COME UNTO ME

COME UNTO ME

THE WAY OF SALVATION

“Come unto me,
all ye that labour
and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest.”
MATTHEW 11:28

Within this fast paced world in which we live there is an invitation that goes forth unto His creation, “come unto me”. This call of Christ is the response of God Himself to fallen humanity. It is the solution to the aching caused by unrighteousness, lust, envy and agony of every human heart sowing and reaping unto itself the curse of its own way. The call of God transcends the offerings of the medical and psychological professions of this world; for in reality the disease, suffering and weariness of this world are all issues of the human heart.

“Take my yoke upon you,
and learn of me;
for I am meek and lowly in heart:
and ye shall find rest unto your souls”
MATTHEW 11:29

“Come unto ME” says the one who willingly laid down His life in order that a “new and living way” would be available to the downtrodden ones of every nation and tongue on earth. It is the call of God spoken in every language of the earth. What is the answer of God to all men? His yoke. While religious men look to teachings and strategies (even from the scriptures) the rest and the peace that men so crave is found in the “learning of HIM”! It is in the yoke, in the walking, abiding and learning of HIS HEART where we are saved from the torments of sin, self and rebellion. It is in HIM and learning of HIM our hearts and minds are transformed and the peace OF God is realized and obtained. While men want remedies and strategies God’s answer is a changed heart and mind. For it is in the very essence of who men are that the agony, the pain and the unfulfilled cries of the human heart originate. The need for recognition, the desire for supremacy, the lusting for things outside of the will of God are all causes of the heart’s own misery. God’s answer is HIMSELF. For in Christ we see the sacrificial life, the call to righteousness and the offering of HIS LIFE in the stead of our own. A judicial righteousness, though precious and needful, will not cure the needs. The real answer is to grow, live and learn of that new nature until we become righteous. A simple reading of Romans chapter seven should clear up any notions that simply being born again will rectify this; it is only the beginning of the process. The real work of salvation is in the learning and abiding in HIM whereby we are lifted from this world to live in HIS. In the “seeing” of HIM we are transformed by HIS GLORY and LIFE. This transformation is not a religious exercise by which we conform to a religious teaching. It is a metamorphosis (the caterpillar becoming the butterfly) by which we are made “partakers” of the divine nature. This work of the HOLY SPIRIT is proportional to our submission to HIM. Thus Paul writes:

“I beseech you therefore,
brethren, by the mercies of God,
that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice,
holy, acceptable unto God…
And be not conformed to this world:
but be ye transformed
by the renewing of your mind…”
ROMANS 12:1-2

It is in the transforming work of the renewal of our minds that we are freed from the angst of this world. We can quote scriptures and endeavor to do “good” while still seeking to serve God out of the life and power of self. To what end?

“We know that the law is spiritual;
but I am unspiritual,
sold as a slave to sin.
I do not understand what I do.
For what I want to do I do not do,
but what I hate I do”
ROMANS 7:14-15 (NIV)

This life of wonder that God has called us to in HIS SON is obtained by the abiding, living in and learning of Him. The reason men abide in the crisis of Romans 7 is because we want HIS life while clinging to our own. In order for the LIFE of the Son to be known the other must be forsaken willingly and determinedly. Jesus has come to SAVE US FROM our sins; if we cling to them we will fail to experience the depths of HIS salvation.

“And she shall bring forth a son,
and thou shalt call his name JESUS:
for he shall save his people FROM their sins
MATTHEW 1:21

FREEDOM in Christ consists of our being made free by the operations of His Spirit within the human heart. That freedom is experienced in proportion to our knowing of Him by the glory of taking His Yoke upon us. Religious men argue that we will never be freed from sin, self and all of the pains of human nature. Why would men argue such things? Perhaps it is because it leaves no room for us to cling to some area of self. Those who hold to such a compromise rob themselves of the hope that purifies.

“Beloved, now are we the sons (children) of God,
and it doth not yet appear what we shall be:
but we know that, when he shall appear,
we shall be like him;
for we shall see him as he is.
And every man that hath this hope
in him purifieth himself,
even as he is pure
1JOHN 3:2-3

Purified EVEN as HE is PURE! How wonderful, glorious and beyond all understanding are HIS promises to us.

Can we embrace this call to CHRIST HIMSELF? Can we find mercy to submit our lives unto HIM to pick up OUR CROSS (His Yoke) and follow and learn of HIM? It is to such that HE WILL APPEAR! The purpose of the YOKE is to bind within us the very LOVE of GOD; that is the fulfillment of the LAW and the revelation of the LIFE of Jesus the Christ in our hearts.

“Love thinks no evil”
1CORINTHIANS 13:4

Brian Troxel

IS OUR LOVE DIFFERENT?

IS OUR LOVE DIFFERENT?

