Proverbs & Short Articles
It is the Lord’s work we are to be concerned with, not our own vindication. It does not matter if I am misrepresented. It does matter if the Lord is misrepresented.
The apostle Paul was a minister, both of the Gospel (see Col. 1: 23), and of the Church (see vs. 24, 25). He was a balanced servant, never emphasising one aspect of the truth to the detriment of another.
Sometimes we meet so–called Bible experts; sometimes we meet people who know such Bible experts; the fact is, there are no experts—we are all students.
Ministry read as the last word on the subject is ministry mis–read.
Sorrow and shame can be are only reaction when we ponder church history; joy and exultation will be our feeling when we consider all that Christ has done and will do.
No amount of failure alters divine truth. We today are as responsible as our fathers were to go back to that which is written and act in faith upon it.
The Lord is personally interested in me with an interest that is unwavering and unending.
Serving the Lord is not a question of being busy but of obedience.
Under the old covenant, there was “a calling to mind of sins yearly” (Heb. 10: 3); under the new covenant, “their sins and their lawlessnesses I will never remember any more” (v17).
It is interesting to see how Ezra describes the two outstanding prophets of his day: “Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo” (Ezra 5: 1; 6: 14). Haggai is called “the prophet” as though pre–eminently that, while his companion prophet is simply referred to as “the son of Iddo”. As men generally speak, Zechariah was the one who possessed the greater claim to the prophetic office, for it is he who unfolds in a wonderful manner what lies ahead for Israel and Judah. It is this opening up of the unseen future that is generally thought of as prophecy. Yet prophecy in the Word of God is not so narrowly defined. A prophet of God is one whose words come from heaven to men on earth, searching the hearts, reaching the consciences and exposing the evil that may have come in. “He that prophesies speaks to men [in] edification, and encouragement, and consolation” (1 Cor. 14: 3). Now this was exactly what Haggai did. His conscience–arousing messages were distinctly of this character, and so he is pre–eminently “the prophet”. Zechariah’s needed ministry of future things was equally of God, but it was subservient to the rousing words of his brother prophet whose ministry was in view of the state of soul in God’s people. A ministry like Zechariah’s will always be more enjoyed than one of the character of Haggai’s. Carnal believers often find great pleasure in listening to dispensational and eschatological discourses, but what such really need is the trumpet–like call to consider their ways (see Hag. 1: 6), rather than eloquent and stirring discourses about things to come. A Haggai may not be so popular with the mass as Zechariah, but his ministry arguably is a more needed one. This is not to undermine the importance of the foretelling of the future, but truth needs to be kept in proportion.