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When simple Truth clashes with our common experience.

Posted by appolus on February 29, 2016

In Galatians we see an encounter between Paul and Peter at Antioch. It has to be remembered that the initial Church was all Jewish. And even at that time the Jewish teachings and traditions were well over a thousand years old. Imagine for a moment, a thousand years of history, teachings and interpretations and ritual. You were special, Gods own called out people and everyone else were Gentiles, apart from God.

In Acts 10 we see that Peter encounters God in a vision on a rooftop. A sheet comes down with every kind of unclean animal that Jewish people were forbidden to eat and God tells Peter to rise and kill and eat. Now, this would be something like Abraham being told to take his son up the hill and burn him to death. How could this be God? This is the mental and emotional anguish that Peter must have wrestled with as he defies God three times, three times brothers and sisters. At that very moment, the servant of Cornelius the Gentile arrives. The answer to Peter’s vision just knocked on his door. How would you like a question to God to be answered so quickly? And we know what happens next, he goes to Cornelius’s house and witnesses the Holy Spirit come down on that household just as it had come down on them at Pentecost.

Now back to the Galatians. We see that Peter and others including Barnabas were taken up with hypocrisy. The revelation had been given by God Himself about the Gentiles yet Peter and the others were still afraid of those who came down from Jerusalem and insisted that the Gentiles must be like them if they were to be part of the Body of Christ. Thank the Lord that Paul, quite apart from any leadership in Jerusalem, had been taught himself by vision and revelation about the nature of the Body of Christ and so he withstood Peter and the leadership of Jerusalem and insisted that they were being hypocrites by insisting that the Gentiles must live like Jews in order to be part of the Body of Christ, they were adding to the Gospel and Paul would have none of it.

Now, before you are too hard on those early believers who were Jewish by birth, I want you to consider how your own common experience may clash with simple truth. If Peter was so bold and conflicted as to say ” not so, Lord,” ( and this is an impossible phrase is it not, how can He be the Lord of our life and we say no to Him) three times then could this not happen to you? Now what is the simple truth that I am talking about that the vast majority of Christendom say ” not so Lord?” Here it is.

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. (1Co 1:10)

With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all…….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: (Eph 4:4-13)

For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us (Eph 2:14)

That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.(Rom 15:6)

Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; (Php 1:27)

And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.(Act 4:32)

That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. (Joh 17:21-23)

Now brothers and sisters, this is the simple truth of the Scriptures. I began and ended those Scriptures quotes with the Scriptures I believe are most important to us as the Body of Christ. Apostles and prophets and evangelists, pastors and teachers were given to us, according to the Scripture I gave you, “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: (Eph 4:4-13) This of course ties into precisely what Jesus says in John 17 “that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

The purpose of being perfect in one was so that the world may know that God loved them so much that He sent His only Son. This unity that is commanded by God is for a witness to the world. And it is commanded by God. What then shall we say to God? Shall we stagger at the prospect of a Body of Christ without the middle walls of denominations? Is this any more staggering that what Peter had to wrestle with on the roof? Will you say “Not so Lord?” Will your excuse be that you have never seen nor contemplated such a thing? Do you consider some things unclean that God Himself has cleansed?

Jesus has called the Body of Christ to be one even as He and His Father are one. That is simple truth. Will you allow your common experience to disavow the word and the commands of God? Will you appeal to history or tradition to justify your disobedience? Will you allow the fact that we have failed miserably in the last 1700 years to stand together as one to nullify the calling and the commands of God and His Apostles? God is calling to His remnant children in these days to come out from amongst a system of worship that is fundamentally flawed on a structural level. The worship and gathering of almost all churches are structurally flawed in that they suffocate the free movement of the Holy Spirit and thereby disallow the preeminence of Jesus in our midst.

The Lord is gathering together a people in these last days who will stand in unity and bow their knee to His commands to walk in unity. He Himself has drawn them out and is drawing them out from a deeply flawed system. Before He returns to this earth He shall have a people who will stand as one even as He and the Father are one and He will pour forth His glory on that Body, for when the Body of Christ truly stand in unity He will command a blessing to fall upon them like the dew of Hermon falls upon the mountain. And that blessing will be life in Him and that more abundantly. Being found in Him, reveling in His presence, counting all trials and persecutions a light thing indeed for the eternal glory and honor of the Living God. What say you to the simple truth of God?

