29th July 2018 mikehill4jesus “What is it like to walk alone?”
John 14:23 Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. [the Christians who know who Jesus is] 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. [those involved in Churchianity who don’t know who Jesus is] These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.’
The narrow and wide gates. Jesus talks about the two roads offered to you in life and how you have to choose one or the other. Matthew 7:13 ‘Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
So why does the Lord Jesus clearly state that only a few find the small gate at the end of narrow road? Clearly he tells us that they do not want to leave the broad road that leads to the wide gate that leads to destruction! They are rushing into Hell, when God offers them a way into Heaven. Not only that, they shun the Lovers of Christ who witness through their lives for Him.
Who are those Saved from Hell?
They are those Saints who walk alone in the company of God and each other, John 14:23. Unlike those described in John 14:24, they have their love and obedience for Jesus rewarded by God.
An extract from A. W. Tozer “Preparing for Jesus’ Return
Martyrdom of Believers
Jesus said, “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake” (Matt. 24:9). I need not remind anyone of the persecutions throughout the world, since the day when Hitler rose and turned his hatred against the Jews down to this present hour. The news media tells us what is happening all around the world and how Christians are suffering and even martyred. Persecution is one technique of totalitarianism both in the church and in the state. The closer we get to the return of Jesus, the more persecution will increase and focus on believers around the world.
Moral Decline in the Church
Nobody would question the fact that our city streets are unsafe, and no matter where you go, there is always some threat of violence. The times are getting increasingly wicked, and we now live in the generation of locked doors. When I was a youngster, there was no such thing as locking our doors. Today there is no such thing as an unlocked door.
The iniquity I am referring to here is more than just the world; it has everything to do with the Church. In this generation, we are facing a backslidden Church. I am talking about individuals in the Church, and I want to press two very important questions.
The first question is, How would you describe your passion for the person of Christ? The Scriptures teach that one of the evidences of the last days is this: “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold” (Matt. 24:12). So, how ardent is your love for the Lord Jesus Christ?
The second question is simply, What has your Christianity cost you? We have become a bunch of well-groomed showpiece Christians behind glass. Our Christianity has cost us nothing. David, that mighty man of God, said, “Neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing” (2 Sam. 24:24).
Since last week, what has your Christian faith cost you? The man of God says, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching” (Heb. 10:25). Many, I am sad to say, are forsaking the assembly of believers.
We come to church when it is convenient. We serve the Lord at our convenience. The center of our entire life is “convenience.” This was not so with the Early Church fathers or with the martyrs down through the years, or with the great Reformers and revivalists. Their Christianity cost them dearly. We who are benefiting from the high cost they paid do not appreciate the cost and have trampled underfoot the preciousness of their sacrifice.
What has our faith cost us? Are we offering to God a bloodless sacrifice like Cain, who offered to God that which cost him not one ounce of blood or sweat or tears? Evangelical American Christians allow missionaries to do all the suffering today. We let them leave their homes and go into the jungles and pagan cities around the world. We let them stay away years at a stretch and sleep in thatched roof huts in dangerous neighbourhoods.
On the other hand, we who stay behind have big bank accounts, drive expensive cars and somehow believe that thus were the prophets that came before us. What we need to do is fall on our knees and search our hearts; I believe we will be shocked at what we find. As for me, I want my Christianity to cost me something right down to the last gasp. I do not want an easy road or a convenient ministry or something that costs me nothing.
I want to sing along with A. B. Simpson (1843–1919), who wrote a wonderful missionary hymn called “The Regions Beyond”:
To the hardest the places He calls me to go, Not thinking of comfort or ease;
The world may pronounce me a dreamer, a fool, Enough if the Master I please.
Signs abound that the evangelical Church, especially in America, is falling away. Today’s evangelical Church is being inundated with activities galore. Not even the apostle Paul had as many irons in the fire as many Christians do today. I believe we ought to be working right up to the very end; but many of our activities are simply done for activity’s sake. Our activities are not tied in to the Blessed Hope, and they in no way prepare us for the return of Jesus Christ. Our activities are to please ourselves and court the acceptance of the world.
We also need to watch out for the modern moral code. This has infiltrated the Church in this generation as never before. I see a frightening similarity between the world and the Church today along the lines of morality. The average Christian today accepts the world’s standard to live by. Yet, our standard is the Bible, and only the Bible prepares us and enables us to live daily in light of the Blessed Hope.
We must get on our knees before our open Bible and allow the Holy Spirit to break our hearts and create a passion for Christ as we’ve never had before. We must ask for a passion of such a nature that the things of this world will begin to diminish in their attraction for us. A passion for Christ will enable us to rise above our culture and look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.
Let us be alert to the season in which we are living. It is the season of the Blessed Hope, calling for us to cut our ties with the world and build ourselves on this One who will soon appear. He is our hope—a Blessed Hope enabling us to rise above our times and fix our gaze upon Him.
As Bible-believing Christians, it is imperative that we stay fully alert to the times in which we live. Our enemy is a master deceiver and a con artist of the highest order, diverting our attention from the Blessed Hope with the problems we face every day. Understanding Bible prophecy will create a passion for holy living. To know the Blessed Hope is to live in full expectation of Christ’s imminent return. All signs today point to this being the season of the Blessed Hope. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
Come Then, Lord Jesus
Horatius Bonar (1808–1889)
The church has waited long Her absent Lord to see;
And still in loneliness she waits, A friendless stranger she.
How long, O Lord our God, Holy and true and good,
Wilt thou not judge thy suffering church Her sighs and tears and blood?
We long to hear thy voice, To see thee face to face,
To share thy crown and glory then As now we share thy grace.
Come, Lord, and wipe away The curse, the sin, the stain,
And make this blighted world of ours
Thine own fair world again.
This is the Lord Jesus speaking about those who live the life that is Churchianity, John 14:24, not Christianity, John 14:23.
Matthew 7:21 ‘Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?” 23 Then I will tell them plainly, “I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!”
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Additional Helpful Learning
A) The Doctrine of Right Disciples who love and obey Jesus
A terrific film about John’s Gospel – The Story of Jesus’ life here on Earth
A terrific film about the Acts of the Apostles – When they started to go out and spread the Good News of Jesus and what He did.