The Preaching of the Gospel

THE PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL

“Woe is unto me,
if I preach not the gospel!.”
I CORINTHIANS 9:16

The ministration of the Gospel is not for a select few; it is the awesome responsibility of every one of His people. Each one of us is CALLED to a unique and specific ministration of HIS LIFE. The Good News of HIS LIFE IS the Gospel. It is most perplexing that we have relegated the preaching of the Gospel to a select few when in reality each of us may be the only Bible that some people are going to see and hear. It is a DAY to live and preach the Gospel to all of those that are around us; to those who are walking in darkness and to those who are walking in the light! We see our brothers and sisters struggling in sin and defeat; they also need the GOOD NEWS that there IS an answer to their struggles! We need to see that the reality of the LIFE of Christ IS the answer for the world. We need to be bearing within our hearts the eternal flame of HIS CRY for all men.

“For thou shalt be his witness
unto ALL men of what thou hast seen and heard”
ACTS 22:15

The criterion of our witness to others is based on what WE have seen and heard! I am not responsible to preach or declare what someone else has seen or heard. My responsibility is to DECLARE WHAT I HAVE SEEN AND HEARD! The question to each of us now is, WHAT HAVE WE SEE AND HEARD? Men who see little have little to show in their lives of our great God. Men who hear little have little to declare of the goodness and majesty of our God.

We live in a day of information overload; a day in which knowledge has increased. Unfortunately, this knowledge has produced little in the Christian Church in North America of a clear and powerful expression of the risen Christ. Too few have burning within their hearts the passion to EXPRESS HIS LIFE in this world. Too many are content to sit in faithless inactivity as it relates to the ministration of HIS LIFE in this world. The apathy of “if God wants it done He will do it” is the statement of a heart that has not touched the core of God’s heart. If “God so loved the world that HE sent HIS SON” will HE not also send you and me? If Paul cried out “Woe is unto me… if I preach not the Gospel” how can we be excused from our own responsibility? In the midst of all the religious activity around us, where is the burden in the lives of individuals to become an expression of HIS GLORY? Where is the sense of HIS CALL upon our lives? Where is the inescapable desire within our hearts for a life in HIM that completely transcends our present reality? Men who have no vision of God will have no sense of the purpose of the life that God has called them unto. We are to be HIS WITNESSES unto ALL men. We are to BE HIS EXPRESSION of all that HE is to ALL MEN! What that expression in each of us is dependent upon what we “have seen and heard” individually. The lack of a burden to reveal HIM, the absence of a cry within each of us to reveal our portion of HIM in the earth, is an all too common sign of the condition of the Day in which we live.

HIS return is predicated on the preaching of the Gospel…

“And this gospel of the kingdom
shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations;
and THEN shall the end come”
MATTHEW 24:12

Brian Troxel

Spiritual Provision

SPIRITUAL PROVISION

“Do you not know that those who minister the holy things
eat of the things of the temple”
I CORINTHIANS 9:13

We partake of that which we serve. We are called to be servants of the Most High God. We are called to be a people whose chief joy and occupation in LIFE is to serve HIS Purposes here and now. EVERY BELIEVER IN CHRIST is called into a life of ministry and purpose. The priesthood of the individual believer is not a “nice teaching”; it is the CALL of God to every believer to be consumed with HIS purposes in the earth. If we want to eat and partake of the things of the Temple we must live the reality of ministering (serving) the Holy Things of God! The provision of God is found in occupying ourselves with the things of God. It is in the OUTFLOW of HIS LIFE that we discover the INFLOW! Men who hold the things of God in faithless inactivity never come to know the basic LAW of HIS LIFE

“Give and it will be given to you”
LUKE 6:38

The fields are rich all around us. In HIS eyes the fields are white unto harvest. The provision of God for the needs of the multitudes around us is found in the “five little loaves and two fishes” that we hold in our hand. We always want to have a sense of the plenty when in reality we have all that we need to BEGIN the journey into the LAW of HIS LIFE. Spiritual poverty is always the result of self-will, self-serving and self-reliance. Those who do not find themselves BECOMING servants of the MOST HIGH will never know of HIS PROVISION; the provision is found in the doing. It is in being faithful to what we HAVE that more is given. It is in being a source of strength and encouragement to others that we know of the mystery and wonder of HIS strength and encouragement into our own lives.

