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#192 – The Kind of Memory that Helps

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THE KIND OF MEMORY THAT HELPS

Psa. 78:42 “They remembered not his hand, nor the day when he delivered them from the enemy.”

Psalm 78 is a psalm when sung that will remind the people of God of the history of God’s redemption of them from Egypt and His deliverance of them from their enemies. It set before them how He supplied their every need and how they turned back and limited Him by their unbelief. Then in our text, we learn that they never allowed the history of God’s dealings with them to help them avoid the same mistakes in the present. Israel gives us the inspired history of God’s dealings. If it is not to profit them, why write it? If it will not save them from repeating things that got them into trouble, it is of no practical value. God inspired this Psalm to be repeated over and over again to be a constant reminder to Israel of His mercy and grace.

The Psalmist says, “They remembered not his hand, nor the day when he delivered from the enemy.” The Psalmist carefully uses the word “They” so as to write this from God’s point of view. And he is taking sides with God against the sin of forgetting. He is saying “I have not forgotten but they have.” I think all of us experience the thought that is presented. We can look at an unfaithful and unbelieving church and say, “They remembered not his hand . . .” We can think of it in this way. Maybe we have not forgotten. Maybe we can take sides with God and against the unbelieving believers and say they are wrong and need to repent. That is what this psalm is saying. And the Psalmist is not accused by the Lord as judging. There are so many who, when confronted by the truth, say to the one who brings the truth of their sin before them, “You are judging.” Well God is the Author of the truth of this psalm. The Psalmist is not judging. And it is as true today as it was then. Let’s don’t blame the messenger if the message is right.

Israel had forgotten and the Psalmist writes, “They remembered not his hand . . .” We have a tendency to forget what God has done for us. It seems to be in our very nature. It was in Israel’s case. If we are trained on a new and complex job, one of the ways we learn to be good at it, is to learn as we go then remember later what we did. We continue to add by experience to the present operation. The more time spent, the more lessons learned, the better we become. But what if, in the process, we were not profited by our past mistakes, and we continued to make them over and over again. Our boss would come to us and say, “You have made that mistake several times. When are you going to learn?” That is one of the reasons when you get a job there is usually a probation period before you are considered a permanent employee. According to that principle, God would have fired Israel!

We have baptism and the Lord’s Supper in the church as ordinances to remind us over and over again of our redemption. We have the Bible that records’ heresies that invaded the early churches and how they dealt with them, all a reminder to keep us from making the same mistakes. The words, “For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world . . .” (2 Tim. 4:10), remind us that God is not pleased with us when we allow the world to divert our attention away from our duties as Christians. We have the perversion of the Lord’s Supper and how Paul by inspiration dealt with that problem in First Corinthians chapter 11. It is there as an inspired historical record. That should help us in the present. This is what the Bible is for us as Christians. Thank the Lord that He has given us His word so that we will not fall into the errors of the past. But in spite of this the historical record has not helped in many cases. I have to admit, it is not always THEY, it is sometimes WE. I have to include myself. My memory is so short. It is easy to forget how God dealt with me on certain things in the past and make those very same mistakes again. Thank God for His grace. He did not cast Israel off when they repeated past sins, “For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again” (Psa. 78:39).

The Psalmist says, “They remembered not his hand . . .” The HAND of God is used to represent His power. The Psalmist reminds them of the miracles wrought in connection with their deliverance. Deuteronomy 6:21 says, “Then thou shalt say unto thy son, We were Pharaoh’s bondmen in Egypt; and the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand.” When Israel got into trouble in the future, they could always remember that God has a mighty HAND. Any time Mary Magdalene is tempted by Satan in the future, she will remember that the demons have no power against the HAND of the Lord (Mark 16:9). Any time Lazarus is tempted not to believe in the power of the resurrection, he will be reminded of the mighty HAND of the Lord that brought him back from the city of the dead in resurrection power.

How many times has God’s HAND been manifest in our lives? Can you remember the time God touched you when you were sick? Do you remember that close call you had with death, a near miss in the traffic, and you saw the HAND of God deliver you from an accident that didn’t happen, because His HAND held back Satan’s intended termination of your life? I have personally seen God’s HAND in my life over and over again. And I must admit, it is easy for unbelief to enter and neutralize the effects of that good HAND of God upon my memory. What problems do you have now that He is not equal to? Has His HAND become slack or negligent? Does He no longer care? Is He no longer available as He has been in the past?

Next the Psalmist says, “ . . . nor the day when he delivered them from the enemy.” They had forgotten about the DAY. I can just hear those Jews talking. One said, “This is awesome. I will never forget this DAY as long as I live.” But before long they came to the border of Canaan and sent twelve spies in to look over the land before entrance. Ten of the twelve came back telling of the giants in the land. Suddenly fear and unbelief gripped their hearts. They forgot to remember the DAY of their redemption when God delivered them from Pharoah and his army without their involvement other than faith. There is a DAY we need to remember. It is the DAY we become God’s child by faith in Jesus Christ. On that day, God delivered us from the impossible bondage of sin and its penalty. On that day, without our involvement, we simply trusted Christ as our personal Savior and we were translated out of the kingdom of darkness and into the kingdom of His dear Son” (Col. 1:13). I have had people ask me, “Do you have to remember the day?” I have answered, “No.” I do this simply because it is not by “memory” that we are saved. And it is not by “memory” that we stay saved. If this were true, a person who has amnesia would not be saved. A bump on the head would be all Satan would have to do to get us back! But listen carefully. There has to be a DAY. We do not get into the family of God gradually. It is an event and takes place in time and space. No one was ever born into the world a Christian. We were born sinners and we have to be born again to be saved. There is a DAY of our salvation. And it is good to remember that DAY because resurrection power took place on our lives on that day (Eph. 2:1). We need to remember that on that DAY we were delivered from the enemy. Just like Israel, we have an enemy and he is real. Thank the Lord the deliverance is put in the past tense. Colossians 1:13 says, “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness . . .” The word “delivered” translates “rhoumai” and means “to draw to one’s self, to rescue, to deliver.” It is an aorist tense passive voice. The aorist tense is a point of time divorced from time and perpetuated forever. The passive voice means the one’s delivered did not deliver themselves, it happened to them. God is the DELIVERER. We need to remember this. It will help us when we are in the midst of trial and personal failure that Jesus is the Author and Finisher of our faith.

May the Lord bless these words to our hearts.

In Christ

Bro. White

#191 – The Penalty of Not Going to the Battle

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THE PENALTY OF NOT GOING TO THE BATTLE

Judges 5:23 “Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the LORD, curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they came not to the help of the LORD, to the help of the LORD against the mighty.”

“Meroz is a plain in the north of Palestine, the inhabitants of which were severely condemned because they came not to help Barak against Sisera Judges 5:23 comp. It has been identified with Marassus, on a knoll to the north of Wady Jalud, but nothing certainly is known of it. Like Chorazin, it is only mentioned in Scripture in connection with the curse pronounced upon it.” —Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary

There is a great lesson that is brought out in this incident. I has to do with the sin of omission. They refused to go to the battle and received a curse from the Lord because of it. Note the following points that is illustrated by this incident.

IT IS FOOLISH TO EXPECT A CROP WHEN YOU DON’T SOW THE SEED

Galatians 6:7 8, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.  For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”

It is foolish to think you can plant corn and expect wheat to come up. It just doesn’t happen that way.

But what about the man who does not sow at all and expects a crop to come up. That won’t happen either.

The fact is that men go to hell because of the sin of omission not the sin of commission. John 3:18, “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

1.    “He that believeth on him is not condemned” is the truth proclaimed. It is assurance given. The word “condemned” translates “ krino” and means “to separate, put asunder.” This is a verb and is present passive indicative. It means that the believer is free from condemnation now. The passive voice is where the subject is acted upon and means here that the Judge of the universe has removed condemnation from them at the present time. One does not have to wait until the judgment to discover that he is not condemned.

2.    “He that believeth not is condemned already” means that for the unsaved judgment has already been passed. All the unsaved have to do, is to die, to realize how true this is. The Rich Man in Luke 16:19-31 realized the terror of hell and ask Father Abraham to send Lazarus to tell his five brothers not to come to this place of torment. So it is the sin of omission that damns the soul to hell. To neglect one’s salvation and refuse Christ offer of salvation equals eternal hell forever.

3.    “Because hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” puts the sin of omission in concrete. It is that sin that shuts the door to heaven for the unsaved. No matter how big the sin, God in His grace through Christ Jesus can forgive and restore the unbeliever from a child of the Devil to a child of God.

EXPECTING A REWARD WHEN YOU DON’T GO TO THE BATTLE

This was the sin of Meroz. “Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the LORD, curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they came not to the help of the LORD, to the help of the LORD against the mighty.”

The angel of the LORD came and delivered the curse personally. Why was this such a sin? Note carefully the words of this text. “Curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof, because they came not to the help of the LORD, to the help of the LORD against the mighty.” The angel of the LORD did not say, “Curse ye Meroz because they came not to help their brethren. The battle was the LORDS. The LORD did not curse them for what they did but what they didn’t do.

This principle still exists today. 1 Corinthians 3:9, “For we are laborers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.”

There is no higher privilege than to labor together with God. We are in this together. He has chosen to use us in gathering together a bride. Hallelujah!!!

EXPECTING A REWARD WHEN YOU REFUSED TO DO THINGS GOD’S WAY

God’s way of winning souls is clearly set forth in the Scripture.  James 4:17, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”

1 Corinthians 3:14 15, “If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.  If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.” Our work will be tried. The works done in the flesh will receive no reward. The works done in obedience from the heart will receive a reward.

May the Lord bless these words to our hearts.
In Christ

Bro. White

#190 – The Believers Whetstone

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THE BELIEVER’S WHETSTONE

Psalms 119:25 “My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word.”

The psalmist has lost his intimate walk with the Lord and finds himself groveling in the dust of despair.  Has this ever happened to you?  Uncle Buddy Robinson was saved in what we would call a camp meeting.  He experienced the waves of God’s love for weeks. His testimony is that he went to bed one night and slept off his religion.  He went to bed rejoicing in the Lord, he awoke the next morning and what he called “his religion” was gone.  Well, uncle Buddy would not settle until he regained his happy walk with the Lord.  He got it back but it was a struggle.  The words, “My soul cleaveth unto the dust,” is a good description of a believer who has lost touch with the Lord.

