In the house of the Lord there is no place for any grand outward presentation of God's servants. "But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us." [2 Corinthians 4:7.]
Jesus alone is worthy to receive all glory and blessing; so say the angels...... "Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing." [Revelation 5:12.]
|| Exhibition of Man or the Lord? ||
¶ There is no place for the exaltation of man in the house of the Lord in the face of the incredible "slave" humility of the Lord Jesus Christ.
In the glory house of man, men love to strut their excellence and shine their attributes, grand titles and accreditations of their name but that should not be found on exhibition in the house of the Lord otherwise he will vacate such a house! And that is exactly what happened to the early Church and declared by Jesus in no uncertain terms to John on the isle of Patmos. [Revelation chapters 1-3.]
Indeed it is a beautiful recognition that Peter gave to Paul concerning the authentication of his writings as being inspired. Concerning this very grave and important matter Peter commended Paul with the following words - ".... even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;" [2 Peter 3:15.] Such an important and weighty statement concerning the veracity of Paul's writings and yet there is no ramping up his achievements or qualifications or dazzling accreditations to his name just simply and beautifully - "... our beloved brother Paul".
|| Spiritual Power. ||
¶ Paul wrote to the Corinthian Church which loved the praise of men and qualifications and warned them that he would not know the talk of them that were "puffed up but the power". [1 Corinthians 4:19.]
The power of the Lord and the performance of his work through a servant is the only recommendation. He also spoke about the danger of those that trust in the prestige of their person and commend one another and "compare themselves among themselves". [2 Corinthians 10:12.] Entering by the "door" in the work of the Lord is absolutely vital. That is a powerful recommendation. Jesus said - "I am the door" and also - "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber." [John 10:1,9.] Power that can only be attached to the obvious work of the Lord is confirmation that a servant is truly a servant of the Lord and has come by the "door".
Yes there is much that man can do by the power of money and sheer hard work and organisation and yet be empty of true spiritual impact. That was the continual phrase of the Lord to the apostate Churches of Revelation - "I know thy works". [Revelation 2:2,9,13,19. 3:1,8,15.]
|| Man Power or Resurrection Power? ||
¶ Christians are the busiest people on earth with the fundamental idea of doing good to and for mankind, but one of the foundation principles of salvation and God's will is "repentance from dead works". [Hebrews 6:1.] Dead works are those good, intentional and so called Christian works that don't have any component of the resurrection life of Christ.
What is the answer to you and I being a servant of the Lord and seeing his wonderful work amongst sinners and saints?
The answer is simply the great calling and passion of Paul -
"But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
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:
That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;" [Philippians 3:17-10.]
The Lord help us not to become weary of his searchings and corrections in all his dealings of being conformed to his image.
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The Lord Bless. He does the Best. As by faith in him we Rest.
TIO Nutshell Thought.
The mind of Christ in a "nut shell" is humbleness that accepted to be "made in the likeness of men": Not noble men but fallen men!
Look, listen and enjoy the much loved Gospel singer of Chicago - Jessy Dixon singing - "Gone". This song is about the resurrection of Christ and his glorious triumph over the grave.
Jessy went home to be with the Lord in 2011 at the age of 73.
Notice the expressions on the faces, and the tears, at the thrill of this Glorious truth of the song.
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**Special Inclusion **
A very precious encouragement from Paul Washer.
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Marriage incompatibilities are the express purpose and blessing of God.
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** Current Project. **
"Pastors and the Church Part 4."
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