Standing for the Lord in the Face of Opposition–Extract from T. H. Reynolds

Webmaster’s Note:  This is a hard subject.  Do we really believe what we say we do?  Are we prepared to lose all?  These are tough questions!  It is not enough just to believe certain truths and talk about them with other believers.  Are we formed by the truth and by the work of the Holy Spirit in us? Is it Christ that comes out in us when we are under attack?  Do we wear the truth like a coat or is it an integral part of us?  Remember the young man at the Lord’s crucifixion who left his coat and fled? (Mark 14: 51, 52.)  Often, in the face of opposition and ridicule, we throw away truth to get peace when that truth has cost us nothing.  But the ideal is to HOLD the truth in LOVE!

“Elijah is equally bold in standing for the Lord. He will vindicate that name as belonging to His people Israel, in the face of the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal. When the time of offering the evening sacrifice came, he took twelve stones according to the number of the sons of Jacob “to whom the word of the Lord came saying Israel shall be thy name,” and with them he built his altar. Note also his prayer, “Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac and of Israel, let it be known this day that Thou art God in Israel, and that I am Thy servant and that I have done all these things at Thy word.” Israel was the name of Jacob’s connection with God, a name given to him by God, and not the name received at his birth; and Elijah maintains this connection with God, though Israel had forgotten it. To Christians, God is known as the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the witness is now to the full revelation of God in the Person of the Son. In Elijah’s day the fire of Jehovah fell and consumed the sacrifice he offered. Now Jesus is declared Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness by resurrection from the dead, and the Spirit of God witnesses to His glory at the right hand of God. With Israel, the altar of burnt sacrifice was, and ever will be, the means and place of their approach to God (Exodus 29: 42; 1 Chronicles 22: 1; Ezra 3: 2), and in Elijah’s day the fire of Jehovah attested the ground on which Israel stood with Jehovah. But now Christ has died, and God has rent the veil from the top to the bottom, and the Christian’s place is with God in the light – with God fully revealed as Light and Love.

Man has been judged in the Cross, and Jesus is on the right hand of God; and the witness that He is there is not maintained by judgment upon enemies, but by the Holy Ghost in the saints forming His body on the earth. Elijah stood for the name of Jehovah as the Jehovah of Israel. The man of God to-day has first to follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness, in other words he is to be Christ-like; then in the midst of the form of godliness and the power denied, he is a living witness of the truth of God.

 

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