By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
The need for clarity among believers is being nourished through a lack of promulgation of the truth. There is a tendency today to undermine the truth in order to facilitate acceptance of the previous unacceptable.
The prophet Isaiah, in speaking the words of the Lord, said: Woe to them that call evil good, and good evil; that 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! Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him (Isaiah 5:20-23). (Comment)
Clarity among believers was emphasized through the words of the prophet Habakkuk: I will stand my watch and set upon the tower. The prophet was expecting a word from the Lord which he received, in saying: Write the vision, and make it plain on tablets, that he may run that reads it.
This was a common practice; of writing public notices with large characters on clay tablets, that someone could easily read. If the notice was a warning it would cause the reader to prepare quickly for what was coming (Habakkuk 2:1-2).
Habakkuk was informed: 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. Behold, his soul which is proud is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith (Habakkuk 2:3-4).
Two classes of people are contrasted: The proud, haughty Chaldeans who will be victors in the forthcoming conflict; and the righteous of Judah who will appear to be defeated but in reality will be the victors because of their faith in the Lord. That which was written upon the tablet was giving notification of what was forthcoming; bringing clarity among believers as to the future.
Those who live in corruptness are vile in nature, do not desire to change their ungodly ways; even though it is clearly written, not on tablets of clay as in Habakkuk's day, but in God's Unadulterated Word which has been preserved for man's benefit, bringing clarity among believers, warning those who live in an ungodly manner.
Scripture reveals that the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:22). For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteous of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness (Romans 1:18).
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). When one receives the message of deliverance from sin; they are to be set apart from the practice of sin to righteousness. The body that had been an instrument of sin (corruptness) is to be presented to God as a channel through which the righteousness of God is manifested.
There are those, identified by the apostle Peter, who walk after the flesh (in their own ungodly ways) in the lust of uncleanness; presumptuous, self-willed, who speak evil of the things which they understand not, who shall utterly perish in their own corruption (unless repentance plays into the picture).
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 2:10-19).
Such are writing a different message, a message of deceit, to bait a trap towards acceptance of ungodly ways, making such to look attractive, as was the case of the serpent in the Garden of Eden influence on Eve (Genesis 3:1).
The apostle Paul wrote: If the trumpet give 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 are being disillusioned by various voices coming forth towards acceptance of ungodly lifestyles; even within the church in many Western nations. Acceptance is being encouraged towards bringing into the fold the ungodliness of man.
Acceptance of ungodly lifestyles is being elevated by laws and rulings to help promote their continuation. America, and elsewhere, are flirting with their own destiny as they allow the influence of the ungodly to be manifested.
Clarity among believers needs to be established on the truths of God's Word; rather than being entertained by misinformation towards acceptance of ungodliness. There needs to be clarity; as established in the prophet Habakkuk's day, a clear vision of God's Word or warning, to pay heed to "What Thus saith the Lord!"
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). Seeing that these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in all holy conduct and godliness (2 Peter 3:11). This message is just as clear as that which was written on the tablet of clay in the prophet Habakkuk's day; warning of coming destruction (Habakkuk 2:2).
Clarity among believers emphasizes hope at the same time. Scripture reveals: Nevertheless we (the believer 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). The Lord is long-suffering to us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).
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