Food for thought


An interesting principle is put forth in the Scriptures. It is more than merely interesting, though, in my estimation. I believe it is vitally important to understand and experience this principle in our daily lives.

What does it really mean to be “in Christ”? We are fairly well schooled about the need to be “born-again”. We ask Jesus to come into our heart and forgive us of our sins. It is relatively simple to understand how to do that. We may not understand all the mechanisms associated with how the Holy Spirit actually lives inside of us, but we have pretty well learned how to go through the motions for the process to take place. Or have we?

Until recently, I have pretty much taken it for granted that, as I ask Jesus to come into my heart first thing each morning, it is a done deal. I shouldn’t expect anything extraordinary to happen. I know a supernatural event happens at that moment, but I don’t look for or expect to feel anything unusual. You know, I’m not a Charismatic or Pentecostal. After all, faith is, just simply believing that Jesus will do what we ask because He promised to.

It’s like, “God said it, I believe it,  that settles it.”

When we ask Jesus to come into our heart I believe He enters us via the Holy Spirit. But now my question is, “Does that constitute the baptism of the Holy Spirit?” We are to be baptized in the Holy Spirit daily. Does that happen as a matter of course as we ask Jesus into our heart each day? Why not just assume that I’m baptized in the Holy Spirit and go on about my duties? That may have sufficed had I not run across some Bible verses and Spirit of Prophecy statements that make me wonder. (For those who are not familiar with Spirit of Prophecy, it consists of the writings of Ellen G. White)

Is the baptism of the Holy Spirit the “former rain”?  Can we have the former rain experience without the baptism of the Holy Spirit? While the subject of the Holy Spirit plays largely in this present topic it is not my intention to try to answer all the preceding questions, if indeed I could at all. In a subsequent study I will offer some insights addressing the subject of the Holy Spirit.

Getting back to the subject at hand—–so we ask Jesus to enter our heart. We may also ask Him to fill us with His Spirit. That is fine. Jesus said He, the Spirit would be with us and in us. And we base the process in a large part on John 1:12, “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.” Right then and there we are born again. We are born with a spiritual genetic makeup that will grow into a son of God. Every day we are born again because we must die daily, even though we are growing up into Christ more and more daily. So each day we are born again even though each day we are born again with more progress or maturity hopefully, than the day before. This is because of lessons learned, new truths revealed, experiences, etc.

So far this still seems very basic and commonly understood. Now we have more ingredients to throw into the mixture. In John 14:17 Jesus said the Holy Spirit would be in us. It also says that the Holy Spirit is to be “received,” just like it said we must receive Jesus in John 1:12. I will treat on this “receiving” a little later. So now we have Jesus and the Holy Spirit in us if we follow through on this process. In John 17:23 Jesus said that He would be in us and that the Father is in Him. Therefore when we receive Jesus via the Holy Spirit we are also receiving the Father by default, so to speak. Or are we???? I’m not so sure. I don’t think any of the Godhead enters uninvited, unrecognized, unacknowledged. Why did Jesus make sure that we understood that the Father was in Him? He went to task to make sure Philip understood this when in John 15 Philip said, “Show us the Father…” A Romanian brother alerted me to this situation by explaining to me why we are to “ask, seek, and knock” according to Luke 11:9. Although it seems in context to be speaking exclusively of requesting the Holy Spirit, a thoughtful reflection intimates that there are three Worthies that we are to receive as a unit but in their order. Actually, there is an “orderly” process outlined in the injunction. It goes like this, “ask and you shall receive the Holy Spirit, seek and you shall find Jesus through the Holy Spirit, (after all, isn’t that His office according to John 15:26 “…He shall testify of me”?) knock and the Father’s heart shall be opened unto you.” It seems to indicate that the Holy Spirit is the opening wedge, so to speak for much more to come, but not without sufficient effort on our part, as will be discussed forthwith. Does not the Scripture say, “And you shall seek Me and find Me when you search for me with ALL of you heart,” Jeremiah 29:13?

