A FAITHFUL PEOPLE
In view of the coming of the Lord, steadfastness should be the watchword of the hour.
Faithfulness dependent upon establishment
The word "establish
" has a strong practical connotation.
It suggests firmness, stability, growth and healthfulness.
It portrays roots sunken deeply in the soil of life-giving Truth (Psalm 1:3).
It speaks of stalwartness in the field of conquest,
of orthodoxy in the realm of Bible belief,
of maturity in the sphere of spiritual profession,
of devoted attachment in the orbit of Christian dedication.
It conveys the thought of being strengthened, or of becoming successful.
It makes one dependable and profitable, not likely to be tossed to and fro as a child with every or with any contrary wind of doctrine.
And this is precisely the manner of persons we ought to be as the end time storms increase with frightful intensity. This is the kind of persons we should be as we anticipate the glorious appearing of our blessed Lord.
Faithfulness contingent upon discernment
"He that is spiritual judgeth
[discerneth] all things
" (I Corinthians 2:15), and spiritual discernment is one of the gifts of the Spirit.
- It is the discriminating potential so essential in choosing.
- It equips one to distinguish between truth and error, between the flesh and the spirit, between self-interest and the will of God.
- It is the chief prerequisite to vision.
- It is indispensable to Bible study, especially in prophecy and doctrine.
Faithfulness the proof of steadfastness
What is more pathetic than a vacillating, deviating, fluctuating individual who claims vital union with the sustaining, unchangeable God?
In Deuteronomy, Moses five times exhorted the people to "cleave unto the Lord thy God
1. The course of spiritual survival (4:4).
2. The avenue to prosperity (10:20).
3. The guarantee of safety (11:22).
4. The safeguard against seduction (13:4).
5. The promise of satisfaction (30:20).
The New Testament parallelisms are found, respectively:
- In cleaving to the Lord with purpose of heart (Acts 11:23),
- In yielding bodies for service (Romans 12:1),
- In being filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18),
- In being steadfast (I Corinthians 15:58),
- In abiding in Him (I John 2:28).
The practical ministry of the Holy Spirit in making Christians to be what they ought to be is exhibited in many revealing ways.
- He wants to captivate the heart.
- He desires to illuminate the mind.
- He waits to animate the life.
The Holy Spirit alone can promote us in an unbroken fellowship with God.