If My WORDS Abide In You
by Tom Stewart
July 16, 1999
Blessed people have the fellowship of Him, Whose "Name is called The WORD of God" (Revelation
19:13). "That which we have seen and heard
declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship
is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ" (1John
1:3). True Christian fellowship ministers the WORD of God to one another.
"Then they that feared the LORD spake
often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a Book Of Remembrance
was written before Him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon His
Name" (Malachi 3:16). The barrenness of not fellowshipping
with the "WORD [that]
was made flesh"
(John 1:14) begets the same wasteland of fellowship among professing Christians.
But, out "of the abundance of the heart
his mouth speaketh" (Luke 6:45), and the Spirit-filled
Saint will edify the Body with the WORD, as a balm out of Gilead.
If the professed Body of Christ understood that their very life and Spiritual existence is abiding in the WORD of God, then we would again have Pentecostal giants! "If ye abide in Me, and My WORDS abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you" (John 15:7). Not only would the Saints stand tall in the sight of their LORD, but they would be glad to see one another. "They that fear Thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in Thy WORD" (Psalm 119:74). But, the deceptiveness of sin has hidden their miserable condition from the eyes of the present Laodicean "Church". "I counsel thee to buy of Me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see" (Revelation 3:18).
The only revival that the professed Church needs today, is a Spirit-filled rebirth of the Living Logos in the hearts of those who name the Name of Christ. But, this would mean that professing Christians would have to admit and separate from their iniquities. "Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The LORD knoweth them that are His. And, Let every one that nameth the Name of Christ depart from iniquity" (2Timothy 2:19). We have robbed ourselves of Pentecostal power because we stand separated from the WORD of God by our abiding in known sin. "But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear" (Isaiah 59:2). Possibly, the LORD would reveal a Pre-Tribulational Rapture to even more of the modern prophets, if a Tribulation was not necessary to awaken the sinful, wayward Church. "Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded" (James 4:8).
The Good LORD will again speak comforting WORDS, when His professed people will turn again to Him. "3 Thus saith the LORD of Hosts; Turn ye unto Me, saith the LORD of Hosts, and I will turn unto you... 13 And the LORD answered the angel that talked with me with good WORDS and comfortable WORDS" (Zechariah 1:3,13). The desire of the Pre-Tribulational Rapturists to depart now or the Tribulationists to see a great moving of God during Judgment; both need to be aware of the Body's need to repent and turn NOW. "For He saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of Salvation have I succoured thee: behold, NOW is the accepted time; behold, NOW is the day of Salvation" (2Corinthians 6:2). The revival needed by the professed Church can and should take place NOW-- before any Pre-Tribulational Rapture or mighty movements of the Spirit during the Tribulation Week. "Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till He come and rain righteousness upon you" (Hosea 10:12).
And, what about the Pentecostal Unity of the Primitive Christians? "And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place" (Acts 2:1). Without a question, the Pentecostal Believers of Acts 2 were fellowshipping with their LORD and one another. "These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication" (Acts 1:14). Every attempt to affect union for the Visible Body without first attempting to find agreement over the WORD of God, must result in failure or ecumenical compromise. "Can two walk together, except they be agreed?" (Amos 3:3). Ultimately, fellowshipping with Babylon the Great-- the One World Religion-- will result from the indescriminate attempt to fellowship around some other foundation than that of Him Whose Name Is Called The WORD Of God. "9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, 10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of His indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb" (Revelation 14:9-10).
Christian Unity is commanded by the LORD through the Apostle Paul. "Now I beseech you, brethren, by the Name of our LORD Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment" (1Corinthians 1:10). Unfortunately, it appears that only the extreme persecution of the Tribulation Week will cause the Backslidden Church to repent and return to her former purity, i.e., "knowing that tribulation worketh patience" (Romans 5:3). If the LORD cannot reach His people with His goodness, then He must accomplish the task with His severity. "When He slew them, then they sought Him: and they returned and inquired early after God" (Psalm 78:34). It is to our shame that we would force God to deal with us thus; but, it is to His credit that He cares. O, the "goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in His goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off" (Romans 11:22).
Whether or not individual Christians have the privilege of true fellowship with anyone else in the world, we have the communion of the Living WORD empowered by the Heavenly Paraklete. "Thy WORDS were found, and I did eat Them; and Thy WORD was unto me the Joy and Rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by Thy Name, O LORD God of Hosts" (Jeremiah 15:16). Our seeking of the LORD Jesus through prayer and the WORD will give us great peace about the future. "Howbeit when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you into all Truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will show you things to come" (John 16:13).
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