John Gill’s comment on this is: “My soul cleaveth unto the dust, &c.] Either to the dust of death, having the sentence of it; being almost in despair of life, upon the brink of the grave seemingly, and free among the dead: or in a very low estate of mind, in great dejection and humiliation, rolling himself in the dust, and putting his mouth in it; if there might be any hope of deliverance; but despairing of it, unless the Lord appeared; or finding a proneness in him to the corruption of nature, the body of sin and death, which was very powerful and prevalent.”

The Psalmist, in this state of mind, and suffering utter despair, makes his request to the Lord, “quicken thou me according to thy word.” The Hebrew word for “quicken” means, “to be restored to life or health.” This verb is in the piel stem.  The piel stem usually expresses an “intensive” or “intentional” action.  He is asking God to exercise intensive action.  It would be like saying, “Lord, pull me back out of the grave.  I am at the point of no return and You are the only one that has the power to quicken me.”

F.  E.  Marsh says, “In calling attention to the fact, that the Word of God is a whetstone, to sharpen us in the many-sidedness of our Christian life, I want to call attention to the frequency with which the Psalmist pleads the prayer, ‘Quicken me,’ in the 119th Psalm. The Hebrew word translated ‘quicken,’ occurs no less than sixteen times.  Nine times the term is rendered ‘quicken’ and ‘quickened,’ and five times ‘live.’ The same word is translated ‘revive’ in Nehemiah 4:2; Psalm 138:7; Habakkuk 3:2.  The word occurs in three relations in Psalm 119.

1.    There is the Psalmist’s testimony as to what the Lord has done in the past (Psa. 119:50, 93.

2.    The Psalmist’s prayer for present revival (Psalm 119:17, 25, 37, 40, 77, 88, 107, 116, 149, 154, 156, 159, 175).

3.    The Psalmist’s confidence as to what the Lord will do in Psalms 119:144, “The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live.”  (The word live is the same word as revival or quicken).

Let’s see how the Word of God is as a whetstone to sharpen us.

1.    The Word of God is a whetstone to sharpen us in prayer (John 15:7).

2.    The Word of God is a whetstone to sharpen us, in separating from us things contrary to the mind of God.  There is one incident, recorded in the Acts of the Apostles, which illustrates in a remarkable manner the separating influence of the Word of God—when it is believed—upon the life.  The Apostle Paul met with great success, in his preaching at Ephesus, and one results of his mission was, that many who had cunning arts, burnt all their books; and the cause of this is put down to the working of God’s Word, for in speaking of the burning of the books, it says, “So mightily grew the Word of God and prevailed (Acts 19:20).

3.    The Word of God is the whetstone to sharpen us in our spiritual life.  When the Apostle Paul was leaving the Church in Ephesus, among other things he said, “I commend you to God, and the word of His grace, which is able to build you up” (Acts 20:32).

•         The attitude in our spiritual life, is to be looking up.  As the Psalmist says, “In the morning I will direct my prayer unto Thee, and will look up.”
•         The strength of our spiritual life is to gird up the loins of our mind with the truth of God. 1 Peter 1:13, “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;”
•         The exercise of our spiritual life is to stir up the fire of grace, which the Lord has kindled in our hearts, as Paul says in writing to his son Timothy in 2 Timothy 1:6, “Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.”
•         The place of our spiritual life, is the presence of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 6:17 18, “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,  And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”
•         The responsibility of our spiritual life is to take up our cross daily, even as Christ took up the cross for us.  Cross bearing always precedes crown-wearing

The believer’s whetstone is the Word of God.  There is a razor sharpness in and through the life of the believer who has made God’s Word his whetstone.

May the Lord bless these words to our hearts.

In Christ

Bro White

#189 – Found in Him

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FOUND IN HIM

Philippians 3:9 “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:”

The words “And be found in him,” translate “heurisko” and means, “to find by enquiry, thought, examination, scrutiny, observation, to find out by practice and experience.” It is an aorist tense, passive voice, and subjunctive mood. The aorist tense is a point of time divorced from time and perpetuated forever. The passive voice means that Paul was discovered by those who found him. He was the object of the search and was discovered, “in Him.” The subjunctive mood speaks of the potential. Have a look if you want, Paul will be found by you in Him. Being found in Him is being saved, safe, and absolutely secure. But let’s look at this being found in some different ways.

BEING FOUND BY HIM A SINNER

Matthew +13:44, “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.”

“Note, in introduction, that this fifth parable was not spoken from the ship to the multitude upon the shore, but within ‘the house;’ and the character of it seems in some relative degree to alter. It is no longer a parable, illustrating the kingdom of heaven in respect of the manner of its operation, but emphasizing the value of itself, and the sense of its value as entertained and proved by some; and it is no longer a parable revealing the wide hold it shall establish over the mass of mankind, but the mighty hold it shall gain upon the individuals of whom the mass is composed. The parable exhibits these facts respecting the kingdom, and that which is of the very essence of it — the treasure of the gospel, the truth of Christ.” — Pulpit Commentary.

It is the kingdom of heaven that is like unto treasure hid in a field. Which does he speak of here? The kingdom as a whole, or, the kingdom made up of individuals, this being a individual found by the Lord, and buying the field to get the one. If this is true, the worth He placed on me when He found me, is absolutely awesome. As I view myself, I am not a treasure worth the trouble to buy me. But looking at it from the divine viewpoint, Jesus puts a high value on me and buys the field to get me.

There is a lot said today about self esteem. It would seem by those who deal with this subject that it is all important that one has a good self esteem. They do not have a Bible in hand when they begin to write or speak on this subject. It is not self esteem that we need. That lends itself to pride which is a major sin. It is self worth based on the price that the Lord Jesus placed on us by dying to redeem us from eternal ruin. To think He found us in the wide field, and when He did, He went and bought the field to get what He calls the treasure. It should thrill us to no end that He considers us a treasure worth buying the whole world (not all mankind) to get that treasure. I put “not mankind” because all mankind is not willing to be found by Him. Though He died for all men, He did not take all sinners, and make them into what He considers, a treasure worth redeeming. Whosoever will may come.

We are found by Him a sinner worth redeeming. The thing that improves our worth is the value He places on us and the price He paid to purchase the field.

FOUND IN HIM A SAINT

Our text says, “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:”

First, let us notice where we are found. “And be found in him . . .” Just like we were all in Adam, all the saved are “in Christ.”

Let’s look at where we are in Adam as we are born naturally in this world. Many think because they are born naturally in this world that God has nothing to do with their birth. John 1:4 9, “In him was life; and the life was the light of men.  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.  There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.  The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.  He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.  That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” These verses teach that God was in the process of procreation and the spark of life is given by Him to every man that enters into the world.

The horrible effects of being in Adam are stated in Romans 5:12, “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”

It just took one man to get the whole human race into trouble. The words, “and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” Death is the result of sin. We are sinners by birth and sinners by choice. To show that this is not just an isolated place and that the interpretation might be strained I give you the following: Romans 3:10 12 says, “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:  There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.  They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”

This teaches that man who is born a sinner does not come here seeking God. He comes a rebel to frustrate mom and dad. They have the task of training a little sinner to control himself in such a way as not to get in trouble with others as he grows up. The training they give him is no where near a standard that would be accepted by God Whose standard is perfection.

Any honest parent will tell you that their little angel acts sometimes like he came from the under world rather that being a product of a loving marriage.

Yet this little rebel is loved by the Lord in spite of his sins. If he will allow it, God with find him and consider him a treasure worth buying the whole field to get. If we are saved, it will have to be on God’s terms. God’s terms are stated in John 3:16 18, “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.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

How are we found in Him? 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” How does this take place? 1 Corinthians 12:13, “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.”

Ephesians 1:13 14, “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,  Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.” This is the only definitive Scripture in the Bible that defines the process by which man is put into Christ and Christ into him. He creates the seals with an eternal seal anyone who puts their trust in Him.

Lest anyone have a problem with the baptism of the Spirit being at salvation, let me remind you of John 1:31 33, “And I ( John the Baptist ) knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.  And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.  And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.” — Parenthesis mine for clarity.

Matthew takes this a step further: Matthew 3:11, “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:” The baptism of the Holy Ghost is salvation and the baptism with fire is the lake of fire. Jesus will either baptize you with the Holy Ghost ( salvation ) or with fire ( eternal hell ).

Some people are inflamed when it is suggested that one either trust the Lord as Saviour or go to hell. Let me tell you something. You can say no to Jesus but you have no choice about the consequences. The consequences are fixed by the immutability of God.  That is as fixed as gravity. You can jump off a building and go down shouting gravity doesn’t exist for me. But you will hit the ground at the same rate of speed. It is too late to change your mind.  This is what John the Baptist said. It is either be baptized with  the Holy Ghost or with fire.

FOUND OF HIM A SERVANT

2 Peter 3:14 15, “Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.  And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;”

Matthew 20:27 says, “And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant.”
First of all, this text pictures one who wants to be chief among you.” The word “chief” means, “first in time or place.” In other words Jesus began with a common problem. There are always those who want to be first or hold what they consider a place of privilege. They want to be the head. Jesus tells the disciples what to do with this one. Jesus says, “Let him be your servant.” Now when you tell him you have a job for him but it is not being a chief, but it is being a servant. Most of the time he will quit. Very few people who want to be chief are willing to be servants.

Note the words, “Be diligent that ye may be found of Him in peace.” I have seen a lot of people that wouldn’t serve unless it was in a predominant position. I have had men who were deacons in other churches, when they joined the church I was pastor, wanted to move right into the office of deacon. I told them that if I ever needed a deacon, I might consider them. Well, they didn’t like that. Some left and some stayed.

Another thing our text says, “without spot.” It is not easy to pass this test. It is not easy for the pastor to pass this test. But this is the way we are to be found. There is usually at least some little spot that soils the testimony of most Christians. It is amazing how we will hold on to our little spots.

Then finally the text says that we are to be found blameless. The word “blameless” means, “One who cannot be censured.” This is a worthy goal for all of us.

We need to be found by Him a sinner. He can do something about our sins. He loves us and will forgive us and set us free from the bondage of sin. Then we need to be found in Him a saint. And finally we need to be found in Him a servant. The Churches greatest position is to serve, not be served.

May the Lord bless these words to our hearts.

In Christ

Bro. White

#188 – Christ The Head of The Body – The Church

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Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we saw Five Things about the question What About the Faith in the Last Days.