“And if ye salute your brethren only,
what do ye more than others?
do not even the publicans so?”
MATTHEW 5:47

The Greek word for “salute” would best be translated here to embrace or literally as Thayer’s Greek Thesaurus translates this word, “to draw to one’s self”. It is translated “embraced” in Hebrews 11:13. In the verse preceding this one Jesus states that if we love {agapao Grk.} only those that love us, how do we differ from the publicans? May the weight of these things impact us as we look around and see this love displayed to varying degrees throughout the church today. Does this not vividly describe the condition of the sectarian ways to which we have fallen? We see churches and various groups holding on to the close confines of those that “fellowship” with them and the common definition of the church or body today has mistakenly come to mean the ones that we meet with.

To add weight and importance to the above verse Jesus follows with…

“Be ye therefore perfect,
even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect”
MATTHEW 5:48

In other words our Father in Heaven is nothing like this. His Love knows no bounds; He does not show impartiality nor is He a respecter of persons. He sends the rain on the just and the unjust and His Son died for the sins of the world. We speak of “our” church, “our” pastor and “our” ministry as if we owned something or that because of our goodness these things have become ours. In Corinthians Paul states…

“For who makes you differ from another?
And what do you have that you did not receive?
Now if you did indeed receive it,
why do you boast as if you had not received it?”
1CORINTHIANS 4:7

If we seek only to meet with those of like mind we remove from us the wonder of His mosaic and the richness of the variations of His Wisdom. When we exclude or diminish another for differing from us we reveal the love of this world. We wonder why the world has not seen the Glory of our God in our midst while we live divided and walk in a love that loves only those that love us.

Peter, one of the Chief Apostles, started to segregate himself from the “gentiles” in his midst and was strongly rebuked by Paul and rightly so. The carnal man seeks to distinguish himself from others thus elevating one’s self. The need for recognition and distinction is at the core of that fallen nature. Jesus HAS broken down the middle partition between Jew and Gentile, between “Baptists” and “Pentecostals” and whatever other walls may be added through the “names” of teachings and doctrines. The gathering of the people is to be unto Him and Him alone.

Sadly the Proverb speaks to our day with such clarity…

“Only by pride cometh contention”
PROVERBS 13:10

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“Division has done more to hide Christ from the view of men
than all the infidelity that has ever been spoken”
G. MacDonald

Brian Troxel

ABIDE PART TWO

ABIDE

PART TWO

“If  you keep My commandments,
you will abide in My love”
JOHN 15:10

LOVE is not an attribute of God; it is what HE is within the essence of HIMSELF. HE IS Love. Therefore, in order for me to know what Love is, I must know HIM who is Love. A man’s concept of love can only be true to the extent that he KNOWS God and LOVES God. There are many within the Christian world who that think because God is Love, HE simply overlooks how we live, how we misrepresent Him in this world and how we treat one another. This is one of the lies that keep us from developing into HIS LIKENESS.

“For God so loved the world
that HE GAVE HIS ONLY SON”
Luke 22:32

Love does not overlook sin, it atones for it. True Love is righteous; it is holy and it ever seeks to bring others into its reality. It is in keeping the commandments of God, that I am enabled to live within its powerful sphere of influence. I cannot do evil, think evil and walk in my SELF and think to abide in God. It is an absurdity. The next couple of verses bring out the reason why we are to KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS…

“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you,
and that your joy may be full. This is My commandment,
that you love one another as I have loved you“
JOHN 15:11 – 12

It is in LOVING others that we abide in that which is LOVE. Seeking God’s love for our SELF is the very antithesis of actually finding it. When we cut others off from our life, we cut off the very means by which we are to abide in HIS LOVE. When we fail to speak truth, when we remain unconcerned about the spiritual condition of our brothers and sisters, we will find ourselves outside the scope of HIS LOVE. Apathy and neglect are the sins that clothe themselves in religious garments of “it is none of my business”, “it is between them and God” or “I don’t know if such a thing is true”. Love finds out, love searches out, love cares that a man has not progressed in his walk with God. Love risks relationship to be an extension of God’s heart and desire. Love ever seeks to be God’s heart to God’s people. It does not ignore sin; it does not overlook the issues that hold a life from the streams of HIS Grace.

Some are willing to help with the symptoms of sin but love goes to the core of the matter. Love ever seeks right “being” through which right “doing” becomes the effortless expression. People can only do right by becoming right. It is easier to cater to the symptoms than to actually deal with the root of the matter which results in the same circuitous pattern of behaviour. To love a person requires caring enough to bring them to the point of pain and discovery; to be willing to walk along side someone till we see a heart made free by His love within.

We are to LOVE ONE ANOTHER, AS HE HAS LOVED US! He is not interested in leaving me in my darkness, my carnal tendencies and my own lack of development. HIS Love for me reveals the hidden things, the things that I am blind to in order that I may grow up into HIM. His Love in others confronts me, helps me and causes me to consider my ways. The Love of God is what motivates us to interact with one another, HIS Truth is what makes us FREE and HIS Joy is the fruit of relationship.

“…but, speaking the truth in love,
may GROW UP in all things into Him who is the head—Christ”
EPHESIANS 4:15

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“If we want the advantages of love,
then we must be willing to take the risks of love.
And that requires vulnerability.
Of course, we can refuse this path
and trod another one devoid of openness.
But the toll on such a road is extremely high.
Charles (Chuck) Swindoll

Brian Troxel