The Banner Of Truth 2014
Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. (Psalm 60:4 )

"Thou hast given a banner to them that fear Thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth" (Ps. 60:4).
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God’s Working and Its Effect
By Al Stoner
Part 1

 
As we consider the effect of God’s working in the creation we are given to behold both the power and immediacy associated with those wondrous works. “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light” (Gen. 1:3). “And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so” (v. 7). And again, “by the Word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. For He spake, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast” (Ps. 33:6-9).
The effect, however, of God’s working with regard to the redemption in Christ Jesus and His eternal purpose in Him is just as certain as that seen in the creation, but the immediacy of the outworking with regard to those works ordained by Him from the foundation of the world cannot always be seen. But, nevertheless, His Word will not return unto Him void (Isa. 55:11), as He declared.
The Work and Effect of Righteousness. “And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever” (Isa. 32:17).  The righteousness worked by the God of heaven is accompanied by peace: peace with God, peace in Heaven. The effect of that righteousness, for all who will receive it, is quietness and assurance forever. The putting away of sins by the Lord Jesus Christ was, and is, the preeminent righteous work at issue for men who have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.
And at the outset of this great work, the grand announcement was made, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” (Lk. 2:14). And the very essence of the kingdom that was brought in by the putting away of our sins is: “righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.”
The preeminent effect of the atonement upon the souls of men is “quietness and assurance forever.” That is to say, wherever men and women are believing and make ample room in their hearts for this effect. When it comes to matters of salvation from sin and from the wrath to come, men must submit themselves unreservedly to the righteousness of God, and to the work of righteousness, which God has accomplished through the death of His beloved Son. They must give diligence to receive the effect of righteousness into their hearts by believing the gospel, or it will not be received.  The work of righteousness and the effect of righteousness have taken hold in the present time, wherever the gospel has been obeyed and believed. There is presently abundant evidence of this work and effect among those who are living and walking by faith.
But this work and effect shall endure forever and shall blossom forth in much fuller measure throughout the ages to come. The world to come shall be filled to overflowing with the work of righteousness and the effect of righteousness. “We, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness” (II Pet. 3:13).
The quietness spoken of in the above text seems to refer to quietness of the soul, or the ability to continually hear God’s voice.  The noise and commotion produced by this present evil world has the effect of drowning out that voice.
Assurance is the inward persuasion of acceptance, right standing, and of access to the living God. And these are some of the effects of righteousness. May each of us permit the righteousness of God to take full effect and have uninhibited sway in our hearts.
Paul declared that, “being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (cf. Rom. 5:1). But take away this work of righteousness wrought in our behalf by the Lord Jesus Christ and there would be absolutely no peace with the living and true God. God will in no wise acquit the wicked (Nah. 1:3), for “He cannot deny Himself” (II Tim. 2:13). He will “abundantly pardon” (Isa. 55:7) those who receive His salvation, but He can do nothing salvationally for those who reject Him.
The Unapparent Imminence of the Divine Effect. “Son of man, what is that proverb that ye have in the land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth? Tell them therefore, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will make this proverb to cease, and they shall no more use it as a proverb in Israel; but say unto them, The days are at hand, and the effect of every vision” (Ezek. 12:22-23).
We would impress upon our readers the matter of effect as it pertains to God’s Word and working. In this world it has almost always appeared for a time that that which God has spoken would not come to pass and that His Word would not take effect. There have been times in earth’s history when decades and even centuries have come and gone from the time when God declared that something would come to pass. For a long season it often seemed that God’s promise had failed and that His Word would not take effect. But this has frequently been God’s manner and way to try the hearts of the righteous, and perhaps, also to deliberately give the enemy the upper hand for a season, so that His Name would be glorified.
But with the Prophet Isaiah, we would affirm to you here, that “the days are at hand, and the effect of every vision.” The effect of every word which has proceeded out of the mouth of God shall soon come to pass. “He that shall come will come, and will not tarry.” The Lord Jesus will come quickly, and His reward shall be with Him, to give to every man according as his work shall be, as He declared (Rev. 22:12). --Editor

(To be Continued Tomorrow)

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"Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;  and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately" (Lk. 12:35-36).