Now we have part of one side of the equation. We are bidden to knock. We can discover a clue as to what that entails by considering the counterpart to it as Jesus declares, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If any man hear My voice and open the door I will come into him and sup with him and he with me,”   Revelation 3:20. The Godhead knocks for entrance at the door of our heart. We are to knock for entrance at the door of the Father’s heart. By Jesus, through the agency of the Holy Spirit we may gain an entrance into the Father’s heart. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father but by Me.” Not only is Jesus “the Way” as far as example to live free of sin: He is “the Way” to the Father. This is also emphasized by the fact that Jesus declared His Self to be the “Door” in John 10:9.

If it were not for the work of the Holy Spirit, we would not appreciate the sacrifice of Jesus, nor would we seek a relationship with Him. Were it not for Jesus we would not have inclination nor ability to know the Father as it is our privilege to know Him. Some Christians mistakenly assume that they have all that there is to have of the Godhead by seeking Christ alone.  After all, He said that if you have seen Christ you have seen the Father also; because the Father is in Christ. And Jesus said that He and the Father are one. This does not mean that we need not seek a distinct, semi-separate relationship with the Father. I do not believe that Jesus was implying that.  I do believe that our relationship and dealings with the Father are not precisely the same as they are with Jesus. I hope to make clear why I believe this is so further on in this study.

Now Jesus not only said that the Father was in Him, He also said that He was in the Father. “Believest thou not that I am in the Father and the Father in Me?” John 14:10. In John 15: 5 Jesus said, “…he that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit…” Here we have pointed out to us the full compliment of the exalted privilege that is ours. The relationship that we are to have with the Godhead is a two-sided coin, so to speak. It is an equation of sorts. as well. It is an equality of condition as opposed to amount. “…that they may be one, as we are,” said Jesus of us, while praying to the Father. Jesus made use only of the same agencies that are available to us. Jesus was full of the Holy Spirit and had the Father abiding in Him as well. He was in the Spirit (see Luke 4:18) and in the Father. The Divine Agencies were in Him and He was in the Divine Agencies. This is exactly the experience we are to acquire and maintain. “This union with Christ, once formed, must be maintained. Christ said, “Abide in Me, and I in you… This is no casual touch, no off-and-on connection… Abiding in Christ means a constant receiving of His Spirit…” Desire of Ages, Page 676. (emphasis, mine).

We are to have the Holy Spirit, Christ, and the Father abiding in us. We are to abide in the Holy Spirit, Christ, and the Father. It is a two-way experience. It requires two-way reception. It is meant to be a simultaneous action with each of the three members of the Godhead, but each in their order. We would not ask the Father to enter our heart without first asking Jesus in would we? We receive the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit receives us. We then seek and receive Christ and Christ receives us. We then can request and receive the Father and the Father receives us. Each Divine Agency is received in His order. At first glance in the Scriptures it would seem to be automatic. You get one, you get all. Again I say, I don’t believe this to be so. With each we receive the ability to receive the next. This is what is automatic. It may be a little misleading by the way that we understand conversion. We encourage the unsaved to repent and ask Jesus into their heart to be their personal Savior. If they do that, though, it means that the Holy Spirit has been working in them already. You may recall in Acts 19:1-6 that the Apostle Paul met some believers that had been baptized unto Christ but had not been baptized in the Holy Spirit. They had to back up and be re-baptized in the Holy Spirit! They were out of order, albeit, unwittingly.

We don’t go around preaching to people to accept the Holy Spirit as their savior, and ask Him into their heart. That is not the position or office that the Holy Spirit is occupying. On the other hand we are to be baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost, Matthew 28:19.

The Holy Spirit is already at work, by virtue of the Father, drawing people to Christ, Who in turn will draw people to the Father, via the Holy Spirit.

Now about receiving the Divine Agencies and They receiving us….

