Monthly Archives: October 2014

#241 – What in the World is Happening in Prophecy

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WHAT IN THE WORLD IS HAPPENING IN PROPHECY?

2 Tim. 3:1 “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.”

The first thing we will look at in this passage is to,

IDENTIFYING PERILOUS TIMES

The word  “know” is the translation of a word that means to come to know. It is a present imperative verb. Paul is saying that one needs to come to know right now. The imperative mood is a command  expressing  urgency. We can know something of the times in which we live because God has revealed them to us.

Frankly, what modern man sees as perilous, does not harmonize with Scripture. Paul identifies perilous times. He says when “men shall be lovers of their own selves,” times will be perilous.  There are all kinds of self-help books designed to make man think more of himself. The fact is Christianity sees man as an utter failure. The Christian answer to man’s utter failure is Christ. Paul says in Galatians 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

The secret is the life which I now live is “Christ living in me.” It is not just Christ in me, but what is He doing in me. Is He in control? Have I lost control? No, I have simply learned that I am wrong and He is right and I voluntarily relinquish all to His lordship.

The word “covetous” means a very strong craving for money and possessions. How would we apply this definition to people in the USA? I am afraid the word covetous is probably the most descriptive word in the English language. We can’t get enough. The more we get the more we want. How many people do you know that are completely satisfied with what they have? I’m not saying that all are covetous, but if we really face the facts, more are than we want to admit. It  comes so close to us that speaking on the subject  makes us a little uncomfortable.

The word “boasters” means “an empty pretender.” The word “proud” means “showing one’s self above others, outdoing others, conspicuous above others, pre eminent.” This is an ego wrapped in skin. This is seen many times in Christian movements. There is  a struggle for power. Next Paul says, “disobedient to parents.” How many times have I seen children who were disobedient to their parents and were offended that their parents did not give them everything they desired. Then there are those who become violent when a godly parents make rules and enforce them in an attempt to get their children to live a good moral life. The children are violently opposed to any attempt of the parents to correct their prodigal life-style.

The word “blasphemers” means, “speaking evil, slanderous, reproachful, railing, abusive.”  The word blasphemy describes a person who degrades others  without respect for those of whom they speak.  One hears God’s name used  continually by man as a by-word. Man has no respect for God. Then the world is ready to attack those who have a true belief in God. Paul says when we see these things perilous times have arrived.

Then Paul includes the word “unthankful.” This is a person who has no appreciation for things done for him. Then he adds “unholy.” The word unholy means, “wicked, impious.” This person cannot be reasoned with by the use of Scriptures. An unholy person is not open to holiness. Holiness comes about through a submission to the Scriptures. Holiness is a development in the life of one who recognizes the authority of the Bible.

Next, “ Without natural affection.” This is a reference to an affection that even unsaved members of the human race would normally have. An illustration of this is the many babies who have been discarded in garbage dumps because the mother’s do not want them. We must also point out the fact that the USA is financing the killing of the unborn. This is a blatant disregard for human life. This is not natural. Natural affections are set aside.

Then there are “trucebreakers.”  This is a person who cannot be trusted to keep his promises. You would not want to get involved with this person in money matters. He will not keep his word. You may get his name on the line but that line makes no difference to him. When it hurts, he quits. He thinks nothing of breaking his word.

The words “false accusers” means, “one who is prone to slander, slanderous, accusing falsely.” Gill comments: “False accusers; or devils, being like Satan, the accuser of the brethren, charging all that depart from their communion with schism and heresy.”

The word “ incontinent” means without self control or intemperate.” An incontinent person would be one who would be a sex killer. He gets what he wants and then kills the victim in an attempt to do away with the evidence. An incontinent person would be a slave to pornography. A incontinent person would probably be one that would never be true to his marriage vows. Paul is saying this sin would characterize the populace at the end of the age.

The word fierce describes a person who, at the least provocation, is ready to fight or destroy anyone he considers an opponent. The fierce person is not controlled by reason. He is out of control and ready to rule by force and fear.

