Day: November 10, 2011

“The Central Verity”

Vance Havner 90x115by Vance Havner

“Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.” 1 Corinthians 12:3

Dr. G. Campbell Morgan says Paul is here stating the central verity of the church, the absolute Lordship of Christ. Both the cult of Caesar and the cult of Christ used the term Kurios. It was “Nero Kurios” (Nero Lord) or “Kurios Jesous” spirit of truth. Polycarp the martyr paid with his life because he refused to call Caesar, Lord, and said each time, “Lord, Jesus.”

Of course, it is easy to call Him, Lord, Lord, and not do His commands (Mt. 7:21-23). Only the Spirit of God can make real to the soul of Lordship of Jesus Christ. Just because Nero is dead makes no difference-there is still the cult of Caesar, and a man cannot have two Lords. A day of cheap discipleship, with churches filled by baptized pagans, needs to be startled into taking seriously the battle cry, “Jesus Is Lord.”

There are too many religious Sauls who need to become regenerated Pauls asking, “Lord” what wilt thou have me to do?

by Vance Havner

Sacred Service

Oswald Chambers 90x115by Oswald Chambers

I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ . . . —Colossians 1:24

The Christian worker has to be a sacred “go-between.” He must be so closely identified with his Lord and the reality of His redemption that Christ can continually bring His creating life through him. I am not referring to the strength of one individual’s personality being superimposed on another, but the real presence of Christ coming through every aspect of the worker’s life. When we preach the historical facts of the life and death of our Lord as they are conveyed in the New Testament, our words are made sacred. God uses these words, on the basis of His redemption, to create something in those who listen which otherwise could never have been created. If we simply preach the effects of redemption in the human life instead of the revealed, divine truth regarding Jesus Himself, the result is not new birth in those who listen. The result is a refined religious lifestyle, and the Spirit of God cannot witness to it because such preaching is in a realm other than His. We must make sure that we are living in such harmony with God that as we proclaim His truth He can create in others those things which He alone can do.