Paul …says, “Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into the rest” – or coming into the body of Christ – “lest any of [us] seem to come short of it” (Hebrews 4:1) I have spent a lot of time in the church, and I have seen and heard the Gospel preached only not to be received at the conclusion of the message. So, the gospel would go forth and not be received and they would go home the [same] way they came. When I read this first verse, I see exactly what the Apostle [Paul] was saying. He is saying that Jesus Christ was preached years ago and it was not received. When [the Jews] heard the word, they did not enter into the rest that was presented. They didn’t come into this “better place.” They didn’t come into this “higher road.” But rather, they stayed where they were. Paul said, “…they came short of it.” He said the reason they came short is because when they heard the Gospel, it was not mixed in faith.
When the word of God goes forth, we have to allow that little seed of faith – that has been implanted in us – we have to allow it to attach itself to the Gospel and let the seed germinate our faith and let it all grow together. Then, we’ll be able to receive those things we cannot see. We’ll be able to grasp those things that we cannot truly understand. We’ll be able to take steps in darkness and see in that spiritual light. In other words, we will be able to see and do those things that have been declared “impossible.”
Quotes from Administrative Assistant Marvin Sanders, Pastor of Shiloh Temple COGIC
Message: “It’s Time to Go Before the Lord”
Sunday, August 14, 2011
- Your life is not about you. (adw.org)
- Preach the Word (getreal.typepad.com)
- Why Read The Bible – Day 29 of 32- Freedom of Obeying the Word (christlikeministriesnwa.wordpress.com)