit He indwells every believer (1 Corinthians 6:19), and His temple on earth is His Church of living believers (2 Corinthians 6:16).
The Lord Jesus Christ builds His Church (Matthew 16:18), and He is the foundation upon which it is built (1 Corinthians 3:11). On the day of Pentecost, God, by His Holy Spirit sent down from heaven, formed the assembled believers at Jerusalem into His assembly (Acts 2:1-5,47; the original Greek word “ecclesia” literally means “Assembly”). As believers became scattered over the earth, they assembled in different places with Christ as their Center (Matthew 18:20), so that we may read of a church at Corinth (1 Corinthians 1:2), or a church in someone’s house (Colossians 4:15). When Christians leave a building where they have been assembled for worship, the Church has gone home. Every believer is a bit of the Church (1 Peter 2:5), and it takes every believer to make the one true Church of Jesus Christ. The Church is very visible (2 Corinthians 3:2). The Christian is the only Bible many people ever read.
The Church is very dear to the Saviour’s heart (2 Corinthians 11:2). Adam said of Eve that she was bone of his bones, and flesh of his flesh (Genesis 2:21-24). The Bible says of Christ and the Church that they are members of His Body, and of His flesh and of His bones (Ephesians 5:29-32). However sadly Christians may fail, Christ loved the Church and gave Himself for it. He has redeemed it, He is keeping it day by day, and soon He will present it to Himself absolutely perfect (Ephesians 5:23-27). The Saviour is coming back for His Church to take it to heaven, and He may come today (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
Will you not search the Bible with the aid of a concordance and ask God to teach you what He would like you to know about His Church?
—Fred W. Wurst
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The creator of all things loves YOU so much that He sent His only Son, Jesus, to die for you on the cross. He wants to forgive your sins and make you clean so that you can be with Him for all eternity. Isn’t it amazing to know that you are loved by God?
Unending—God’s love is eternal. He loved you yesterday, loves you today and will love you forever!
“I have loved thee with an everlasting love.” (Jeremiah 31:3)
Unselfish—God didn’t wait for us to love Him first. His love was freely given.
“We love Him, because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)
Undeserved—God is holy, righteous, and just. As sinners, we have done nothing to deserve God’s love. But He loves us anyway.
“But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
Unimaginable—God’s love led Him to send His son Jesus to bear the punishment for our sins on the cross. Can you imagine watching someone you love being punished to the point of death for something they didn’t do?
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
Undying—God didn’t only send Jesus to die for our sins. He then raised Him from the dead so we can have eternal life. What a wonderful gift He offers us!
“In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.” (1 John 4:9)
Unmerited—God offers you the free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. Because it is a gift, you cannot earn it. Instead, you must see your need of salvation and accept it by trusting Jesus as your Savior.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
How can you receive God’s gift of salvation? The Bible says:
“If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9)
It’s that easy! Will you choose to accept God’s love? Then you too can experience God’s unfathomable love for all eternity!
“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)
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The word of God, the Bible, tells you that God knows all about you. He knows where you live, He knows your name, He even knows the thoughts and the secrets of your heart (Hebrews 4:12-13). “The Lord looketh on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).
Yes, God knows all about you. He knows the good and bad things in your life. All the bad things are sin. To disobey is to sin. No one has to tell us how to be bad, we just are bad. The word of God says, “All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). You see, you are a sinner and God says, “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). This death means to be separated from God and suffer in Hell for ever and ever.
Is there anything you can do to get rid of your sin by yourself? God says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). There is only one way to be saved, one way to have your sins forgiven.
The Bible tells us what that way is: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
What does that mean? “For God so loved the world.” “The world” includes you. Put your name in the blank. “For God so loved _______________ that He gave His only begotten Son.” The Lord Jesus Christ is God’s Son. Jesus came from His home in heaven to this earth to be born, grow up, and then to die on the cross to take your place so you would not have to suffer the punishment for your sin. Jesus was totally without sin so He is the only one who could ever take your place.
