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Friday, 29 December 2017

Profession and Performance

Profession and Performance

Romans 10:1 Brethren, my heart desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.

This post will touch on profession and performance in Christendom. I hope to establish professing one's belief is not enough. The profession needs to be evidenced in one's life.

2nd Timothy 3:5+7 "Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away...Ever learning, and never able to come to a knowledge of the truth"

“As the storm approaches, a large class who have professed faith in the third angel's message, but have not been sanctified through obedience to the truth, abandon their position and join the ranks of the opposition.” – EGW, 1911, p. 608

What is truth?
John17:17 "Sanctify them through thy truth thy: word is truth"

What Word?
John 1:1 " In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

KJV John 1:14 "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.
16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.
17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”

Jesus is the Word and through him we become sanctified, made perfect.

If everyone only had to profess that they were a believer of Christ then all would confidentially be on the road that leads heavenwards. However, with profession comes performance.
Too many of us proclaim to be followers of Christ but, our lives are far from our profession of faith.

"Ever learning, and never able to come to a knowledge of the truth"
Many stay in the proclamation stage of their walk. Why? They have not come to a knowledge of truth. They dwell not in the Word but on the outskirts. The Lord says it is through him that we are sanctified. How is one to be sanctified if they refuse to do their part?

"Man must work under the guidance of the divine hand; for unless God co-operates with him, there will be no increase.  Human power cannot cease the seed to sown to spring into life. But there can be no reaping unless the human hand acts its part in the sowing of the seed" - Review and Herald Dec 8th1896

Christianity is not an inactive experienced where those who are Christians are simply moulded to be like Christ because, of some acknowledgement of Christ.

KJV 1 John 2:4-5
4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.

Once we profess (Acts 16:31 KJV) that Jesus is Lord we are then to obey

There are those who profess holiness, who declare that they are wholly the Lord's, who claim a right to the promises of God, while refusing to render obedience to His commandments. These transgressors of the law claim everything that is promised to the children of God; but this is presumption on their part, for John tells us that true love for God will be revealed in obedience to all His commandments. It is not enough to believe the theory of truth, to make a profession of faith in Christ, to believe that Jesus is no impostor, and that the religion of the Bible is no cunningly devised fable. “He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His commandments,” John wrote, “is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth His word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in Him.” “He that keepeth His commandments dwelleth in Him, and He in him.” 1 John 2:4, 5; 3:24. AA 562.3 - AA 562.3

John mentioned those who claim to know Christ and keep not his commandments are deceiving themselves. One of the fundamentals of the Christian faith is the acceptance of the ten commandments. Exodus 20:3-17 is where we find the commandments in their entirety. However, there are references before Exodus 20! Please read some of the scriptures in the brackets (Genesis 2:2-3, Exodus 16:22-30)

As those who profess the faith, we are to check ourselves daily. Let us ask ourselves “is my life reflecting God’s law?” “Would God be happy with this act?” “Should someone awaiting the second advent of Christ partake in such?” The prophet of the Lord notes;
“Could the veil which separates the visible from the invisible world be swept back, and the children of men behold an angel recording every word and deed, which they must meet again in the judgment, how many words that are daily uttered would remain unspoken, how many deeds would remain undone.” EGW, 1888, p, 487

Every man's work passes in review before God and is registered for faithfulness or unfaithfulness. Opposite each name in the books of heaven is entered with terrible exactness every wrong word, every selfish act, every unfulfilled duty, and every secret sin, with every artful dissembling. Heaven-sent warnings or reproofs neglected, wasted moments, unimproved opportunities, the influence exerted for good or for evil, with its far-reaching results, all are chronicled by the recording angel.” Ibid, p.482

The latter reference to “unimproved opportunities” connotes God expects us to act upon the opportunities he gives us. We are not to waste any chance to improve ourselves so we look more like him. Let us pray for more opportunities and to embrace the methods God has chosen for us to prefect our character.

A Christian is to radiant Christ so others will be attracted to come to Christ. How will we attract people to the saviour if our lives are debased and discouraging? There must be a clear distinction between the believer and non-believer. Why would a non-believer want to join the army of Christ if there is no difference between those who accept Christ and those who do not? 

“For the name of God is blasphemed among the gentile through you, as it is written”- Romans 2:24

A great majority are not mirroring the saviour, because of this the name of God is used callously amongst the ‘gentiles’. The children of God do not put a high regard on the things of God, so why should the unbelieving?
Will we continue to have a form of Godliness or will we be co labourers with Christ and act our part to hasten his second advent?

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