One of the great blessings of the Christian life is to know something of the will of God for our lives. We are not left to try and figure out for ourselves what God would have us be and do. Granted, He does not give us every detail of life, but He gives us the overall plan of what it means to be a believer and how we can please and serve Him.
The world, that is, the world system, that part of humanity that does not believe in God, seeks constantly to break down the Christian’s defenses and thus cause him to lose his unique identity. This is illustrated in the messenger’s approach to Micaiah to get him to prophecy as the false prophets did.
“And the messenger gone to call Micaiah spake unto him, saying, Behold now, the words of the prophets declare good unto the king with one mouth: let thy word, I pray, be like the word of one of them, and speak that which is good” (I Kings 22:13).
Of course, Micaiah did not conform to the false prophets and he suffered for it. He was put in prison and fed with bread and water. But of course, his prophecy came true.
After the resurrection of Jesus, we read, "then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw Him, they worshiped Him..." (Matt. 28:16-17). That was a specific, historical occurrence. What an experience that must have been for the disciples.
By application, let's make a few observations about seeing Jesus today. How can we see Him and how should we see Him today so as to offer Him the worship He deserves?
The Bible is clear that the Lord is going to return. This return is in two different phases. First, He will return in the clouds for His own, all those who have trusted Him by faith and are truly born again. Paul wrote, “ For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then they which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (I Thess. 4:16-17).
The second phase of His return is when He returns to the earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords as promised to the nation Israel. His reign on earth at that time will be for a thousand years.
One of the great needs of Christian lives and churches is to be firmly and Biblically established. A loose establishment does not promote a sense of well-being, confidence, or much of a reason for being. Certainly it does not yield to the matter of bearing spiritual fruit. Remember the words of Jesus to the disciples, “Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, they ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain...” (Jn. 15:16).
This was important to the Apostle Paul, for he said to the Thessalonians regarding Timothy’s ministry to them, I have, “...sent Timothy, our brother and minister of God, and our fellow laborer in the Gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith” (I Thess. 3:2).
Hmm? What does it mean to break the flasks? A flask is a container that holds something precious. In our text it is referred to as a box. How can such a subject have any meaning for us today? Let’s look. Referring to Jesus we read, “And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as He sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on His head” (Mark 14:3). The woman, because she loved Jesus, brought something that was very precious to her and gave it to Jesus. Indeed, she broke the box. It was an act of total commitment. Once the box was broken, there was no way to retrieve it! It was given once and for all.
All Christians should be possessive of the truth of God, of His word. By possessive, I mean desiring to know the truth of the word and to cling to it. Unfortunately, many are not and are more taken up with man’s ideas of what is spiritual truth than with the Bible. Thus, today [as it has always been] the truth of God’s word gets lost in a myriad of human wisdom. In this article I would like to discuss some of the pertinent truth from I Corinthians 2. It is truth that makes a great difference in all of our lives. We will just go verse by verse through the chapter. We will be hitting some of the highlights, some of the things that should make a difference in all of our lives.
For many, Christianity is a light thing. It is an addition to their lives but with little reality or consequence. Life is lived pretty much as it was before they became Christians. Where that is the case, the witness and joy of being a Christian is mostly lacking. Further, their witness to the world about them is of little consequence.
Beautiful lights and Christmas seem to go together. We hardly have one without the other. There is something beautiful about lights. For one thing, they illuminate the darkness. In some cases, they show us the way to our desired destination. We put lights on trees, tables, in windows, and on innumerable other things.
Israel had many battles with the Philistines, the continuous enemy of Israel. On one occasion we read, “And the Philistines stood on a mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on a mountain on the other side: and there was a valley between them” (I Sam. 17:3). This is emblematic that there is a great divide between true Christianity and the world. Actually, it’s the difference between spiritual life and death.
The Philistines had a great warrior whose name was Goliath. “And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span” (I Sam . 17:4). That would make him almost 10 feet! The text goes on to make much of the armor of the man from Gath.