Today on The Morning Mediation:

HE IS THE HEAD OF THE BODY — THE CHURCH

Ephesians 1:22 “And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,”

What does it mean that Jesus is the head of the body. I understand what He is the head of, “The Church.” The church here is called “the body” and just as a human body must have a head, the local church must have a head.

I wonder how many pastors believe this to the point of practice. I also wonder how many church committees practice seeking the Head of the church about the outcome of the responsibilities they have assigned to them.

I ask another question. Is Jesus the functional head of the church of our membership? I can hear someone say, “I’ll let Him do it if He wants to.” I am going so far as to say, if He is not the head, then everything we do is wood, hay, and stubble. One of our greatest needs is to seek His will in prayer and Bible study and not make a move until the Head has spoken. Let’s notice some things about His headship—

HIS HEADSHIP IS BY APPOINTMENT

Colossians 1:18, “And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.”

Jesus has been appointed by the Father as the Head of the church. Jesus is a functional Head. Acts 3:1 6, “Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.  And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;  Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.  And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.  And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.  Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.”

What the early church did, in the use of the Name of Christ to heal, was done in communion with the Head. No one else is the head of the church including the pope of the Catholic Church. Next let’s see—

HIS HEADSHIP BY AGREEMENT

Colossians 2:9, “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” There is total agreement between Father, Son, and Holy Spirit that Jesus be the Head of the church. Next we see—

HIS HEADSHIP BY ARRANGEMENT

Ephesians 5:23, “For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the Saviour of the body.”

The Head is arraigned in the body by the Father. The church with a human head is completely dysfunctional. It could not do anything that is right by accident. Next we see—

HIS HEADSHIP BY ASSIGNMENT

Ephesians 1:21 23, “Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:  And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,  Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.”

The plan of salvation was worked out in eternity past. Jesus prays in John 17:5, “And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.” Jesus is the eternal Son of God. God had no beginning and will have no end. In that eternal state the Father assigned the Son the task of redeeming mankind. He did what He was assigned to do. Next—

HIS HEADSHIP BY ATTAINMENT

Hebrews 12:2, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

He endured the cross for us. He stood in our shoes and took on Himself what rightly was ours, and stepped up to the cross to die in our place. He died for me, I died with Him. His death is my death and His life is my life. This is by the grace of God. No Christian deserves to be saved. We are sinners before salvation and after salvation. But we have imputed to us His righteousness. So we have His death to take care of the penalty of sin both past, present, and future. And we have His righteousness imputed to us and this is the ground of our acceptance.

May the Lord bless us with the proper appreciation of what Jesus did for us. And may we, like one of the ten lepers return to give Him glory.

May the Lord bless these words to our hearts.

In Christ

Bro. White

Tomorrow on The Morning Mediation we are going to meditate on Philippians 3:9 and focus on the phrase Found in Him.

#187 – What About the Faith in the Last Days?

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Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at Waiting Christians.  The things that we are waiting for are too wonderful to fully describe.

Today on The Morning Mediation:

WHAT ABOUT THE FAITH IN THE LAST DAYS?

Genesis 49:1 “And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days.”

Jacob was a prophet. He gathered his sons together and told them what was going to happen in the last days. Why inform one of the inevitable? Can we be given information which will enable us to keep it from happening? I believe, first of all, that prophecy lets us know that God has a plan and knows what is going to happen. He is not surprised at what is happening, He predicted it! Second, I believe that the knowledge of what is going on can allow those who want to know and serve the Lord, avoid being responsibly involved in it. Acts  +2:40 says, “And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.”

Jeremiah prophesied that Babylon would win against Israel in war, take them captives into Babylon, and in substance told the people how to respond to the defeat. He told them it would happen, and they could not keep it from happening, and how they would fare the best by going along and accepting it as the will of God.

God has definitely given us prophecies of the last days. Let’s notice just a few things that are happening in our day as a fulfillment of prophecy.

First, there are an increasing number of false teachers who are a fulfillment of prophecy. 2 Pet. 2:1 says, “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.” Peter continues in chapter 3 and verse 3, and I believe, speaking of the same class of false prophets, “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts” (2 Pet. 3:3). These false teachers “deny” the Lord. The word “deny” translates “arneoma” which means, “to deny or refuse.” It is not necessarily the denial of His existence but His right to control and exercise His Lordship. There are those who change the meaning of Scripture in order to avoid obedience. The way Christ exercises His Lordship over us is through the authority of His Word. To read a verse as a text, and then preach a sermon that does not explain the verse, is a practiced way of preaching one’s opinion that has no basis in Scripture at all, and sad to say, is a common practice of our day. There are a lot of “damnable heresies” and some go so far as to “deny” the Lord that bought them.

Second, there is a departure from the faith that is prophesied in God’s Word. Paul said, “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron” (1 Tim 4:1-2). The words “latter times” definitely identifies this as a prophecy of the last days. The word “times” translates “kairos” which means “a fixed and definite time, the time when things are brought to crisis, the decisive epoch waited for.” That fixed time is the last days of the church. Paul is teaching Timothy (and all other preachers) how to behave themselves in the house of God: chapter 3 and verse 15 says, “But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” A local church can have the right doctrine and practice when what is described here is going on. Paul tells Timothy that what I am saying is the Holy Spirit’s message, i.e., The “Spirit speaketh expressly.” Then he says “Some shall depart from the faith.” Thank the Lord for words like “some.” That gives those who really follow the Lord at the time of the apostasy a way out. We know from statements like this that “all” are not going to “depart from the faith.” The words “shall depart” means “to fall away, to become faithless.” It is a future tense which means that it had not happened at the time Paul was writing Timothy. It is a prophecy of the latter times. Since Paul taught the imminent return of Christ, this is presented to Timothy as a possibility in his day, and issues a warning that will protect him from involvement. This is one of the great reasons for prophecy. It enables us to know the times. Daniel knew the time of Israel’s bondage in Babylon because of his study of prophecy: “In the first year of his reign I Daniel UNDERSTOOD BY BOOKS the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem” (Dan. 9:2). (Caps mine).

Third, the prophesy of people “without natural affection.” This is found in Second Timothy chapter 3 and verse 3: “Without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good . . .” There are several things mentioned here but let’s just look at the words “without natural affection.” This whole phrase translates “astorgos”, one word, and means, “without natural love or being inhuman.” The root word is “stergo” which means “to cherish affectionately.” Then this word has an “a” on the front of the word that makes it mean the very opposite. It is like our word “righteousness” when it adds the “un” on the front of it and reverses the meaning. When you see a mother who deposits her new born baby in a garbage can, or places him on the doorsteps of someone, or murders her children because they are interfering with her life, she is definitely a fulfillment of this prophecy. Have you heard about things like this happening in our day? It is happening every day. What do we do about it? Win the unsaved and disciple them in the Word of God. We will not change society. But we have the glorious privilege of preaching “good news for bad people” which is what we do when we preach the gospel. It is not “good advice” as Roy Hession used to say, but, it is good news.  There is forgiveness for the one without natural affection.

Fourth, there is the prophecy of the infiltration of the unsaved into the Church. I will not have room in this meditation to quote the parable of the tares. But I urge you to read it again. It is given by the Lord in Matthew 13:24-30 and then interpreted by Him in Matthew 13:36-43. The tares (unsaved children of Satan) are sown by one called “the enemy” while “men slept.” The men who slept are those who are children of the Kingdom who should have been watching over the fields. Since they didn’t, “the enemy” took advantage of the situation and planted his “tares among the wheat.” Many preachers are trying to lead a congregation where some of, if not many of them, are unsaved. Can you imagine the difficulty of a man of God trying to get his people to be spiritual and walk by faith when they have no Spiritual discernment (1 Cor. 2:14)? An unsaved church member would come as near understanding a Scriptural message as you would a foreign language that you had never had one lesson in. One of the prophesies the Lord made concerning the last days is that Satan would sow tares in the field with the wheat. They will be growing together.

Fifth, Jesus will be seeking entrance into the Church not the Church seeking Him to enter. This is clearly brought out in Revelation 3:20: “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Professing Christians today don’t like the way Jesus Heads up the Church. So they take over and in their committees they do it the way they want to. When this happens, out Jesus goes. He will occupy no other position in the Church. He is either the Head or He is out! But there is hope for the person who is in that kind of a Church. He said, “If any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” That’s DOUBLE SUPPING! Amen, and that is grace.

May the Lord bless these world to our hearts.

In Christ

Bro. White

Tomorrow on The Morning Mediation we are going to look at Christ as The Head of the Body – The Church!

#186 – The Waiting Christian

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Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at the important topic of Accuracy in the Use of Scripture.  We need to make sure we are using the Word of God how He intended us to use it!

Today on The Morning Meditation:

THE WAITING CHRISTIAN

1 Thessalonians 1:10 “And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.”

The Thessalonian Church had turned to God from idols to serve the living God, and to “wait for His Son from Heaven.” On the Great Day of Atonement the High Priest went within the veil—not without blood and the congregation waited without looking for his reappearing.  Now Christ, our Great High Priest, has gone within the veil with His own blood, and the Church without is waiting and looking for His appearing according to His promise.

I believe the Church has lost its urgency of expecting the Lord’s return. I have to discipline myself on this subject. We as Christians are baptized in worldliness all around. We can’t watch the news without it affecting our attitude. Most of the commercials on TV sell their product by displaying sex in some form or fashion. It would be amusing if it were not so serious to see some of the commercials and the porn they use to sell their products.

Matthew 24:37, “But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” How was it in the days of Noah? Genesis 6:5, “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”

What are we looking for as we wait for His return?

WE ARE WAITING FOR HIS SON FROM HEAVEN

Philippians 3:20, “For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:”

The word “conversation” in this verse translates “politeuma” and means, “the constitution of a commonwealth, form of government and the laws by which it is administered.” It means that Christians operate under a different government and political system than the world.  Next—

WE ARE WAITING FOR THE COMPLETION OF OUR SALVATION

Philippians 3:21, “Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.”

Hebrews 9:28, “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”

The Lord promises that we will live in heaven forever. We have eternal life now but the enjoyment of that life is constantly being disturbed by our failures. We look for Him because that is when we will experience the full blessings of salvation. Next—

WE ARE WAITING FOR THE REDEMPTION OF THE BODY

Romans 7:24, “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?”

Romans 8:22 23, “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.  And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.”

