Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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by George C. Clark. Sr. and John D. Clark, Sr.
True faith in God creates faith in whatever is of God, including men who are truly sent from God. Faith in God is not faith in religious organizations, nor is it faith in religious leaders whom God has not ordained. Faith in God generates a discerning faith, a faith born of godly wisdom that recognizes God’s anointing. Faith in God is faith in all that is true and good and holy.
Faith in a man sent from God brings blessing and joy, as a righteous King once said, “Believe in the Lord your God; so shall you be established. Believe His prophets; so shall you prosper” (2Chron. 20:20). Paul told the saints of his time, “Be imitators of me” (1Cor. 4:16), because Paul knew that he was following Christ and that whoever followed his example would be blessed. He wrote in another place, “The things you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these things put into practice, and the God of peace shall be with you” (Phip. 4:9). Any man whom God sends, if he is faithful, can say the same thing. Faith in God understands that ministers are safe guides only as they are directed by the mighty hand of God, and it recognizes those who are not.
Faith in God creates the desire among the saints to experience the power of God mentioned in the Bible and to rediscover the truth of Christ. When God opens the eyes of His children, they will marvel at the unity they will have, the precious fellowship with Jesus and his Father that Jesus prayed we would share: “that they all might be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they may also be one in us, so that the world might believe that you sent me. And the glory that you’ve given me, I’ve given to them, that they might be one, just as we are one: I in them, and you in me, so that they might be perfected in unity, and so that the world might know that you sent me, and that you have loved them just as you loved me” (Jn. 17:21–23).
For many centuries now, God’s people have placed their confidence in powerful religious organizations and professional religionists who know neither the power nor the wisdom of God; as a result, God’s people are completely divided and utterly confused. God’s children are nourished only by men who are anointed of God. Such men fearlessly warn the saints, as Paul did, to place their faith “not in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” Faith in the power of God will lead us into a knowledge of the truth and will enable us to escape all the pitfalls that are laid for us in this wicked world. We need more Josephs in our midst today, men who can bind the princes of error and teach the saints wisdom (Ps. 105:22). Yes, we need men who can lead God’s children back to Him for a restoration of the signs and gifts that are a seal of His approval.
Unordained men sense the threat that the power of the holy Ghost poses to their self-willed ministries, and they scorn those who have paid the price to possess the real power of God. Still, the heart’s cry of God’s true ministers continues, and it is simply as Jesus said: “Have faith in God!” They preach Christ, and him crucified, for Christ is the only hope of salvation from the wrath to come.
Around the globe, people are anxiously watching the positioning of armed forces, wondering when and where the next great war will break out, or when the next great natural disaster will occur. Others, wiser than these, are watching and praying for the promised outpouring of the Spirit of God in the last days. They know that war is like poverty – it will always be among us. Those who understand the truth spend their time being filled with the oil of the Spirit so that they will be prepared, whatever happens. They know that, regardless of what happens, God’s power is able to keep them safe. Let us be wise, too, child of God, and pray, for troublesome times are ahead for this world, and our need of shelter in Christ is great. Let us be united and covered with the whole armor of God! When that is done, we will be equipped to survive whatever “fiery trials” lie ahead. Of the coming “great tribulation” (Mt. 24:21), Jesus said, “As a snare, it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth” (Lk. 21:35). But it need not take us by surprise, as Paul pointed out to the Thessalonian saints: “The Day of the Lord is coming like a thief in the night . . . . But as for you, brothers, you are not in darkness that that day should overtake you like a thief” (1Thess. 5:2, 4). Jesus exhorted us to prepare for that time with these words: “Stay alert and always pray, so that you might be counted worthy to escape all the things that are to come, and to stand before the Son of man” (Lk. 21:36).
We find many today who, instead of “fleeing the wrath to come” by running to God for mercy, are trying to flee from the call of God, as Jonah did. They run from God and hide behind faith in religious ceremonies and titles, or in the military might of their nation, but what does any ceremony, or title, or earthly weapon mean to God? Is He impressed with us? My brother, my sister, the only safe way to run from God is to run to Him. Refuse all earthly confidences, and flee to the safety of Christ!
Faith in God through his Son Jesus Christ is regarded by many as a relic of the past, but that precious faith has transformed the lives of untold millions of men and women, giving them boldness for fear and love for hate. There is even now a nascent revival underway, as yet unnoticed by the world, and even many saints. There are men even now calling for God’s children to forsake all earthly hopes and powers, and put their faith in God. The faith that children of God have placed in teachings that were not from God is a chief cause for their lack of faith in God. False teachings rob the soul of faith that belongs only to God. May God hasten the day when He anoints the eyes of His people and they love one another as Christ has loved them, and they forsake the divisive sects men have devised. In that day, the saints will see clearly and rejoice, as one, in the wonderful things of the Spirit. And they will learn that the body of Christ can render creditable service to God only by the working of His mighty power through us who believe.
May God help us, my Reader, to walk in the light while we can, so that we may truly do the work of saints and be found worthy to escape the wrath which God will pour out on this world when His Son returns to execute His holy displeasure.