The Father will not receive us unless we first receive His Son Jesus because Jesus said no man comes to the Father except by Him, John 14:6. No man comes to Jesus unless the Father draws him, John 6:44. Jesus said we must keep His words/commandments in order for Him to be manifest to us and for He and His Father to make their abode with us, John 14:21, 22-23. The Holy Spirit is included in this also. The Spirit of Prophecy makes it very clear: “So with the followers of Christ. We can receive of heaven’s light only as we are willing to be emptied of self. We cannot discern the character of God, or accept Christ by faith, unless we consent to the bringing into captivity of every thought to the obedience of Christ. To all who do this the Holy Spirit is given without measure. In Christ “dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and in Him ye are made full. Colossians 2:9, 10, R. V,”  Desire of Ages 181. So then there are conditions to being received by the Divine Agencies. Then there are conditions to us receiving the Divine Agencies as well: “ Christ has promised the gift of the Holy Spirit to His church, and the promise belongs to us as much as to the first disciples. But like every other promise, it is given on conditions. There are many who believe and profess to claim the Lord’s promise; they talk about Christ and about the Holy Spirit, yet receive no benefit. They do not surrender the soul to be guided and controlled by the divine agencies. We cannot use the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is to use us. Through the Spirit God works in His people ‘to will and to do of His good pleasure.’Philippians 2:13. But many will not submit to this. They want to manage themselves. This is why they do not receive the heavenly gift. Only to those who wait humbly upon God, who watch for His guidance and grace, is the Spirit given. The power of God awaits their demand and reception. This promised blessing, claimed by faith, brings all other blessings in its train. It is given according to the riches of the grace of Christ, and He is ready to supply every soul according to the capacity to receive, Desire of Ages 672. So we must meet the conditions prerequisite to receiving the Holy Spirit so we can in turn seek and receive Christ and then on to the Father. Trying to get to know Jesus or the Father without seeking the Holy Spirit’s fullness is an impossibility. Thank God that we are told what the conditions are!

At this point there may be some that read this and think, “Wait a minute, this is getting way too complicated. The Gospel is supposed to be simple enough for a child to understand.” I agree. Let me do a little explaining. There are three phases to the reception process. The reception of justification , the reception of sanctification, and the reception of glorification. Jesus had glorified the Father in that He completed the work of sanctification. You can read all about it in John 17. He prayed to the Father to fulfill the same process in His disciples so that they could eventually be glorified. That includes us. Jesus needed not the reception of justification because He never sinned. The reception of justification really is the simplest part. We choose the plan of salvation and surrender to Christ, thus receiving Him by faith and we are “…accepted in the Beloved,” Ephesians 1:6. By the act of giving a flower to Jesus, children had their names inscribed in the Book of  Life, see Desire of Ages, page 564. It is after we have taken the name of Christ upon us that we enter a new phase of relationship. We are then under the most solemn obligations to follow through on building a character fit for eternity and in working for the salvation of others. This is the phase with the all-encompassing conditions. Look at this statement: The tenderness of Christ is to be brought into the daily life of his followers. His character is to be reproduced in them. The disinterested benevolence shown by him is to be shown by them. His love for souls should be cultivated by practice. Humble, wrestling prayer will soften and subdue hearts. Christ’s servants can and should be able to meet and overcome every temptation. They should say, ‘I am not my own; I have been bought with a price. By the infinite sacrifice Christ has made for me, he has put it out of my power to give him more than he demands. All is his. He has purchased me, body, soul, and spirit. He calls for all my time, all my capabilities.’ Thus we may show that we are abiding in Christ and that Christ is abiding in us. Christ accepts no divided service. His followers are to shine as lights in the world. ‘Come out of the world, and be ye separate,’ is the message which comes sounding down along the line to our time. Love not the world, neither the things of the world. Set your affections on things above, and not on things below. Those who heed this message will find that Christ’s yoke is easy and his burden light.”

