“He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked.” 1 John 2:6

Dearly beloved,

Today kicks off the first lesson of the Basic Bible Class of 10 lessons for baptism, reaffirmation of faith and transfer of church membership. Please pray for Brother Hong Hao and Brother Bo Hao for baptism, Sister Brittney for reaffirmation of faith and Sister Kim Hoa for transfer of church membership. It is a reminder for them as well as us, when we first came to the Lord Jesus Christ, and a radical change had taken place. Yet, the residue of the flesh or the remaining corruption of man has remained to this day. However, as we grow in faith, abiding in Christ and walking as Christ walked, we should be less like what we were before knowing Christ as our Saviour. In times past, we walked with wobbly feet and stumbled to take the first steps in the Christian journey. But as days and years passed, we should be maturing spiritually and showing forth clearly the characteristics of the Lord Jesus Christ in our lives. Are you maturing in your faith and in your relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ? Are you abiding in Him and walking as He walked? A Christian who says he is in Christ must show by walking as Christ walked. To be in Christ is the good tree and is known by its good fruits. Jesus said, “Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down and cast into the fire” (Matthew 7:19).

Let us  then examine our claim, to “abide in Him” that it may not be just a mouthful of our profession of our faith in Christ. And just in case in our midst there is one who is yet to be saved and needs to know what is it to abide in Christ.

1. To know that you are a sinner. Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”

2. To know that there is a penalty for sin. Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

3. To know that God loves you and saved you. Romans 5:8, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

4. To believe what the Gospel says. Romans 10:10-11, “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.”

5. To be willing to call on Christ for salvation. Romans10:13, “For whosoever call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

6. To know that you should not wait. 2 Corinthians 6:2, “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

For those who are already saved, ‘Is every step of your life to be patterned after Christ’s walk with God in the days of His incarnation?’

1. Jesus put the Father’s will above all things. John 4:34, “Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me, and to finish His work.”

2. Jesus did all things pleasing God. John 8:29, “And He that sent me is with me…for I do always those things that please Him.”

If you are not walking like you should walk in Christ and like Christ, would you pray that the Lord will have His way in your life? He is the True Vine and we are the branches to abide in Him  and to draw life from Him.

Elder Douglas Ho

Get  My  Mother  In!

A well-known preacher was getting ready for bed one night when he heard a knock at the front door. Upon answering it he found a little girl drenched with rain. As he stood looking into her thin, haggard little face, she said, “Are you the preacher?”

“Yes, I am,” he replied.

“Well, won’t you come down and get my mother in?” she asked.

The preacher answered, “My dear, it is hardly proper for me to come and get your mother in. If she is drunk, you should get a policeman.”

“Oh, sir,” she quickly replied, “you don’t understand! My mother isn’t drunk; she’s at home dying, and she’s afraid to die. She wants to go to heaven, but doesn’t know how. I told her I would find a preacher to get her in. Come quick, sir; she’s dying!”

The preacher could not resist the appeal of the little girl, so he promised her he would come as soon as he was dressed.

The little girl led him into the slum district to an old house, up a rickety stairway, along a dark hall, and finally to a dismal room. There the dying woman lay in the corner.

“I’ve got the preacher for you, Mother. He wasn’t ready to come at first, but he’s here. You just tell him what you want, and do what he tells you, and he’ll get you in!”

Too weary to sit up, the poor women raised her feeble voice and asked, “Can you do anything for a sinner like me? My life has been lived in sin, and now that I’m dying, I feel that I’m going to hell, but I don’t want to go there; I want to go to heaven. What can I do now?”

Looking at her sin-weary face the preacher thought : What can I tell her? I have been preaching salvation by reformation, but this poor soul has gone too far to reform. I have been preaching salvation by character, but she hasn’t any. I know what to do. I’ll tell her what my mother used to tell me as a boy. She’s dying and it can’t hurt her even if it doesn’t do her any good.

Bending down beside her the preacher began : “My dear woman, God is very gracious and kind, and in His Book, the Bible, He says, For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” John 3:16.

“Oh,” exclaimed the dying woman, “does it say that in the Bible? My! That ought to get me in. But, sir, my sins, my sins!”

He was amazed at the way the verses came back to him. “My dear woman,” he continued, “the Bible says that the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” 1 John 1:7.

“All sin, did you say?” she asked earnestly. “Does it really say ALL sin? That ought to get me in.”

“Yes,” he replied, kneeling down beside her. “It says all sin. God’s Book also says : This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief” 1 Timothy 1:15.

“Well,” she said, “if the chief got in, I can come. Pray for me sir!”

The preacher bent down and prayed with the poor woman. Just as she was she came to Jesus, who never turned anyone away, and she got in.

“And in the process,” added the preacher, “while she was getting in, I myself got in. We two sinners, the preacher and the poor woman, entered salvation’s door together that night.”

The Lord Jesus says : “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” John 6:37.

The Lord Jesus is the door. He does not say a door. The church is not the door; the Ten Commandments are not the door; reformation and good works are not the door; the blessed Mary, mother of Jesus, is not the door. Jesus is the only door, and to enter heaven a sinner must come through Him to have his sins forgiven and washed away.

The preacher’s good living didn’t get him in, nor did the poor woman’s bad life keep her out. Both were sinners for all have sinned (Romans 3:23) and as such they entered through the same door to life and peace, by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

‘Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool’ Isaiah 1:18.

(Adapted from Wholesome Words)