Next Paul says, “despisers of those that are good.”   Paul says we are living in perilous times when men despise the good. They do not want good. They are evil. We have heard our President use the word evil in describing the terrorist. He is right. We are living in dangerous times when men have no use for the good. They feed off evil and rejoice in wickedness.

The word “Traitors” refers to an untrustworthy person. You can’t trust them. They will stab you in the back.

The word “heady” is the classic egocentric person. His head is blown up on pride. He is an air-head. This person is reckless.

The word “highminded” means to raise a smoke, to wrap in a mist.”  These words are close in defining. Paul is anticipating the whole scene and stopping every leak.

Then he really hits where it hurts when he says, “lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God.” What Paul is writing is by inspiration of God. God knows the end from the beginning. This is the reason Paul writes from a standpoint of acute accuracy. This is a verb. It is a perfect passive participle. The perfect tense is completed action in the pass, that completed action having present results. The passive voice is where the subject is acted upon. In this case pleasure makes a play for man’s affection and wins out.

Then Paul speaks of “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” The idea is a powerless Christianity. They have the form but are without the fire. There is an awesome absence of power in the life of present Christianity. Paul says to separate ourselves from those who are described in this manner.

A GREAT MOTIVATION TO SOUL WINNING

We have to ask ourselves, what are we to do in the midst of all this? It is very obvious that Paul is describing a condition that will exist prior to the coming of Christ in the rapture.

One might say, “it is hopeless. These are too far gone to be saved.” God’s grace is greater that all sin. Romans 5:20 21 says, “Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:  That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Sometimes we forget where we were when God found us. We forget how patient and longsuffering God has been to us. God still loves the world. The gospel is still to be preached in all nations. Paul says in Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”

As believers, if we take a fatalistic view towards the lost, we will lose our power to win them to Christ. Then the issue is not that the sinner has gone too far, but the saint has lost his power through unbelief.

We can look up for our redemption draws nigh. Let’s not wait in unbelief, believing the sinners of our day are too hard for God to save, but wait with expectant faith and preach the gospel with the same confidence that Paul had.

May the Lord bless these words to our hearts.

In Christ

Bro. White

#240 – The Unction and Anointing of the Holy Spirit

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THE UNCTION AND THE ANOINTING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

1 John 2:20, 27 “But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things . . . But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.”

A lot will be left unsaid about this subject because of the nature of the meditations. I would like to look at these statements contextually, expositorily, and then make a brief application.

FIRST LET’S LOOK AT THESE WORDS CONTEXTUALLY

John is combating error as he writes to believers (2:12-14; 5:13). The particular error that John was dealing with in this epistle was Gnosticism. Without going into it historically we know they denied that Jesus literally came in the flesh. They did not believe in the virgin birth, i.e., that Jesus is literally God manifest in the flesh (2 Cor. 5:19). John was concerned that these believers not be carried off with this error. In fact, he teaches that those who bought in to this lie, were never true disciples to begin with. This is what he is teaching in chapter 2 verse 19: “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.” This is a strong statement. But it is exactly what the Holy Spirit taught John to write for our benefit.

What this is not teaching. This verse is not teaching that a person is unsaved when they disagree with a pastor over some issue that has nothing to do with the gospel, and leave and join another church where the gospel is also being preached. I am not indorsing a person leaving a church, where God has placed them, over minor issues. That should not happen.

What then is this verse teaching? It is teaching that when a person is truly saved it is because he has believed the true gospel. The true gospel is faith in who the Bible says Jesus is which includes His virgin birth, i.e., the incarnation. It is faith in His substitutionary atonement, i.e., that God accepted His death in our place and counts it as our payment of the penalty of sin. It is faith in His literal resurrection and ascension into heaven. The Gnostics denied this. When those of whom John speaks followed these Gnostics who were denying the very sum and substance of the gospel they claimed to believe, John said, “They went out from us, but they were not of us.” John says they were never saved to start with.