Mrs. E. G. White

General Conference Bulletin

April 1, 1899

It is not without good reason that it must be a totally consistent connection with the Divine Agencies as will be shown next. While the members of the Godhead are one in purpose they are different in their work of dealing with us. They hold different offices. Cooperation with all three is indispensable if we are to reach our full potential as representatives of Christ and finish the work He has given us to do, thus establishing the framework for the reception of glorification.

The Holy Spirit uses us as long as we cooperate with Him. The Holy Spirit has a work to complete in this world just like Jesus did. He is anxious to complete it. Jesus’ work is still to bridge the gap between us and the Father so that we may be availed of the divine treasury. The divine treasury houses the equipment, tools, and armaments (including strategies) that we need to complete the work that Jesus has assigned us. We are to build a character for eternity and win others over to do the same. The Father’s work is to release the treasures to Christ. Christ delivers them to us via the Holy Spirit.

“In describing to His disciples the office work of the Holy Spirit, Jesus sought to inspire them with the joy and hope that inspired His own heart. He rejoiced because of the abundant help He had provided for His church. The Holy Spirit was the highest of all gifts that He could solicit from His Father for the exaltation of His people. The Spirit was to be given as a regenerating agent, and without this the sacrifice of Christ would have been of no avail. The power of evil had been strengthening for centuries, and the submission of men to this satanic captivity was amazing. Sin could be resisted and overcome only through the mighty agency of the Third Person of the Godhead, who would come with no modified energy, but in the fullness of divine power. It is the Spirit that makes effectual what has been wrought out by the world’s Redeemer. It is by the Spirit that the heart is made pure. Through the Spirit the believer becomes a partaker of the divine nature. Christ has given His Spirit as a divine power to overcome all hereditary and cultivated tendencies to evil, and to impress His own character upon His church…Of the Spirit Jesus said, “He shall glorify Me.” The Saviour came to glorify the Father by the demonstration of His love; so the Spirit was to glorify Christ by revealing His grace to the world. The very image of God is to be reproduced in humanity. The honor of God, the honor of Christ, is involved in the perfection of the character of His people.” Desire of Ages 671.

The Father receives us through Christ as our Intercessor. We receive the Father, and the treasures that the Father issues out, through Christ as our Bestower.

The Father reveals his love to Christ by receiving and welcoming the friends of Christ as his friends…Our precious Saviour is ours today. In him our hopes of eternal life are centered. He is the One who presents our petitions to the Father, and communicates to us the blessing for which we asked. He is the medium of prayer through which man speaks to God, and the medium through which God imparts blessing to humanity. He is the Intercessor and the Bestower.”  ST 6-18-96.  “The summing up of the benefit of prayer is that devotion that leads to faith in God’s promises. This faith is the key that opens the divine treasury, is the hand by which we appropriate to our use the richest gifts of God. The prayer of the contrite heart unlocks the treasure house of supplies, and lays hold of omnipotent power. The Lord Jehovah accepts the argument that is presented in the name of his Son, and places the resources of his merit at your command. It is our privilege and duty to bring the efficacy of the name of Christ into our petitions, and use the very arguments that Christ has used in our behalf. Our prayers will then be in complete harmony with the will of God. Then it is that Christ clothes the contrite suppliant with his own priestly vestments, and the human petitioner approaches the altar holding the holy censer, from which ascends the incense of the fragrance of the merit of Christ’s righteousness.”  ST 6-18-96.

Where is this experience of “within and without” taking us? Understanding the process of obtaining the character of Christ as Intercessor and Bestower is indispensable to our receiving it. His experience is to be ours, for “…as He is, so are we in this world.” 1John 4:17. The only thing that Christ is waiting for in order to finish the plan of redemption is 144,000 who are filled with His Spirit, complete in His character. We must finish the work He has left us to do. The experience within will be revealed in the conduct without. The Father is longing to receive us physically into His open arms. Let us seek Him in the manner He has arranged. “We are not to think of reward, but of service; yet kindness shown in this spirit will not fail of its recompense. “Thy Father which seeth in secret Himself shall reward thee openly.” While it is true that God Himself is the great Reward, that embraces every other, the soul receives and enjoys Him only as it becomes assimilated to Him in character. Only like can appreciate like. It is as we give ourselves to God for the service of humanity that He gives Himself to us.” Mount of Blessings, 81.

