RSS feed

Download the pdf file

 

By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an Ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.[1]

When Jesus was on the Mount of Transfiguration, two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendour, talking with Jesus. They spoke about His departure, which He was about to bring to fulfilment at Jerusalem.[2] He was also likewise warned of things to come, things that He had seen and foreknown, for He was with God in the beginning, and set His face resolutely to Jerusalem so that when He was warned by the Pharisees that “Herod wants to kill You,” He replied, “Go, tell that fox, ‘I will drive out demons and heal people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach My goal.’ In any case, I must keep going today and tomorrow and the next day—for surely no prophet can die outside Jerusalem!”[3] And by His faithfulness to the Father’s command, He too did everything commanded Him as did Noah, but by His faith, Jesus saved the world, “for God so loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son… to save the world through Him.”[4]

You might notice Jesus did not die inside Jerusalem, but outside of Jerusalem on the hill called Golgotha, the place of skulls, which is just outside of the walls of Jerusalem. As such, Jesus did die outside of Jerusalem, making Him more than a prophet, for He is a Prophet as the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy.[5] However, God did not permit Him to die in Jerusalem lest He be known only as the Prophet, but He died outside, He who could and did so much more than any hero of faith who came before Him.

Now, we have these two extremes of faith: Noah’s faith, which condemned the world, because if Noah did not build the ark and complete it within 120 years, the Holy Spirit would no longer contend with men, and the consequences of that would surely have meant the end of man. And the faith of Jesus, who suffered the shame of the cross, which saved the world. But the world that has been saved by Jesus does not recognise its Saviour, no more than the world that Noah condemned recognised its condemner until it was too late.

Between these two extremes, we have the middle ground of faith. Our faith that will condemn the world to the return of its Saviour is both a faith that condemns and a faith that saves, so that, even our faith is a walk of the most narrow way. On the one side, it brings condemnation for all who have heard the testimony of Jesus and have refused to believe in Him, and on the other side, it saves those who are yet to be born to live in a world where they will see their Saviour reigning as their King.

If it is a faith that condemns even those who have believed in Christ to days of distress unequalled since the world began, bringing many of them to face the choice of taking on the mark of the beast or to lose their life; then how much more it will condemn those who have heard and refuse to believe to destruction. Yet it is also a faith that saves even those who have never heard of Jesus or known about Him, and yet by the Law of Love that is written in their hearts, that fulfils all Law and prophecies, to see Jesus Face to face and be rewarded by Him with the Kingdom that God had prepared for them. As Jesus said at that time, “Then the King will say to those on His right side, ‘Come, you who are blessed by My Father; take your inheritance, the Kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.’”[6]

For the righteous that the Lord spoke of in Matthew 25:37 did not know the Lord, but did unto His brothers that which they would want done unto themselves, and so fulfilled the command: “Do to others as you would have them do to you,”[7] that fulfils all Law and all prophecies.

And what is this Kingdom prepared for them since the creation of the world? It is the Kingdom of Man, for when God made man, He gave him dominion over the Earth, saying, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the Earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”[8] So that, through Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Son of Man, not only will the Kingdom of God come upon the Earth, but the Kingdom of Man will be restored to man, and so the two will become one under Him, the Kingdom of Christ, for 1000 years.

By our faith, those, who did not do to the brothers of Jesus that which they would want done to themselves, we condemned to hear these words from the King: “Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”[9] It also condemns those who are the servants of the King who have not kept watch, who have not put to work that which was entrusted to them by the Lord, to be stripped of what they were given, as the King and Master will say, “‘Take the talent (mina) from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’”[10] And the enemies of Jesus Christ, who did not want Him to be King over them will hear these words: “‘But those enemies of Mine who did not want Me to be King over them—bring them here and kill them in front of Me.’”[11]

But for those who are faithful servants of the Lord, then their faith will bring back the Saviour, the King, so that they may hear these words from Him: “‘Well done, My good servant!’”[12] And for those who are friends of the King, words that He could not say to Judas, “Friends, have you come to welcome Me?” as those of us who are left alive, are also caught up to join with Him in the clouds above Jerusalem on the day He arrives.

So, understand then, anyone who has faith to remain alive till Jesus arrives, and daily seeks to complete everything that God has commanded them to do, has more than enough faith to move any mountain and uproot any tree. They have the faith that condemns and the faith that saves. That is why Paul wrote: For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life. And who is equal to such a task? Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, like men sent from God.[13]

So, what is the reality that you will face as it becomes more and more apparent that which you and I are doing? In Noah’s days, would not Noah have been a source of amusement at first, and as the novelty wore off, something they ignored until Noah was about to complete the Ark? The sight of the nearly finished Ark must have caused consternation in the hearts of his neighbours, or even perhaps opposition. So, likewise, it will and is for us a stage of novelty, and when the novelty wears off, a stage of ignorance, and then a stage of consternation and even opposition. For just as it was not the disciples of Christ who believed Him enough to guard the tomb day and night for 3 nights, but rather the Pharisees and Sadducees who posted the guard, so it is not the church that believes the word of Christ enough to post a watchman for His return, but rather, the enemies of our Lord who watch day and night to ensure that the work needed to be completed before His return is not finished.