How would this apply today? It applies when a cult that does not believe that Jesus is God incarnate in the flesh, died a substitutionary death for us, was raise gloriously from the dead and is now the One Mediator between God and man (1 Tim 2:5), solicits a person who CLAIMS TO BELIEVE the true gospel, and he withdraws from an assembly that preaches that truth, to follow the cult that denies that truth. John says if you are saved, you will not do that, that it would be an indication that you were never saved to begin with.

LET’S LOOK AT THE WORDS EXPOSITORILY

John says, “But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.” The word “But” is a conjunction connecting his statement with those remaining with the assembly that believed that “Jesus is come in the flesh.” (2:22-23; 4:2-3). The words “Ye have an unction from the Holy One, and know all things” is given as a reason that the ones remaining did not follow the Gnostics and their teachings. The word “ye” is in the Greek text and emphasizes the plural “you.” Normally the personal pronouns are attached to the verb as endings as it is in this case. But when a special emphasis is being made on the personal pronoun, it is added. It is added here and has the effect of showing the difference between those remaining and those who left. The verb “have” translates “echo” and means, “to have, i.e. to hold, to have (hold) in the hand, in the sense of wearing.” It is present tense and means that they continually have in the present “an unction.” The word “unction” translates “chrisma” and means, “anything smeared on, unguent, ointment, usually prepared by the Hebrews from oil and aromatic herbs. Anointing was the inaugural ceremony for priests.” This unction is clearly meant to mean that all believers have it and that it is received from the “Holy One.” This could apply to any one of the trinity. The result of receiving the anointing from the Holy One is stated in the words, “and ye know all things.” “Ye know” translates “eido” and mean, “to see, to perceive with the eyes, to perceive by any of the senses.” It is a perfect active indicative verb. The perfect tense is completed action in the past that completed action having present results. This means John is saying that the KNOWING of which he speaks has been learned by them in the past and they continue to know it in the present. The words “all things” have to be limited to the immediate truths and the related truths of which he speaks. He is not saying that one does not need to be taught by God called and ordained preachers and teachers of the Word or else he would not be writing the present epistle at the time.

Then verse 27 says, “But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.”

The word “anointing” translates “chrisma” the same word with the same definition as the word “unction” in verse 20. The pronoun “ye” is emphasized making a difference between the true believers in the Bible Jesus and ones, who do not allow for Jesus being God incarnate in the flesh. The  words “have received” translates “lambano” meaning, “to take with the hand, lay hold of.” It is an aorist active indicative verb and refers to a once-for-all act at a point of time in the past, i.e., when they were saved. The words “of him” identify the source from which the anointing came. The word “abideth” translates “meno” and means, “to remain, to abide.” The same word is translated “remaining” in John 1:33: “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.” (Caps mine for emphasis). The anointing is the Holy Spirit that indwells every believer (Rom. 8:9; Eph. 4:30) and will until the day of redemption, i.e, the rapture or resurrection.

The words “and ye need not that any man teach you” is to be applied to the immediate context or else there would be no need for the Bible and those God-called men and women who teach it. What he is saying is that the reason that the true believers in that assembly have not fallen for the false teachings of the Gnostics is because the anointing that abides in them has caused them to see the heresy of the teaching and has convicted them not to receive it. They had the truth that they had received when they saved, and the Holy Spirit that he sealed their salvation, to compare to the heresy of the Gnostics. The Anointing helped them make a right analysis of the heresy in the light of what they had believed to be saved.

He goes on to say that the “anointing” continues to teach you “all things” with reference to Jesus, who He is, and what He came to do. This Anointing “is truth” and therefore what He teaches is truth. God the Holy Spirit is not capable of lying. John is simply helping them to understand what the Holy Spirit is doing in them in revealing heresy when it is being taught. The words “ye shall abide in him” is an exhortation to stay with the truth that they had been taught and continue to be taught as the “anointing” confirms the truth of Jesus, that He did come in the flesh, that He did die and was raised again, and is our one and only Advocate (2:1) with the Father.

