Tag: Martin Luther

Our Charter Is From God

A.W. Tozerby A.W. Tozer

Upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16:18

While we are right to thank God in appreciation for all of the great and good men in the history of the Christian church, we actually “follow” none of them. Our charter goes farther back and is from a higher source. They were rightly looked upon as leaders, but they were all servants of God, even as you and I are. Luther sowed. Wesley watered. Finney reaped. But they were only servants of the living God. In our local assemblies, we are part of the Church founded by the Lord Jesus Christ and perpetuated by the mystery of the new birth. Therefore, our assembly is that of Christian believers gathered unto a Name to worship and adore the Presence. So, in that sense, the strain is gone. The strain and pressure to abide by traditional religious forms all begin to pale in importance as we function in faith as the people of God who glorify His Name and honor His Presence! If all of this is true—and everything within me witnesses that it is—we may insist that God is able to do for us all that He did in the days of the apostles. There has been no revocation of our charter!

by A.W. Tozer

My Own Special Treasure!

Theodore Cuylerby Theodore Cuyler

“Wayside Springs from the Fountain of Life” 1883

“Now if you will obey Me and keep My covenant, you will be My own special treasure from among all the peoples on earth!” Exodus 19:5

Luther said that there is great divinity in the personal pronouns of Scripture.

“They will be Mine–in the day when I make up My jewels!” Malachi 3:17

Every true believer is surrendered to the ownership of Christ. Up to the hour of conversion we had other masters–self, sin, and the devil. Now Jesus says to each Christian, “You are Mine! I own you. I will instruct you, and polish you, and put you wherever it pleases Me. I will take care of your salvation, and nothing shall pluck you out of My hand. You shall be My own special treasure in the day of My triumphant appearing. I will place you in My crown!”

“You have been set apart as holy to the LORD your God, and He has chosen you from all the nations of the earth to be His own special treasure!” Deuteronomy 14:2

“The LORD has declared today that you are His people, His own special treasure, just as He promised, and that you must obey all His commands.” Deuteronomy 26:18

by Theodore Cuyler