“The generous soul will be made rich,
And he who waters will also be watered himself”
PROVERBS 11:25

In this day let us be occupied in the Holy Things of our God; exercised in the portion of grace that HE has given to every one of us. Let us not sit and squander the time and opportunity afforded us of participating in the ministry of HIS LIFE and HIS CALL.

“…those who serve at the altar
partake of the offerings of the altar”
I CORINTHIANS 9:13

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“God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supplies”

HUDSON TAYLOR

Brian Troxel

Making Our Requests Known

“MAKING OUR REQUESTS KNOWN”

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication,
with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”
PHILIPPIANS 4:6

It is the privilege and the right of every child of God to be free from anxious care. This is not a LIFE that is entered into easily nor carelessly. It is within the purpose of God to BRING us to such a place of trust and reliance upon our God. The ANSWER is having the simplicity of a child in turning those anxious thoughts into prayers and supplications. The childlike life of the SON within each of us is not a starting point in our life with HIM. Rather it is an essential quality of being that enables us to LIVE within the PROVISION of all that is in HIM. This childlike faith is what we must GROW INTO in order to ENTER the KINGDOM OF GOD!

“Except ye be converted, and BECOME as little children,
ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven”
MATTHEW 18:3

It is in us becoming as little children that we are enabled to ENTER the Kingdom. It is believing that the things which cause anxiousness within our hearts can simply be released to our Heavenly Father through prayer and supplication! We are instructed here that “IN EVERYTHING” by the medium of prayer and supplication and with THANKSGIVING we are to make our requests known unto God! It is BY the DOING of these things that we BECOME living participants of HIS provision and life. This simple truth is not easily learned. It is in our being converted (changed and transformed) that this LIFE is developed and grown into; converted here in the Greek means “to turn one’s self from one’s course of conduct, i.e. to change one’s mind”. The prevailing concept in a large segment of the Christian world concerning “conversion” is one of something that happened at a certain point in time. But unless we see it a as a daily need, to ever be in the process of BEING changed, ever becoming, ever growing from “glory to glory”, we are stagnant in our relationship with HIM.

Change is the evidence of LIFE. Conversion and transformation from what we are into the simplicity of HIS LIFE within us is the essential business of this LIFE.

This life of making our requests known unto God as the answer to our anxious cares is directly related to the power of a FAITH that is real and dynamic within our hearts. It is only by FAITH that we are able to make such transactions with God that will produce within us a freedom from our anxiousness and care.

Brian Troxel

Builders Together

“BUILDERS TOGETHER”

“If anyone’s work which he has built on it (the foundation Jesus Christ)
endures, he will receive a reward”
ROMANS 11:22

We are all called to be builders. We are to build personally and corporately. We are to build reverently and attentively in the Body of Christ. We are not to be concerned with temporal things; our building is to be of the eternal. We are to build things that endure and are of such a nature that the fire, shakings and trials of this life can not destroy. Men who labour to build organizations, ministries and a name for themselves will find no lasting honour. It is in the realm of character, fruit that springs from the work of the Holy Spirit, that we find true lasting value. We are to be builders who hear and do the living Word of God. Those who are hearers only build on sand. To build on the rock we must HEAR and DO of His good pleasure. We are to so interact with one another that LOVE compels us to build each other up to the point of functioning and walking in the things of our Father. The Son desires to so have HIS way with us that we are ever at work to bring each of HIS people into the place of perfection, ministry and unity for that is the only purpose for TRUE ministry (Eph. 4:11 – 13).

