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"...The church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth" (1 Timothy 3:15). The reason the church is "the pillar and ground of the truth" is because "the truth" is the pillar and ground of the church. It is upon "the truth" of the substitutionary, justice-satisfying death of Jesus Christ that we find our firm, immovable, acceptable standing before the Lord. As a result of being established upon Christ the solid Rock, it is now our responsibility to be "the pillar and ground of the truth." We are spiritual Jerusalem of whom it is written "...and Je-rusalem shall be called a city of truth" (Zechariah 8:3). God has entrusted the gos-pel of His Son to us and our business is to hold forth and proclaim "the truth." We are certainly not the authors of "the truth," but we are custodians of "the truth." The church of Christ does not water down "the truth," destroy "the truth," or com-promise "the truth." We embrace "the truth," declare "the truth" and defend "the truth," no matter the opposition. "The truth" which we hold up is a glorious monument to every attribute of God.
--- Pastor Jim Byrd
CHRIST KEEPS US IN THE WAY
“Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.” (Exodus 23:20)
As God sent “an Angel” before the children of Israel to deliver, redeem, provide, and protect them all the way to the promised land, God has sent Christ Himself, Who is the Angel of the Lord, to save, provide, and protect all His spiri-tual children all the way to final glory. On His throne, Christ is in the height of His mediatorial glory, and He administers all grace to all the heirs of promise in a way perfectly consistent with righteousness, justice and truth, as well as love, mercy, and grace. He reigns over and administers all things in order to give to His sheep all salvation and blessings HE has merited for them by HIS obedience and death. While CHRIST is on the throne, every believing sinner is safe and se-cure for eternal life and glory. Christ saves us and keeps us in the way and bring us to the place He has prepared for us. —
--- Pastor Bill Parker
"Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." Hebrews 18:8
We now observe, "Jesus Christ" is "the same yesterday, and to-day, and forever," in His salvation. A large field opens to us here, but we can only briefly glance at it. The salvation that we have in Jesus Christ is not a changing or uncertain salvation; it is like Himself, "the same yesterday, and to-day, and forever." Hearken to the voice of God; there is such a solemnity and majesty in His word when the Holy Spirit is pleased to apply it with power to the mind: "Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation." Jesus has obtained eternal redemption for us." Abraham rejoiced in Jesus and His salvation; he rejoiced to see His day, and he saw it, and was glad. Jacob died in the enjoyment of this salvation: "The angel of the covenant that hath redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads." Job exulted in it: "I know that my Redeemer liveth." The church, in the days of the prophet Isaiah, sang of it: "Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust, and not be afraid." Come into the New Testament; it is still Jesus: "Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved," but the name of Jesus.
O the everlasting salvation that we have in Jesus Christ! He is the same, and will be the same forever and ever! and, the righteousness He has wrought out for us is like Himself; it is an everlasting righteousness. It covered our first parents. It is true, they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves, but God rejected them, as He will reject our self-righteousness, and clothed them with the skins of beasts that had probably been slain in sacrifice. Abraham had to look to this Jesus for righteousness, and so had the prophets, and so have we. It is an everlasting righteousness, covering all the election of grace in ages gone by, covering them all today, and that will cover them all tomorrow; making them accepted in the presence of a holy God. As it is written, we are "accepted in the Beloved," beheld all fair and perfect in the Lord Jesus. And as respects the blood of this salvation, it is "the blood of the everlasting covenant." All the church of God in ages past have been purged from sin in the blood of Jesus; and the church of God at this day is looking by faith to the blood of the slaughtered Lamb; and it will be the same to us tomorrow and as long as we live; and when we have gone to glory we shall shout, "Victory through the blood of the Lamb and the word of His testimony! That blood will still maintain its power.
--- John Kershaw – preached at Zoar Chapel, London, May 26, 1853