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Archive for October, 2014

A Faithful God

“He abideth faithful: He cannot deny Himself.” 2 Timothy 2:13.
The faithfulness of God is a familiar theme and a great favourite with Paul. He speaks of it in his first letter and here in his last he comes back to it. After a lifetime in “testing” God he cries: “He abideth faithful.”
Other New Testament writers loved this truth and we will gather a few expressions in connection with God’s faithfulness.
First of all: what God’s faithfulness means.
When we speak of “keeping faith” we mean keeping our word. My word is my bond, we say. “He is faithful that promised” (Hebrews 10:23). “She judged Him faithful that promised.” (Hebrews 11:11).
He is true to His word.
Now it is remarkable that these 2 scriptures are the only New Testament references that carry the idea that God’s faithfulness means He is faithful to His word.
But our text witnesses to a deeper meaning: “He cannot deny Himself.” His nature and character constitute a solemn obligation. He is His own law – He is bound by what He is.
We (humans) drop below our best selves. No man is always himself.
God is always Himself. He cannot fail for HE IS GOD.
Even the sun has spots. “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1-5. He is true to Himself.
He is also true to His past. This is brought out in two different ways.
Peter says to troubled disciples: “Commit the keeping of your souls to Him in well-doing, as unto the faithful Creator.” 1 Peter 4:19.
The other application of God’s faithfulness in connection with His past bears on man’s redemption:-
“God is faithful by Whom ye were called unto the fellowship of His Son.” 1 Corinthians 1:9.
Now let us look at what this all guarantees to us.
Remember – He is faithful to His word. He is faithful to Himself. He is faithful to His past. His faithfulness as Creator guarantees He will care for His creatures. Creation is not merely a work of power, but of love. “To Him Who made great lights; for His mercy endureth for ever.” He poured Himself into beings because His name is love. His faithfulness to His past in creation guarantees to us that the DESIRES implanted by Him will be satisfied.
It also guarantees that tasks will be proportionate to our strength. “God is faithful Who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able…” 1 Corinthians 10:13.
His faithfulness to His past as REDEEMER guarantees FORGIVENESS. “He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9. Since Christ has died God’s faithfulness is implicated in pardoning mercy. Mercy is the outcome of God’s faithfulness.
And then again, His faithfulness guarantees the perfecting of Christian character. “Faithful is He that calleth you, Who also will do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:24.
He does not begin a work and then get disgusted with it, or turn to something else. He never stops until He completes. There are no unfinished works in God’s workshop.
What is more, His faithfulness guarantees bliss and blessedness. If these poor natures of ours as they NOW are – were all that Christ had won by His agony and blood – then, I say, He paid too high a price. We need Heaven to vindicate the faithfulness of God.
Finally, God’s faithfulness demands a corresponding attitude in us:-
“Hold fast the profession of your faith without wavering, for He is faithful that promised.”
If He is worth trusting at all, let us trust Him altogether.

At Home With The Lord – 2 Corinthians 5:8 (RV)

Some people you “feel at home with.” You may experience this because you have like interests. You are akin.

When I enter some homes I sense the folk there are uneasy – and my departure gives them relief.

Should Jesus of Nazareth enter your house – would you feel at home with Him? The Gadarenes “besought Him to leave their country!” Peter said: “Depart from me for I am a sinful man!”

One thing is certain Jesus cannot be ignored. Men will finally swear by Him or swear at Him.

Indeed men can now be grouped by their attitude to Him: His enemies – chiefly the upper professional classes said “He has a devil!” (John 10:20). The benefitted said “He is a good man.” (John 7:12). But Peter said: “Thou art the Christ!” (Matthew 16:16).

Here is an ascending road. Walk at my side tonight.

1. “He has a devil” – This could only be born of hatred. Jesus was free from crude ambition. He condemned sin with burning intensity.

2. “He is a good man” – So much must be admitted. Nothing need be added – leave it at that. But every good man has a sense of sin. Wesley said: “I am in bondage to sin.” Bunyan spent “night and days in tears because of his sinful heart.” Paul called himself “the chief of sinners!” These men were not guilty of the devil’s darling sin – the pride that apes humility.

Yet Jesus had no sense of guilt. Here we are face to face with something unique in human experience: a good man without a sense of sin. “He knew no sin.”

I cannot therefore live in the belief that He was ONLY a good man.

3. “You are the Christ – the Son of God!” No other category is big enough to contain Him…

He accepted worship – which is the right of God alone.

He forgave sins – which is the prerogative of God alone.

His claims were fantastic:- “I am the light of the world!”  “No man comes to the Father but by me!”

Increasing numbers are finding him. Mohammed said his religion would flourish where the palm tree grew.

But no limit of clime or culture limits the sway of Jesus. Africans and Eskimos, Chinese and Chileans bow at His nail-torn feet.

If I could but tell you how truly Jesus loves you. He knows the worst about you – yet beckons you to follow Him.

Open your heart to Him.