For those undecided ones who wonder, wander, and worry….
When a religious soul turns from the Bible or changes it to suit self, he/she forms a personal religion;
When one forms a personal religion he/she changes God's ways to man's ways;
When one changes God's ways he/she serves self and pleases Satan;
When one serves self and pleases Satan he/she falls into a trap;
Don't fall into Satan's trap ---hold to the Bible and learn God's ways.
A T H R E E F O L D F O U N D A T I O N
By Robert DeWitt
Through the years one has come to see three spheres of Christian experience, which together seem to form the foundation of our calling ---saving grace, scriptural ground, and spiritual growth. In this regard it appears that when the Lord Jesus said He is "the way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:6), it was a comprehensive statement concerning Himself as the object for the seeker to keep one in conformity to Him. He is the only way to salvation, to the Father, to eternal life, hope and security. He is the truth for gathering, for the church, for obedience, for the testimony, for God's honor, and our walk. He is the life in newness, in holiness, peace, joy and blessing. Let us consider them a little:
1. Saving grace (redemption way) which embraces the Person of Jesus Christ and His redemptive work, His promised return and reign, and is a glorious thing to contemplate and preach abroad. The enemy can not prevent salvation, though he can cause apathy and thus hinder the gospel work.
Most believers want to share their joy in being saved, so the Word goes forth. It is a message of God's love (John 3:16), God's purpose (1 Tim.1:15), God's promises (John 14:1-3). It speaks of hope to the world, of judgment and salvation to souls. It sets forth redemption, justification, sanctification, and describes the new birth and adoption by the Holy Spirit. God's creation and the future of all men is foretold; and the coming again and reign of Christ with His bride is declared, followed by the eternal state. The way of salvation is in and through Christ, whom to know is life eternal (John 17:3; 1 John 5:11-12). We surely ought to read the Word and rejoice in our Savior and this hope.
Is that the reader's desire? Is the reader thus saved and devoted to the Lord Jesus Christ and walking in communion with Him daily? Does this one have questions?
2. Scriptural ground (church truth) is the sphere of light and obedience, and the truth most neglected. One might live his full life serving in the gospel work, yet not be much concerned about the counsels of God and His honor, and not value the scriptural gathering and a walk in the truth. This is why the testimony is so divided in the world, the saints are scattered, and denominated sects are everywhere.
The apostle, John, said: "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth" (3 John 4). Perhaps the main reason church truth is so neglected, is that many have not learned simple obedience. Christians tend to think on their preferences and value their ideas more than what pleases God and "unity of the faith". The expression of the "one body of Christ" (Rom. 12; 1 Cor. 12; etc.) is so often denied, government in the house of God is neglected, the hope of the bride is not appreciated, and the candlestick testimony is not valued. Satan certainly opposes anything for God, and careless Christians are easily led astray. We ought to take "all the counsel of God" (Acts 20:27).
Does the reader value this and Bible-only as our testimony for the faith? Does this one have questions?
3. Spiritual growth (Spiritual life) which speaks of the new life we possess in Christ being "born again", moves our hearts closer to Him, and we will be happy and profitable servants and a Godly witness. It is a life of holiness and devotion, and we need to cultivate it. Growing in the faith is a spiritual process, that will be in direct proportion to the place we give Christ in our hearts and daily experience. We need this precious communion which pleases the Father. Sooner or later a believer, who truly desires to be faithful, will get his wandering eyes upon the Lord Jesus Christ, and his heart will be wonderously affected. We ought to urgently look unto Jesus (Heb.12:2; Heb.2:9), that our joy "might be full" (John 15:11).
Is this the reader's desire and direction? Does the reader have any questions?
It seems so very important to maintain a balance in these things. Believers often become so occupied with one area that the others are neglected. It not only is personal loss, but harms the testimony. Does the reader value this? – R. L. D. (GMd: 1993, add: 7/03)