“That whosoever believeth in Him.” “Whosoever” includes you. If you admit before God that you are a sinner and believe that Jesus died to take your sins away, God will cleanse your heart from sin and make you His child. John 1:12 says, “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.” To believe is to receive Jesus, to accept Him as your Savior and trust Him with all your heart.
“Not perish but have everlasting life.” When you repent (admit you’ve been going the wrong way) and receive Jesus as your Savior, you will become a child of God. Your sin will be forgiven, and you will live forever in Heaven. “I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish” (John 10:28).
Why not receive Him right now? From your heart, in your own words, tell God that you know you are a sinner and that Jesus died for you and rose again. Trust Jesus to be your Savior and to wash your heart clean from sin. He will hear you and save you.
When you become a child of God, you are a “new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). You have new desires. You will want to know more about Him, please Him, and tell others about Him.
You can know more about God by reading His word, the Bible. You can share your joys and problems with Him in prayer. You can grow and serve by joining with other believers in a local church. You can find someone and tell them about the Lord Jesus Christ and how He gave you a clean heart. This is the way to become a strong Christian.
Yes, there is only one way to be saved. The Bible says, “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 16:25). The Bible also says, “How can we know the way? Jesus saith … I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:5-6). Which way are you on—the way of eternal death or life?
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The disappointments of life are in reality one of the eternal purposes by which our lives are foreordained. I have a message for you today. I will whisper it softly in your ear in order that the storm clouds which appear may be gilded with glory, and that the thorns on which you may have to walk might be blunted. The message is short—a tiny sentence—but allow it to sink into the depths of your heart and be a pillow on which you may rest your weary head: “This thing is from Me.”
Have you never thought that all which concerns you concerns Me also? “He that toucheth thee toucheth the apple of [My] eye (Zechariah 2:8). You have been precious in My eyes. That is why I take a special interest in your upbringing. When temptation assails you and the “enemy shall come in like a flood” (Isaiah 59:19), it is My desire for you to know that “This thing is from Me.” I am the God of circumstances. You have not been placed where you are by chance, but because it is the place I have chosen for you. Did you not ask to become humble? Behold, I have placed you in the very spot where this lesson is to be learned. It is by your surroundings and your companions that the working of My will is to come about.
Do you have money difficulties? Is it hard to keep within your income? “This thing is from Me.” I am He that possesses all things. I wish for you to draw everything from Me and depend entirely upon Me. My riches are limitless (Philippians 4:19). Put My promise to the proof so that it may not be said of you, “Yet in this thing ye did not believe the Lord your God” (Deuteronomy 1:32).
Are you passing through a night of affliction? “This thing is from Me.” I am the “Man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief (Isaiah 53:3). I have left you without human support that in turning to Me you might obtain eternal consolation (2 Thessalonians 2:16,17).
Has some friend disappointed you? One to whom you have opened your heart? “This thing is from Me.” I have allowed this disappointment that you might learn that the best Friend is Jesus. I long to be your Confidant.
Has someone said false things about you? Leave that and come closer to Me, under My wings, away from the place of wordy dispute, for I will “bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday” (Psalm 37:6). Have your plans been all upset? Are you crushed and weary? “This thing is from Me.” Have you made plans and then asked Me to bless them? I wish to make your plans for you. I will take the responsibility, for it is too heavy for you; you could not perform it alone (Exodus 18:18). You are but an instrument and not an agent.
Have you desired fervently to do some great work for Me? Instead of that, you have been laid on a bed of sickness and suffering. “This thing is from Me.” I was unable to attract your attention while you were so active. I wish to teach you some of My deep lessons. It is only those who have learned to wait patiently who can serve Me. My greatest workers are sometimes those who are laid aside from active service in order that they may learn to wield the weapon of prayer.