This will take place according to Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:51 52, “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

I am looking forward to the day that my body will be changed into one like His. When we wait on His coming because this is what His coming means to the Christian. Next—

WE ARE WAITING FOR THE NEW HEAVENS AND THE NEW EARTH

2 Peter 3:13, “Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”

We also look with Abraham in Hebrews 11:10, “For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.”

“Even so come quickly Lord Jesus” (Rev. 22:20).

May the Lord bless these words to our hearts.

In Christ

Bro. White

Tomorrow on The Morning Meditation we are going ask ourselves a question and meditate on What About the Faith in the Last Days?

#185 – Accuracy in the Use of Scripture

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Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at God’s Forgiveness.  It is amazing that a Thrice Holy God could forgive a sinner like me.

Today on The Morning Meditation:

ACCURACY IN THE USE OF SCRIPTURE

2 Peter 3:16 “As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.”

One of the most important things in Christian work is, that we should be accurate in relation to the Scriptures, for a careless reader of the Book never makes a close walk with God, nor an efficient worker for Him.  Every businessman knows that attention to details, is one of the essential things in business, to make it a success.

As the title of the chapter suggests, it is most important for the Christian worker to be accurate in his dealings with Scripture, for there are two mistakes into which we are apt to fall, and these are, to misquote the Scriptures in attempting to quote them, and to misrepresent them in the application.

MISTAKES IN QUOTING THE SCRIPTURE

In misquotation, one of the following mistakes is generally made, namely, addition, saying more than is written; and alteration, misrepresenting what is written.  Eve, in the garden of Eden, did all three of these when adding to the Word of the Lord, took from it, and altered it.  Let us briefly note her mistakes.

1.    Subtracting from the Scriptures. Genesis 2:16, “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:” Eve’s answer to the serpent’s tempting question was: “We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden” (Gen.  3:2).  It will be seen that the woman left out of God’s direction the word “freely,” and by doing so, she not only took from His word, but cast a reflection upon God’s character.

2.    Addition to the Word.  God made one exception to the trees, from which our first parents were to eat, and that was, the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  His commandment was: “But of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” (Genesis 2:17).

Eve’s reply to the tempter is as follows: “But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.” The woman added to the words by saying, “Neither shall ye touch it lest ye die” (Gen.  3:3).  The Lord did not say anything about touching  the tree.  His command was, that they were not to eat of the fruit of it.

3.    The consequences of disobedience was stated very clearly and emphatically.  The Lord said, “Thou shalt surely die” (Gen.  2:17).  Thus minimizing the sharp and pungent words of God by saying, “Thou shalt not surely die.”

The following stories are told in a book on University life at Cambridge:—A certain candidate, when asked for the substance of Paul’s sermons at Athens, stated, that “he cried out for the space of two hours, “Great is Diana of the Ephesians!” Yet another was asked to give the parable of the Good Samaritan.  He went on very well until he came to where the Samaritan said to the innkeeper, “When I come again I will repay thee.” Then the candidate made the following addition: “This he said, knowing that he should see his face no more.”

May the Lord bless these words to our hearts.

In Christ

Bro.  White

Tomorrow on The Morning Mediation we are going to look at The Waiting Christian!

#184 – Gods Forgiveness

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Yesterday on The Morning Meditation, we looked at the most quoted verse in the Bible…John 3:16!  We looked at the words in this verse and we thought about A Sixfold Aspect of God’s Love.

Today on The Morning Mediation:

GOD’S FORGIVENESS

Luke 7:41-43
“There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.  And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?  Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.”

Forgiveness is one of the most common words in the Bible. It is found in its different forms 98 times. The word forgiveness translates, “aphiemi,” and means, “to send away, it is used of a husband divorcing his wife, to depart from one and leave him to himself so that all mutual claims are abandoned.”

While God hates divorce, it does furnish a good illustration. When one is divorced, a party is put away and the husband or wife ceases to be able to use the bond of marriage formally held. It is no more than a memory. There is no moral obligations that can be used to bring it back up.

When one is forgiven, he is set free from any legal obligations to the sin or sins for which he has been forgiven. This is illustrated in our text above.

THE FREEDOM OF FORGIVENESS

This is brought out in the words, “he frankly forgave the both.” These words translate, “charizomai,” and means, “to show one’s self gracious, kind, benevolent, to grant forgiveness, to pardon.” It means to give freely. This word comes from the root word from which we get the word grace and joy. The word joy and rejoice comes from this word. Our text illustrates the meaning of this word. The creditor frankly forgave them both. The word joy is integrated in this meaning. If you had a creditor to whom you were deeply in debt, and you didn’t know how you could ever pay the debt. If he said, “I am writing this off. You owe me nothing.” Would that make you happy? I think so. Another meaning incarnates itself into the word forgiveness. It is forgiveness by grace. It is not merited. You did nothing to obtain it. You no longer owe the creditor. It was his ability, mercy, and grace that provoked him to do this kind deed. He gets all the glory for this act of mercy. And we get the joy of forgiveness.

This is the way God’s grace comes to us. We owe Him. We are His creation. We breath His air. We walk on His earth. We enjoy the life He breathed into us. We did nothing meritorious to obtain or sustain this life. Forgiveness came from Him to us in such a fashion, and so quickly, we hardly realized it was happening. We discovered we did not have to beg. We realized that we received the gift of forgiveness without any strings attached.

Many Christians struggle with the grace of forgiveness. It is hard for us to believe that God would so freely and completely forgive us of all the wrongs we have done. After we are saved, we keep waiting for God to come and say, “I have forgiven you. You must now keep my commandments to keep what I have given you.” We are almost disappointed that He does not do this. The world we live in is selfish and demanding. We get nothing for nothing. I have people call me on the phone and say, “You have just been selected to get this special gift. You are a winner.” I have learned to say, “I don’t want a gift. Give it to someone else.” Then I hang up. When this world offers you a gift, just remember this. When you take the gift. Look carefully. They have their hand in your pocket where you keep your billfold.

Because this is true, we have problems taking the grace of forgiveness. When we really mess up, as most of us do, we go to the Lord in prayer, then back off and wait for God to strike us down with some bad illness or financial set back. We just have problems with the words, “and he frankly forgave them both.” What a marvelous surprise from a God whose name is Jesus who gives us freely what we could never obtain otherwise.

THE SEEMING UNFAIRNESS OF FORGIVENESS

This truth is brought out in our text. “There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.  And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?  Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, “Thou hast rightly judged.”

Jesus illustrates forgiveness from the standpoint of the creditor. He treats both debtors exactly the same. He wipes away both the debts with the same grace. It takes no more from Him to forgive five hundred pence than it does to forgive fifty pence. He is so rich that the cost to him is as nothing. Ephesians 1:6 7 brings this out: “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.  In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;”

I can imagine the imagination of the debtor who was forgiven fifty pence. He might say, this is not fair. I should have been more deeply in debt to the creditor. I have been cheated because my debt was small. I have been forgiven but a little. This principle is brought out in the parable of the prodigal son. The son that never left home was upset because of his father’s treatment of the son who left home, and returned bankrupt to his father. He no doubt was surprised and filled with gratitude that all was forgiven. The father gave him a new robe, ring, shoes, and made a feast to celebrate his sons return.

This principle is illustrated also in the salvation of Paul and Timothy. Paul says of himself in 1 Timothy 1:12 15, “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;  Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.  And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.  This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” Paul’s words here pulsate with a heart full of gratitude for the forgiveness that he obtained. His testimony is “that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.”

What about Timothy? Paul says in 2 Timothy 1:3 5, “I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day;  Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy;  When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.” This suggests that Timothy was saved at an early age. This is also brought out in 2 Timothy 3:14 15, “But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;  And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”

It took no more of God’s grace to save Paul than it did Timothy.

The next factor in forgiveness is,

THE ONE WHO IS FORGIVEN MOST

“There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.  And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?  Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.”

We have in the context of our text something that is necessary to the understanding of the forgiveness that Jesus illustrates. Luke 7:36 40 sets the stage for the parable of the creditor and the two debtors, “And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to meat.  And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment,  And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.  Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.  And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.”

First of all we can tell a little about what Simon believed from our Lord’s being able to read his mind. Don’t ever forget this. Jesus knows your thoughts. To live the Christ-Life one must live from the heart or thoughts out. To know Him we must know Him as God and as God He is in infinite. He is Omniscient. He knows all things including our thoughts. So Simon learns a lesson. The one with whom he is dealing is God incarnate in human flesh.

Jesus does not let the thought of Simon pass. It must be dealt with. Jesus knew the woman as a sinner, and I believe, as a saved sinner. Her gratitude for sins forgiven was so overwhelming she could not express her gratitude without offering Jesus her most prized possession. We are told in Marks gospel: Mark 14:3. “And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head.”

To Simon this was an extravagant waste. But probably more than the money value of the gift, he was thinking of the sad reputation of this woman. Simon said in his thoughts, “She is a sinner.” People who, just like this, on the other hand, think they are not.

So how does Jesus respond? He gives the parable set before us. One debtor owed a lot. The other owed but little. It is significant that in reality both these debtors are in the very same shape though their debts differ. Both had nothing to pay.

The fact is that if you are the chief of sinners you owe God a debt you cannot pay. If you are a good moral person and do not have many visible sins in your life, you still have a debt you cannot pay. Psalms 49:7 says, “None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him.”

The forgiveness of sins is the joy of every believer. God’s forgiveness is free and totally unmerited. You may think someone has committed a sin much greater than yourself. Hello Simon! Jesus has a message for you. Psalms 49:7, “None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him.”

The degree of our humility, and willingness to give the Lord our best, is the scope through which the perception of our forgiveness is measured.

May the Lord bless these words to our hearts.

In Christ

Bro. White

Tomorrow on The Morning Mediation we are going to look at a very important topic… Accuracy in the Use of Scripture!

#183 – A Sixfold Aspect of Gods Love

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Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at The Written Word of God.  God’s written Word should be held in reverence, read with absolute confidence that it is His Word, and practice it in the life.

Today on The Morning Mediation:

A SIXFOLD ASPECT OF GOD’S LOVE

JOHN 3:16 “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.”

There is one text in the gospel of John which we may examine, as illustrating the textual study of Scriptures, John 3:16.  The central theme of this verse is love, and the words of the verse suggest a sixfold aspect of God’s love.

HIS LOVE IS EXPRESSIVE IN ITS ACTION

The height, depth, length, and breadth of His love are suggested in the words in John 3:16, “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.”

