The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe. (Prov 29:25)
The fear of the Lord is the begining of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. (Prov 9:10)
The golden spires of human power, and wisdom will not cease to grow until the time of harvest is come. We may understand humanities’ aspirations through the lens of our own flesh – in which case we shall see it as a slow, and noble revolution of man’s evolution to greater heights.
The Christian, however, is seated in the heavenlies, above the spires of earth-bound prowess and power. Above partisanship with man.
Do you know your place? In the skies overlooking the lower realm of dust? As it is written: ‘But God… hath quickened [past tense] us together with Christ… And hath raised [past tense] us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:’ (Eph 2:4-6)
The believer is born from above, where our spirit abides with Christ who remains in the heavenlies. Describing this phenomenon Himself while in the earth, our Lord declared: ‘And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.’ (John 3:13) Ever notice that Christ, while on earth, declared Himself to actually be in heaven? Bear the context in mind: in the passage, He is speaking of the new birth!
If you be in Christ, your spirit-man is presently seated with Christ in the heavens. Brother Andrew testified of the great Corrie Ten Boom that she encouraged him to ‘keep looking down.’ Asking about the phrase, whether he should not rather ‘keep looking up,’ she answered that the believer’s place was to be above the ways of this world, looking down with Christ from a position above.
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the almighty. (Ps 91:1)
The secret place is far above this world, where the believer rests under God’s shadow, and learns the higher Way.
Each, and every believer… alone with the master. The secret place: that abiding presence; no, it cannot be seen, or discerned of man. Your flesh may be in the motions of the dust of the earth, but your spirit secretly abiding in the Holy Place. The mystery of Christ’s kindgom is within the believer (Luke 17:21), indiscernable, and unpercievable from without but for where two or more are gathered, and the Presence outwardly manifests.
What has the Lord taught you, oh Christian, when He dug your ears, and opened your blind eyes? Do you hear the howling wind calling your name? I am sure you hear the call of the earth competing.
In these last days we must guard against the fear of man. Do you know what it is?
The antichrist’s power in the earth is the flesh; his number (I speak of the antichrist spirit, not the man) is MAN’S number (Rev 13:18).
Man’s power is in organizations. Nimrod understood this, and the men of Babel set out to build them a city, and a tower whose top would reach to heaven so that they could make a name for themselves, lest they be scattered (Gen 11:2-4).
Man became organized, and built them up golden spires of human power… and by the Lord’s testimony in organizing thus they would have the power to do whatever they imagined (Gen 11:6). (For the signifigance of Babel in the New Covenant, see, also intro to post: Isaiah 2:10-22 The Gospel of Isaiah, pt. 3)
What organization is free from the fear of man?
Tell me – if you can – what the Church is? Is it an organization?
But I have explained, already, what the Church is; I pray you consider it: “The mystery of Christ’s kindgom is within the believer (Luke 17:21), indiscernable, and unpercievable from without but for where two or more are gathered, and the Presence outwardly manifests.”
From the begining of the preaching of the Gospel this was taught to us. Did not the Baptist, that first proclaimer of the Church era declare: “The kingdom of heaven is at hand!”? Did not Christ, Himself preach this message?
Your organized body – be it Baptist, Methodist, Pentecostal, or Roman – is not the Church.
‘Know ye not that YE ARE THE TEMPLE OF GOD, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?’ (1 Cor 3:16)
I bless God for every rightly organized body of believers, but no organization is the Church – YOU ARE (if so be that you have the Spirit of Christ; otherwise you are none of His (Rom 8:9).)
Christ raised up no organization; He raised up ministers. It’s ministers who build organizations. Neither did He command them to plant churches (organizations), He commanded them to MAKE DISCIPLES, or literally to teach all peoples (Matt 28:19). The Apostles quickly learned that planting churches was the most effective way to disciple whole communities.
Interestingly, Christ – so far as we can observe in the Gospels – never established organizations, Himself. In fact, when men developed such carnal thoughts of His ministry, He left them (John 2:23-25; 6:15), and rebuked them (Luke 12:14). Communities came together around Him, and He ministered to them. HE was the organization.
Likewise, when a minister establishes an organization, it is that he may disciple others… or it is unlawful.
The fear of man bringeth a snare. Do you respect an organization as the Church?
There is coming a day – and the day is already at hand – in which the word foretells the great majority of believers will be decieved by the antichrist. For he will ‘have intellegence with them that forsake the holy covenant.’ (No, not the Old Covenant of the carnal commandment (Heb 7:16), but the New Covenant of the Spirit.), and he shall pollute the sanctuary of strength (‘Know ye not that YE [not a building to be erected in Palestine] ARE THE TEMPLE OF GOD…?’ ), and corrupt by flatteries (Dan 11:30-32).
The fear of man bringeth a snare. ‘…but the people that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits. And they that understand among the people shall instruct many…’ (Dan 11:32b & 33a)
‘But God… hath quickened [past tense] us together with Christ… And hath raised [past tense] us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:’ (Eph 2:4-6)
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself [or do exploits], except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. (John 15:4)