Are you suddenly called upon to occupy a difficult position full of responsibilities? Go forward, counting on Me. I am giving you this position full of difficulties for the reason that Jehovah your God will bless you in all your works and in all the business of your hands (Deuteronomy 15:18). This day I place in your hand a pot of holy oil. Draw from it freely, My child, that all the circumstances arising along the pathway, each word that gives you pain, each manifestation of your feebleness may be anointed with this oil. Remember that interruptions are divine instructions. The sting will go in the measure in which you see Me in all things. Therefore, set your heart unto all the works that I testify among you this day. For it is your life (Deuteronomy 32:46,47).
—Adapted from a paper found in J.N. Darby’s Bible
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Ever have someone wish you a good day? Your next door neighbor, the cashier in the grocery store, your friend at school, or even a total stranger may say to you, “Have a good day.” But does this wish cause us to have a good day? How can we really have a good day—not only today, but every day?
It is our wish for everyone not only to have a good day but to have a good forever. And how can you have a good day if you are not assured of a good forever? You may try to ignore the future by concentrating on the pleasures of this life. You may be partly successful with this and even say to yourself, “Take your ease, eat, drink and be merry” (Luke 12:19). But if you do not know where you will be when your life is over, thoughts of the future will inevitably return to spoil your present joys.
God has provided a way for everyone to have a good forever. But, if you do not avail yourself of that way, then your future is foretold in Hebrews 9:27: “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” Death and judgment are the results of sin. “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Sin will keep you from having a good forever, and it will keep you from having a good day. If you die in your sins, it will be too late to change your forever (Revelation 20:15).
But you can change that future now. “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). God, who is holy and must punish sin, is also a God of love. He has provided a way for sinners to be saved from the consequences of their sin. God is longsuffering toward us, and is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (see 2 Peter 3:9). In fact, God never prepared hell for man but for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41).
The salvation that God provided does not set aside His holiness and righteousness. It is summed up for us in Romans 5:8: “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Christ, the sinless Son of God, satisfied all of God’s holy and righteous requirements by dying for our sins. God’s wrath and judgment against sin were met by Christ when He suffered the awful agonies of the cross (Matthew 27:46; 1 Peter 3:18). Jesus then rose from the dead, proving these things to be true (John 11:25; 1 Peter 1:3; Acts 17:31).
Yes, God has provided a way for you and me to have a good forever. This way of salvation is open to all who will confess their sins to God in true repentance, believe that Jesus died for them, and receive Him as their Lord and Saviour. If you sincerely take these steps, the power of death will be broken and there will be no judgment ahead for you because Jesus Christ has said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life” (John 5:24). Your sins will all be forgiven and your future will be bright and clear with a certainty of being with Christ in heaven.
As a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ you will not only be sure of a good forever, you will also be able to have a good day every day. Jesus will never leave you, and the more you fellowship with Him through prayer and reading the Bible daily, the more you will experience His presence in your life. Even when everything around you seems dark and discouraging, God’s presence in your life brings “fulness of joy” (Psalm 16:11). —John D. McNeil
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“He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).
Wounds, according to the definition of the surgeon, are divisions of the soft parts of the body by a mechanical force applied externally, and they are classified by their different characters as (1) contused; (2) lacerated; (3) penetrating; (4) perforated; and (5) incised wounds. It is remarkable that in the simple statement, “He was wounded” there is included each kind of wound, as we may readily see from the examination of the Scripture records concerning the sufferings of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(1) The Contused Wound. A wound produced by a blunt instrument. Such would result from a blow by the rod, as foretold in Micah 5:1, “They shall smite the Judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek,” and fulfilled, as recorded in Matthew 26:67, “They smote Him with rods” (Margin, Newberry); Matthew 27:30, “They took the reed, and smote Him on the head”; and John 18:22, “One of the officers struck Jesus with a rod” (Revised and Newberry, margin).
(2) The Lacerated Wound. A wound produced by a tearing instrument. Laceration of the tissues was the result of scourging, and scourging had become a fine art among the Romans at the time of our Lord’s submission to infliction.
