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Reigning with Christ
(Message for service at Y.M.C.A. Room Johannesburg at 3 pm)
Sunday, February 24th, 1952
Matthew 5:13-19; Revelation 3:20-22;
13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify you Father which is in heaven.
17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one title shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least command-ments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
Pray and ask the LORD to bless his Word.
Friends, I want to speak to you today about a few thoughts that I have had on my heart for a long time, but that have become ever clearer during recent months.
When these truths dawned upon me, I rejoiced in them. But oh! at the same time my prayer was, ‘God help me to convey them to others’.
Today as I stand here before you, the first time in my life to speak to a gathering of people, I am deeply conscious of my inadequacy to be the 4
channel of conveying the wonderful Revelations of God’s Word to you. My earnest prayer is that the Holy Spirit will come to my aid and do the enlightenment. I know each born again, spirit-filled believer experienced those flashes of light that emanate from God and flood our very soul. Our cry then is: “Oh God, how can I convey them to other people?” I feel myself in that position this moment.
I want to speak to the believer in particular, to those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Personal Saviour and therefore have eternal life in accordance with:
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: - - - - ”.
But to those who do not yet believe, I just want to say, listen carefully and you will see what you are missing in this life and are going to miss in the life to come which is going to last through out eternity and every moment of it so packed with glory that this old human heart in its present state will never be able to stand it – yes it’s going to be so glorious that the LORD will have to, and is going to change us.
1 Corinthians 15:51-52;
51 Behold I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump - - - ”.
It will take Him ages to show all his grace to us - (Eph 2:7).
So, believer, we know that we have a new life waiting for us, after this one in the new age to come. What is this age going to be like? We are given glimpses of it in God’s Word, but the real appreciation will have to wait until God reveals it to us:
1 Corinthians 2:9;
“- - - Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.
Nevertheless let’s look at a few of the conditions which will be in existence when Christ reigns during the millennium.
One of the major curses of man right through the ages has been war. Who will ever be able to describe all the sorrow and suffering caused by war? Look even at our day when we are living in the shadow of the atom bomb and the dread of the greatest war that has ever been. 5
This world would have been a wonderful place if there had been no war. It defies the most fertile imagination to even try and draw a picture of what the world would have been like if all the money and effort that have gone for war had been applied for peaceful purposes.
In the millennium there is going to be no war:
And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”
Yes, there will be peace and rest and assurance forever.
In this atmosphere of peace, man will have the opportunity of becoming that which God intended him to be. We shall be able to breathe the air of true freedom. We will be finally and forever united to the LORD.
“ - - - - - I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.”
(Art, music, leisure 30 - 50 years)
There will be security, God given security:
And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance forever.
Not the security (so called) which the modern world offers you, the security from the cradle to the grave, (yes, friends, that is all that the world can offer you is the grave, how honest of them) and then before you get there (the grave) things are not so quiet and assured. What a struggle life is under present circumstances.
Yes, we are kept so busy by the slave driver the devil in this mammonistic system that we hardly have time for the finer things of life – our backs are so bent that we can hardly look up and see our God.
Yes, there will be righteousness and justice.
“Thy people also shall be all righteousness - - - - ”.
Yes there shall be all joy, no tears, no crying. I could spend the rest of the day on this wonderful theme, but there are yet much higher glories that I want to hold before you today.
Let us turn to the Word to complete this part of the picture.
17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.
18 But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.
19 And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.
20 There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.
21 And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.
22 They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.
23 They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them.
24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.
25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.
There now you have a glimpse of the new world to come.
In contrast we have the world of today, with all its misery, sorrow, injustice and oppression. I need not elaborate too much; you know it only too well.
We know too that we shall live in that world which is to come if we accept Christ as our Saviour.
But in that glorious Kingdom there are going to be positions, (see text) least, greatest. Every Kingdom must have a government and this coming Kingdom certainly is going to have one. It is going to be a monarchy because Jesus Christ Himself is going to be the King.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
And He is not going to reign alone; He is going to have those who will rule with him. He leaves us in no doubt whatsoever as to who these ruling ones are going to be. They are going to be the OVERCOMERS.
Listen: Revelation 2:26-28; Revelation 3:21.
26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.
28 And I will give him the morning star.
To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame and am set down with my Father in his throne.
Yes friends, people work hard for reigning positions in the present world order. They count no cost too high, just look at some of the election campaigns. And what an honor it is to be called Governor General, Prime Minister, or any other Minister for that matter. If you can be a Judge or a Magistrate today you are something and quite rightly so.
But what is this world compared to the world to come? I tell you; there it will be wonderful beyond comparison to be in a reigning position. Amongst all that splendor you will really feel the loss, yes there are going to be different grades, because our LORD said once:
Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least command-ments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
So we see, some shall be least and some shall be great. You see friends we are all guaranteed eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ. Eternal life is a gift from God.
Listen: Romans 6:23;
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
It is an absolute gift, so that no man might boast - (Eph 2:8).
But friends, this is where the majority of God’s children stop, and it is only the beginning. They are now satisfied because they are safe.
We are not going to go into it because it is not part of our subject for today. But do you know what is going to be the biggest tragedy one day?
It is going to be those who will claim admittance to the marriage supper and be refused. You see God will never take away a gift once bestowed, but we ourselves can forfeit it through neglect or failing to accept it.