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What Wonderful Knowledge We Possess

The knowledge of the mystery of the gospel is beyond what precious metals can buy.  We possess this knowledge not because of who we are or what we have done, but only by the grace of God.  The carnal man does not have this knowledge.  He cannot eat of the spiritual meat and drink of the spiritual drink.

We, the people of God, have been set free from the bonds of sin.  Do we know what it means to have the burden of sin lifted from off our shoulders and know that, though I am a worm of a sinner, I now stand before the mighty God righteous?

Lord’s Day Questions and Answers 1 and 2 so beautifully express that truth to us.  However, it is not my intention to expound on that but to dwell on certain knowledge of that truth we all possess as children of God.  It is to the young people that I would like to share my comments.  Firstly, because I was requested to do so.  Secondly, because I believe the young people of today will be the future leaders of our churches.  Thus, I would like to bring out certain points in relation to the knowledge.  They are:

I) The knowledge that I have been redeemed.

II) The knowledge that I am a pilgrim.

III)  The knowledge that I am a soldier.

IV) The knowledge that He is with me.

V) Our responsibility.

What I am about to say is not anything new.  However, it is something which all of us have constantly been brought to mind of.

I) The knowledge that I have been redeemed.

Do you sometimes look up and marvel at the billions of stars in the heavens above?  Do we sometimes wonder at nature around us and say to ourselves, “This is the creation of my God!”?  Do we not feel small?  I do.  Do we not feel unworthy of His infinite love?  I do.

Do we tremble when we think of God sending His only begotten Son to die a cruel death on the cross?  He died that we might live.  It would be perfectly justified if Christ chose not to die on the cross.  But He did!  Do we know what that means?  That answer has to come from our hearts.  Do not be deceived into thinking that we are saved because our parents are Christians, or because we go to church.

When we hear the wonderful story of God and His love, do our hearts bubble with joy unspeakable and our eyes well up with tears of praise and thanksgiving?  Then why is it that we find it a drag to get ready to worship God on the Sabbath, or to attend Society meetings?   Is it not a contradiction that we can talk endlessly about the things of this world, but get bored when we start talking about the things of God?  Think once, how many of us are ready when it is time for Young People’s?  I have seen too many yawns, but so few sharings and questions.

Young people, if the truth does not live within our hearts, then everything becomes a formality, form without godliness.  Our going to church would mean nothing.  The name “Christian” would express nothing.

II) The knowledge that I am a pilgrim.

Part of a song goes like this:

“This world is not my home,

I’m just a passing through.

My treasures are laid up

Somewhere beyond the blue.”

Yes, you and I are pilgrims.  We are journeying towards Heaven.  That is our home!  A home where moth and rust do not decay or corrupt; where we will spend eternity praising and worshipping God.  Do we look forward to that bright and beautiful home?

A pilgrim does not set his heart on the things of this world.  But when he does, he forgets his name and place on earth, and neglects his responsibility towards the kingdom of God.  Remember, where your treasures are, there will your heart be also.

The early Christians were prepared to die for their faith because they knew what they believed, and because they knew that they were going to a far better home in glory.  You and I must know that in our hearts, for then we would think twice about spending too much on needless accumulation of earthly goods.  For then, we would not think twice about giving to the cause of His kingdom.  I feel that teenagers who work are not too young to learn to start giving on their own on Sundays.

III) The knowledge that I am a soldier.

“Daily we wrestle against…”principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”  Ephesians 6:12.  Daily we fight against the old man of sin within us.  The more spiritual-minded we are, the more temptations we face.

Some of you are already in college, and some of you will follow.  College can be a wonderful experience in learning, but it is also a nest of temptations.  One has to pick the right crowd of friends.  Friday and Saturday nights are party time.  Do we join in?  What about the temptation of sleeping in on Sundays, and thus missing church?  Mom and Dad are not going to be there to tell you to get up for church: you have to be responsible and you are answerable to God.

Whether in school or at work, one fights to stand up for godly principles, often called “old-fashioned.”  One fights against being afraid to stand up for his faith.  Are we ashamed of our God?

“Are we the soldiers of the cross,

The followers of the Lamb?

And shall we fear to own His cause,

Or blush to speak His name?

 

No!  we must fight if we would reign;

Increase our courage, Lord:

We’ll bear the toil, endure the pain,

Supported by Thy word.

 

Thy saints, in all this glorious war,

Shall conquer, though they’re slain;

They see the triumph from afar,

And shall with Jesus reign.

 

When that tremendous day shall rise,

And all Thine armies shine

In robes of victory through the skies,

The glory shall be Thine.”

IV) The knowledge that He is with me.

No one said that the life of a Christian is going to be an easy road.  The pilgrim does not travel on a path strewn with roses without thorns; the soldier does not fight with an eternal strength.

There will be discouragements when friends laugh at us, and not think of us as “cool.”  There will be persecutions when so-called friends shun us or physically mistreat us.  There will be pain when we feel that nobody understands us.  There will be important decisions we have to make in life.  Where can we go to for comfort and strength?

There is a Friend who knows our infirmities.  A Friend who will never leave us nor forsake us, but who will always watch over us with His eye.  No matter how hard the way is, He understands.  How foolish of us to turn this way and that way looking for an answer when we should go before Him in prayer and patiently rest ourselves upon His breast.  Be patient!  The tendency is we want an answer right away.  We have to and must learn to be patient.

“Some through great waters,

some through the flood,

Some through the fire,

but all through the blood.

Some through great sorrow,

but God gives a song

In the night season

and all the day long.”

V) Our responsibility

What do we do with the Bible, God’s word to us?  Do we read it and meditate upon it, or do we leave it on the shelf to collect dust?  Think about it.  We really do not spend enough time meditating on the word of God!  By meditating, I do not mean a five-to ten-minute effort.  Are we satisfied with what we hear on Sundays and do not spend enough time searching the Scriptures on other days?  Is it not a shame when we do not know our Scriptures?  We draw comfort, joy, peace, and strength for the day when we read God’s word.

Other materials help us in the understanding of His word, and in building us up spiritually.  The Standard Bearer is given the excuse of being too hard to read and understand.  Like some say, “No pain, no gain.”  The Beacon Lights is placed on the table and forgotten.  Do we take the time for religious literature and books?

The Young People’s Society should not be a drag to go to.  It is an excellent opportunity to dwell together on the things of God.  We should speak most enthusiastically about the things of God, not about the things of this world such as the most up-to-date fashion.

The Young People’s Convention is a beautiful time for like-minded saints from across the country to fellowship about the word of God.  Or is it?  Do we spend this time studying about the word of God and learning to apply it to our lives?  Or is our primary concern finding a date, or letting our hairs down without our parents around to tell us.  It is a time to seriously consider oneself in the light of God’s word.  It is a time to encourage and strengthen one another in the bond of brotherly love.  It is a time to spend pondering over the word of God.

Young people, it would be foolish to think that we do not have to center our lives around the word of God and the church until we are older. “Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth.”