The Roman scourge was a many-tailed lash, each thong tipped with metal or ivory, so that, in the hands of a cruel expert, the sufferer might truthfully say, “The plowers plowed upon My back: they made long their furrows” (Psalm 129:3). The torture, the laceration, and the consequent loss of blood, often resulted in the death of the victim, but scourging, while part of our Lord’s sufferings, was not to be the means of His death.
Thus the prophetic word of Isaiah 50:6, “I gave My back to the smiters,” finds its fulfillment, as recorded in Matthew 27:26, and in John 19:1, where we read, “Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged Him.” And let us remember that upon His back, thus lacerated, the Cross was laid as He went forth to the place called Calvary.
(3) The Penetrating Wound. A deep wound caused by a sharp-pointed instrument. This we have exemplified in the wounds upon the head produced by the crown of thorns. The Jerusalem thorn, from which that “victor’s crown” was platted, bore spicules four inches long, and, as the soldiers pressed down that cruel diadem upon His head (Matthew 27:29; John 19:2), a circlet of wounds ensued, wounds which were deepened by the blow of the reed when they smote Him on the head (Matthew 27:30).
(4) The Perforating Wound. From the Latin word meaning “to pierce through.” “They pierced My hands and My feet” (Psalm 22:16). The iron spikes were driven between the bones, separating but not breaking these.
Crucifixion was not practiced as a means of capital punishment by the Jews, and the words must therefore have puzzled even the writer of the Psalms, but at that early date God was thereby “signifying what death He should die” (John 12:33), for to Him, who knows the end from the beginning, the Roman subjugation of the Jews at the time of Messiah’s advent, and His being “cut off” (Daniel 9:26) by the exquisitely painful death of crucifixion, were all foreknown. And to our Lord “the decease which He should accomplish at Jerusalem” was a matter of perfect knowledge. The prophetic question in Zechariah 13:6, “What are these wounds in Thine hands?” was ever before Him, and thus we can truly sing—
“‘Twas love that nailed Thee to the tree,
Or iron ne’er had bound Thee.”
(5) The Incised Wound. A cut produced by a sharp-edged instrument. “But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced His side, and forthwith came there out blood and water” (John 19:34). This wound was inflicted after the death of the Lord Jesus, inflicted by the practiced hand of the Roman soldier to make certain that whatever vestige of life was present would be extinguished, but while it did not cause death in His case it is an assurance to all men that death had actually occurred, and it is also a fulfillment of the Scripture which says, “They shall look upon Me whom they have pierced” (Zechariah 12:10).
And from the wound (so large that Thomas could have thrust his hand into it), “came there out blood and water. And he that saw it bare record and his record is true” (John 19:34,35).
This wonderful sight awakened surprise and deep interest in John and may surely engage our attention also, namely the water that flowed from the pericardium and the blood that flowed from the heart. The pericardium is a closed sac encasing the heart and lubricated by a small amount of fluid (about a teaspoonful) to facilitate the motion of the heart. How could John, it may be asked, distinguish such a small quantity of water?
In answer let me quote a significant statement from a standard work (Mallory and Wright’s Pathological Technique): “The normal amount [of the pericardial fluid] is about a teaspoonful, but it may be increased to 100 c.c. [24 teaspoonfuls] where the death agony is prolonged.” Here then is a confirmation by scientists of the mute testimony borne by “the water” to the intense suffering of our Lord Jesus Christ.
And what shall we say to the fact that, contrary to nature, blood flowed from One who had died? Is it not to show that in death He vanquished death and did not see corruption (Acts 2:27,31)? Thus the last wound, the last indignity offered to the body prepared for Him, proclaims both purification and redemption.
“The very spear that pierced His side,
Drew forth the blood to save.”
May the contemplation of these wounds, whereby His body was broken and His blood was shed, deepen our love for Him who was “wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities,” and cause each of us, like Thomas, to worship and acclaim Him as “MY LORD AND MY GOD” (John 20:28).
