“Every sin is an act of cosmic treason, a futile attempt to dethrone God in His sovereign authority.” R C Sproul
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
Just as you cannot contribute to the work of God, so also you cannot create the work of God. When our Lord responded to Peter’s confession with the words, “I will build My Church,” He solicited no response from him or the other disciples. Jesus did not say, ‘We have a lot of work to do and I am counting on you getting it done. If together we labor faithfully, we will get My Church built.” The Savior’s response was declarative, informing the disciples what He will do. During the ensuing two thousand years He has been on schedule building His Church, not anxiously hoping that His followers will faithfully get the job done.
The work of man can be created; the work of God cannot. You can gather others around you and create a business, building an infrastructure and manufacturing a product. The work of God will not lend itself to such an effort. You may create an institution, draw a circle around it, and call it the work of God. But God’s work is found in individuals, not institutions. “And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” 203 God’s Church is comprised of those in whom He has done an eternal work of regeneration, a work that He alone can do.
203 Luke 17:20-21
2 Kings 7-9 John 1:1-28 (New King James Version)
2 Kings 7-9
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