7 Responses to “When simple Truth clashes with our common experience.”

  1. wakarusaguy said

    Brother: Amen ! What greater desire of God’s heart toward us can there be than JESUS praying the FATHER that He grant US unity like THEIRS…and that we share in Their unity ! (John 17)

    So POWERFUL a good is unity that even the world takes notice. Notices, and desires it. Because the world recognizes that “in unity there is strength,” and that DISunity weakens and destroys. But the world grasps for unity and strength by its own means. The hypocrisy of all rebels is that they desire unity, on their own terms: and when successful at dividing their people, they formulate plans of human government “to form a more perfect Union,” or to make of many, one (“E Pluribus Unum”).

    The world too desires unity above every other good. But their fleshly mindset of disunity (hairesis: “dividings,” “factions,” “sects” in Galatians 5:20) makes it unattainable to them.

    Unity is the great desire of God’s heart toward us: and what He desires for us, He promises to us. To us alone, who join in the Father’s unbounded love for Jesus Christ, and in Christ’s unbounded obedience to the Father.

    • appolus said

      Amen bro, the world certainly grasps for a unity of their own making and with its own conditions. The greatest false unity is slowly unfolding and will be the deadliest enemy of God’s true unity that is gathered together by truth in love. God pours His glory into those who are unified by the bond of love and with the heat of the burning fire of truth. Galvanizing peoples of ten thousand different backgrounds into one spirit, one mind , one soul and one Body. As in the great confrontations of old like Cain and Abel, Saul and David, Jesus and the Pharisees, saints and the Catholic church, saints and the protestant church, this ancient battle between the flesh and the spirit, the free man and the slave will culminate in the great persecution soon to come upon us just prior to our Lord’s return………………….bro Frank

  2. Amen & Amen. I just commented on an article that was posted on the Grace to You site in relation to the author’s critique of how professing pastors are overseeing multi-site churches through videos etc. Their critique had some merit, just as my critique of what they claim to be the responsibilities of a pastor also had merit. It’s amazing that despite these Reformed folks consistently assailing the faults of others that they can’t see that they themselves are utilizing and promoting many things that are not scripturally supported as well (religious titles, spiritual positions, placing themselves center stage, taking the place of the Holy Spirit by orchestrating the manner the saints interact etc.) just for starters. Add to these their hiding the truth from those who follow them when they refuse to post my comment.

    The longer I live the more these “hirelings” irritate me. The very earthly organizations they build prop these people up and continue to disseminate their brand of religion round the globe. Isn’t it obvious these “pastors” are building earthly religious kingdoms through which they rule over the saints of God for their own benefit?

    Where are the men who freely give as they have freely received? Who won’t utilize anything in their service to Christ that even hints of worldliness of reliance upon men? We need to be courageous and encourage the true saints to be so as well despite the cost. Church is a lie. That’s more than a friends internet site address, that’s the truth and we should order our lives as if we know this is true.

    Obedience isn’t a mental assent to some truth or list of truths. Our actions and experience must coincide with the truth. As those who are called to be living sacrifices for the sake of Jesus and others, this isn’t hard to understand, nor to obey. We have to decide to stop saving ourselves when the going gets rough.
    “Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth”

    • appolus said

      ATF writes………………”Obedience isn’t a mental assent to some truth or list of truths.” Amen brother, true obedience is forged in the fires of love and brokenness. Gods own people are lovers of the Truth, it is a fire in their bones. Their obedience flows from their love of God and their desire to please the one they love or be restored in fellowship to the one they love. You can just hear King David crying out ” Create in me a clean heart oh Lord and renew a right spirit within me, cast me not away from thy presence o Lord, take not thy Holy Spirit from me, restore unto me, the joy of my salvation and renew a right spirit within me.”………………….bro Frank

  3. exposeevil said

    Reblogged this on Light In The Darkness.

  4. Eliza said

    Amen! Unity is the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives as we submit to His leading us into all truth which glorifies Christ and bears witness to all that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. Religion, men’s traditions are just works of the flesh leading to heresy and division. May Christ work a love of His truth in our hearts for genuine unity and knowing Him. Amen!

    https://holdingforthhisword.wordpress.com/2016/03/11/for-the-truth/

    • appolus said

      “Religion, men’s traditions are just works of the flesh leading to heresy and division.” Amen Eliza……..bro Frank

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