THE APPLICATION TO US

Every true believer (because there are those who claim to believe but deny the very truth of the gospel), has the SAME anointing of which John speaks. It is received when we are saved (Eph. 1:13-14). The “Anointing” will teach us not to follow those of our day who explain away the virgin birth, the sinless life, the substitutionary atonement, the literal resurrection, and His present session. We must recognize that these “are not of us.” They never have been. They are not true believers gone wrong. They depart from the “faith” which was “once (once-for-all) delivered unto the saints” (Jude 3) because they have never believed the true gospel of Christ.

We need to do what Paul says to the Church at Corinth in 2 Cor. 13:5: “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” The words “Jesus Christ is in you” are the same as the “Unction” and the “Anointing” of our text. See Rom. 8:9. What if one does not have the “Unction,” the “Anointing,” “Christ in you?” Paul says he is a “reprobate.” The word “reprobate” translates “adokimos” and means, “not standing the test, not approved.” Paul is saying that Christ in you is the test of true salvation. If you want to know if you are saved, “Examine yourselves.” What are you looking for in this examination? You look within for Christ. If He is there, you are saved. If He is not, you are not saved, i.e., reprobates not standing the test, and the test is Christ within. You say, “Preacher, if I look within, how do I recognize Him? How will I know that it is really Jesus?” You’ll know (Rom. 8:16).

These two verses of our text are especially helpful in this day of apostasy when those who once supported churches that believe the gospel are departing and going into cults that do not believe in the BIBLE JESUS. I mean, if the Jesus you believe in was not virgin born, you do not believe in the BIBLE JESUS. I mean, if the Jesus you believe in IS NOT GOD MANIFESTED IN THE FLESH, you do not believe in the BIBLE JESUS. You can say you believe in Jesus all you want to, but if you do not accept what the BIBLE says about Him, you have created another Jesus to believe in. It is not the BIBLE JESUS. The BIBLE JESUS was raised on the third day literally, and proved it by showing the scars of the nails in his hands and the scar in His side (Read John 20:24-29). If the Jesus you believe in did not have a literal resurrection, you have created a Jesus to believe in that is very different than the One presented in Scripture, and your Jesus can’t save. The BIBLE JESUS is the ONE AND ONLY SAVIOUR, THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN SAVE (John 14:6; Acts 4:12).

May the Lord bless these words to our hearts.

In Christ

Bro. White

#239 – Filled With The Spirit

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FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT

John 7:37 39 “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.  He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.  (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified)”

There is no doctrine that is more sorely misused that the doctrine of the filling of the Holy Spirit.  Then I must go on to say that there is no truth more sought after than the filling.  Then looking a little further, there is no truth more abused than the truth of the filling of the Holy Spirit.  There have been in recent days the profession of revival where the Holy Spirit invades a congregation and He is recognized by speaking languages that no one understands, being slain in the spirit, and crawling around on the floor barking like a dog.  Then there are those who have what they call a laughing revival.  They just begin to laugh and the whole congregation are laughing uncontrollably.  This is not of God you can be sure.  Let me make a few remarks that will help us understand the real work of the Holy Spirit.

ONE WHO IS FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT IS FULL OF FAITH

Because of this the unsaved will be convicted just by being around the one filled with the Spirit.  Jesus said when speaking of the Holy Spirit in John 16:7 11, “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.  And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:  Of sin, because they believe not on me;  Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;  Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.”

I tell missionaries when you go to some far off field in order to preach the gospel, you will find that the Holy Spirit beat you there.  I understand that it is not enough for one to be saved to be convicted by the Holy Spirit, but without this work of the Spirit, the gospel preached will fall on heathen ears and be outright rejected.  Jesus said, “No man can come to me except the Father that sent me draw him.” One who is filled with the Spirit will be full of faith.  He knows he is sent and He knows God is with him in the preaching of the Word.  Being full of faith is a must.

ONE WHO IS FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT WILL BE FULL OF THE TRUTH IN TESTIMONY

After Pentecost what was the subject matter of the Apostles preaching?  It was a clearly defined message of the gospel.  On the day of Pentecost Peter preached the Word and 3,000 souls were saved and baptized into the fellowship of the Church.  The way Luke puts it Acts 2:41, “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.”