1.    The height of love for “God” is its source.

2.    The depth of love for man’s necessity is suggested in the conjunction “for,”connecting with the words in John 3:14-15: “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:  That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.”

3.    The breadth of love is discovered in the “so,” for who can comprehend its magnitude?

4.    The length of love is made known in the “loved,” for who can measure the longitude of Him, who is Love itself?

GOD’S LOVE IS EXTRAORDINARY IN IT CHOICE

1.    The marvel is that God should love “the world!”

2.    The world whose mind is enmity against God.

3.    Whose course is evil.

4.    Whose sin is self-pleasing.

5.    Whose heart is wicked.

6.    Whose god is the devil.

GOD’S LOVE IS EXPENSIVE IN ITS SACRIFICE.

Who can sound the depths of such a sentence as —“that He gave His only Begotten Son?” Abraham gave tithes to Melchisedec, Elieszer jewels to Rebekah, Joseph gave his brethren a change of raiment, Caleb gave Achsah the upper and nether springs, Boaz gave Ruth six measures of corn, and Jonathan gave up his right to the kingdom to David; but what are these giving compared with God’s gift of Christ?  These stars all pale in the light of this sun.  Think for whom Christ was given, to what He was given, and then estimate the expensiveness of the sacrifice by Gethsemane’s terrible agony, Gabbatha’s shame, Golgotha’s suffering, heaven’s blackness, earth’s convulsions, law’s curse, death’s sting, and sin’s judgment

GOD’S LOVE IS EXTENSIVE IN IT’S OFFER

The word “whosoever” brings this out.  Aren’t you glad that it didn’t say, “whosoever can?”

1.    Love’s eyes look upon the need of all.

2.    Love’s voice invites all to come to Christ.

3.    Love’s heart of compassion beats for all.

4.    Love’s hands are ready to save all.

5.    Love’s feet run to meet all returning prodigals.

6.    Love’s ears listen to all who call upon Him.

7.    Love’s will is to bless all.

GOD’S LOVE IS EXCLUSIVE IN ITS BESTOWMENT

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.”  (Acts 16:31).

1.    Faith is the eye which looks to Christ, and obtains life from the Lord.

2.    Faith is the hand which receives God’s gift, to the enrichment of the believer.

3.    Faith is the ear which heeds Christ’s call, and obeys His voice.

4.    Faith is the foot which runs at Christ’s invitation, and follows in His steps.

5.    Faith is the will’s response to God’s Word of direction.

The giver of faith is the Holy Spirit, the ground of faith is God’s Word, the object of faith is the living Christ, the outcome of faith is holiness of life, the end of faith is salvation, the nature of faith is trust, and the companion of faith is love.  God’s blessings are only promised to faith.

GOD’S LOVE IS ETERNAL IN ITS BLESSING

John 3:16, “….Have everlasting life.” Our walk and communion with God is not limited to a single service in which God meets with His people.  What God does for the believer is eternal.  We do not have to dread death because Jesus has taken care of that.

John 5:24, “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.”

While the Christian’s body has to die or be raptured, the new man in Christ does not die.  Jesus said that we have passed from death unto life.  This is not a figure of speech but literally true.  While the conscious life of the believer breathes its last, the new man in Christ breaths the first pure air of God’s holy nature.  And here is where we discover what eternity is.  We have a life that is not measured by days, and months, and years, but God’s quality of life is ours in the strictest sense.  Someone has called it the ETERNAL NOW.

May the Lord bless our hearts with a baptism of His love.

In Christ

Bro.  White

Tomorrow on The Morning Meditation we are going to look at one of the most amazing things in the Bible…God’s Forgiveness!

#182 – Gods Written Word

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Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at the question, “Is There an Intermediate State After Death?”  I hope you got a good answer to that question from the Word of God.

Today on The Morning Mediation:

GOD’S WRITTEN WORD

Psalm 119:89 “…For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.”

I have often wondered why God in His providence allowed the original autographs to be destroyed, i.e., those original books written in the handwriting of the Scribes who wrote it down for us.  I suppose among many reasons that could be suggested is the tendency toward Bibliolatry.  I do not mean to take anything away for the sacredness of God’s eternal Word.  I do not want to imply that He did not preserve His word by means of the Scribes who copied it so that we can have it in our day in our translation from the Authorized or received text from which came our King James Bible.

Let’s look at some of the things that is characteristic of the Word:

IT IS THE FINAL WORD

In our text it says, “For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.” This is an acknowledgment made by the human author of this Psalm.  What God has said in His Word we are not to think that it will ever change.  It will not.  There is no appeal from the truth of His Word.

Revelation 22:18 says, “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:”

The Words God has given us are as true and applicable for the believer as the day in which they were written.  Woe be unto the man who takes it upon himself to change it.

IT IS THE GUIDING WORD

Psalms 119:105 says, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

John Gill says, “The same Solomon says of the law and commandment, the perceptive part of the word, and the Septuagint and Arabic versions render it “law” here. This shows a man what is his duty, both towards God and man; by it is the knowledge of sin: this informs us of what righteousness that it is that God requires of men; by the light of it a man sees his own deformity and infirmities, the imperfection of his obedience, and that he needs a better righteousness than his own to justify him in the sight of God; it is a rule of walk and conversation; it directs what to do, and how to walk. The Gospel part of the word is a great and glorious light; by which men come to have some knowledge of God in Christ, as a God gracious and merciful; of Christ, his person, offices, and grace; of righteousness, salvation, and eternal life by him; and it teaches men to live soberly, righteously, and godly. The whole Scripture is a light shining in a dark place; a lamp or torch to be carried in the hand of a believer, while he passes through this dark world; and is in the present state of imperfection, in which he sees things but darkly.”

IT PRODUCES OVERCOMERS

Psalms 119:98, “Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me.”

The Psalmist had enemies on every side.  The Word of God had been his constant companion and book of instructions so that he could truly say, “Thou through thy commandments has made me wiser than mine enemies.”

It would be hard to live on the razor’s edge all the time.  But this is what is suggested by this part of the verse.  The psalmist knew he was imperfect but he was a believer.  So he lived out of the BOOK.  God’s commandments had made him wiser then his enemies.  So much so that they had fallen in battle before him

IT BRINGS DELIGHT INTO THE LIFE OF THE BELIEVER

Psalm 119:92 says, “Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction.”

The word “Unless” means, “If not, except.” The Psalmist here gives complete credit for his survival to the God’s law.  There is nothing that promotes Christianity more than to see the joy flow from the lives of believers.  Is the Bible a dull drab book to you?  Or, is it the thing that brings the greatest fulfillment?  This is a real identifying mark of the Spirit filled believer.

God’s written Word should be held in reverence, read with absolute confidence that it is His Word, and practice it in the life.

May the Lord bless these words to our hearts.

In Christ

Bro.  White

Tomorrow on The Morning Mediation, We are going to look at The Sixfold Aspect of God’s Love.

#181 – Is There An Intermediate State After Death?

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Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at Free Salvation.  I am so glad that Jesus paid all of my sin debt for me!  I am not good enough to work my way to heaven!

Today on The Morning Meditation:

IS THERE AN INTERMEDIATE STATE AFTER DEATH?

2 Cor. 5:9 “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”

There are many who teach that there is an intermediate state between the death of a Christian and the resurrection. Therefore, when you die, it will be kind of like going to bed and getting a good nights rest and waking up refreshed and ready to go. When you sleep well, you don’t know what happened to the time anyway. That would be ok if this is what the Bible teaches but it isn’t. Others believe that there is a place one has to go to be purged for sins committed. The Catholic’s call it purgatory. This place they call purgatory is not taught in the Bible. Wherever it came from, it did not come from the Bible. What does the Bible teach? Let’s examine Scripture.

Paul says, “We are confident.” ( tharrheo) is the translation of a word that means “to be of good courage, be of good cheer, to be bold.” It is a present active indicative verb. This means that we are continually confident, are presently cheered and constantly embolden by. The present tense represents action going on continuously at the present time. This was Paul’s attitude toward this truth at the time of the writing. Is there any indication in Scripture that he ever changed his mind? Since this is the Holy Spirit inspired Word, you can be sure that Christians today have the right to the same continuing attitude toward this same truth. Amen! You know it offends a lot of people for you to suggest that we can have absolute confidence in our salvation and destiny. To know you are saved, and know right now, based on the teaching of Scripture, that if you were to die you would immediately be in the presence of the Lord, offends a lot of people. The cross does offend. And our whole reason for our present confidence is that we believe He has obtained a finished salvation that we can possess in the present tense of our lives. As the hymn says, “Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe; sin had left a crimson stain – He washed it white as snow.” We ARE confident. We are CONFIDENT.

The words, “I say, and willing rather” (eudokeo) mean “it seems good to one, is one’s good pleasure, if left to ourselves we would prefer.” Paul tells us in verse 4 that his desire was not to die but to enter that body that the Lord has prepared for His children. This represents Paul’s attitude toward death because he knew where he would go immediately after the death of the body. He tells us that he is “willing” and that “it seems good to me” and “left to myself, I prefer this.”

What did Paul prefer? He says, “to be absent from the body.” The words “to be absent” (ekdemeo) mean “to go abroad, emigrate, depart, to be or live abroad.” This word is literally made up of two words, ek, meaning “out of,” and demos meaning, “The people, the mass of people assembled in a public place.” We are emigrants from the sad mass of people in this world. Our emigration papers have already been filled out and approved to the extent that we have already been made citizens of another world (heaven). Someone hold my mules! Paul says in Philippians 3:20-21:  “For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.” The word “conversation” in verse 20 is politeuma meaning “a state, a commonwealth, the commonwealth of citizens.” Some have translated this “for our citizenship is in heaven.” This is exactly what Paul is saying here.

Paul does not mind being absent from the body. He has just taught in Second Corinthians 5 that we are not our bodies. He teaches in verse one that our earthly house is a “tabernacle” i.e., a temporary dwelling. And he teaches that we, as registered citizens of heaven, have a “building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” The word “house” refers to a permanent building in contrast to the temporary tabernacle.

Paul also teaches this same truth in Philippians chapter 1:21: “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” And he says in verse 23: “For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better.” Paul is saying it is incomparably better. I wonder how many Christians feel this way about the death of a Christian? This is the reason that Christians are not to take the same view toward the death of their loved ones as the unsaved. Paul says, “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope” (1 Thess. 4:13).

