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 eternal purpose is being realized . . .
 
 

In, By and Through Jesus Christ, our Lord
(Part 1)
By Michael Zaucha

 
In a day when much emphasis is being placed on the accomplishments of man, the people of God are in need to see the principle matters of the Apostle’s writings so as to truly apprehend what was their main emphasis of those things which they had received from God. What were the Apostles moved by the Holy Spirit to emphasize in their writings? Who was the One the Apostles wanted the people of God to know and to believe in?
 
While there can be no doubt that Jesus has left a work for man to be engaged in––“What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent” (Jn. 6:28-29)––the Holy spirit has left no doubt as to how the people of faith live before the Almighty and Holy God: “For in Him we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28).
 
It is through Jesus that the Throne of Grace is accessed. It is through Him that the abundant mercy of God is obtained and His grace is found to help in our time of need (Heb. 4:14-16). It is through Jesus Christ our Lord by which the blessings of God are received. Our spiritual living before God not only comes by faith in Jesus Christ, but is also sustained through faith in Him––“and this life is in His Son” (I Jn. 5:11)––our life is in who He is, and in what He has accomplished for us.
 
When it comes to the strengthening of the people of God, to the building up of the saints of the Most High God, of preparing them to stand before “the Judge of the living and the dead” (Acts 10:42), our Lord Jesus Christ – and our abiding in Him (Jn. 15:1-8) is the God-given Provision that one be not “wearied and faint in your mind” (Heb. 12:3). In order for each of us to make it safely into glory––just as the “great cloud of witnesses” (Heb. 12:1) that have preceded us––our main focus is to be on “those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God” (Col. 3:1-3). It is to this end that the Apostles would emphasize Jesus, the Son of the Living God, and declare Him, and His accomplishments throughout their writings.
 
The Writings of the Apostle Peter. In one of the recorded times of his preaching, the Apostle Peter would make known his calling and the emphatic message of the new life in Christ Jesus: “He commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is He (Jesus) which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead. To Him give all the prophets witness, that through His name whosoever believeth in Him shall receive remission of sins” (Acts 10:41-43).
 
The Apostle would continue to make known the accomplishments of the Son of God: we have “peace by Jesus Christ” (Acts 10:36); “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (I Pet. 1:3-5). Throughout his ministry, the Apostle’s preaching would continue to declare the glory of the Son of God: ye also are “acceptable to God by Jesus Christ” (I Pet. 2:5); “For Christ hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God” (I Pet. 3:18); “If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen” (I Pet.4:11); “the God of all grace, who hath called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus” (I Pet. 5:10); we “have obtained like precious faith through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” (II Pet. 2:1); “He hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue”( II Pet. 1:3); “we have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” ( II Pet. 2:20). The Apostle Peter was faithful to make known the new life of the believer before God in Christ Jesus.
The Writings of the Apostle Paul. The Apostle Paul, even in the gravest of trials and tribulations in this life would not move him from the steadfast assurance in Christ Jesus. To the churches, the Apostle Paul would make much of “Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen” (Eph. 3:20-21). To the church at Rome, Paul would make known “the riches” of the glory of God in Christ Jesus in order that they would overcome the tribulations, the distresses, the persecutions, the perils and the sword of this life. And He would do this by revealing “the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:39). Through the accomplishments of Him who “was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification” (Rom. 4:25)––by our faith in Him––“we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom 5:1); “By whom (Jesus) also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God” (Rom. 5:2); “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement” (Rom. 5:9-11). In order for his brethren to overcome the world, the flesh, and the devil, the grace of God would sorely be needed. Therefore, the Apostle would declare unto them that “grace reigns through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom. 5:21). Although the prospect of death loomed very prominently in their lives because of their faith, Paul would encourage them: “the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom. 6:23). And, although “For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us” (Rom. 8:36-37). To the other churches, the same message of the person and workings of Jesus Christ would be declared as the remedy for their waywardness or, to them that were faithfully running the race, Christ, the power of God (I Cor. 1:24) so that they would not grow weary and continue to fight the good fight of faith. --Michael Zaucha
 
(Concluded 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).