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The Daily Word of Righteousness
Our Christian Pilgrimage, #33
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: (Ephesians 4:11-13)
Another reason for the eternal spiritual babyhood of the believers is that almost all Christian effort, at least in the Evangelical churches, is directed toward "getting souls saved," "making decisions for Christ," neither of which is emphasized (or hardly mentioned) in the Epistles of the Apostles. The emphasis in the Epistles is on the sanctification and growth of the believers and this ought to be our emphasis.
If a baby is brought into the Kingdom, and then we tell that baby to go out and bring in more babies, and those babies bring in more babies, then the churches will be full of babies. Isn't that logical? None of the great purposes of God, such as the development and ministry of the royal priesthood, is possible while the believers are spiritual babies.
God has prepared two great gifts for us to help us grow to maturity and unity in Christ. The first gift is great tribulation. The second gift is great Divine Glory.
Before the Lord Jesus can return, His mighty men, His warriors, must be strengthened and instructed in tribulation, in Divine glory, and in spiritual warfare.
The catching up of the saints to meet the Lord is described in the fourth chapter of the Book of First Thessalonians. This is the calling up of the Lord's mighty men to their Commander in Chief. The summons comes with the shout of war, the voice of the archangel, and the trumpet of God.
The second chapter of the Book of Joel, verses one through eleven, describes the invasion of the earth by Christ and His saints. It is the same attack set forth in the nineteenth chapter of the Book of Revelation, the thirteenth chapter of Isaiah, and the third chapter of Habakkuk.
Notice the type of saint who will ride with the Lord in that day:
. . . a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations. (Joel 2:2)
During the period that King Saul was in Israel, David was gathering his warriors, his "mighty men," in the wilderness. When Saul died, David had a nucleus of faithful soldiers who accompanied him as he was anointed king over Judah, and finally over all Israel.
During the period that the flesh (Saul) is in power over the Christian churches, the Lord Jesus is gathering His warriors, His "mighty men." On many occasions they are forced to go out into the "wilderness," so to speak because they do not fit in with the programs of organized Christianity.
To be continued.