—Dr. H.A. Cameron
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Illusions are fun because they challenge our sense of reality. We see them everywhere, from tricks in magic shows to special effects in movies, and can usually tell the difference between what is real and what is not.
But did you know that there are some deceptions which millions of people fall for every day? They are the work of the master illusionist, Satan, who is called “the father of lies” in the Bible (John 8:44). He has been tricking people into disobeying God since the beginning of time, and is an experienced deceiver. Have you fallen for any of Satan’s illusions?
We can get so caught up in this life that we pay no attention to eternal realities. God says that is foolish: “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36).
Should we care about what we do? Is there such a thing as right and wrong? God says we will reap what we sow: “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (Galatians 6:7).
If you start to ponder what comes after this life, Satan may try to convince you that there is nothing to worry about. God says otherwise: “Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28).
Another much-believed lie is that no people will ever have to go to Hell. While it’s true that Hell was created for Satan and his angels, the Bible says that those who fall under Satan’s deceptions will go there as well: “Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41).
Every time we answer one of Satan’s lies, you can be sure that he has another one ready to go. Are we really bad enough to go to Hell? God’s Word says: “All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
Once we admit that we have sinned, the next lie we often fall for is that we have probably done enough good to overcome our faults. However, in God’s eyes “we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses [good works] are as filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6).
Sadly, lots of people fall for this one, too. Yes, it’s true that we have all messed up. But it’s also true that God stands ready to help us: “Him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37).
Why does God want us to come to Him? Because He loves us. He loves you, and He loves me—not because we have earned it, but because He chooses to. God proved His love for us when He sent His only Son, Jesus, into the world because of our sins (Romans 5:8).
When Jesus died on the cross, He made the way for sinners like you and me to be brought back to God. Our sin was like a debt that needed to be paid; Jesus paid it. Our sin was like a sentence that needed to be served; Jesus served it. Our sin was like a burden that needed to be lifted; Jesus lifted it.
Now He is using messages like this to awaken people to their need of Him, to “turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins” (Acts 26:18). Don’t fall for Satan’s illusions any more. Turn to God and put your faith in someone you can trust—Jesus Christ—TODAY!
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In John 9 we meet a poor man, blind from his birth, who gets his eyes anointed by the Lord and is sent to wash at Siloam. He goes, he washes, he sees.
The moment he sees, the neighbors are intrigued. They speak of him as the one who “sat and begged,” for he now sits and begs no longer. “Others said, He is like him.” Such was the change that took place when his eyes were opened, that they could scarcely recognize him as the same person. He, more conscious of this change than any other, says, “I am he.”
But now they must know how all this has come about. It has created a stir among them, and for some cause or other, it has made them all feel uncomfortable. He is questioned, and, in a simple, artless manner, bears witness to what he knows: “A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went, and washed, and I received sight.”
Troubles now multiply. The case is referred to the Pharisees. Questioned by them, he has but one answer: “He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed and do see.” These were the facts. It was the truth. What else could he say?
It is strange that simple truth should cause so much trouble, especially a truth which ought to have made them all rejoice. But cause trouble it did, and so it does, and so it will do to the end. The Pharisees were divided, the Jews believed not, and so they all go to the parents of the man. Unbelief and self-righteousness will leave no stone unturned to prove that the truth is not the truth.
The parents can testify as to their son, and they do so unhesitatingly: “This is our son, and he was born blind.” However, they refuse to commit themselves further than this, “He is of age; ask him.” They deny knowing how and by whom their son had passed from darkness to light. “They feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that [Jesus] was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.”
No doubt they had at the first been more or less partakers of their son’s joy, for such remarkable joy must have carried others along with it, at least in measure. But the root of the matter was not in them, and now that the offense connected with the name of their son’s benefactor comes out on all sides—now that it is a question of losing their place in the synagogue—they cannot stand, they flinch, they are “offended in Him” (Matthew 13:57).