“We may talk of the blessings of the Holy Spirit, but unless we prepare ourselves for its reception, of what avail are our works? Are we striving with all our power to attain to the stature of men and women in Christ? Are we seeking for His fullness, ever pressing toward the mark set before us—the perfection of His character? When the Lord’s people reach this mark, they will be sealed in their foreheads. Filled with the Spirit, they will be complete in Christ, and the recording angel will declare, ‘It is finished’” (The Review and Herald, June 10, 1902).

Food for thought




We are told in the Spirit of Prophecy, that the first law of heaven is order.

I have always wondered why this is so. I thought that love should be the first law there. Or maybe it should be the commandment that tells us to only worship the creator. But, no, the first law of heaven is order.

I decided to study the Bible about order to understand why it is so important. One thing I found out is that the word “order” in the Bible comes from its association with warfare as in the arrangement of troops. We know that there was war in heaven when God cast Satan out. But there is not war there now. We know that there is order in the placement of the stars and planets. The nineteenth psalm tells us that the heavens declare the glory of God. We can see the order in nature between the plants and animals. We know that there is order in the way that our bodies are made. All of the systems of our bodies work together with perfect order. We have our immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, and so on, all working with order to keep us alive. If any of those systems is not working to the proper order that it was intended to there is disease or even death.

In Romans chapter one it says that there is no excuse for anyone to say that there is not a creator. The order revealed in the things God has created, prove that God exists.

Order, then, is the foundation of creation and life. But this is all relating to the physical creation. This order is all about the things we can see and touch. Why should order have a moral quality about it or does it? Does order have anything to do with the Ten Commandments, which show us how to behave with each other? In the Bible the words “laws”, “commandments”, “statutes”, “ordinances”, “precepts”, “judgments”, and some other words are used somewhat interchangeably. They have in the original language of the old testament as part of their meaning, “due order”. In fact, the word “ordinance” comes from the word “order”. So then we can see how that all of God’s laws are really there to help us to order our lives morally.

I once worked for a rich man. He had a business of the repairing of parts for big aircraft. He was not a Christian but he knew that I was a Christian. Before he would hire me, he made me sign a contract saying that I would not talk about my religion at work. I was happy to sign it. One morning, after I had been working there for a couple of years, he walked up to my work area. He said, “I had a dream about you last night.” I said, “What was it about?” He said, “It was about a man who has his life in order.” That was all he said and he turned around and walked away.

You see that when we strictly keep God’s laws, we are demonstrating to others the validity of God’s existence, by revealing heaven’s first law, which is order. We must obey not only the Ten Commandments, which is God’s moral law.  We must obey also God’s physical law to preserve our health to the best of our ability. In this way we show that we honor God’s creative power and authority.

Psalm 50:23 says n part, “…to him that orders his conversation right, I will show the salvation of God.” Here is another area in which God requires order. Our words should be well chosen at all times. Our speech should be carefully considered before the words leave our lips. This is one of the greatest evidences that we are a Christian. Have you thought about what it will be like in heaven? What about when we talk to the holy angels that are there? Will they be ashamed of our manner of speaking? Now is the time to train our mouths to speak words that are refined and uplifting. Proverbs 15:28 says: “The heart of the righteous studies to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.” Could it be that by simply speaking without carefully considering the import and possible consequences of our words renders us automatically as among the wicked? I have fallen short in this area of my life many times. We must overcome all of our defects of character before we can enter the city of God. God help us, is what I say.

