Archive for June 2015

Seeing Him Who Is Invisible

June 20, 2015

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Every man in the Bible who saw “Him Who is invisible” (Hebrews 11:24-27) was a man of heartache. He was a man of loneliness. He was a man who bore reproach. These three things accompanied those in the Bible who saw Him Who is invisible.

Jack HylesJack Hyles (1926-2001)
Seeing Him Who Is Invisible, page 7

The Breach

June 17, 2015

We hoped that time would heal the breach, and lead him to see the futility and wickedness of reviling, but he has been encouraged in his course by a few who took no pains to inquire into the facts, and some who are eager to use any and every means of harming us, no matter how contrary to the Scriptures.

We take it as from the Lord, even though it comes through the adversary, and thank God for it, and look to Him to transmute it into good. Nevertheless we are heartily ashamed and humbled by it. No such wickedness should be known among those who revel in God’s transcendent grace.

We are well aware that this is a device of the adversary to engage us in useless and harmful controversy, and so hinder the work … We need every ounce of strength and minute of time in constructive work for all the saints, and refuse to be diverted.

This statement is final. We have tried to make it as gracious as possible and yet fulfill our duty. It is intended to help, not to harm. So kindly refrain from writing to me about it, and spare us the pain of refusing to reply.

We exhort our fellow saints not to countenance reviling, no matter how just or fair the reviler’s case may appear to be. This is God’s remedy, and the only one. It is so shameful in His eyes that we should mark everyone who indulges in it and avoid them for their own sake, and for the honor and glory of His Name.

KnochStudyShelf – Author A.E. Knoch
Unsearchable Riches
Vol. 39

All in Father’s Design

June 14, 2015

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Father’s purpose in us is to awaken and enlighten us to the truth that this world and life are not our reality. It is His way of reminding us of who we really are, and what we really are, in Christ as part of His grand design for the ages, that He has a wondrous plan, purpose and place for us against which the things of this life pale in comparison, about which Paul said that all of this life is really nothing compared to the “far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory …” (II Corinthians 4:15-18) which one day will be “revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).

Just think: One day Dad will use what the world sees as our pitiful imperfections – our brokenness, our divinely implanted flaws – as the display of His “abundant grace” (II Corinthians 4:15). Even in this life the outworking of death (“the dying of the Lord Jesus,” :10) in us has a glorious purpose: that the “life of Jesus might be manifested in our mortal bodies” which will eventually (and even now in some measure) “through the thanksgiving of many super-abound to the glory of God” (:15).

We read in :6 that God “commanded the light to shine out of darkness,” taking us back to Genesis, and in the same way God’s light “has shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of His glory …” Imagine that! The same creative power of God that brought all of creation into existence is at work in us for the purpose of revealing “the light of the knowledge” of His Glory to the world around us, illuminating, as it were, “the face of Jesus Christ” to others!

When we read in :7 about “treasure in earthen vessels,” we are taken back to when God used just a very few of His people to defeat a huge army arrayed against Israel. These few had a light in earthen vessels, and then when the vessels were broken the light shone forth to reveal God’s awesome work. In the same way, God is working in His “not many” (I Corinthians 1:26) vessels of service; and it is in our brokenness that His light, “the light of the glorious gospel of Christ” (II Corinthians 4:4), shines forth to the world to reveal God’s awesome work!

This ministry spoken of in :1 is in the continuing context of chapter 3, and is a ministry of our being living, walking “epistles” (3:3), the purpose of which is to give “life” (:6). Our wonderful Father uses the troubles, perplexities, persecutions – all of the trials and tribulations of this life (4:8-9) – to deliver us to death, for the marvelous breaking of His vessels. Thus, while the world is busy attempting to show off their supposed superiority of supremacy, God ultimately reveals the futility of the “darkness” of their “blinded minds,” demonstrating the “excellency” of His power through us.

What a wonderful and glorious privilege and benefit it is for us that our Awesome Father has chosen us to use as weak, flawed, broken vessels in His service, so that ultimately the whole creation will see and understand the amazing knowledge and wisdom in all that He has done and said He will do.

Oh! the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out! For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been His counselor? Or who has first given to Him, and it shall be repaid to him again? For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to Whom be glory throughout the ages. Amen! (Romans 11:33-36).

AndréAndré Sneidar

Our Sufferings

June 11, 2015

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Our Sufferings are God’s Gift to Us:

Unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for His sake (Philippians 1:29).

Our Sufferings are Our Appointment:

No man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereto (I Thessalonians 3:3).

Our Sufferings are A Spiritual Fruit:

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering … (Galatians 5:22).

Spiritual fruit does not include “deliverance”; quite the contrary, it produces God’s attribute of endurance or long-suffering in the life of the believer.

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.

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