CLARITY AMONG BELIEVERS

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 speaking the words of the Lord, saying: Woe to them that call evil good, and good evil; put darkness for light and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.  Woe to them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight (Isaiah 5:20-21)!    


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.

Practice of Sin

The Apostle Paul wrote: I speak after the manner of men (in human terms) because of the infirmity (or weakness) of your flesh: for as you have yielded (or presented) your members servants (or slaves) to uncleanness and to iniquity to iniquity (or lawlessness); even so now yield your members servants to righteousness (Romans 6:19).  A Bible commentary noted: When one receives the message of deliverance from sin; they are to 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.

The Apostle Paul wrote of his own countrymen: I bear them record (or witness) that they have a zeal of (or for) God, but  not according to knowledge.  For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves to the righteousness of God (Romans 10:2-3).

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.  Scripture reveals:  They walk after (or according to) the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government (or authority),  Presumptuous are they, self-willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries (2 Peter 2:10).

And shall receive the reward (or wages) of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure  to riot in the daytime.  Spots they are and blemishes, sporting (or reveling) themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you; having their eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling (or enticing) unstable souls: a heart they have exercised (or trained) with covetous practices; cursed children (2 Peter 2:13-14) 

Two Classes of People

Clarity among believers was emphasized in the words of the prophet Habakkuk was expecting a word from the Lord, which he received:  Write the vision, and make it plain, upon the tables (or on tablets), that he may run that reads it.  For 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, it will not tarry (Habakkuk 2:2-3).

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 declared by God.

An Uncertain Sound

Scripture reveals: And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe (or flute) or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped? For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle (1 Corinthians 14:7-8)?

Many today are being disillusioned by various voices coming forth even within many churches.  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 by 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:  The heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word (as in Noah's day) are kept in store, reserved unto fire against (or until) the day of judgment, and perdition (or 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, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up (2 Peter 3:10). 

We are living in dangerous times; not only in the fact that the day of the Lord may be 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

Clarity among believers is being aware.  Scripture reveals:  As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it also be in the days of the Son of man (or the Lord's coming):  They did eat, 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.

Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot:  They did eat, 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 day when the Son of man is revealed (Luke 17:26-30).

As a Snare Shall it Come

Scripture reveals: When you shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things much first come to pass; but the end is not by and by (or yet).    Nations shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and great earthquakes shall be in divers (or various) places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights, and great signs shall there be from heaven (Luke 21:9-11).

And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;  men's hearts failing them for fear; and for (or from) looking after those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of heaven shall be shaken (Luke 21:25-26). 

And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged (or weighed down) with surfeiting (or carousing) and drunkenness, and cares of this life, so that day come upon you unawares.  For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.  Watch you therefore, and pray always, that you be counted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man (or the Lord) (Luke 21:34-36).

A New Heavens and a New Earth

Clarity among believers emphasizes hope:  Nevertheless we (the believers in Christ), according to his promise look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness.  Wherefore, seeing that you look for such things, be diligent, that you may be found of him in peace, without spot and blameless (2 Peter 3:13-14).

For the Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).  This verse clearly expresses God's desire for the salvation of all who will trust in Him, and His Son (the Lord Jesus Christ)!

Know the Truth

Clarity among believers is to follow the words of Jesus:  If you continue (or abide) in my word, then are you my disciples indeed; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free (John 8:31-32).  

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 1:9).

Scripture reveals: Therefore 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).

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 Lord and Savior.  Scripture reveals: And this is the condemnation, that light (the Lord Jesus Christ) is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evilFor every one that does (or practices) evil hates the lightneither comes to the light, lest their deeds should be reproved (or exposed) (John 3:19-20).

The Apostle Paul gives a reason why many will not accept so great a gift of salvation from God: If our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost (or perishing): In whom the god of this world (or Satan) has blinded the minds of them which 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 (through Christ), and welcomed into the household of faith!  Clarity among believers focus on God's provision for salvation of the soul.

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