Resting in Truth Finds Grace
Friday, May 30th, 2014
Satan, in his role as “the god of this age” is conducting a relentless, well planned strategy to blind men’s minds to the Truth about God and how to know Him. If you were Satan, out to control men, where would you launch your heaviest attacks?
Against the Bible and those who preach and teach it and against the church, of course!
With the Bible generally accepted as a revelation from God, mankind could not easily be blinded. As long as there were ministers who preached and taught the Bible, the Christians would keep growing in his/her faith, vitally witnessing to the world and not easily deceived. However, while churches were organised and functioning according to the NT pattern, they are swept away from the real purpose of building disciples because the Gospel Truth of the water and Spirit is heavily distorted.
When the Apostles realised they were nearing the end of their lives, they warned about the coming attacks upon the Gospel Truth and the church that would be accelerated in the days just before Christ returns to earth in the Second Coming.
In Paul’s last session with the elders of the church at Ephesus, he gave the following exhortation, “be on guard for yourselves and all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit had made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day for a period of three years I did not cease to admonish each one with tears.” Acts 10: 28-31
Paul predicted that there will be ministers from within churches who teach perverted things while posing as teachers of truth. The antidote to this coming apostasy is given in verse 32. “and now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.”
Paul exhorted the church leadership to place heavy reliance upon “God and the Word of His grace.”
When a minister ceases to teach and emphasise a personal faith-walk with God upon the principle of grace instead of law, he has taken the first step down the road to apostasy. The Gospel of God must be founded upon the baptism, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ which manifest God’s Righteousness and absolute grace.