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Topic: Wolf in Sheep's Clothing (11/21/13)
TITLE: Hallelujah, What a Savior!
By Frankie Kemp
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In our modern day, where information and ideas and human depravity are so easily transmitted and displayed, of course Believers are drawn back to Biblical teachings and warnings about the end times. Rightly so. Jesus told us, Himself, to live watching and waiting for His appearing, but we have to be careful in our responses to the times in which we live. It would be easy to get caught up in our own modern day witch-hunt, attempting to expose “false prophets” and “false teachings.” Do not mistake me, I am not saying that these do not exist. They do. They’re no new development, either, and it is of highest importance that followers of Jesus know the Truth, believe the Truth, and walk in it. What I would assert, here, is that what we ought to do as individuals is seek Him first in the quiet of our own private journey. We must be grounded in the Truth of the Word of God. We cannot get there without offering our own hearts, minds, and souls up, first, to expose the inner wolf.
(After my just proclaiming the authority of scripture, one might think it strange that I would use the following illustration to drive home my point. Forgive me, but it works, and is in itself an example of God’s Truth being proclaimed even in the “secular” world. The gospel is His message. He can proclaim it however He so chooses.)
When thinking about how difficult it can often be in our very loud world to recognize a wolf in sheep’s clothing—even if it is my own unbelief—I can’t help but relive that scene from one of my favorite movies, The Fellowship of the Ring. Galadriel meets the Fellowship in the forest of Lothlorien after the fall of Gandalf and whispers these powerful words, “The quest stands upon the edge of a knife. Stray but a little, and it will fail, to the ruin of all. Yet hope remains while the Company is true.” Someone Else, who is no fictional character, uttered that admonition first. Jesus said, in the same setting where He warns us to beware of false prophets (Matthew 7:13-20), “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” (vv 13-14, ESV) Jesus is that way. We must not trust anything other than complete faith in all that He is and all that He has done for us for this promise of Life, and we must remember that the life we live in the here and now is a living testimony to Him. This Truth should be the driving force behind all that we are and all that we are becoming.
Jesus is the Redeemer of our hearts, the One who is making us into a people who, with total abandon, shout out His excellent greatness. This is our calling. This is our purpose. This is the Kingdom on Earth as it is in Heaven: God’s people with one voice, living out His Glory in all Creation, proclaiming the gospel to the ends of the earth. He gets us there one pilgrim at a time. We can thank Him because we do not have to fear the wolf in sheep’s clothing. God’s purposes cannot and will not be thwarted. Hallelujah, what a Savior!
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