“And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived. And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the LORD. And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.” – (Genesis 25:21-23)
In this 24th chapter of Genesis, Abraham commissions his eldest servant to fetch a bride from his homeland for his only son and heir, Isaac. The servant was given rich provisions and a message to carry from his master. He would testify of Abraham’s wealth and God’s blessing upon his seed. He would tell the appointed bride of Isaac’s glory as the heir of the promised land. There is no greater illustration in the Old Testament Scriptures of the purpose of God’s Church on earth. We are commissioned to preach the Gospel for the calling out of God’s elect, to fetch the bride of Christ out of this world and lead her home to God.
“Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you” (John 15:3).
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.”
“And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering…” (Genesis 22:2).
“Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water” (John 4:10).
“And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink.”
After stooping in great humility and love to wash the disciples’ feet, the Lord put this question to their hearts: “Know ye what I have done to you?” This was a work in which only the lowest servants were employed during that age. For Christ to stoop and perform such a drudging work as this, should inspire our worship, praise and adoration. But this was nothing compared to the lowliest of work He would soon perform at Calvary. O what filth of sin He would soon be hard at work in His own blood, sweat and tears to wash it away! Do we know what Christ has done to us? Do we know what it took for the blessed Son of God to cleanse us from our sins?
"Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him. If God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him."
Do you ask, “Are God’s promises in Christ to me?” The Scriptures plainly teach that God’s blessings of grace and salvation are to a covenant people. The Savior bled and died for God’s elect (Jn 10:15). Redemption and forgiveness are for a particular people, the Israel of God. Let there be no confusion or compromise concerning the finished work of Christ. He did not die to redeem all men or to merely make salvation a possibility for all men. The Lord Jesus Christ, as the covenant Surety and Representative of a chosen multitude, came into the world and actually redeemed somebody. And all for whom He died are right now presented perfect and complete before God’s holy throne in a triumphant, risen Savior.
How then are God’s covenant people recognized? What identifies the elect of God and distinguishes them from the perishing world? It’s not a mark that flesh and blood can see. God’s people are the children of promise (Gal 4:28). All of the rich, free blessings of God’s grace are conveyed to them by promise, and received by faith in Christ. You may be thinking, “How can this be? That’s too simple!” Yet, it is profound and impossible for natural man to understand. It is completely spiritual and must be spiritually understood. Unregenerate man cannot receive it, much less comprehend it. It’s totally confusing and perplexing to him. He is a stranger to the covenant, without Christ, having no hope and without God in the world (Eph 2:12). The promises don’t apply to unbelievers. But all men by nature are unbelievers, even God’s elect when they’re in a lost state. How then are God’s children manifested? Here are three things revealed in the word of God
Luke 17:32; Genesis 19:1-26
The blessed Son of God issues a great and solemn warning to all that profess faith in His Name and yet love the world. He holds before us a dreadful example of a woman who perished under the wrath of God with a look! The Lord says, "Remember Lot's Wife."
“And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” – (Luke 5:31-31)
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you." – (Philippians 4:8-9)
“The people answered him, We have heard out of the law that Christ abideth for ever: and how sayest thou, The Son of man must be lifted up? who is this Son of man? Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them.” – (John 12:34-36)
Abraham is set before us by the Spirit of God as the father of all that believe (Rom 4:16). They which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham (Gal 3:7). Children share the same traits as their parents. What characteristics show Abraham to be the father and example of every believer?
“And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram's cattle and the herdmen of Lot's cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land. And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren.”
Brethren in Christ are one body, one Spirit, and one faith in the LORD. For this cause, we should strive together to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Eph 4:1-7). Christ is not divided. Therefore, all strife, contention and debate is not of Christ, but is of the devil (James 3:13-18).
“Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them. Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.”
In these two verses the Psalmist David gives a summary of God’s mighty work of grace in the Lord Jesus Christ. He led captivity captive! A captive is a prisoner. If you visit a federal penitentiary, you will find residing within its walls many captives of the state. They’re surrounded by guards, fences, walls and bars. They cannot escape the will and dominion of their captor. This is how God saves sinners by His grace. The Apostle Paul described salvation well with this phrase: “Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ” (Philemon 1:1).
“So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.”
The tower of Babel is an emblem of false religion. It represents the erroneous doctrine of all man-centered, free-will, works belief. The Babel builders of Genesis 11 are still endeavoring to erect a tower today in most modern day churches. They fashion the same bricks and use the same slime in an attempt to reach heaven by their own works.
The great commission of the Church is to preach the gospel. God our Savior said, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned" (Mark 16:15-16). Believing the gospel will save you. Not believing the gospel will damn you. The Apostle Paul declares that the only power of God unto salvation is the gospel of Christ. He said, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth" (Romans 1:16). If the gospel saves every one that believes it, and no one is saved apart from it, then it’s vital to our souls that we know the gospel.
It's crucial that we understand the gospel of Christ and believe on Him according to the truth of God. There is only one gospel that saves, but there are many false gospels that will damn our souls if we believe them. John said, "As ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists" (1 John 2:18). Many so-called churches come in the name of Christ with many good works claiming to be messengers of the LORD, but they are not. They teach things that are contrary to God's holy word, and they omit the gospel, therefore they are antichrist. Beware of false teachers!
What is the gospel? If the gospel is the power of God to everyone that believes, we need to know it, we should want to believe it, and we have to be saved by it.
Here are two things clearly stated from the word of God about the gospel:
Very little is said about Noah’s life after the flood. Without question, he had many great responsibilities to fulfill as the spiritual and civil leader of the entire human race, not to mention the care of his family. But the Spirit of God has singled out one sad event that took place. With all that could have been said, God inspired Moses to give us the account of Noah’s fall. That fact ought to impress upon us the spiritual significance of these verses. This is specifically written for our learning, “that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope” (Rom 15:4). Noah was a child of God, a faithful believer and a great example of godliness, but he was still a sinner. Here are five things we should learn from Noah’s fall:
After God destroyed the old world with a deluge of wrath, He made a covenant with Noah that He would not destroy the earth again by a flood. This covenant was a clear picture of God’s everlasting covenant of grace in Christ. Because the Lord Jesus Christ has suffered all the fury of God’s wrath, He has fully satisfied justice and put away the sin of His people. And God has sworn to never be wroth with His people, nor rebuke them in anger (Isa 54:9). God gave Noah a token of the covenant, whereby God would remember His covenant and Noah would be comforted. In the event that God brought a raincloud over the earth, God promised to set His bow in the cloud (vv 13-14). What a beautiful picture of Christ our Savior, a picture we may contemplate and rejoice in every time we see a rainbow in the clouds!
"And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD" (Genesis 6:7-8).
Roughly forty-four hundred years ago, God sent a deluge of wrath upon this earth and drowned everything that had breath under a mighty flood. God wiped out billions of people at one time by an overflowing scourge of divine anger! “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.” Noah found free, unmerited favor and acceptance with God. Billions were slain and sent to hell, “but Noah found grace,” and was delivered. Multitudes were executed in strict justice, “but Noah found grace,” and God placed him safely in the ark. Countless were destroyed by the waters of judgment, “But Noah found grace,” and was saved by the flood waters. The same flood, which drowned the entire world, lifted Noah above God’s wrath, because he was in the ark.
“And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation” (Genesis 7:1)
God called Noah into the ark, because God saw Noah as righteous before Him in his generation. In this true account we have a picture of the righteousness which is by faith.
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