TRUTH OR ILLUSION OF GRANDEUR Cont’d
Concerning the reconciling work of God that he has left us to carry on, he has sworn: I will take vengeance upon you Babylon, and when I do, I will not meet you as a man. If you plan to do the work of God you can’t approach it as a man. If we refuse these terms have the choice to continue what you do as a man and die as a man. God cannot lie, and he didn’t lie when he said he will not give his glory to another.
That being said, he looks to you and me and says: here have my glory, so you can do my work. All the things that devastate the world of nature, and of man are typecast in the concept of the great mystery, that is Babylon, having Satan as the head. There is political Babylon, which is long deceased, but there is now spiritual Babylon which lives on. This God calls the hammer of the whole earth, which beats down with terrible hammer-strokes of wasting diseases: which handle the inhabitants with cruel instruments of death; and would not let his prisoner go from the grave.
By the work of reconciliation, God promises to make an utter end of such afflictions, so they do not rise a second time.
Today’s global church is largely the legacy of the great reformation, which owns it’s advent to the efforts of Martin Luther, a luminary among the reformers. On peril of his life, and much to his credit as a visionary, he rightly advanced the claim that the just shall live by faith. I contend that to this day, though it is of no small consequence; the maximum yield of this wave of reformation has produced a body where the just are born by faith. That in, and of itself is not bad; you’re born, you die, you get go to heaven. Dying is easy, it’s the involuntary precipitant of birth—just wait long enough; it’s the living part that’s all the trouble. Living by what kind of faith though, the faith of man, or the faith of God.
“Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying.”—Martin Luther
We cannot allow men to believe for us or to speak for us. God has no grandchildren; we must interact directly with his and learn first hand for ourselves the truth by the spirit of truth sent by the Father to lead us into all truth.
The “true” purpose of the church is not complicated: God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself. Wherever he went, he left some rather large footprints for you, and I to walk in. He has left this ministry of reconciliation to the church to continue reconciling the world in the same tradition as that in which Jesus operated—because it is the same work we must do. There is no way to represent God, and speak in terms that are less that what appears to be excessive claims. Jesus never had an ordinary day, because he was an extraordinary person, as you and I ought to be. Here it is laid out in it’s simplest terms. We are to do what Jesus did; that’s our job…..it doesn’t simply entail behavior modifications, and good manners—that’s the human domain of mistaken will worship. We were purchased, or hired to the job of Jesus. We know what carpenters, mechanics, electricians, doctors, lawyers, etc. do. We also know what Jesus did.