For it is by our faith that the one who is the false prophet will be brought forth only to meet his fate in the Lake of Sulphur, and Satan himself will face the end of his days of freedom on Earth to face 1000 years of incarceration. Thus, our faith in honouring God will see the manifestation of salvation for the world and all who have believed in Him when they heard the testimony. And in honouring the Father so that His Son may return to receive the justice, honour and glory due to Him, we condemn this world to the days of distress before His arrival and all who disbelieve Him, dishonour Him and oppose Him to destruction, each according to what has already been assigned to them. Some to the fire, others to the darkness, and others to the sword, and all these will be done without any weapon made by men so that they may know the Lord was the One who elected us.

In the knowledge of this, what then should our attitude be like? It must be like that of the first Noah, in holy fear, having been warned of things to come, we complete the task at hand, labouring unceasingly day and night, and all the more, as we bring the day nearer. You see, it is by our faith that all that has been commanded will be completed. As such, Christ’s return is not for us like the coming of a thief in the night, but rather, like the appointed time of a dear Brother’s return after a long absence. Unlike others, we need not fear what others fear, but even our fear is holy. They fear what they do not know, we fear what we know, and who we know, who has been waiting patiently as He did in the days of Noah for the Ark to be completed. He who waited is again waiting for the Gospel of His Kingdom to be completed in its preaching, and then He will set the day by one set of ‘seven’ and He will make it known to us so that we are not in the darkness as others are, but in the light. Not that we tell what we know, for that would be casting pearls before swine and what is sacred before dogs, but by our actions, not words, people will see that the time is near. If they cannot see that God is once more about to shake the Heavens and the Earth by what we are doing, then they will not hear what we are saying, for Wisdom is proved by Her actions, not by Her words.

It is when you understand what your faith can do, condemn as Noah’s condemned, and save as Jesus’ saved, that you will come to understand the fullness of what Jesus meant: “If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”[14] Those who have sinned against us, we forgive them their sins against us, but as for those who have sinned against God, we are not in the position to forgive their sins, for God alone can forgive them for these sins. And when we forgive those who sinned against us, it spares them God’s vengeance when they do not do to us what they would have done to themselves. When we do not forgive those who have sinned against God, then by that same faith, we hold them up to receive that which God has prepared for them for their sins, that they may be brought to repentance and be saved.

Thus, even though Noah’s faith condemned the world of his day to the destruction of the flood, his faith saved their spirits for the day when Jesus was made alive by the Spirit, through whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the Ark was being built.[15]

So, be reassured that although your faith condemns and saves, it will bring about the end of all things and the day when God will say, “I am making everything new!”[16] So, who is equal to such a task? Only they who walk in the fear of the Lord in holiness to Jesus Christ, the Son of God, until they understand why He is also the Son of Man. You now know and understand that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who came from the Father, full of grace and truth, to show us the Father who is in God. It is time for you to also consider, to know and understand, what makes Jesus Christ the Son of Man, and what an honour it is that He is the Son of Man.

So, do not waste your faith on things that are perishing and have no eternal consequences, but invest your faith so that you are like the forefather of all men who live on the Earth, Noah, son of Adam and of Jesus, the Firstborn of the New Creation, the Son of God who is the Son of Man.

For, as surely as the Good News of the Kingdom of God is that God has a Son, who is the Heir to His throne, so also it will be the Good News of the Kingdom of Man when man sees Jesus Christ for who He is also. He who has an ear to hear, let him hear the Good News of the Kingdom of Man.

Amen.


 

[1] Hebrews 11:7

[2] Luke 9:30-31

[3] Luke 31:31-33

[4] John 3:16-17

[5] Revelation 19:10

[6] Matthew 25:34

[7] Matthew 7:12; Luke 6:31

[8] Genesis 1:28

[9] Matthew 25:41

[10] Matthew 25:28,30 (mina – Luke 19:24)

[11] Luke 19:27

[12] Luke 19:17

[13] 2 Corinthians 2:15-17

[14] John 20:23

[15] 1 Peter 3:18-20

[16] Revelation 21:5

|


Notice: Use of undefined constant user_level - assumed 'user_level' in /home/holyspiritsworks/public_html/wordpress/wp-content/plugins/ultimate_ga.php on line 524

Notice: Use of undefined constant user_level - assumed 'user_level' in /home/holyspiritsworks/public_html/wordpress/wp-content/plugins/ultimate_ga.php on line 524