Day: December 3, 2011

Christian Perfection

Oswald Chambers 90x115by Oswald Chambers 

Not that I have already attained, or am already perfect . . . —Philippians 3:12

It is a trap to presume that God wants to make us perfect specimens of what He can do— God’s purpose is to make us one with Himself. The emphasis of holiness movements tends to be that God is producing specimens of holiness to put in His museum. If you accept this concept of personal holiness, your life’s determined purpose will not be for God, but for what you call the evidence of God in your life. How can we say, “It could never be God’s will for me to be sick”? If it was God’s will to bruise His own Son (Isaiah 53:10), why shouldn’t He bruise you? What shines forth and reveals God in your life is not your relative consistency to an idea of what a saint should be, but your genuine, living relationship with Jesus Christ, and your unrestrained devotion to Him whether you are well or sick.

The Impossible Symphony

Vance Havner 90x115by Vance Havner

“What concord hath Christ with Belial?” 2 Corinthians 6:15

What we read as “concord” is really the word from which we get “symphony.” “Belial” is found only here in the New Testament, but throughout the Old Testament it stands for the spirit of evil. The spirit of Belial shows up in false religious movements (Dt. 13:13), in lawlessness (Judges 19:22), in wayward daughters and sons (I Sam. 1:16; 2:12). We have concord with Belial when we oppose God’s chosen man (I Sam. 10:27; II Sam. 20:l), when we are sour and churlish (I Sam. 25:17, 25), when we are ungracious toward the weak (I Sam. 30:22), when we bear false witness (I Kgs. 21:10,13).

There is no “symphony” of Christ with Belial. When we try to harmonize them we have not concord but discord. To be a friend of the world is to be the enemy of God (Jas. 4:4), and if we love the world, the love of the Father is not in us (I Jno. 2:15).