If religion is worth anything, it is worth everything.
As I prayed and meditated this past sabbath Dec. 19, 2021, I was given the following to bring forward, today’s condition and God’s vision of His Assemblies and the Ecclesia were described as a warning of the condition within His Assemblies and Ecclesia prior to the lifting out of His righteous church.
The vision revealed a loveless body, The sin Yashua charged this part of the assembly with, is, not the having left and forsaken the object of love, but having lost the fervent degree of it which first appeared.
Yeshua is displeased with his people, when he sees them grow remiss and cold toward him.
The message continued to reveal another spiritual event for some of the Assemblies, and Ecclesia, Christ arms against coming troubles.
Fear none of these things; not only forbid slavish fear but subdue it, furnishing the soul with strength and courage. It should be to try you, not to destroy you. Observe, the sureness of the reward; “I will give thee:” they shall have the reward from Christ’s own hand. Also, how suitable it is; “a crown of life:” the life worn out in his service, or laid down in his cause, shall be rewarded with a much better life, which shall be eternal.
The second death is unspeakably worse than the first death, both in the agonies of it, and as it is eternal death: it is indeed awful to die and to be always dying. If a man is kept from the second death and wrath to come, he may patiently endure whatever he meets within this world.
The word of God is a sword, able to slay both sin and sinners. It turns and cuts every way, but the believer need not fear this sword, yet this confidence cannot be supported without steady obedience. As our Lord notices all the advantages and opportunities we have for duty in the places where we dwell, so he notices our temptations and discouragements from the same causes.
A wrong view of gospel doctrine and Christian liberty becomes a root of bitterness from which evil practices will grow.
Repentance is the duty of churches and bodies of men, as well as of particular persons; those who sin together should repent together. Here is the promise of favour to those that overcome.
The influences and comforts of the Spirit of Christ, come down from heaven into the soul, for its support. This is hidden from the rest of the world. The new name is the name of adoption; when the Holy Spirit shows his own work in the believer’s soul, this new name and its real importance are understood by him.
Even when the Lord knows the works of his people to be wrought in love, faith, zeal, and patience; yet if his eyes, which are like a flame of fire, observe them committing or allowing what is evil, he will rebuke, correct, or punish them.
Yet the Assemblies are conniving as wicked seducers. God is known by the judgments he executes; and by this upon seducers, he shows his certain knowledge of the hearts of men, of their principles, designs, frame, and temper.
Encouragement is given to those who keep themselves pure and undefiled. It is dangerous to despise the mystery of God, and as dangerous to receive the mysteries of Satan. Let us beware of the depths of Satan, of which those who know the least are the happiest.
How tender Christ is of his faithful servants! He lays nothing upon his servants but what is for their good. There is the promise of an ample reward to the persevering, victorious believer, also knowledge and wisdom, suitable to their power and dominion.
Christ brings day with him into the soul, the light of grace and of glory, in the presence and enjoyment of him their Lord and Saviour.
After every victory let us follow up our advantage against the enemy, that we may overcome and keep the works of Christ to the end.
The Lord Jesus is He that hath the Holy Spirit with all his powers, graces, and operations. Hypocrisy, and lamentable decay in religion, are sins charged upon the Assemblies by One who knows them well, and all their works.
Outward things appear well to men, but there is only the form of godliness, not the power; a name to live, not a principle of life.
There is great deadness in your souls, and in your services; numbers are wholly hypocrites, others are in a disordered and lifeless state.
Our Lord is calling upon you to be watchful against these enemies, and to be active and earnest in your duties; and to endeavour, in dependence on the grace of the Holy Spirit, to revive and strengthen your faith and spiritual affections for those yet alive to God, though in a declining state.
Whenever we are off our watch, we lose ground. Thy works are hollow and empty; prayers are not filled up with holy desires, alms-deeds not filled up with a true charity, sabbaths not filled up with suitable devotion of soul to God. There are no inward affections suitable to outward acts and expressions; when the spirit is wanting, the form cannot long remain.
In seeking a revival in our own souls, or the souls of others, it is needful to compare what we profess with the manner in which we go on, that we may be humbled and quickened to hold fast that which remains.
Yeshua enforces his counsel with a dreadful threat if it should be despised. Yet our blessed Lord does not leave these sinful people without some encouragement. He makes honourable mention of the faithful remnant, he makes a gracious promise to them.
He that overcomes shall be clothed in white raiment; the purity of grace shall be rewarded with the perfect purity of glory.