Any ministry that is interested in the building up of itself has not seen or known the HEART OF THE SON. HE did not come to be ministered unto but to serve and bring others into the things of His (our) Father. It is in touching HIS love that we are moved beyond the selfishness of our own hearts to consider the needs of others. No door can bar one who holds the Love of God in their hearts; no obstacle is too great to hinder one who really desires to hear and do the words of life. Let us discover the TRUE purpose of Life in the day and place in which we live. Let us be builders in a faith that is motivated by love; a building that is the RESULT of HIS HEART, HIS LOVE and HIS WILL in our lives.

“We then, as workers together with him,
beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain”
II CORINTHIANS 6:1

Our working together with HIM is the revelation of HIS grace at work in our lives. HIS grace is freely given to ACCOMPLISH the bringing forth of the LIFE, the NATURE and the REVELATION OF THE SON in the earth. Grace at work in a life requires that it must be revealed in that life.

“Whereof I was made a minister,
according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me
by the effectual working of his power”
EPHESIANS 3:7

Brian Troxel

CONTINUE IN HIS GOODNESS

CONTINUE IN HIS GOODNESS

“Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God:
on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness,
if thou continue in his goodness:
otherwise thou also shalt be cut off”
ROMANS 11:22

It is essential to the Christian walk that we discover the life of abiding; of continuing in his goodness. The branch lives only because it is vitally connected to the vine. It has no inherent life of its own; no ability to sustain or to maintain that LIFE within itself. The LIFE of a Christian is not based on a teaching or doctrine as necessary as those are. The LIFE is only available by and through the medium of a relationship with HIM who IS LIFE. A disconnected life, an isolated life, a life that lives only unto itself has lost the vitality and the wonder of the SON. HE IS the LIFE and it is imperative that we “continue in HIS goodness” that we may draw from Him daily HIS sustaining GRACE and MERCY whereby we are able to grow and bear fruit.

“And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life,
and this life is IN his Son. He that hath the Son hath life;
and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
These things have I written unto you
that believe on the name of the Son of God;
that ye may know that ye have eternal life,
and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God”
JOHN 5:11 – 13

This eternal life is in the SON and by holding, abiding and living within HIM that life pulsates through us. LIVING, growing and developing in HIM is the real issue of life. It is the great CAUSE of all our seeking and pursuit of HIM. To be content and satisfied with whatever measure we know today is the result of not seeing the desire of HIS heart that HE has purposed for us. This great CAUSE that birthed within the heart of the Apostle Paul expressed in the Book of Philippians…

“…and be found in Him…”
“…that I may know Him…”
“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended:
but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind,
and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
I press toward the mark…”
PHILIPIANS 3:7 – 15

This is to be the actual reality and cry of our heart! Let us ever seek to continue in HIS GOODNESS, in HIS MERCY and in HIS LIFE!

“For IN him we live, and move, and have our being”
ACTS 17:28

Brian Troxel

PASSING THROUGH

PASSING THROUGH

“Who passing through the valley of Baca (weeping)
make it a well (fountain)”
PSALM 84:6

The difficult places in life are not to be our home. They are places THROUGH which we are to walk. The secret of the Christian life is one of passing through, passing over and overcoming. It by our passing through these various places that we find in God HIS GRACE to develop the WELL SPRING of living waters within the core of our own life.

“He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said,
out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water”
JOHN 7:38

The fountain is produced by the walk. It is by our walking through desert places, valleys of weeping and sorrow and through many trials and tribulations that the well is formed and made. The signature of the Christian life is not one that is free from difficulties. It is in the  “passing through” that we know the waters that flow in secret places. These places are “designed” by our Great Shepherd who ever seeks to bring forth the Fruit of His Spirit in our lives. Endurance (a more accurate translation for the word patience) and longsuffering are not fruits that will be produced by a good teaching or sermon; they are the qualities of our living Christ that cannot be known or had apart from HIM! It is in the difficult places that we discover our need for HIM and in finding HIM we touch the source of this well that flows with living waters.