Then Paul says, “And to be present with the Lord.” The words “to be present” is endemeo. This is the same root word that is translated “to be absent.” The difference is the preposition that compounds this verb. Here it is “en” which means “in the presence of.” The word demeo means “the mass of people assembled in a public place.” So this means “in the assembled presence of the Lord.”

Notice it is “absent from the body” and “present with the Lord.” It doesn’t give time for a nap or purgatory does it? If the Lord wanted to put me to sleep between the time of my death and resurrection, I would be more than willing. I am not struggling again a willingness to accept the will of God. What we as Christians want is to know what God’s Word says on this subject.

Christians do not die. Jesus said, “And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” (John 11:26). There was a Christian Scientist preacher, or what ever they call them, preaching the funeral of one of his members. He said, “This man is not dead. He just thinks he is dead.” A man sitting by his friend leaned over and said, “I went by that casket and saw him. I would as soon be dead as to be in his condition!”  The fact is that we are not our bodies. Paul said that we could be absent from our bodies.

John says, “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). The words “is passed” is the translation of metabaino and means “to pass over from one place to another.” It is a perfect active indicative mood. The perfect tense represents completed action in the past with the result of the completed action remaining in the present. This means that the believer has already passed from death to life and remains alive. Our BODIES WILL DIE if not prevented by the rapture. We will not die. We have already been raised from the dead.

Is there an intermediate state after death? No. A saved person goes immediately to be with Jesus when his body dies.

God bless each of you.

In Christ

Bro. White

Tomorrow on The Morning Meditation we are going to meditate on the topic of The Written Word of God.

#180 – Free Salvation

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Yesterday on The Morning Meditation, we looked at the Word of God.  Make sure that you do not “wrest the Scriptures” to your own destruction.

Today on The Morning Meditation:

FREE SALVATION

Isaiah 55:1-3 “Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.”

This is a great gold mine of salvation in Isaiah.  I wonder if Isaiah knew the spiritual wealth that was coming from his pen as he wrote these words.

First, of all let’s look at—

THE ARTICLES FOR SALE

1.    The first mentioned is to take the “milk.” Milk, emblematic speaks of the essentials of life.  It is used especially for new born babes. 1 Peter 2:2 says, “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:” Milk is essential for the growth of babes in Christ.

2.    The second mentioned is to take the “wine.” Wine in the Bible is emblematic of that which cheers and inspires.  Paul deals with this also in relation to the filling of the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 5:18, “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;” Some people take this verse and twist it to mean that one can drink in moderation.  This is not what Paul means at all.  All of us know that wine does cheer a person.  Paul is saying that the Holy Spirit will do for our spiritual lives what wine does to the body.  There is nothing spiritual about wine but it does teach a spiritual lesson.

3.    This is for growth and happiness.  The Lord wants His people to be a rejoicing people.  What He had done for us in saving us is priceless.  Next, let’s look at—

THE PRICE TO BE PAID

1.    What the LORD offers here is free.  He says, “Buy without money and without price.” As the song says, “Nothing in my hand I bring; simply to thy cross I cling.”

2.    Any price, in the form of good works, that one offers to God to pay for his salvation is an insult to His marvelous grace.  Grace is the unmerited favor of God.  God bestows salvation on man freely.  He does it all himself. Hebrews 1:3, “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;”

3.    There are those who are working feverishly in churches across this country thinking that what they are doing is going to be enough to satisfy God for their sins.  A man who believes that is self deceived. Romans 4:5, “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” Man will go to heaven by faith in the finished work of Christ or he won’t go at all.

Matthew 7:21 23, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Finally, let’s look at—

THE CUSTOMERS INVITED

1.    This offer is to the thirsty: “Ho, everyone that thirsteth!” All of us know what it is to be thirsty.  Thirst in the Scriptures speaks of desire.  I might say strong desire.  It is a longing, a craving for satisfaction.  One of the things this brings out is that God saves no one against his will.  No one is saved accidentally.  Some soul winners have tried to trick people into calling on the name of the Lord for salvation.  They succeeded in getting some to repeat the words but they didn’t succeed in winning them to Christ.  John quotes Jesus in John 7:37, “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.”

2.    This offer is to the bankrupt: “He that hath no money.” Here is a man who is thirsty, he knows he needs salvation, but he has nothing to offer to obtain this salvation.  The good news is we have been bought with a price and that price was paid at Calvary.

3.    God asks the question through Isaiah: Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread?  Why do you labor for that which satisfieth not?  There is no satisfaction in one’s soul unless he has truly been born again.  Good works will not fill that void.  God’s offer is for free salvation.

May the Lord bless these words to our hearts.

In Christ

Bro.  White

Tomorrow on The Morning Meditation we are going to meditate on the question, Is There an Intermediate State After Death?

#179 – The Word of God

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Yesterday on The Moring Meditation we looked at The Right Kind of Heart.  Do you have the right kind of heart?  If not, fix it!

Today on The Morning Meditation:

THE WORD OF GOD

John 12:48 “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.”

Our most prized possession is the Word of God.  One of our Lord’s Names is the Word. John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” It is no wonder that the Scriptures are under attack by Satan.  Our faith will be no stronger than the Word we put our trust in.  If our Bible is corrupted, then our faith will be frustrated.  Note the following:

AS THE ENGRAFTED WORD IT IS TO BE RECEIVED

James 1:21, “Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.”

The words “lay apart” is an aorist middle participle.  The aorist tense refers to a once-for-all act.  The middle voice is where the subjects participates in the result of the action, i.e., is benefitted by the action.  Gill says, “All manner of filthiness, both of flesh and spirit; all pride, vanity, wrath, malice, and evil speaking, under hearing the word: the allusion seems to be to a boiling pot, which casts up scum and filth, which must be taken off: and such is the spirit of wrathful men; it throws up the filth of haughtiness and pride, of anger, wrath, and wickedness, which must be taken off, and laid aside; or the word will not be heard to any profit, or advantage.”

The “engrafted word” translates “emphutos” and means, “inborn.” This is what Peter is talking about in 2 Peter 1:4, “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” The believer is a partaker of the Divine Nature which indwells him.

Barnes says, “The word here rendered filthiness, occurs nowhere else in the New Testament. It means properly filth; and then is applied to evil conduct considered as disgusting or offensive. Sin may be contemplated as a wrong thing; as a violation of law; as evil in its nature and tendency, and therefore to be avoided; or it may be contemplated as disgusting, offensive, loathsome. To a pure mind, this is one of its most odious characteristics; for, to such a mind, sin in any form is more loathsome than the most offensive object can be to any of the senses.”

James says we are to receive with meekness the engrafted word.  The word meekness translates “prautes,” and means, “mildness of disposition, gentleness of spirit.” James is saying that we need to have a positive mental attitude toward the Word when we hear it and receive it.  Next,

AS THE FAITHFUL WORD IT IS TO BE HELD FAST

Titus 1:9, “Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.”

Here we are told to have a tight grip on the faithful word.  It will be challenged but when the dust settles we still have the word of God and all the attempts to change it are rejected by the true believer.  It is called “the faithful word” because it can always be counted on.  When God says something, you can count on it being true.  It does not change with the times.

The Word of God is to be used to exhort and convince the gainsayers.  It is to be done by sound doctrine.  Next,

AS THE WORD OF LIFE IT IS TO BE HELD FORTH

Philippians 2:16, “Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain.”

This means reaching out to people with the Word.  It is the word of life that transforms and directs their destiny.  The words “that I may rejoice in the day of Christ.” Paul knew that the time of rejoicing was coming.  He knew that there would come a time when he would see the converts in the eternal state.  The day of Christ will prove that Paul had not run in vain.  Next,

AS THE WORD OF TRUTH IT IS TO BE RIGHTLY DIVIDED

2 Timothy 2:1 says, “Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.”

As early as the days of the Apostles Satan had his false Apostles to misinterpret the Scriptures and carry off disciples after them. 2 Peter 3:16, “As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.”

One of the heresies that was prominent in those days was antinomianism.  They took the doctrine of grace and taught that the more you sinned the more grace you would have.  They based it on Scriptures like Romans 5:20, “Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:” Someone has said that there is enough truth mixed with error to make it attractive.

Every Scripture that we use should be used the same way it was originally given.  To do otherwise is to “wrest the Scriptures” to one’s own destruction.

May the Lord bless these words to our hearts.

In Christ

Bro.  White

Tomorrow on the Morning Meditation, we are going to look at the subject of Free Salvation!

#178 – The Right Kind of Heart

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Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we looked at A Crucial Message for the Man of God and we saw that Paul told the man of God what to flee, follow, fight, and lay hold of.

Today on The Morning Meditation:

THE RIGHT KIND OF HEART

Psalms 57:7 “My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.”

John Gill comments about the fixed heart: “Firm and sure heart, trusting in the Lord, believing that he should be saved by him out of his troubles; So, in a spiritual sense, a heart fixed and established, or that is firm and sure, is one that is assured of its salvation by Christ, rooted and grounded in the love of God, firmly built on the foundation, Christ, and has its affections set on him; and is unmoved, from the hope of the Gospel, and the doctrines of it, by whatsoever it meets with in the world. It may be rendered, ‘my heart is prepared’, or ‘ready;’ that is, according to some, to receive good or evil, prosperity or adversity, at the hand of God.”

THE RIGHT KIND OF HEART IS A NEW HEART

David says, “My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed . . . ” The word “fixed” means, “to bring something into being with the consequence that its existence is a certainty.” — Theological Workbook of the Old Testament p. 964.

David might have just as easily said, “LORD, my heart is fixed, not by me, but by you. You have given me a new heart. It has so changed me that I can do nothing but praise you.” This participle is in the passive voice which means that David received this “fixed heart” from a source outside himself. This heart was “God created” and given by grace.

We are born with a heart totally out of sink with God. Jesus said in Matthew 15:18 20, “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.  For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:  These are the things which defile a man:”

Jeremiah said in Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”

The language of Jeremiah is what we would call tough. It is impossible NOT to understand what he is saying. This is the heart of the natural man who can do things that are appalling. If one thinks he is right by what he does, he has been deceived by his own heart. No one is justified in the sight of God by his own good works. But this is what the flesh wants to believe. God has everywhere refuted man’s faith in his own goodness. Psalms 51:5, “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.”