Psalm 37:23 says: “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord and He delights in his way.” Do we want the Lord to delight in our ways? Then we must let Him order our steps. Psalm 119;133 says: “Order my steps in Your Word…” There is very much more that can be said on just what it means to have our steps ordered by the Lord. It is a subject all of its own. It has to do with rhythms, cycles, cadences. Timing has everything to do with it as we will find out.

The Lord Jesus Christ wants to have control of every area of our lives. There is a divine order for everything we say, do or think. I believe there are some of us here that are not satisfied with our current relationship with God. We want a closure walk with Jesus. Let us look at how to please God with our lives as it pertains to order.

Solomon was said to have been the wisest man that ever lived. God did not give him wisdom all at once. Solomon asked for an understanding heart. God gave to Solomon the ability to become wise. Solomon tells us that he had to apply his heart to know wisdom. In other words he had to study very carefully many things. It was not easy. Solomon wrote down many proverbs and instruction. He says that if we apply our heart to understand what he wrote we can have wisdom also. Solomon left us a solemn warning, also. He said in Ecclesiastes 1:18, “For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increases knowledge increases sorrow.” Why is that? Jesus, Who was far wiser than Solomon was called  “…a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief”.  Again I ask, “Why is that?” Are we willing to get that wisdom if it will cause us much grief and sorrow?

Proverbs 4:7 tells us that wisdom is the most important character trait we can acquire. It is first in rank or order. Why is it not love, I wondered. Since order is the first law of heaven than we must follow order so that we can understand order. And since wisdom is the first in order of importance, it will teach us how to know and follow God’s order in all of the areas of our life, such as our words, actions, thoughts, and feelings. We are told that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” We are also told what the fear of the Lord is. Proverbs 8:13 says that the fear of the Lord is to hate evil. Do we really hate evil? What does it mean to hate evil? Have we become so accustomed to the ways of the world that we not only tolerate evil but we are entertained by it through the media? By watching evil for entertainment we are actually guilty of the evil ourselves.

Only God is the Judge. We are all going to be judged. We can claim the sacrifice of Jesus on our behalf all we want but we are still going to face everything we say, do and think in the final judgment. Solomon tells us how we can by wisdom attain to God’s order and obtain the best status in the final judgment.

Let us find out what order and the judgment have to do with each other. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says that there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven. After that, there are many examples given. There’s a time to love and a time to hate. There’s a time to be born and a time to die. There’s a time to make war and a time to make peace. What we are being told here is that everything has an appointed time when it will take place. God has a time when He does things. The challenge for us is to discern when is the right time for us to do or not do something according to God’s timing. We have instruction here that there is a right time and a wrong time for everything. It says also that there is a time to speak and a time to keep silence. It should not come as any surprise to us that there is right time and a wrong time to speak. The Bible tells us that we will give an account to God of every word we speak. It also says that we will be condemned or justified in the judgment by our words. Jesus Hisself told us this in Matthew 12:36, 37. But there is more to it as we shall see. Solomon left a prescription or formula for us to obtain wisdom and be assured of success in the judgment.  If we can discover the process and master it we will have found the science, not only of success in the judgment but we will also learn how to win others to Christ and how to have our prayers answered.

Let’s go back to Ecclesiastes and see what Solomon was really trying to tell us. Ecclesiastes 3:16 says, “And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment , that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there.” It is telling us that even in a situation that appears to have good judgment and righteousness applied, there can be and often is sin and wickedness. It goes on to explain in verse seventeen that this is the reason that God must judge every action of our lives. It says that there is a time for every purpose and for every work. The work that is being talked about is something we have done but shouldn’t have done. It also covers things that we didn’t do but should have done. There are sins of commission and sins of omission; just like a time to speak and a time not to speak. Now the word “purpose” in verse seventeen also means “desire” in the Hebrew. Purpose, then, is referring to our motives. Our motives may be correct or they may be incorrect, but the action we take based on the correct motive must also be at the correct time. Let me give an example. Jesus healed a leper. You can read about it in the end of Mark chapter one. Jesus sternly instructed him not to tell anyone what had happened until he had been cleared by the priests. But what did the man do? He went immediately and started telling everyone he could find about it. Did the man have the right motive in wanting to testify that God had healed him?  Probably. The action in itself was not wrong to do. It was only in the timing that the man failed the test. Jesus had to greatly restrict His work in that city because of the healed man’s decision to ignore the correct time to do what would otherwise have been good. The healed man will face his decision and action in the judgment. He may have repented later and the Lord would forgive him. We don’t know.