‘Hebrew’ in the Hebrew language means ‘one who passes over’. Such is the reality of all who know their God. There is no room for stagnation, no room to camp in former things, no place to simply drop out of the battle of Faith. It is in the faith of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; the faith of the Children of Israel passing over the Jordan; the Faith of David arising to defeat the Goliath of His Day that this truth is revealed. Those who continue to rise up, who continue to seek, knock and pass through the obstacles before them will know of these hidden waters that flow with life, healing and joy. Let us not hang our heads in this DAY but persevere and press into the things that lay before us.

Let us even now believe afresh that our God is able to bring forth HIS life from fragile earthen vessels. We must know and be convinced that the sorrows of circumstances, relationships, and disappointments are all part of the journey that we must PASS THROUGH.

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“Press forward. Do not stop, do not linger in your journey,
but strive for the mark set before you.”
GEORGE WHITEFIELD

Brian Troxel

HE IS ABLE PART FIVE – THE COMMON FAITH –

HE IS ABLE

PART FIVE

THE COMMON FAITH!

“To Titus, mine own son after the common faith”
Titus 1:4

Here is Paul writing to Titus as his own son in the faith. Titus was sent to travel throughout the Church of Jesus Christ to set things in order and to ordain elders in every city. It was a ministry that was to preserve the purity of the word, to stop the gainsayers, the propagation of Jewish fables and the teaching of the traditions of men. Right from the outset Paul is communicating to Titus that there is a common faith.  A common faith that produces a common love for one another; a common faith that produces a common brotherhood. The heresy of this hour where we see closed and secular groups each claiming that they are of the “true” faith is to deny the very passion of the heart of our Lord Jesus Christ when HE prayed in John 17, that they may be ONE. We are not talking of some ecumenical concept for that is but an attempt by man to have a unity based on the minimizing of faith and truth. What Jesus spoke of was a unity founded on FAITH and TRUTH. The common faith must produce a common brotherhood!

The Greek word used here for “common” is the word koinos (κοινός) which is best translated “common or belonging to several or of which several are partakers”. This common Faith by its very nature is meant to be shared and held within the community of faith and not some “elect” circle. It is a faith that recognizes and participates with people of the “common” faith. It is the root word of koinōnia of which much has been written and of which much more is to be known. How necessary it is for us to see that the commonality of the FAITH, not teaching, is what makes us partakers and joint heirs of God! Paul prayed for the Ephesians…

“For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ,
of whom the WHOLE family in
heaven and earth is named”
Ephesians 3:14 – 15

The Greek word here for family is singular! For it is by faith that we have been born into the family of God; it is by faith that we are made PARTAKERS and the expression of this faith in our daily lives must reveal this truth. The present day expression of a powerless, divided and secular church is a sad testimony to our real condition. Jesus said when the son of man returns will HE FIND FAITH. We are told that in this hour the love of many shall grow cold. Are we not seeing this? If we do not love our brother whom we have seen, how can we have the audacity to say that we love God whom we have not seen? This is the DAY to PREPARE the WAY of the LORD; a day to turn, to consider HIS HOUSE not our own. It is a day to return to the simplicity of the “common faith” that we might become that expression of the truth that will produce a depth of LOVE that the world may know of a surety that THIS IS THE FAMILY OF GOD.

May there be a hastening of this within the heart of every true believer in Christ.

HE IS ABLE!

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“They are the true disciples of Christ, not who know most,

but who love most”
Frederich Spanheim the Elder (1600–1649)

Brian Troxel

HE IS ABLE PART FOUR – SPIRITUAL PRIDE

HE IS ABLE!

PART FOUR

SPIRITUAL PRIDE

“And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee:
nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.?”
I Corinthians 12:21

Here we see Paul confronting the other enemy of the Body of Christ, spiritual pride. There are those who feel superior to other people of God so much so that they lose their ability to see the value of others in the Body of Christ. They have come to such a place that they actually do not see their need of the other members. Pride will always bring blindness and isolation. “…I have no need of you…” What an abominable thought, to come to such a “high place” that there is no recognition of the rich supply that is ministered through the wonder of relationship with one another.