The new birth gives us a new heart. This is the new nature in contrast to the old one that we received by the new birth. I am afraid that people throughout the church have come in without being born again. They are no more saved than the drunkard or harlot, etc. Next,

THE RIGHT KIND OF HEART IS ONE THAT IS FIXED

One has to have a fixed heart to go to heaven. And I cannot repeat this too much. We cannot fix our own depraved hearts. Read this verse again slowly and put your mind in gear while you are doing it. Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” For an unconverted man to disagree with what this verse says is to argue with God. We just cannot win in an argument with God. If we are going to be saved, we must accept God’s diagnosis. When we do that, He will come forth with healing in His wings. Malachi 4:2, “But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings. . .”

David said, “My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.”

Spurgeon said, “One would have thought he would have said, “My heart is fluttered;” but no, he is calm, firm, happy, resolute, established.  When the central axle is secure, the whole wheel is right.  If our great bower anchor holds, the ship cannot drive.”

Again Spurgeon comments: “I am resolved to trust thee, to serve thee, and to praise thee.  Twice does he declare this to the glory of God who thus comforts the souls of his servants.  Reader, it is surely well with thee, if thy once roving heart is now firmly fixed upon God and the proclamation of his glory.

The fixed heart is the right kind of heart. First, the right kind of heart is one that has been given us by the Lord. Even though the Lord created in us a perfect heart, it is possible for that heart to wander from God’s way for us. It may have been polluted by tolerating lustful thoughts. Psalms 44:21 says, “Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart.”

We can determine what we are going to do in our heart. Proverbs 4:23, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” This verse confirms that we have the power to keep our heart. What do you keep your heart from? From evil thoughts. From hatred that makes one bitter. From pride that is sure to make one fall. The word “keep” means, “to guard, watch, watch over.” The wise man is saying, “keep your heart like you would keep a little child from being hurt by someone or some thing.” This is also an imperative verb. It is a command that expresses urgency.

For whom does one keep his heart? The heart is kept for the Lord. There is only one person for whom I keep my heart in this life. It is for my wife. Others may get my attention. Others may occupy an important place in my life. But there is only one person who has my heart. It is the lady I married over 64 years ago. I use this to illustrate the spiritual. I keep my heart from evil because there is only one who occupies that tender and sacred place in my life. It is Jesus who loved me and died for me. The Scriptures say, “Keep thy heart with all diligence for out of it are the issues of life.” Next,

THE RIGHT KIND OF A HEART IS ONE THAT IS BLAMELESS

1 Thessalonians 3:13 says, “To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.”

The word “stablish” translates “sterizo” and means, “to make stable, place firmly, set fast, fix.” It is like our use of the statement, “that is in concrete.” That means we have come to a settled conclusion and will not change.  Paul is writing a prayer to the Lord for them when he says in verse “12, “And the Lord make you to increase and abound. . .” Only the Lord could establish them so that they were unblameable in holiness before God. . .”

It would be good if we ask ourselves if we have gotten that far along in our walk with the Lord. It might be good for us to pray, “Lord, I have tried to keep my heart blameless. I want to be as holy as the blood of Christ can make a man. I am failing. Lord, would you take my heart and cleanse it and occupy it so that You fill my heart with yourself so that there is no room for anything else to enter. In Jesus Name. Amen.”

I believe the Lord will answer that prayer if we are sincere and are willing to give up anything that would have to go, if He occupied our hearts.  Next,

THE RIGHT KIND OF A HEART THAT IS HUNGRY FOR GOD

Psalms 42:1 2, “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?”

Here is a soul that can’t be satisfied with the secular. He is God’s child. He is never happier than when he is in the felt presence of God. He pictures his desire by comparing it with the deer who has been pursued and is hot and in need of water. His whole body cries out for a drink of water. The Psalmist says, “so panteth my soul after thee, O God.”

Then he says, “My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God . . .” Not for a dead god represented by an idol. He believes God is alive. He believes He is eternal and can satisfy the thirst of the human soul as nothing else can.

Can we come to God and expect our thirst to be satisfied? John 4:10 15, “Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.  The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?  Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?  Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:  But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.  The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.”

The Lord creates a place in those who are saved that only He can occupy. And that sacred place can only be satisfied if He occupies that place. Many are so occupied with building the kingdom that they do not come to the water and drink deeply from it depths. The Lord said, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”John 7:37-38.

Jesus is saying if you thirst for the water of life, I am the source. And if you come to me, you will get what you came for in abundance. You will not only drink, you yourself will be a source for someone else because rivers of living water will flow from you. Praise God someone hold my mules!!!!!!!!!! What a Saviour we have. What a challenge He gives. What a privilege it is to know Him intimately and be a channel through which He gives the water of life to others. Finally,

THE RIGHT KIND OF A HEART IS ONE THAT IS CLEANSED

The cleansed heart is a creation of God. David said in Psalms 51:10, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”

This is not a work of man, it is a work of God. David knew he needed a clean heart. He also knew how a clean heart is obtained. It is found in the words, “Create in me a clean heart, O God . . .” The word “create” translates “bara” and is the same word that is found in Genesis 1:1. God created the world out of nothing. God spoke and the heavens and earth was. When God speaks the creative word, it is past tense! It is not something He is going to do, when He speaks it is in the past, it happened so fast. The earth is not evolved. Neither is the heart David spoke of. David knew that God did not have any thing to work with in dealing with his heart. David said, “if I ever have a clean heart, God, you will have to create it. Mine is not worth working over.”

May the Lord enlighten and so work in our lives that we can be satisfied with no less than the right kind of a heart.

In Christ

Bro. White

Tomorrow on The Morning Mediation the title of our meditation will be The Word of God and our text will be John 12:48.

#177 – A Crucial Message to the Man of God

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Yesterday we looked at a simple phrase in the Word of God – What Have I Done?  I hope you can answer the questions we asked in that meditation.

Today on The Morning Mediation:

A CRUCIAL MESSAGE TO THE MAN OF GOD

1 Tim.  6:10-12 “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.”

There are four things in this passage that stand out as either a warning or an exhortation to the man of God. One of the most complimentary titles that a preacher can have is the term Paul uses here, i.e., “But thou, O man of God.” That gives him something to live up to. What is a man of God? First, he is a saved man. Second, he is a man who is controlled by God, i.e., the Lordship of Christ. Third, he is a man chosen of God to represent Him in the ministry of the Word. There are a lot of preachers that you would have to put you tongue in your cheek if you called them men of God. Which proves that a man of God is not one by declaration. He is one in dedication, commitment and obedience. We usually give that title to one who faithfully declares the Word of God in the Spirit of Christ and walks his message out in his own shoe leather. Let’s look at the four things that Paul tells Timothy here.

FIRST, HE TELLS HIM WHAT TO FLEE

The word “flee” translates “pheugo” and means, “to flee away, seek safety by flight, to be saved by flight, to escape safely out of danger.” It is a present active imperative verb. This means that the man of God needs to continually flee away, to seek safety by flight, and to escape out of the danger of these things. Paul addresses himself by inspiration of God in the continuous present. The imperative mood is a command expressing urgency. Someone has said, “Salvation is a return to the authority of the throne.” Timothy had returned to the authority of the throne in two ways. First, in salvation. He had submitted to the authoritative call to repentance and had been directed to faith in Christ. Second, he had submitted to God’s authority in his call to the ministry. The man of God to be right with God must be under the direct authority of God’s Word.

The words “these things” identify what to flee from. “These things” takes us back to the things mentioned in this chapter up to this point. The “thing” that stands out more than any of the rest is “the love of money.” Paul says, “For the love of money is the root of all evil.” The words “love of money” is the translation of one word, “philarguria.” The root word from which this word comes is made up of two words. One of the words means “fondness” and the other is the word for “silver.” It speaks of an addictive fondness for money that is described in the Bible as covetousness. Paul says in  Colossians 3:5, “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry.” In other words Paul says one must deal with his attitude toward money. He uses the strong word “idolatry” to explain the seriousness of covetousness. Covetousness can be more than a greed for money. The Covetous literally means, “a lust for more.” But a lover of money does have a lust for more. So it is idolatry. A man can’t be a man of God and at the same time be an idolater.

It is very difficult to avoid this attitude in an affluent society. It is as natural as snow at the north pole for the preacher to want his family to have as much as all the other folks he pastors. And I have never seen a church that took good care of their pastor that God didn’t bless. But the man of God must not be a person who is a lover of money. There is a difference between having money and loving it. Our trust must be in the Lord and not money. Paul says, “flee these things.”

SECOND, HE TELLS HIM WHAT TO FOLLOW AFTER

The word “righteousness” translates “dioko” and means, “to run swiftly in order to catch a person or thing.” It is a present active imperative verb. The present tense is continuous action in the present. It means, “continually run swiftly to obtain righteousness.” The imperative mood is a command expressing urgency. Note the following about righteousness:

1.  There is a righteousness which is a sin. It is called self-righteousness. Self-righteousness is law righteousness. Paul brings this out in Phil. 3:9: “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.” Note Paul’s  words “mine own righteousness” and the explanation, “which is of the law.” This is clearly self-righteousness which is said in Isaiah 64:6 to be filthy rags. This is what man will offer God in the judgment for his salvation if he offers his own goodness as the ground of his acceptance.

2.  There is the imputed righteousness of Christ. This is brought out in Rom. 4:5: “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” Romans 4:13 says, “For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.” It is called here the righteousness of faith. God imputes the righteousness of Christ to the account of the one who has faith in the Lord Jesus.

3.  There is the imparted righteousness of Christ. The imparted righteousness of Christ is seen in the life of the believer who is filled with the Holy Spirit and the fruit of the Spirit is seen in his life: Galatians 5:22-23 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Someone has said that this describes a man who is fleshing out the life of Christ. What was meant is that the fruit of the Spirit is the manifestation of Christ in our lives in shoe leather.

Paul says, “follow after righteousness” and the righteousness he speaks of here is Christ’s righteousness reproduced in and through us by the power of His Holy Spirit.

Then Paul says, “follow after godliness, faith, love patience, meekness.” Let me just briefly comment. Godliness is speaking of reverence and respect. Faith is the God given capacity to believe His promises. A man of faith is going to be constantly manifesting the power of God in his ministry because faith goes into the unseen world of God and brings out things to use in His service. Love is the mark of the Christian life. Jesus said in John 13:35, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” Patience is also a characteristic of Jesus that is worked out in the life of the obedient believer. Paul says, “follow after patience.” If we are going to help people we need to be patient with them. They can come out at times with some real off-of-the-wall stuff. If we get exasperated with them and cut them down, it may be the last time we get the opportunity to help. Meekness is a person who has been tamed. It is close in meaning to humility but not the same. It is Peter turning the other cheek! To illustrate in the dog-world, it is obedience training.

