Ozark Christian Living

Family Life & Homemaker's Guide

Persuaders of the Lost Ark

June 4

"... HIS secret is with the righteous."   Proverbs 3:32

"... this secret of CHRIST JESUS is simultaneously the most betrayed, and yet the best kept."

 

 

 

 

Are we not an insufferable lot, spending our days stitching back the veil "rent in twain" by HIS death.  "Hast thou heard the secret of GOD? and dost thou restrain wisdom to thyself?  When HE cried "it is finished" from that cross, the whole intent was to let the cat out of the bag, and set sinners free. 

"... that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel".  GOD has called us to be Persuaders of the Lost Ark; but by the evident condition of our world, one could conclude HIS saving grace is still battened down behind the veil of our self-centered flesh.  Beloved, that is not a secret, that is a shame!  "Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my FATHER I have made known unto you."  Singing: 'What a FRIEND we have in JESUS', on Sunday is of no use, except we go out and preach "JESUS CHRIST, and HIM crucified" ... beyond the doors of our safe little haven.

What is the secret of GOD?  "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: GOD was manifest in the flesh, justified in the SPIRIT, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory."  And without controversy, greater still is the paradox that this secret of CHRIST JESUS is simultaneously the most betrayed, and yet the best kept.  "To whom GOD would make known ... this mystery ... which is CHRIST in you".  Simply put, the secret is that GOD'S OWN SON came of a virgin, lived a perfect life, and died an unjust death, fulfilling all Old Testament sacrifice.  To the soul, who, by faith alone, receives HIM as LORD and SAVIOR; the SECRET comes to dwell in them, fashioning each individual HIS Ark, if you will.  "Now to HIM that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of JESUS CHRIST, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began ..."  The secret is the SECRET, HIS only begotten SON, bloodied beyond recognition by sinful men in order to reveal the love HE has for us.  "Behold, what manner of love the FATHER hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of GOD:"  Once that SECRET is known, the only mystery remaining is the depth of HIS grace which: 'saved a wretch like me'.  Think now, who within your sphere of influence knows that the SECRET is out?

"What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops."   


For Love of Country
George Read (1733-1798)
(Signature of the Declaration of Independence and U. S. Constitution)
"Every person who shall be chosen a member of either house, or appointed to any office or place of trust ... shall ... make and subscribe the following declaration, to wit: I ________, do profess faith in GOD the FATHER, and in JESUS CHRIST HIS Holy SON, and in the HOLY GHOST, one GOD, blessed for evermore, and I do acknowledge the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be given by Divine inspiration."

(1776, Article XXII of the Delaware State Constitution, written by G. Read)

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