“From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted
by that which every joint supplieth,
according to the effectual working in the measure of every part,
maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love”
Ephesians 4:16

There is a powerful supply that is ministered by the joints, that is relationships. The Greek word used here for joint means: “a joint by which other members of the body are connected together”. This supply can only flow THROUGH the members by means of the joints. This expression of the singular is only made possible by the supply of every joint. For individuals or groups to become proud and isolated is to cut themselves off from this supply. Stagnation, decay and death are always the result of spiritual pride. It is by these joints and the functioning of every member that the Body edifies itself in the Love of God.

“But the miry places thereof and the marshes thereof shall not be healed”
Ezekiel 47:11

Here we read in Ezekiel of a River that flowed from the threshold of the House of God, and everywhere this River flowed it brought healing and restoration to all that it touched. In the marshes and the miry places that were cut off from the flow of the river there was no healing or restoration. The life is in the River, and to partake of that life we must be part of its flow. The Hebrew word used for marshes here can be translated cistern or pool. This speaks of a separation that excludes the river; a teaching or “vision” that is not capable of embracing others. It is only running water that purifies itself. Ponds or lakes where there is no flow in or out quickly become stagnant and dead. So it is with us. The Dead Sea has inflow but no outflow. It is in the desire to save our “corporate life” that we shall surely lose it. Flow is essential to life and in the Wisdom of God we receive by giving.

“He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said,
out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water”
John 7:38

The validity of our faith is not expressed in doctrine, teachings and programs. It is revealed by the flow of living water. How that living water is expressed in each individual is as unique as God is infinite! How glorious and rich HIS House should be. The Psalmist cries out “How beautiful is your dwelling place, oh Lord of HOSTS…” We ARE HIS Dwelling Place, we ARE HIS Temple and may there be a new priesthood that has one cry upon their hearts; to make HIS Dwelling HERE resemble HIS Dwelling place in Heaven. “Thy will be done, ON EARTH AS it is in Heaven”. John hears the Voice of God and he says it is as the sound of many waters! Hallelujah! How glorious are HIS ways, how deep is HIS mercy towards us, that in the flowing forth of HIS river through each redeemed life we are able to “comprehend with ALL saints” what is the infinite splendour of our GOD!

How tragic it is for men to declare because “I am the eye… I have no need of thee”. Even the eye can become blind with its own importance.

In the New Covenant the word “heresy” meant something quite different than it means today. In the Greek it was anything that created a faction or sect. Whether the ministry was good or false, if it, or the adherents of a particular ministry, sought to create a special group or faction it was HERESY! May the Lord humble us from our own self importance and keep us ever in the place of living and abiding in HIM. We have Churches on every street corner that cannot help but propagate division and fragmentation. We have small groups scattered throughout the land as well, each with a great potential to become an extension of another isolated cell. For without a true vision of the Body of Christ we can easily become another form of heresy.

In the Book of Acts we see the ministry moving amongst the people of God from house to house, with no thought of raising up a particular “group” but ministering to the whole Body. This eliminates any self seeking agenda of HAVING disciples and brings forth the true heart of ministry in MAKING disciples unto our Lord Jesus Christ. To make disciples is to see HIS people come to the place of obedience, unto HIM who is the HEAD, that “in all things, HE might have the preeminence”!

May the Spirit of Grace fall upon us afresh in this hour that we might rise up in a new humility and pure motive to see that it is unto HIM that our gathering together is realized. May all the foolish pride and exclusions be destroyed in the recognition of HIS great MERCY that has been afforded each of us. May the “I have no need…” be eclipsed by the full recognition of our absolute need of each other that we find ourselves not cut off from HIS FLOW, HIS LIFE and HIS LORDSHIP.

