Deuteronomy 19:15 says that at the mouth of two witnesses or at the mouth of three witnesses shall the matter be established. Matthew 18:20 states that where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst. I find these two to be in agreement for when the Lord gathers together His people in small groups of two or three the matter is established and that not of the flesh. The testimony is clear yet we are not so presumptuous to think ourselves worthy of such privilege. Our attempts to preach this morning were in continuation of our thoughts from Philippians 3:20 & 21, “For our conversation is in heaven from whence also we look for the saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ who shall change our vile body that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able to subdue all things unto Himself.” This vile or ‘body of low estate’ is not sufficient to abide in the presence of our God for it is corrupt by reason of sin and we look forward to the day when this earthly house of this tabernacle is dissolved and it is made manifest that we have a building of God, an house not made with hands eternal in the heavens; an house that is no longer after the image of the earthly but is fashioned after the image of the glorious risen Lord, incorruptible and undefiled, eternal and suitable to stand before His throne to sing His praises forevermore.
But while we are in this earthen vessel, as we go up year upon year and keep the feast of tabernacles, we yet groan and labour in the burdens and cares of this present evil generation. Herein are we instructed to bear ye one another’s burdens and to not look upon our own but the needs of others. According to His love for each of His children the Lord has set a path for each one that leads into these trials and tribulations for the perfection of the saints and the trying of the faith within, which works patience. But this is not an easy thing. Nor does it appear pleasant or comforting to the flesh. Oft time we fear and doubts creep in like the morning fog and we feel so very alone. We may hear the words that ‘there is no temptation come unto us that is not common unto man, but God will, with the temptation provide a way of escape’, but these words are no comfort and no peace. Had anyone recited them to Peter as he was sinking in the waves, no peace of safety would have been forthcoming to him. After he was rescued from sinking, Peter could identity and empathize with those who were in any kind of trouble because of the experience that God had given him.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes