Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The True Church

God has a church. It is not the great cathedral ( Roman Catholicism), neither is it the national establishment ( SDA Corporation), neither is it the various denominations ( Apostate Protestantism); it is the people who love God and keep His commandments ( Revelation 14: 12, Revelation 12:17, Revelation 19:10, Isaiah 8:20). " Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them" ( Matthew 18:20). Where Christ is even among the humble few, this is Christ's church (Matthew 16:18 & 19, Romans 9:6, Romans 9: 25-27, Romans 11:5, 1 Peter 2:9 & 10, 2 Peter 1: 19-21), for the presence of the High and Holy One who inhabited eternity can alone constitute a church.

   Where two are three are present who love and obey the commandments of God, Jesus there presides, let it be in the desolate place of the earth, in the wilderness, in the city enclosed in prison walls ( Hebrews 12: 22-24). The glory of God has penetrated the prison walls, flooding with glorious beams of heavenly light the darkest dungeon. His saints may suffer ( 2 Timothy 3:12), but their sufferings will, like the apostles of old, spread their faith and win souls to Christ and glorify His holy name. The bitterest opposition expressed by those who hate God's great moral standard of righteousness ( Psalm 119: 172) should not and will not shake the steadfast soul who trusts fully in God.

   They that will be doers of the word are building securely, and the tempest and storm of persecution will not shake their foundation ( Matthew 16:18), because their souls are rooted to the Eternal Rock. E.G. White "Upward Look"

Monday, December 28, 2015

The Time Of Trouble

" Jacob's history is also an assurance that God will not cast off those who have been deceived, and tempted, and betrayed into sin, but who have returned unto Him with true repentance. While Satan seeks to destroy this class, God will send His angels to comfort and protect them in the time of peril. The assaults of Satan are fierce and determined, his delusions are terrible; but the Lord's eye is upon His people, and His ear listens to their cries. Their affliction is great, the flames of the furnace seem about to consume them; but the Refiner will bring them forth as gold tried in the fire. God's love for His children during the period of their severest trial, is as strong and tender as in the days of their sunniest prosperity; but it is needful for them to be placed in the furnace of fire; their earthliness must be consumed, that the image of Christ may be perfectly reflected." E.G.White