“Only by pride cometh contention”
Proverbs 13:10

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“Pride is the ground in which all the other sins grow,
and the parent from which all the other sins come”
William Barclay (1907–1978)

Brian Troxel

HE IS ABLE Part III – THE VALUE OF EACH BELIEVER

HE IS ABLE!

PART THREE

“If the foot shall say,
Because I am not the hand,
I am not of the body;
is it therefore not of the body?”

I Corinthians 12:15

Value. Even in earthly things the value of something is based on what someone will pay for it, not its intrinsic worth. Something that may be of little value to one is priceless to another. In the Church at Corinth there was much dissimulation and controversy because there was much value put on specific expressions while others were minimized. Today we have a similar situation where multitudes of God’s redeemed people sit in ignorance of the wealth and the precious investment that is theirs in Christ Jesus. We all admire a gracious ministration of God in an individual, but the truth of the New Covenant is that Jesus paid the SAME PRICE for every man. He tasted the SAME DEATH for everyone that calls upon HIS NAME. The attitude expressed here “because I am not the hand”, therefore I am of less value is really an expression of unbelief rather than humility. Function does not determine value, rather the price paid! How we need to see things through the eyes of our Redeemer! We hear things such as; “I could never preach like that, pray like that” and that may be true. However, it is the “I” that is the problem, not the giver. For there to be unity, life and glory in the Body of Christ there is no room for I. This is His Body and HE PLACES the members in it as it pleases HIM not us; there is no such thing as something insignificant in God’s Eternal purposes. What HE has purchased is to become a priceless, unique and powerful expression of HIS LIFE. It is UNBELIEF that says “because I am not the hand, I am not of the body…” It is the recipient of the one talent which hid his portion in the ground that received such a stern judgement from the hand of the Lord.

“Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord,
we persuade men…”
II Corinthians 5:11

The FEAR OF THE LORD is the great leveler of men. Paul is stating here that the thing that propelled HIM from one city to the next in HIS declaration of the Gospel was the fear of the Lord. The fear of the Lord does not paralyze men it enables men to walk, live and be responsible to the investment of the Lord in our lives. It causes us to face our own unbelief and ARISE to walk in HIS PROVISION. It frees us from the fear of man, the fear of inadequacy and the fear of failure. It brings us to the awful recognition that it is to HIM that I must give an account, and that it is a terrible sin to hold the precious things of HIM in faithless inactivity and unbelief. This is the DAY for the people of God to ARISE and LIVE and WALK in the provisions of the SON in OUR FATHER’S HOUSE. All things are HIS, and HE is looking for a healthy return upon the investment that HE has given.

The validity of any ministry is revealed in the degree of life that the people of God exhibit within the sphere of its influence. Unique, powerful and varied expressions pulsate with a life that only lives to bring glory, honour and praise unto HIM from which all things do flow. The purpose of ministry is to bring others into their own ministry by ministering faith and responsibility into the life of each believer. For it is in each member feeling the “weight” of their obligation unto their Lord and Saviour that this body will arise in such glory and power that this world will know that this is indeed the Body of Christ.

“…but God hath tempered the body together,
having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked:
That there should be no schism in the body;
but that the members should have the same care one for another.
I Corinthians 12:24 – 25

It is in the doing of these things that they become the everyday reality of our lives. We must tear down these strongholds for the desire of the Lord is to bring us to the same love one for another that there be no schism in the body of Christ.

“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse,
that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith,
saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven,
and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”
Malachi 3:10 – 11

We hear much of tithing. How repulsive that it has become only a tithing of the unrighteousness mammon and not a tithing of the produce of the Lord within the hearts of the individual believer! How dare we believe that in giving more money the result will be “meat in HIS HOUSE”! Finances will not produce spiritual meat to supply the people of God with strength in the power of HIS MIGHT! The Church of Jesus Christ is a SPIRITUAL House not an earthly organization! A Spiritual house needs spiritual tools to build it, and it is in the functioning of each and every member that this house will arise and be fully completed!

