As ye have received
by The Watchman
Dana G Smith
If I could Tell One Thing!
If I could tell one thing, just one, what would it be? If I could speak to anyone in the world who would it be? If my life depended on telling that one thing, would I care if everyone else were against me? My friends, let me say, If I could tell one thing, just one to anyone in the world and if my life depended on it, would I care if everyone were against me and that message? This is, of course, a hard question! For there is no way to really project oneself into such a position, except, as I am, so believe I that this is the case, in some respects.
My life does depend on that very matter. For the LORD God who has saved me, guided me, corrected me, and still loved me in spite of my faults and sins, has laid such a burden upon this soul. It goes beyond the flesh, reaching into the Spirit and soul, divided such by the Word of God and the Spirit who has anointed me to speak and bring that one thing.
I speak to those I dare say now, that ‘anyone in the world’ regularly. This anyone is you! Yes, that is right, you are that one, but in this case that one becomes two, then three, and so on. All because of God’s grace who has blessed our efforts in a small way. Those who gather, for instance, on our Saturday night broadcasts and on our Tues shows, make up those as well. Those who are the ones, I would speak to! They gather to fellowship, listen, learn, and hear the Word of God, preparing for what is to come. No one who gathers are perfect, they are just people that find themselves in the same boat. Ones who need God. Let me say this, my friends, have my heart, feel my love for you right now. It comes from the agape of God, whom has saved me and taught me this love. That one thing, my friend is this:
Isaiah 66:1 ¶Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?
2 For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.
The LORD, blessed be his name, who has made all things, his sovereign work continues in the earth. You cannot build a house to contain this God, nor make a place for him to rest! For he has made all things, including us! My friend, this one word I want you to know right now is this, “to this man will the LORD our God look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at his word.” The word ‘poor’ here means humble or meek and came to a special connection with those faithful ones who were being abused, taken advantage of by the rich. It was this that Jesus spoke to in the beatitudes, for the ‘poor in spirit’, ‘theirs is the kingdom of God.’ This word poor in the Hebrew comes from a primitive root word that comes with the idea of ‘looking down or browbeating’. Those who spend time afflicting people who faithfully seek the LORD and look into his Word and ‘tremble’ at Gods word. The word ‘contrite’ is translated from the Hebrew ‘nakeh’ and means ‘stricken or smitten’. Even our LORD was ‘stricken and smitten of God.’
Zeph 2:3 Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’S anger.
Matthew 5:3 ¶Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Moreover, these are those who in the midst of the troubles that are all around them, consider the ‘Word of God’ as we know the ‘bible to be’, as the true Word. It is Gods Word, Holy, True, faithful, and a Word not to be taken lightly. It is these people who hear the Word, and upon listening and receiving the Word, tremble at this Word. The Hebrew word here ‘Trembleth’ means ‘trembling, fearful, afraid’. When they hear the Word, immediately the Spirit of God brings the Word of God to their heart where they know it is God’s Word. It is not a Word spoken by a person, but the Word of God. They ‘tremble at it’, knowing that what God says, he means, in the course of this, they seek to do what Gods Word tells them. This in essence is what the ‘fear of the LORD’ is, as Paul said, “knowing the terror of the LORD, we persuade men.” And again, the “fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.” It is that fear and the understanding that comes with it which prompts these people to conform their lives to what God commands. As they do this, literally applying Gods Word to their lives, which brings consternation and ridicule from others who see this as ludicrous! It is that Word here of which Isaiah speaks, Gods Word. That word, matter, or commandment, which God has spoken to us. It is then, these who God looks upon, Those who tremble at HIS Word, which in turn brings about change in behavior according to what God has spoken. As these individuals do this, those around them are saying, “this is absurd, laughable, idiotic, preposterous nonsense believing in an ancient God that no longer exists. Everyone knows the bible is outdated, God is love, everyone will go to heaven, after all there is no hell. We can do what we want to do!”. Isaiah then brings a Word of comfort, those who considered Gods word and followed it, those who ‘trembled at his word’ and were ‘hated, ridiculed, and cast out for his names sake’ these would be vindicated by the LORD himself. For when He appears, the truth would be known and the LORD would bring them joy and victory while those who persecuted them would be ashamed.
Isaiah 66:5 ¶Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name’s sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.
