CLARITY AMONG BELIEVERS

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By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel


INTRODUCTION

Clarity among believers is sorely missing through a lack of promulgation of the truth.  There is a tendency to undermine the truth in order to facilitate acceptance.  There is a whitewashing of sin to make it more appealing, and acceptable, to those who are ignorant to the truth.

The prophet Isaiah foretold the twisting of the truth in warning of those who would call evil good, and good evil; put darkness for light and light for darkness; put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.  Those who would be wise in their own eyes and prudent in their own sight (Isaiah 5:20-22).  (Comment)


Clarity Among Believers - Corruptness of Man

When a believer attempts to stand for the truth of God's Word; those who oppose such a stand, will blatantly use every means available to openly attack that individual. 

Those who live in corruptness do not desire to change their ungodly ways; even though God's Word clearly states that such is morally corrupt.  Clarity among believers, who adhere to God's Word knowing its infallible truths, are to warn others of their perilous ways of others (2 Timothy 3:1-5).

Practice of Sin

As you have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity; even so now yield your members to righteousness unto holiness (Romans 6:19).  A Bible commentary noted: When one receives the message of deliverance from sin; they are set themselves apart from the practice of sin to righteousness. 

We are living in a time when clarity among believers is needed; with many having walked away from the Unadulterated Word of God.  It is not promulgated as it once was with a new generation of believers allowing secular ways to intermingle with the ways of righteousness.

Being ignorant of God's righteousness, they are going about to establish their own righteousness, having not submitted themselves to the righteousness of God (Romans 10:3).

Walking After the Flesh

Clarity among believers is recognizing the fact that there are those, who walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness.  They are presumptuous, self-willed, speaking evil of the things they understand not, who shall utterly perish in their own corruption; unless repentance comes into focus (2 Peter 2:10-12).

They are spots and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceiving while they feast with you.  They entice unstable souls.  They speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh.  While they promise liberty they themselves are the servants of corruption (2 Peter 2:13-19).

Two Classes of People

Clarity among believers was emphasized in the words of the prophet Habakkuk:  I will stand my watch upon the tower; the prophet was expecting a word from the Lord, which he received:  Write the vision, and make it plain, that he may run that reads it.  The vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak and not lie; though it tarry, wait for it because it will surely come (Habakkuk 2:3-4).

A Bible commentary noted:  Two classes of people are contrasted: The proud, haughty Chaldeans who appear to be victors in the forthcoming conflict; and the righteous of Judah who appear to be defeated, but in reality will be the victors because of their faith in God.

They were given notification what was forthcoming bringing clarity among believers.  They were not to panic, at what appeared to be an unbeatable enemy, but to have faith in the message delivered being declared by God.

An Uncertain Sound

If the trumpet gives an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?  Whether flute or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped (1 Corinthians 14:7-8)?

Many today are being disillusioned by various voices coming forth even within many churches of Western nations.  Clarity among believers is recognizing the fact that the ungodliness of man is being encouraged by those who openly endorse such, who are ignorant of God's Word in regards to the severity of such.

Flirting with Destiny

Acceptance of ungodly lifestyles is being elevated by laws and rulings to help promote their continuation.  Many once godly nations, and individuals, are flirting with their destiny for allowing such to be manifested rather than rejected.

It is unfortunate that there is a new generation who have not continued in the ways of those who preceded them.  Clarity among believers is to recognize the fact that old time saints of God are becoming fewer in number; with their replacements not of the same caliber, in that they have rejected the influence and teachings of the past based on God's Word.

Living in Dangerous Times

Scripture reveals that the heavens and the earth, which are now are kept in store, reserved unto fire until the day of judgment, and destruction of ungodly men (2 Peter 3:7).  The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat (2 Peter 3:10). 

We are living in dangerous times; not only in the fact that the day of the Lord may be drawing nearer than one might suspect (as a thief in the night), with a nuclear holocaust a real possibility; or a cosmic happening of a gigantic magnitude, or God simply performing such as in the Flood of Noah's day; and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah in Lot's day.

Days of Noah and Lot

As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it also be in the days of the Lord's coming:  They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.

As it was in the days of Lot:  They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.  Even so shall it be in the coming of the Lord (Luke 17:26-30).

As a Snare Shall it Come

You shall hear of wars and commotions.  Nations shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and great earthquakes shall be in various places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights (Luke 21:9-11).

There will be distress of nations, with perplexity; men's hearts failing them for fear; and from looking after those things which are coming on the earth (Luke 21:25-26).  Take heed that at any time your hearts be weighed down with carousing and drunkenness, and cares of this life, so that day come upon you unawares. 

For as a snare shall it come up all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.  Watch therefore, and pray always, that you be counted worthy to escape all these things (Luke 21:34-36).

A New Heavens and a New Earth

Clarity among believers emphasizes hope:  We (the believers in Christ) according to his promise look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness.  Seeing that you look for such things, be diligent, that you may be found of him in peace, without spot and blameless (2 Peter 3:12-14).

The Lord is longsuffering, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).  His invitation:  I stand at the door and knock (that of one's heart); if any man hear my voice, and open the door (only you can), I will come into him, and will dine with him, and he with me (Revelation 3:20).

Know the Truth

Clarity among believers is to follow the words of Jesus:  If you abide in my word, then are you my disciples indeed; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free (John 3:31-32).  If the Son (speaking of Himself as the Son of God) shall make you free, you shall be free indeed (John 3:36).

Scripture reveals that the blood of Jesus Christ (shed on the Cross of Calvary) cleanses us from all sin.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:7-9).

As by the offense of one (Adam) judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one (the Lord Jesus Christ) the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life (being set free of sin) (Romans 5:18-21).

Failure in Accepting God's Provision for Mankind

It is a sad fact that not all will accept God's provision for mankind; to take away the sin of those who believe in His Son, Jesus as their Savior.  Scripture reveals that men loved darkness rather than light (the glorious Gospel of Christ) because their deeds were evil; neither comes to the light, lest their deeds should be reproved (John 3:18-20).

Clarity among believers is the fact that he who does truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are of God (John 3:21).  The apostle Paul gives the reason why all will not accept so great a gift from God, in saying: 

If the gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are perishing; in whom the god of this world (Satan) has blinded them that believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them (2 Corinthians 4:3-4).  Do not allow such a deception to take away God's glorious provision for mankind; the forgiveness of sin, and welcoming one into the household of faith!

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