This is the day for the people of God to walk in their gifts and callings and to know the responsibility and necessity of bringing their tithes into the storehouse, that there may be fullness and blessing in our midst.

HE IS ABLE,
HE HAS GIVEN AND HE IS COMING
TO HARVEST A RICH RETURN FROM THE INVESTMENT
OF CHRIST IN EACH OF OUR LIVES!

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“What difference does it make to you
what someone else becomes, or says, or does?
You do not need to answer for others,
only for yourself”

THOMAS À KEMPIS (C. 1380–1471)

HE IS ABLE!

Brian Troxel

HE IS ABLE Part II – THE BODY OF CHRIST

HE IS ABLE

PART TWO

ONE BODY IN CHRIST

“For as the body is one, and hath many members,
and all the members of that one body, being many,
are one body: so also is Christ.”
I Corinthians 12:12

Truth by its very nature is simple, but the implications of its simplicity are profound and costly. Truth demands change in order for us to enjoy and walk in the power it brings. Truth is the root from which all the fruit of the Spirit is formed. Without truth all things are a counterfeit and a sham. In the presentation of the Gospel of John we see in the introduction the simple statement, “In the beginning was the Word…” This Word is not a truth written in ink on paper. This is the LIVING SON who alone IS TRUTH. It is therefore vital that in the forming of HIS life in the individual believer there be a ministration of TRUTH to make us TRUE in the core of our lives. Truth only has one purpose, one end; to make the recipient TRUE in character and expression. Truth is not knowledge, it is not opinions, and it is not a supposition. Truth is power, truth is substance and it is nothing less than Jesus Christ Himself. Jesus did not say I give you a truth. He said I AM THE TRUTH! Truth is the WORD becoming flesh. To the extent that we reveal HIM in our daily lives is the revelation of the TRUTH that is in us. In the actual development of TRUTH in our hearts, we must begin to see that there is ONE BODY because “so also is Christ”! (Many members, ONE BODY.)

We look today over the landscape of what men call “Christianity” and wonder how such a thing could ever be. IF HOWEVER, we look into the POWER and LOVE of God through the eyes of faith, we must say, “How can these things NOT BE?” In 1 Corinthians 1:13 Paul asks the most profound question…

“IS CHRIST DIVIDED?”

I Corinthians 1:13

 

IS HE? The issue is not what we see, but what we know to be truth. FAITH is the doing of that which is the TRUTH in Christ. It is not concerned with what is, for FAITH can only reveal that which is REAL in the Spirit. By faith Peter walked on water; at that moment of time he walked in truth by faith. He saw JESUS walking on the water and his FAITH translated what he saw in JESUS into what he walked on earth. That is the true nature of FAITH. Faith is not statements, teachings or ideas. Faith is substance, revealed by our walk. If I believe there is ONE BODY even as there is ONE CHRIST then my life will reveal it. IF the question Paul presents here “Is Christ divided?” is answered by a resounding NO within our hearts then it is of NECESSITY THAT OUR LIVES REVEAL THIS TRUTH! Our speech, our behaviour and our prayer life must certainly be indicative of our individual abiding in HIM. To have and walk in the LOVE OF CHRIST can only mean that we love what HE loves. This ONE BODY can only be the product of TRUTH. For the corporate expression of the RISEN CHRIST will require HIS LIFE to arise within the life of each individual believer. The difficulty of this is measured only by the condition of our hearts. Peter asked Jesus about John, and Jesus replied “What is that to thee? Follow thou me”. Man always tries to quickly excuse our response by looking at someone else, but the truth lays within our own hearts not someone else’s. This reality can only be known as truth is truth in the individual. For this WILL SURELY COME to pass, but only through the medium of faith will it be so with us. Jesus died for the sins of the whole world, but the efficacy of the blood can only be appropriated by faith within the heart of each individual.

HE IS ABLE!
HE IS COME FOR THIS PURPOSE!

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“I have never yet known the Spirit of God
to work where the Lord’s people were divided”
D.L. MOODY

Brian Troxel