In this though, let us not forget, the biggest ones to oppose our LORD were the ones who knew the original Word, studied it, taught it in the synagogues, and thought they were holy. It was these who the LORD came to, ‘His own, and they did not receive him.’ But there were others, out of the synagogue, the church so to speak, that did receive the LORD and what he said. To these, the LORD gave the ‘power to become the sons of God.’
John 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
It was here the LORD warned them that he had ‘come in his Father’s name’ and had rejected him, but ‘another shall come in his own name and ye will receive’ him. This follows the same Word that Isaiah spoke in the chapter above, i.e. Is 66: 3b-4. These are those who have chosen their own ways over the LORD’S ways, their soul delights in their abominations, i.e. their vile and disgusting ways that are before Him. Because they delight in these things the LORD will ‘choose their delusions’ and will ‘bring their fears upon them’. He does this because the LORD called to them, but they refused to listen, hear, and respond as did those who ‘trembled’ at his Word. Even as he called, they continued to do those things which the LORD does not delight in, therefore, God will chose and do according as his judgment calls for! But for you, those who consider God’s Word and follows it, you will be vindicated before God.
We also see in 2 Thessalonians that those who reject the ‘love of the Truth’, i.e. Jesus Christ, the Father who sent him, and the love that prompted this, will find their own delusion in these last days. All of this, Is 66, John 5:43, and 2 Thess 2 follow the righteous judgment of God upon those who reject Gods Word and warning, along with his LOVE.
Isaiah 66:3b Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.
4 I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.
John 5:43 I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.
It is in this that we who have received the LORD, so must we walk in him. Jesus said ‘if you love me, you will keep my commandments’, John 14:15. Our Lord also said in Matt 7:24 that if a man hears these sayings of his and does them, then that man will be as a ‘wise man, which built his house upon a rock.’ When the storm comes, the house will not fall! The time is coming when the storm, in full force will come. Many in and out of the church today, built upon religious traditions and doctrines of men, will in fact, fail and fall!
Matthew 7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
Matthew 7:26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
Furthermore, this is why we must not let society, man, or any religious tradition that is patterned after the so called rudiments of the world and not after Christ in discipleship ruin or spoil our faith and cooperation of following the LORD in his Ways.
Colossians 2:6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
The LORD will indeed receive those who are faithful unto himself. In John we read that the Father’s house has many mansions or dwelling places. The LORD has gone to prepare a place for those who are faithful and follow his Word. He is coming again and when he does come again, he will receive the faithful unto himself! It is our eternal hope, that consideration in our heart and soul, nurtured by the Spirit of God and the Word which has brought us to the reward. That reward will not be heaven, nor all that heaven entails, but the fact that we will finally be with our LORD. We will be in His light and love for all eternity and all the former things will be erased and vanished away as this present world will be!
John 14:1 ¶Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
4 ¶And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know
In Revelation, the last chapter, John is told by an angel or so he thought. But this was not an angel, but a ‘fellowservant’ and ‘of thy brethren the prophets’. He was one who did ‘keep the sayings of this book.’ The one thing he said to John, ‘Worship God.’
Revelation 22:9 Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.
It is of utmost importance to understand this, we are to keep the Word! We are to read it, feed upon it, stand upon it, believe it, and to follow it! If one of the last things in Revelation is this, i.e. ‘keep the sayings of this book’ and to ‘worship God’, then we should follow this as well. If Jesus said ‘if you love me, keep my commandments’, then we should follow what he said. If Jesus said, ‘many will come to me on that day and say Lord, Lord, and I will say, I never knew you, depart from you that work lawlessness, Matt 7:22-24.’
He That Overcometh!
It this that we know will come, the reward, the holy city, new Jerusalem, which will come down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. It is here that God’s tabernacle will be with men. God will be our God and we will be his Son’s and Daughter’s, a unique people unto the LORD our God, even forever. God will personally wipe away all tears from your eyes. As you understand what has come and at what cost, all the things of the former life will vanish as you are swallowed up in the LOVE of God. You will not see sorrow, crying, pain, death, or any of the former things, they are gone. All things, saith the LORD, are made new. These words saith our God, are ‘faithful and true’. There is a home, a hope, a reward, a place for you in God’s kingdom to come. Make sure your there, seek the LORD with all your heart, mind, and soul. He knows where you are, who you are, and what you are going through! All these things, your brethren in the world have gone through as well, so rejoice that you are counted worthy to suffer for his names sake. Be blessed my friends, in the LORD God.
Revelation 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.