Every situation that we find ourselves in throughout the day is a test to see whether or not we will do the right thing at the right time for the right reason.

Getting back to Solomon we find that he gives us a little more information on this topic in chapter eight of Ecclesiastes. In verse five it says that a wise man’s heart takes into account both time and judgment. Have you ever wanted to do something that you thought was good but it turned out all wrong? I have. It is more often the case that we move too quickly in some situations. We usually run ahead of the Lord, rather than following too far behind Him. It is our impatience that gets us into trouble. Verse six now says that because there is a correct and incorrect time for every motive and action, that it causes us a lot of misery. It is not easy to wait for the Lord to reveal the exact time for something. Jesus was found joyful when others were sad. He was sad at times when others were celebrating. He understood order so that His timing was accurate while everyone else had no idea that their timing was incorrect or out of order.

We have many instructions in the Bible that tell us when is the right time and when is the wrong time to do something. It is a part of wisdom; perhaps the greater part of wisdom to know when to do something so that the effect of that action does the greatest amount of good for the kingdom of God.

Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and strengthen your heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” Why is there always so much emphasis in the Bible on waiting for God to do something? Why is the Lord seemingly so slow to act?

Will the Lord really tell us when to speak or not? Will He really tell us when to cry or laugh? Do we really have to be that in-touch with the Lord?

Jesus had to correct His own mother when she hinted to Him to provide wine for a wedding by a miracle. He told her that it wasn’t the right time yet. He granted her desire while letting her know that it is better to wait for God’s perfect timing.

In order to be successful in the judgment we must do the right thing at the right time for the right reason. How can we know if we have the right motive in doing or not doing something? I have often wondered about this. The Spirit of Prophecy tells us that we should do right because it is right.

This statement provides us a clue as to how we can know if we have the right motives for serving God. When we love order as God has intended it, we will be willing to wait upon God to reveal the right time for us to act. Don’t forget that Jesus told us in Luke 21:19, “In your patience you possess your souls.” We could go on and on about waiting on the Lord. The whole test over Sabbath verses Sunday is based on the principle of order as it relates to time. Sunday keepers may have pure motives for observing Sunday as the day of weekly avocation. They may even keep Sunday exactly as Sabbath is to be kept. The problem is that it is not the timing of God’s perfect order. It is out of sync with God’s perfect arrangement of order based on time. It is a perversion of the natural cycle initiated by the Creator. Now most Sunday keepers do not understand the true issues at stake as to why the day of rest cannot be changed. Therefore they are not yet charged with receiving the “mark of the beast.” Soon the Sabbath will be explained more fully. Then the issue of force will be involved in the exaltation of the “spurious Sabbath.” The principle of time/order will then be leveraged against the rejecters of the true Sabbath. God’s jealousy for His perfect creation of order will have bearing in the judgment. Who has the right to change God’s perfect timing? Do you see the issue?

What will it be with us? Will we seek God’s order because it is right? Will we wait for the Lord to tell us when to speak or not? In the multitude of words there wants not sin the Bible tells us. Many things would be left unsaid if we followed wisdom in waiting on the Lord before speaking.

How will it be with you and I in the judgment? There is much grief in seeing people speaking and doing things that are out of order and out of time.

May the Lord help us!


More articles will follow, some of which will inevitably refer back to the principle discussed in this article.