Hebrews 11: 9&10
Hallelujah Bread #6
John Bunyan wrote the book by this name at the end of the 17th
century. It is clearly an account written by someone with the understanding
of an authentic Christian, that is, a person who was born again and who
experienced the renewal of the Spirit and the "God Life." The
book and video versions are available for any who wish to access them.
This account of a pilgrim-sojourner speaks to me strongly today because of its insights and understanding of how worldly ways and values are so often in contention with Christian life. It is no different today than it was in the 17th century. It clearly was the same in the days of the apostles in the 1st century. The trials and victories of the believer remain the same. We believers are sojourners procede on a path that winds through "many dangers, toils and snares" with God's eternal city ever in view as our destination.
We recall the words of Jesus to his apostles that a set-apart-believers, pilgrim life will follow a path different from the world. When anyone becomes Spiritually renewed we have our eyes and hearts opened. What Jesus teaches about the world is a matter that most people may have not considered. "This world stands in contradiction to the Truth because it is under the influence of the "god of this world."
In John 7:7 Jesus says. "The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil." And in John 17:6-11 Jesus prays what is called his "high priestly prayer." "I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. - - They were Yours, You gave them to Me . . . and John 17:9 "I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours."
The same John in his first epistle writes. 1 John 2:15: "Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever."
There are many times of testing, hardship and travails in the life of
a believer. One has only to look at the lives of the first apostles to
see how they faced one trial or adversity after another. Most died as
martyrs. I hope that none of us must face as many obstacles as Paul, who
ministered the gospel about 30 years, recounts in his chronicle of the
rough path on his way to the goal of the a greater reward of service to
the King of glory and the promise of “a
Any doctrine that speaks of the ease and blessed life is not reflecting the realities of being in the world but not of it. God does not promise a life without trials or persecution. “In this world, Jesus says, you will have tribulation, but do not fear, I have overcome the world.”
You do not have to look too hard to see that the world has intermingled with church life. This fact appears not to have come to the attention of most believers. False gospels, false apostles, false brethren and false doctrines have always been matters for which a pilgrim must be vigilant lest he or she swerve from the their progress toward the eternal city.
C. Pinkney, July 9, 2020