by G. D. Watson
If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. Matthew 16:24-25
If God has called you to be truly like Jesus in all your spirit, He will draw you into a life of crucifixion and humility. He will put on you such demands of obedience that you will not be allowed to follow other Christians. In many ways, He seems to let other good people do things which He will not let you do.
Others who seem to be very religious and useful may push themselves, pull wires, and scheme to carry out their plans, but you cannot. If you attempt it, you will meet with such failure and rebuke from the Lord as to make you sorely penitent.
Others can brag about themselves, their work, their successes, their writings, but the Holy Spirit will not allow you to do any such thing. If you begin to do so, He will lead you into some deep mortification that will make you despise yourself and all your good works.
Others will be allowed to succeed in making great sums of money, or having a legacy left to them, or in having luxuries, but God may supply you only on a day-to-day basis, because He wants you to have something far better than gold, a helpless dependence on Him and His unseen treasury.
The Lord may let others be honored and put forward while keeping you hidden in obscurity because He wants to produce some choice, fragrant fruit for His coming glory, which can only be produced in the shade.
God may let others be great, but keep you small. He will let others do a work for Him and get the credit, but He will make you work and toil without knowing how much you are doing. Then, to make your work still more precious, He will let others get the credit for the work which you have done; this to teach you the message of the Cross, humility, and something of the value of being cloaked with His nature.
The Holy Spirit will put a strict watch on you, and with a jealous love rebuke you for careless words and feelings, or for wasting your time, which other Christians never seem distressed over.
So make up your mind that God is an infinite Sovereign and has a right to do as He pleases with His own, and that He may not explain to you a thousand things which may puzzle your reason in His dealings with you.
God will take you at your word. If you absolutely sell yourself to be His slave, He will wrap you up in a jealous love and let other people say and do many things that you cannot. Settle it forever; you are to deal directly with the Holy Spirit, He is to have the privilege of tying your tongue or chaining your hand or closing your eyes in ways which others are not dealt with. However, know this great secret of the Kingdom: When you are so completely possessed with the Living God that you are, in your secret heart, pleased and delighted over this peculiar, personal, private, jealous guardianship and management of the Holy Spirit over your life, you will have found the vestibule of heaven, the high calling of God.
I agree with this post ! I just did a study on Daniel by R. C. Sproul and don’t know how anyone could miss the fulfillment of Jesus’ own words as well as what is shown in Daniel. However, my problem with Sproul’s eschatology is that he says that that was a prelude to what will happen again- that there is a double fulfillment in many of Daniel’s passages. I have not heard that prophetic scriptures of historic events could have a double fulfillment. But I can only go so far with preterism. I have heard that preterists believe all the prophecies are fulfilled for the nation of Israel since 70 AD. My understanding of Is. 66:8 is that Israel is the nation born in one day on May 15, 1948.
It is nearly impossible to be succinct with this topic, but suffice it to say there is a dual fulfillment to nearly all OT prophesy and Matthew 24 as well. read chapter 16 of ezekiel and chapter 3 of jeremiah for a metaphorical depiction of the Mosaic covenant with Israel in the form of a marriage covenant. Israel breaks the covenant and are sent into captivity in Assyria and Babylon as punishement, but all of her “lovers” (surrounding gentile nations) are also punished with various judgments. Why? The answer lies in Romans chapter 3:19-22…which reveals the whole purpose of the Mosaic Covebant..to “make the “whole world” accoutable to God.” At various places after these judgments are announced, the prophets will write or God will say “this is my plan for the whole world” (Isaiah 14:26-27; Amos 9:7-8.) Butressing this observation is the fact the the king of babylon and the king of tyre, in 2 of these prophesies, suddenly become Satan himself (Isaiah 14:12-21; Ezekiel 28:12-19) illustrating that God is using the small scale events of the middle east in the 7th and 6th century BC (ie the Mosaic Covenant) to bring the whole world into accountability and eventually destruction. Catpivity into slavery in babylon is a “picture” of the whole human race’s slavery to the king of this world (John 16:11) ie a slavery to sin. The “restoration of Israel” promised over and over in the OT prophets is nothing other than the institution of the New Covenant (see Jeremiah 31 and hebrews 8.) This is verified by NT apostles such as James in Acts 15:16-17 quoting Amos 9:11-12 as a CURRNENT fulfillment…Paul in Acts 13:41 quoting a Habakkuk (1:5) verse as a current fulfillment/warning of a prophesy written about impending Babylonian destruction/captivity. Read Jeremiah 25. You will notice a chronology: Isreal-Jerusalem is destroyed or judged first the all the surrouding countries are judged after. This order is importat. They are judged for violations of the Mosaic covenant. The prophet makes clear that this is God’s plan for the destruction of the world…read the chapter. Now, Jerusalem was destroyed again in 70 AD for rejecting the Messiah (Luke 19:41-44.) The whole world will eventually be judged for this this. Jerusalem is the 1st “city” to be judged 2x. The 2nd destruction is a preview of the 2nd coming of Christ and the ensuing judgment on the world.
sherry, i forgot to mention that it is in this same way that the passages in Matthew 24:14-51 are describig events at the 2nd coming, but Jesus says they will be fulfilled in “this generation.” How could they both be true? They were fulfilled in 70 AD as a “picture” of the end of the age. The whole bible is written in a “duality” that is amazing once you begin to look for it. Think of the dual fulfillment of the feast days: Passover, unleavened bread and Passover etc and the fulfillmet in the death and resurrection Of Jesus. Or Jesus being the fulfillment of the temple which was just a “picture” of Him. Or in the passages about the daividic kingdom -Jesus fulfilling in Acts 2. The law being fulfilled by Jesus Hebrews 9:9 and 10:1; Colossians 2:16-17. The New Covenant fulfills the picture of the Mosaic Covenant and is the real fulfillment of the Abrahamic Covenant. “The older shall serve the younger” could very well be a motif of the whole bible in this “picture-fulfillment” layout. Think how in so many instances there is a disbelieving older brother, twin or “picture” etc followed by the chosen child of promise or fulfillment: Adam-Jesus; Cain -Abel; Ishamael-Isaac; Esau-Jacob; Saul-David; David-Jesus; Mosaic Covenant -New Coveant; Ethnic Israel-New Covenant Israel of God (Galatians 6:16.) Hope this helps. God Bless!