One of the first indications that a person has been truly saved is that he wants his family and friends to hear the gospel and be saved.

ONE WHO IS FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT IS FULL OF POWER

“I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me; and I say to this man, ‘Go,’ and he goeth, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he cometh.’” The reason why the centurion had power to command the soldiers under him, was, that he was under the power of Rome, and hence he had all its power at his back.  If he failed to recognize his position and his responsibility to Rome, those under him would not recognize him.  Thus, as we are under the authority of Heaven, we have authority, and we have no power, save as we recognize the power of God.

“Paul’s might lay, not in enticing words of man’s wisdom but in “demonstration of the Spirit and of power” (1 Cor.  2:4).  Many pray earnestly for power, in, and with their work, and receive it not, because they do not accept the only position in which the power can work.  We want to get possession of the Power, and use it.  God wants the power to get possession of us, and use us.  If we give up ourselves to the Power to rule in us, the Power will give itself to us to rule through us.” — F.E. Marsh

ONE WHO IS FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT WILL CONTINUALLY FEEL THE NEED OF THE SPIRIT

We continually need the Holy Spirit, to have fellowship with the Lord, by His Word, in service.  It is only as we meditate on the Word that we are healthy in life, wealthy in experience, and helpful to others.  I have heard it said many times, “I just want to be a blessing.” The fact is we cannot be a blessing to others.  For others to be blessed we must be blessed of the Lord.  Therefore we do not study that others will know, we study that we may know.  And as we come into the Lord’s presence, and are filled with His Spirit, others will be blessed.  So we recognize a need to be continually filled with the Spirit.

“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.  He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” This is personal revival.  We are not the water that refreshes, we are the channel through which the water comes to refresh others.  We only bless others by being blessed.  It is God who furnishes an unending stream through His Spirit filled child to give others what they need.

May the Lord bless these words to our hearts.

In Christ

Bro.  White

#238 – A Dying Christian’s Testimony

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A DYING CHRISTIAN’S TESTIMONY

2 Timothy 4:6 8 “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.  I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:  Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”

Paul gives a great testimony as he waited martyrdom.  Paul is the one that said, “To depart and be with Christ is far better.” The saints of God today can trust this testimony and assure their hearts at the time of death.

THE READINESS OF THE CHRISTIAN FOR DEATH

Paul is quite clear on this.  Most of us will say, “I’m not ready.” It is almost like one wants to die.  Notice the words, “I am now ready to be offered.” The “now” is a faithful testimony that the New Birth and obedience to the faith has assured him.

Jesus said in  John 11:25 26, “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:  And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?”

There was a Christian Science teacher speaking at the funeral of one of their congregation’s members.  He explained that this man was not dead.  He just thinks he is dead.  One old farm boy punched his friend and said, “He may not be dead, but I looked at him before the service, and I just about as soon to be dead as be in his shape!

The death of the body is certain.  Jesus is not saying that death will not come to the physical body.  What He does say is that the believer will never die.  We are not our bodies.  The inner man of the Christian has eternal life and is not subject to death.

Paul was ready and gave testimony to that fact.

THE READINESS CAME AS A RESULT OF FAITHFULNESS

1.    He had been a good soldier; He says in verse 7, “I have fought a good fight.” The Christian life is a fight.  But the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds” (2 Cor.  10:4).

2.    As a runner in the games he says, “I have finished my course.” Everyone  of us has a course to run.  It will be great if we are able to say with Paul, “I have finished my course.”

3.    Next he says, “I have kept the faith.” He never departed from preaching the gospel.  He warned in Galatians 1:8, “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” The heretics did not warm up to Paul.  He would take them on and reveal their heresy on the spot.  Paul’s readiness came as a result of faithfulness.

