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A Message to God's Saints
Heb 10:23-25
by Heshimu Colar

What is your attitude towards the preaching of the Gospel? Do you come on Sunday mornings out of duty? Are you seeking to hear 'just enough to get by'? The minimum? Your attitude towards the preaching of the Gospel is evidenced by your true desire to attend. I say again, Preaching is the most important spiritual exercise for your soul. Why? Because the Gospel is all of God giving. it's by grace, and you are ONLY made a partaker of this grace through the Word. Our great and glorious God has chosen the foolishness of preaching as the means whereby He gives you the blessings purchased by Christ's blood. "Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this Man (Christ) is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins (Acts 13:38)." If you could 'do more good deeds' than anyone for an entire lifetime, you could never obtain the God-given peace that comes upon one of His saints when He simply speaks by the Gospel and says, "Thy sins are forgiven for Christ sake." Preaching is most specifically where the rebukes and warning are given by our Father to keep us and recover us from sin. It has been said that a man who has himself for a lawyer has a fool for a lawyer. And "How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them the heard him (Heb 2:3)?"

I try to discern for myself, 'Would I really be sitting under the Gospel three or four times every week if I wasn't the one speaking?' And in sincerity, I'm convinced of this: I wouldn't be faithful to God's house unless He convicted me that I had to be. According to the flesh, we are all naturally proud, self-sufficient, and inclined to find a sufficient compromise in the 'comfort' of the world. Therefore, His power alone inclines our hearts to ungrudgingly sacrifice whatever is reasonable and necessary to be in our place for worship. I am not trying to manipulate you in any way, but I am telling you as your pastor and a fellow saint, that there ought to be a necessity, hunger, and hopeful expectation within your soul of hearing from the Living Christ. Nothing prosperous will take place with this church until we as a body esteem His Word more than whatever is causing the forsaking of the assembly. In this place, the brethren have given generously; yet, you know that I'd rather see your face. Let us, my brethren, diligently gather in His name. His promise to meet with us is a sure as God's covenant of free and sovereign grace, which is ours through the shedding of Christ Blood. "Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for he is faithful that promised; And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more as ye see the day approaching (Heb 10:23-25)."

Please understand that the Risen Christ is just as committed to the Gospel ministry now, as He was when He died for our sins. The sanctification/new nature that we enjoy is a fulfillment of the justification He accomplished for us. The wondrous works He performed outside of us has purchased our right to the good works that He accomplishes within us. Understand, my brethren, "Christ in you, the hope of glory;" can only be enjoyed and understood as Christ in you leads you and empowers you to imitate Him in ministering the Gospel unto others. The church of Christ is a living body of people, not a religious institution bound together by mere doctrines and repetitious deeds. The church, the body of Christ, is united to the Lord Jesus by His Spirit (I Cor 12:13-14), "For by one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many." Therefore, being united with Him, we delight in His delight for evangelism. We cannot enjoy the vibrancy of His promises unless we're also involved in His great commission.

Churches are built by the sacrificial labors of everyone who believes. Everyone who has tasted of the grace of God in sincerity is, like Paul, "a servant of Jesus Christ.", and a ". debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise (Rom 1:1, 14)." Everyone isn't called to preach, but every saint has a part in every sermon. Paul wrote the Colossians saying, "Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; Withal <with everything else you're pray for> praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ. That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak (Col 4:2-4)." We all share the common goal of the advancement of the glorious Name of Christ and the everlasting consolation of those for whom He died. We share a common identity as elect sinners made holy by grace; We have the "common faith" of God's elect which is after godliness; and we have the commandment ". stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel." Yet, when striving gives way to selfishness and the church's attitude becomes, 'I've got enough for me and mine' then there is grave danger of Christ becoming inconspicuously absent. When He is no longer needed and sought for the health of someone else, then we're flirting with the coldness of heart that leads churches into death and false professors into eternal ruin. The only way to kindle the flame of your own soul is to seek grace, not only for yourself, but also for somebody else.

The blessedness of service is learning that we can do nothing without Christ. Laboring in the cause of Christ is not optional, but we cannot please God in our labors apart from His grace. "Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain (Ps 127:1)." This spiritual dependence, this confidence that the Lord who died for me and is Himself the Seeker of lost, will intervene to help, is the joy that flowed within the early church- and every subsequent church that has abundance of life. The size of the harvest we reap is inconsequential to the blessedness of the labor. "It is vain for you to rise up early to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward (Ps 127:2-3)." Whenever our service it leading to bondage and joyless duty, then we know something is wrong. We're trying to move God by our own zeal and shall surely fail. Yet, "The sleep of a laboring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much. (Eccl 5:12)." Our blessed Father gives His laboring children sweet rest in the comforts of Jesus Christ, and He shows us that the burden of the ministry has been laid upon Him. We have failed, we do fail, and we shall fail, but we have rest in God's promises of meeting our every need through Jesus Christ.

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