Not so with their son. A seat in the synagogue had not given him eyes, the Pharisees had never sent him to Siloam, and though one of the Jews, he only “sat and begged.” Now he was free, and it was Jesus who had set him free. Was he going to give up to them, though they come with such a pious saying as, “Give God the praise,” to cover a blasphemy? He could not; he is in the light. Jesus has put him there, and he will be true to what he has, even though it puts him in the same place as He whom they have agreed to reject. Come what may, he must testify to what he knows to be true, “Whether He be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.” Again, “Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind.” The beggar has actually turned into a preacher. Oh, the blessedness and the moral grandeur of being true to what we know!
And now for the cost. They revile him; he is a heretic because he has gone from honoring Moses to glorifying Moses’ Lord. They close their ears to his unanswerable words, and finally “they cast him out.” They have done all that they can do.
Reader, do you know what all this means? Have you been brought to the light? I do not mean the light simply as to the question of your salvation, but of any and every matter of truth—the Church, the Holy Ghost, the coming again of the Lord, and any part of God’s revealed will? And have you been true to it? Have you been true to every ray of light which has reached your soul? Then, I venture to say you know what I am speaking about. You know what it is to have left behind father, mother, friends, religious connections, and religious position. You know what it is to be alone in this world. Once in your life you have been solitary indeed. You had not chosen it nor sought it, but there you found yourself. You had found blessing which your soul appreciated, but blessing is no company in itself. It meets the need but it does not satisfy the heart. Mere need must have something; the heart must have somebody.
Jesus finds the blessed man whom faithfulness had brought into this solitude, and He is going to take him out of it. “Dost thou believe on the Son of God?” is the question He puts to him. The man is ready to move forward, as are all who are true to the light they possess, and accordingly he replies, “Who is He, Lord, that I might believe on Him?” Jesus said, “Thou hast both seen Him and it is He that talketh with thee.”
This is enough! The Sun that gave him light has now become the center of the universe newly spread before his vision. What are father, mother, synagogue, and all the rest now? He has found a gain which sinks all his losses into insignificance. He has found Him who, for all eternity, as well as for all time, is enough to satisfy his heart. He falls at His feet; he worships Him. Henceforth to serve Him and care for His interests will be second in importance only to Christ Himself. To get the smile of His approval day by day in his conscience, and by-and-by the assurance of it from His own lips, is sweeter than life. He has found Him from whom every good thing radiates—the Lord Himself. He has not passed from one synagogue into another, perhaps a more godly one, or with more correct doctrine; he has not “changed his views,” nor found “a better religion”; no, he has lost all he had, and he has found all he wants, and ever will want—the Son of God, Christ HIMSELF!
Suppose there was no other person with Christ when he met Him? What would it matter? Is not Christ all by Himself enough? Is there need of a great company with Him? No, my soul delights to repeat it, He, and He only, is enough for such a one.
Suppose he had found ten thousand already gathered to the Son of God when he met Him. He would have been at once with them, but gathered to Christ Himself, not to these ten thousand. Suppose ten thousand more were gathered after him. It would make him happy indeed for their sakes, and for the honor of Him whom he loves, but tens of thousands cannot add to the delight of his soul in Christ’s company. Suppose troubles arise in the company. Suppose many be offended and leave. What would it matter? To whom can he go? There is no other.
Depend upon it, dear reader, you cannot stand in the hour of the storm unless you have been “alone with Jesus,” unless it is HIMSELF who fills your eye and your heart. If it is to the company which is about Him that you have come, instead of Himself, you have something more to learn, something more to lose. You have yet found no center for your heart, and you are yet but a wandering star. And be sure of this, that Satan will leave none untested who connect themselves with the name of Christ.
But if such be the portion of him who has found in Christ his “all” already here, what will it be, oh, what will it be up there where nothing more to mar the glory of His face, we shall see how worthy He is for whom we have lost all through faithfulness to Him!