THIRD, HE TELLS HIM WHAT TO FIGHT

Paul says to Timothy, “Fight the good fight of faith.” The word “fight” translates “agonizomai” and means, “to enter a contest, to contend in the gymnastic games, to contend with adversaries, fight.” The verb is a present middle imperative. The present tense suggests that this fight is on-going. It is the middle voice. The middle voice is where the subject acts in its own behalf and participates in the result of the action. This is a fight one cannot lose if he will be faithful. You will benefit from the result. It is in the imperative mood. This is a command expressing urgency. It is imperative that we are involved in this fight. It is called the “good fight” and this is contrasted to a bad fight. A bad fright would be a fight over something where the other cheek should be turned. A bad fight is a fight for one’s rights. Our rights are not even the issue.

Faith is a constant fight. It is fight with ourselves. Faith is never easy for the natural man. We want to walk by sight. So we have to go against natural desires and step out on the water like Peter did. We have to walk against contradicting circumstances. When you make a decision and circumstances don’t line up right, it is easy to just back away and say this must not be the will of God. But it is the nature of faith to defy circumstances if we know the will of God. When the ten lepers were healed by the Lord, He told them to “go shew yourselves unto the priests (Luke 17:14). When He told them to do it, they still had leprosy. They had to start their journey by faith alone when their body said nothing has happened. The Scripture says, “And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.” Amen. Faith is a fight to maintain a walk with God so that we are consciously living in two worlds at the same time.

FOURTH, HE TOLD HIM WHAT TO LAY HOLD OF

Paul says, “lay hold on eternal life.” The words “lay hold” translate “epilambanomai” and mean, “to lay hold of, take possession of.” I believe this is equivalent to “Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh” (Gal. 5:16), and “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit” (Gal. 5:25). A carnal Christian is not living out the life he has in Christ.  Paul is saying that we need to get a hold on the eternal life we have now and learn to function while we are on earth in His Spiritual kingdom. It is living the heavenly life on earth. Amen.

Paul told the man of God what to flee, what to follow, what to fight, and what to lay hold of.”

May the Lord bless these words to our hearts.

In Christ

Bro. White

Tomorrow on The Morning Meditation we are going to look at The Right Kind of Heart!

#176 – What Have I Done?

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Yesterday on the Moring Meditation we looked at The Steps of Peter’s Downfall.  I am so glad the Lord did not write him off when he fell!  I am so thankful that God preserved this story for us in His Everlasting Word!

Today on The Morning Meditation:

WHAT HAVE I DONE?

Jeremiah 8:6 “I hearkened and heard, but they spake not aright: no man repented him of his wickedness, saying, What have I done? every one turned to his course, as the horse rusheth into the battle.”

Jeremiah is speaking these words by inspiration of God to the people of God.  Israel had “turned to his course.”  It is the same that is found in Judges 17:6, “In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.”

This is a description of people in our day.  No one is asking, “What have I done?” If we ask that question, it will lead us to repent and make things right with God.

The Divine complaint is, that no one seems so sensible of sin and guilt in His sight as to say, “What have I done?” All are so filled with self-confidence that they feel no need of repentance.  There are several questions that we need to ask ourselves—

WHAT HAVE I DONE WITH GOD?

God is the Author and Preserver of my life?  Do I acknowledge Him as Creator or do we stand idly by while the world curses our God and denies His existence?  Have I calloused myself against the filth of this world and put an innocent look on my face to imply that I am not a party to what is going on?

Someone has said, “The worse sinners are sometimes those who feel the least sinful.”

Where is God in our lives?  Is He the center or has He been placed in some out away place so we can draw on Him when we need Him.  The next question is—

WHAT HAVE I DONE WITH CHRIST?

He has been offered to me as a gift from God.  What have I done with Him?  Have I accepted Him or rejected Him?  Have I accepted Him as a fire escape from hell, or, have I trusted Him as Lord and Saviour?  Is He my constant companion?  Do I consult Him concerning all the decisions that I make in life?

Is Jesus a guest in my home or the host?  Do I allow Him to have the complete run of the house or limit Him to those areas where I feel safe with Him being there.  Do I invite Him to watch the TV programs that I watch?  I have an idea if Jesus were to come to my house I would be very antsy until He left.  I know this, if I knew He was coming, there would be a thorough house cleaning.  And we would not watch TV while He was there.  I don’t think Jesus likes TV.  The next question is—

WHAT HAVE I DONE WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT?

Have I grieved Him by my unbelief?  Have I turned a deaf ear to His counsel and hardened my heart against the melting influences of His presence.?  Am I constantly grieving Him in what I do and say? Ephesians 4:30, “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.”

The Holy Spirit is that other Comforter that is to abide with us forever. John 14:16 18, “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;  Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.  I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.”

The Holy Spirit is Heaven’s throne gift to the believer.  What have I done with Him?  The next question is—

WHAT HAVE I DONE WITH MY BIBLE?

Have I been reading it as God’s written message to my soul?  Do I search the Scriptures when I have a problem to find God’s solution?  I remember the title of a song I heard as a boy: “Dust on the Bible, dust on His holy Word.” Do I read my Bible with an open mind or do I impose my opinions upon the Scriptures as I read them?  The next question is—

WHAT HAVE I DONE WITH MY TALENTS?

Most are born with natural talents.  These talents were God’s natural gifts to those who have them.  To use them for selfish reasons is a sin against God.  What God gives us He does it so that we can use it for the glory of God.  We can use those talents to make a living but why not also use them to help the poor who can’t afford to use your services.  Do it in the name of Jesus and you will be rewarded.  The next question is—

WHAT HAVE I DONE WITH MY OPPORTUNITIES?

We are constantly confronted with opportunities to witness.  Are we faithful to give our testimony to those who are walking blindly down the broadway that leads to hell.

May the Lord bless these words to our hearts.

In Christ

Bro.  White

Tomorrow on the Morning Meditation we are going to look at A Crucial Message to the Man of God!

#175 – The Steps of Peters Downfall

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Yesterday on The Morning Meditation we saw some New Things about God!  I am glad that I have experienced some of these new things and I look forward to the day of experiencing the rest.

Today on The Morning Meditation:

THE STEPS OF PETER’S DOWNFALL

Mark 14:29-31 “But Peter said unto him, Although all shall be offended, yet will not I.  And Jesus saith unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice.  But he spake the more vehemently, If I should die with thee, I will not deny thee in any wise. Likewise also said they all.”

This meditation will be spread out over the rest of this chapter.

Backsliding is a process.  Eve first saw, then desired, then took, then ate before she gave to Adam.  Falling away out of the company and fellowship of Christ is the result of an inward disease preying upon the vitals of our spiritual being.  That disease is self will.  Let’s follow Peter in his downward march step by step.

SELF CONFIDENCE

Mark 14:29, “But Peter said unto him, although all shall be offended, yet will not I.” I imagine that Peter often caused offense by his outbursts of loyalty to Jesus especially when he compared himself with the others: “They might but I won’t.  I will die first.” Peter just plainly believed he was more trustworthy than the others. Proverbs 28:26, “He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.” According to this Proverb Peter was a fool.

Peter’s foolishness was due to an oversized ego and not knowing or admitting his own weaknesses. 1 Corinthians 10:12, “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” This is a warning that all Christians should take to heart.  None of us want to fail the Lord.  The unregenerated part of a believer remains in him to cause failure and so disappoint the believer that he will quit.

Paul deals with this in Romans 7:17 20, “Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.  For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.  For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.  Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.”

One of the best ways of overcoming sin in the life is recognize it is there.  Then recognize that Christ in us is greater than any temptation to sin that we will ever be confronted with.  The next step in Peter’s downfall is,

PROUD BOASTING

Peter says, “If I should die with Thee, I will not deny thee in any wise” (vs 31).  Peter was unbelieving and ignorant of his own weakness.  Peter was an unbelieving believer. He had the faith to be saved but not faith to live by.  Israel is a good example of this.  They had enough faith to get them out of Egypt (a type of salvation) but not enough faith to get them in to Canaan (Canaan a type of the victorious Christian life).  There is no place for boasting in the Christian faith.  Jesus has done it all.  We are to praise Him for His grace to save.  The next step in Peter’s down fall is,

ASHAMEDNESS

Mark 14:54, “And Peter followed him afar off, even into the palace of the high priest: and he sat with the servants, and warmed himself at the fire.”

Luke 23:49, “And all his acquaintance, and the women that followed him from Galilee, stood afar off, beholding these things.”

Luke 22:60 62, “And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew.  And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.  And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.”

Peter’s first words in these verses is an outright denial that he knew Jesus.  But while he spoke the cock crew.  When this happened, Peter remembered what Jesus had said.  Then in verse 61 we are told that “the Lord turned and looked on Peter.” I imagine that this was one of the most humiliating times in Peter’s life.  Jesus didn’t say a word.  He didn’t need to.  So Peter went out and wept bitterly.  The next step in Peter’s downfall was,

WORLDLINESS

“And Peter followed him afar off, even into the palace of the high priest: and he sat with the servants, and warmed himself at the fire.” It is amazing how strong the pull of the world is when you do not separate yourself from it.  We call it peer pressure.  When you mingle with the wrong crowd it will drag you down.  The next step in Peter’s downfall was his,

DENIAL

It is amazing that this Apostle who had been with Jesus for approximately three years would outright deny Him.  But that is exactly what happened.  Some have thought if they mixed with the world they could win them by identifying with them.  This is self deception.  It just does not work that way.  The next step is one of restoration,

REPENTANCE

We need to keep an open line to the throne of intercession.  We will need to use it on a regular basis.

Mark 14:72, “And the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept.”

The Lord specializes in forgiving saved sinners when they become transparent and admit their wrong doing.  The Lord Jesus restored Peter and used him mightily.  If you have failed miserably, and Satan is getting an advantage of you, fly to the cross, Jesus will meet you there and forgive and restore you.

In Christ

Bro.  White

Tomorrow on the Morning Meditation we are going to meditate on Jeremiah 8:6 and the phrase, “What Have I Done?”