THE READINESS CAME AS A RESULT OF INWARD PEACE

1.    Paul’s testimony did not have in it a whining spirit.  He did not accuse his accusers.  He knew what he was facing.  It would not be long until his head would roll.  Did that bother him?  He said, “I am now ready to be offered.” His martyrdom was an offering to the Lord.  He knew that death was not the end but a blessed beginning with the Lord never to be separated again.

2.    Our readiness does not consist in the amount of good works we may have done, or the number of years we have lived, but in that “quietness and confidence” in Jesus Christ which brings the strength of His prevailing peace into the heart, and that calmly whispers: “Father, not my will, but Thine be done.  Thou hast redeemed me, O Lord.  Into thy hands I commit my spirit.”

3.    A Scotsman lay dying in a country home, while a snow storm was on.  His daughter said: “Father I will read to you.” He answered: “Na, my lassie, don’t trouble.  I thatched my house in calm weather.”

THE READINESS TO ENTER A BLISSFUL FUTURE

Verse 8 says, “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord will give me.” The crown of righteousness is the reward that those will get who have lived faithfully and waited patiently for the Lord’s return.

2 Corinthians 5:1 2, “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.  For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:”

2 Corinthians 5:8, “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”

May the Lord bless these words to our hearts.

In Christ

Bro.  White

#237 – Four Scriptural Guidelines for Living

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FOUR SCRIPTURAL GUIDELINES FOR LIVING

Col.  3:15-17 “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.  And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”

Paul calls attention to four important guideline to use in our walk with the Lord.

THE PEACE OF GOD ACTING AS UMPIRE

Colossians 3:15 says, “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.”

The word translated peace is “eirene” and when used of Christianity it refers to  the tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and content with its earthly lot, of whatsoever sort that is.”

The words “let rule” translate “brabeuo” and means, “to be an umpire.” It is a present tense verb and refers to present action, it is active voice which means they are to do this of their own volition and the imperative mood is a command expressing urgency.

Serving the Lord is the Christians primary purpose in this life.  If, when we go about our duties as believers, we begin to feel uneasy, it is time to examine what we are doing.  Peace within is the umpire calling the moves.  When we let the peace of God rule, we take immediate action, and yield to the Holy Spirit Who brings the peace of God back into our daily lives.  Next,

THE WORD OF GOD DWELLING AND CONTROLLING THE LIFE

Colossians 3:16, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

The words, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom,” is another imperative command.  It is urgent that the Christian not act outside the guidelines that we find here.  The “word of Christ” refers to the Scriptures.  He speaks to us through His Word.  The word “richly” means “abundantly.” The believer is not to work on his own.  Paul gives specific guidance in this verse.  The words, “in all wisdom,” are referring to the proper use of the Scriptures.  It is not uncommon for one to be in a service where a text is read by the speaker and what follows is a message totally removed from the text.  That is frustrating and a very little good is accomplished as far as the spiritual use of the Scriptures.

The intimate acquaintance with the Scriptures is necessary.  We can memorize the Scriptures and the Holy Spirit can reach into our memory-bank and pull out what we need.  Christians who seldom read their Bibles are left in a state of confusion because of their neglect.  Next,

PRAISE IS T0 BE THE CONSTANT EXPERIENCE OF HIS LIFE WITHIN

Colossians 3:16 says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” When we live from the inside out, it will not be difficult for us to praise Him in all things. Religion goes from the outside in.  Christianity is lived from the inside out.  Praise is a great river flowing from the depths of one’s soul and is a ministry not only to the one doing it but also to others.  The Word of Christ, and the ministry of song, is something the regenerated life feeds on.  It is able to bring us out of depression and crown us with the gladness of God.  Next,

EVERY WORD AND ACT IS TO BE DONE IN THE NAME OF JESUS

Colossians 3:17, “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”

We are sent into all the world with the saving gospel of Christ.  It is not our invention.  “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” The reason for this is found in the words of the next verse, “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”

If we cannot sign the name of Jesus to the end of our words or actions we fail to be the conduit from our Saviour to the unsaved.

May the Lord bless our hearts with these words.

In Christ

Bro.  White