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Most people seem to think that the world is becoming, or will inevitably become, a better place in which to live. It is felt that through education, diplomacy, and scientific advances, most people will live longer, better, and more peaceful lives than any who have lived before. Is this really what’s next?
Not according to Jesus! Not long before He left this world about two thousand years ago He said, “As the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matthew 24:37). There are two very important things in this statement. First, Jesus reiterates His promise to return to the world (more about this later). Second, when He comes, the condition of the world will be the same as it was in the days of Noah. What is said about the world then? We are told, “The earth was corrupt” and “filled with violence” (Genesis 6:11). The headlines on the evening news and in the world’s newspapers every day show that in spite of our “advanced civilization” and modern technology, these two evils—corruption and violence—are filling the world today.
Places where it was once safe to walk at night are now the scenes of crime during the day, and many things that God has always called corruption and sin are now accepted as “personal choices” and “lifestyles.” Note the words of Jesus again: “As the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be.” By looking around at events and conditions in the world today, we believe that “the coming of the Lord draweth nigh” (James 5:8).
His coming will occur in two stages, fulfilling two very different promises. First, the Lord Jesus Christ will come to the air with a shout, raise the bodies of Christians who have died, change the bodies of the living believers, and rapture them all to heaven, “that where I am there ye may be also” (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; John 14:3). Then, later, all who have rejected Christ will be judged “when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” … “because He hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness” (2 Thessalonians 1:7,8; Acts 17:31).
What’s next in God’s schedule of events for you? Will you be among those who “know not God,” and perish in your sins, or will you be among the blood-bought people of God, and be caught up in a moment of time to be forever with Christ?
Knowing God is not believing that He exists; it is not saying prayers or going to church or doing good works. Knowing God is entering into a personal relationship with Him through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ, who said “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). Jesus Christ has provided the only way by which hell-deserving sinners like us can have our sins washed away when He “bare our sins in His own body on the tree” and “rose again the third day” (1 Peter 2:24; 1 Corinthians 15:4).
In order to be ready for what’s next—the coming of Christ—you must realize that you need salvation, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). You must realize that without Jesus Christ, there is no salvation, “For there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). You must realize that you cannot earn salvation, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8,9). You must simply trust what Jesus has done for you, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31).
Turn in faith to Jesus today and He will take away your burden of sin—no matter how great it is. Only then will you know the One who holds the future in His hands, and be ready for what’s next.
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Jesus said: “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Mark 2:17)
You may be surprised to learn that the Bible contains much bad news for people who would consider themselves to be good. The following verses are examples of this:
We are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags. Isaiah 64:6
There is none righteous, no, not one: there is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. Romans 3:10,11
All things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do. Hebrews 4:13
God requireth that which is past. Ecclesiastes 3:15
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us. Titus 3:5
Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His [God’s] sight. Romans 3:20
God … now commandeth all men every where to repent. Acts 17:30
Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Luke 13:3
“Christ died for the ungodly” (Romans 5:6)
You may be equally surprised to know that there are other Scriptures which show that there is much good news for bad people. Here are a few:
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. 1 Timothy 1:15
God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
For the Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. Luke 19:10
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved. Acts 16:31
Whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1
Perhaps you are one of those people who is trying to be good enough to merit heaven when you die. You may be seeking to “do the best you can” or “live by the golden rule.” These things are all well in their place, but we must tell you plainly that the Bible has nothing but bad news for you. Heaven cannot be gained that way. “All have sinned” (Romans 3:23) and are under condemnation and must have Someone to save and justify them. Sinners are unable to save or even help to save themselves.
But if on the other hand you know that you are guilty before God and lost and without a doubt—going to hell—then the Bible surely holds good news for you. Christ Jesus died for you on Calvary’s cross and rose again that you might be saved, and He offers a pardon for all your sins. If you will, just as you are, look by faith to Him, you can know the forgiveness of your sins and have the assurance of eternal life.
Jesus said, “Him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.” (John 6:37)
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