Thursday, October 20, 2016

Dial Daily Bread: Lessons From the Book of Job (Part 3)

Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"

Could you be as important a person in God's great universe as Job was? You may say, "I don't want Job's job! Give me an easier witness assignment!" But you may already have that important witnessing assignment. Both Job and Jesus chose to be loyal to God, to hold on to their faith when there seemed to be no hope whatever; and that was wonderful. They both honored God.

But there must be another development in the great controversy between Christ and Satan before the end can come. There must be a people, a corporate body of "saints," who before the world and the universe demonstrate that they "keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus" (Rev. 14:12). The same chapter identifies them as "144,000" who "follow the Lamb wherever He goes" (vss. 1-5). They are a distinct group who are new on the stage of the world in view of the universe who have been watching this grand drama unfold, because they "sang as it were a new song … [that] no one could learn … except the 144,000" (vs. 3).

That means that they will have a new experience, because no one in the Bible sings a song carelessly or thoughtlessly; each is sung out of deep experience. And if they sing from a new experience, they must have a new comprehension of what it cost "the Lamb" to save them. They have identified with Him experientially more closely and deeply than any other corporate body of God's people through all time. Revelation says that they will grow up to a maturity that qualifies them for a unique place in the plan of salvation: "the Lamb's wife."

These people must not come from only one culture or language or society; they are expressly said to be from "every nation, tongue," every tribe on earth. Each must demonstrate that the grace of Christ has been "sufficient" for one from the most sinful, depraved culture on earth, who believes, to "overcome even as [Christ] overcame."

If only "143,999" overcome, the line will be broken. That last one must hold the line. He or she is tremendously important. That one is you!

--Robert J. Wieland

From the Archive: January 16, 2001.
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