Call Him Faithful
Call Him Faithful
Luke 9:56 for the Son of man is not come to destroy menís lives but to save them.
St. John 6:50-51 this is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eats of this bread, he shall live forever.
Can we call Jesus faithful? Why would we call him faithful? Will we be found faithful? We can look throughout Scripture and see the faithfulness of Jesus to his heavenly Father. We too are called to be faithful. What does it mean to be faithful? Faithful means we are reliable, dependable, incorruptible, firm, sure, unswerving, conscientious, and steadfast in our belief. It means we are loyal to the call; we have consistency in our walk and have fidelity; a faithfulness and devotion to our faith. A faithful man who can find? If we love God like we say we do God will preserve us and we will abound in spiritual blessings. God is faithful, Jesus is faithful and we are called to be faithful also.
God put a rainbow in the sky so that when we look upon the rainbow we will remember how God delivered Noah and his followers in the Arc to dry land after the flood. God also made a covenant that he would not destroy the earth again and he has been faithful in doing what he says. God has a proven record of doing what He says; can we say the same? Can we say that we will be willing to go to the Cross as Jesus did? Jesus walked the whole way of the Cross; he fulfilled what God said by the mouth of the prophets of old in the scriptures. Genesis 28:15 I am with thee and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of. Jesus said God will never leave us nor will he forsake us. We are traveling, transitioning from earth to glory and we donít know the way we take but we trust God.
I Thessalonians 5:24 faithful is he that calleth you who also will do it. Paul a devout follower of Jesus Christ knew about faithfulness. He was faithful to the call to kill the Jews in Rome that were Christians. In Rome it was considered a crime to be a Christian. Once he was converted to being a Christian himself he was faithful to the call to win souls for Christ. He had the burden of the Church much in his heart. He warns of the bickering and dissention, over immoral disorder, over marriage, over idolatry, and over the resurrection. He urged people everywhere that they should prepare themselves for Christ when he returns. He urged them not to worry about when Christ would come but to be found doing what they have been called to do; be faithful. Jesus never asked anyone to do what he himself didnít do. If we say we love God then we should be willing to die for what we believe. We are not to sit down while the world is going to hell?
Jesus didnít just call us to do something He too did what he called us to do. He was a living example for us that whatever he called us to do could be done. Paul like Jesus presented the Gospel in fullness and power and with deliberation he showed the necessity of the God kind of righteousness for both the Jew and Gentile. He showed them that Godís righteousness can only be obtained through faith. God sets us right by means of what Christ has done and then the Holy Spirit makes us like Christ in the end. Paul started his last journey to Jerusalem full of apprehension and yet determined to do his duty he went on. He had been warned of danger confronting him in Jerusalem but he was determined to go on, bound in the Spirit from a sense of duty to the Father. Jesus too had this same road to take and took it all the way to the Cross. Where are we willing to go for the sake of the Gospel? What are we willing to give up? What are we willing let go of to follow Christ? Are we willing to make the sacrifice necessary to follow Christ?
II Thessalonians 3: 3-5 but the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil, and we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you and the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ. Paul was in jail when he wrote to the Church at Thessalonica. He had the Judaizers that diligently circulated lies that Paul taught Jewish Christians not to observe the Jewish ceremonial law whereas in reality he only held that it was wrong to impose it on the Gentile Christians. Jesus too was accused of teaching doctrine that was not true. Just like Jesus Paul became an enemy, Paul was desecrating the temple by bringing Greeks into the court of Israel. This is where after such a stirring began that they dragged Paul out of the temple and shut the door and was about to kill him when the Roman Governor, Claudius Lysias rescued Paul with soldiers. God preserved Paulís life many times as he preserves ours. It took Paul five years to get free from the false charges that were brought up against him. Paul was in and out of jail most of his Christian life but he was not incarcerated in his mind. He still did the work of the Lord as he had been commissioned.
Do we have a cause to be faithful? What are we faithful to? Who are we faithful to? The Church at Thessalonica was founded by Paul on his second missionary journey and was composed of converts from among the Jews, devout Greeks noble women and many from Gentile heathenism. Paul sent Timothy to Thessalonica and he later brought a report back to Paul that some were idle and even disorderly. Some were tempted to return to heathen vices. Persecution was strong and some maligned the motives and character of Paul while others longed for his presence. In response Paul wrote from Corinth to commend the believers for their faith, to defend his apostleship and to unite himself to the Church in closer ties to exhort to moral purity, brotherly love, diligence in daily work to comfort them in their concern for their departed loved ones and to assure them of their deliverance from the coming judgment of the Day of the Lord. He exhorted them to watchfulness and orderly conduct in the assembly and in daily life.
Now in II Thessalonians they brought Paul word of the spiritual growth of the believers. Paul was greatly comforted by the report. He exhort them as God is exhorting us today to continue in our spiritual growth, seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near. All of the misinformation we get concerning Christ and misapprehension concerning the Day of the Lord search it out and correct the disorder in our lives and in the church. There are many in the Church that it faithful to man and donít know Christ nor obey Him. They will not see Christ as he is; in heaven or in earth. How can we be faithful to obey a call when we donít know the one calling? God called Jesus faithful. Jesus called Paul faithful. Who will call us faithful? Do we have confidence to hold fast our profession of faith? Will you trust the Lord to direct your heart to love the Lord thy God? Are you willing to wait patiently for the second coming of the Lord with endurance? Can the Lord trust you to walk away from everything ungodly and stand for him before men boldly proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ? This is our call; God awaits an answer!
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