Christ has his book of life, a register of all who shall inherit eternal life; the book of remembrance of all who live to God and keep up the life and power of godliness in evil times.
Yeshua will bring forward this book of life, and show the names of the faithful, before God, and all the angels, at the great day.
The same Lord Jesus has the key of government and authority in and over the church. He opens a door of opportunity to his churches; he opens a door of utterance to his ministers; he opens a door of entrance, opens the heart. He shuts the door of heaven against the foolish, who sleep away their day of grace; and against the workers of iniquity, how vain and confident soever they may be.
Christ accepts a little strength, yet believers must not rest satisfied in a little but strive to grow in grace, to be strong in faith, giving glory to God. Christ can discover this his favour to his people so that their enemies shall be forced to acknowledge it.
This, by the grace of Christ, will soften their enemies, and make them desire to be admitted into communion with his people. Christ promises to preserve grace in the most trying times, as the reward of past faithfulness; To him, that hath shall be given.
Those who keep the gospel in a time of peace shall be kept by Christ in an hour of temptation; and the same Divine grace that has made them fruitful in times of peace, will make them faithful in times of persecution. Christ promises a glorious reward to the victorious believer. He shall be a monumental pillar in the temple of God; a monument of the free and powerful grace of God; a monument that shall never be defaced or removed. On this pillar shall be written the new name of Christ; by this will appear, under whom the believer fought the good fight, and came off victorious.
Here our Lord Yeshua (Jesus) styles himself, “The Amen;” one steady and unchangeable in all his purposes and promises. If religion is worth anything, it is worth everything.
Christ expects men should be in earnest. How many professors of gospel doctrine are neither hot nor cold; except as they are indifferent in needful matters and hot and fiery in disputes about things of lesser importance!
A severe punishment is threatened. You give a false opinion of Christianity as if it were an unholy religion; while others conclude it affords no real satisfaction, otherwise its professors would not have been heartless in it, or so ready to seek pleasure or happiness from the world.
One cause of this indifference and inconsistency in religion is, self-conceit and self-delusion; “Because thou sayest” What a difference between their thoughts of themselves, and the thoughts Yeshua has of you! How careful should we be not to cheat our own souls! Many are in hell, who once thought themselves far in the way to heaven. Let us beg of God that we may not be left to flatter and deceive ourselves.
Professors grow proud, as they become carnal and formal. Their state is wretched in itself. They are poor; really poor, when they believed and thought they were rich. They could not see their state, nor their way, nor their danger, yet they believed they saw it. They had not the garment of justification, nor sanctification: they were exposed to sin and shame; their rags that would defile them.
They are naked, without house or harbour, for they are without God, in whom alone the soul of man can find rest and safety.
Good counsel was given by Yeshua to these sinful people. Happy those who took his counsel, for all others must and will perish in their sins.
Christ lets them know where they might have true riches, and how they might have them. Some things must be parted with, but nothing valuable; and it is only to make room for receiving true riches.
Part with sin and self-confidence, that you may be filled with his hidden treasure. You must receive from Christ the white raiment he purchased and provided for you; his own imputed righteousness for justification, and the garments of holiness and sanctification. Give yourselves up to his word and Spirit, and your eyes shall be opened to see your way and your end.
Let us examine ourselves by the rule of his word and pray earnestly for the teaching of the Holy Spirit, to remove our pride, prejudices, and worldly lusts.
Sinners ought to take the rebukes of God’s word and rod, as tokens of his love to their souls. Christ stood without, knocking, by the dealings of his providence, the warnings and teaching of his word, and the influences of his Spirit. Christ still graciously, by his word and Spirit, comes to the door of the hearts of sinners. Those who open to him shall enjoy his presence. If what he finds would make but a poor feast, what he brings will supply a rich one. He will give fresh supplies of grace and comforts. In the conclusion is a promise to the overcoming believer.
Christ himself had temptations and conflicts; he overcame them all and was more than a conqueror. Those made like to Christ in his trials, shall be made like to him in glory. All is closed with the general demand of attention. And these counsels, while suited to the churches to which they were addressed, are deeply interesting to all men.
Note, we must take care that we do not use what belongs to Christ as if it were our own, and much less to his dishonour.
Please remember these are the words of a humble servant doing the bidding of our Father. I would ask if you are being blessed by these articles, pass them on to as many others as possible so they may be blessed and share their blessings as well.
If religion is worth anything, it is worth everything.