Believing as the Scriptures
by George Kirkpatrick
Vital Words to the Body of Christ
Freely We Have Received, Freely We Give
Jesus always spoke what He was hearing from the Father (the Holy Spirit). So when we read the words of Jesus, we are hearing directly from the Holy Spirit. The things Jesus spoke were very profound in His day, and they are still very profound in our day. John recorded one of these profound statements:
"He that believeth on Me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water." John 7:38
Does the religious system of today really believe the statement, "Those who believe on Jesus, as the Scripture hath said"? It seems every church has their own personal Jesus that they want their people to believe in. Some churches present their Jesus as "a goody, goody God" who would never judge mankind. These teach that Jesus accepts everyone just as they are, and does not expect them to change. Another church will present their Jesus as a vengeful, tyrannical God who judges every move they make, and comes down hard on every mistake. Another church presents their Jesus as a wrathful God who only blesses those who are part of their particular denomination, but that Jesus judges all other denominations and sends them to hell. In his letter to the Philippians, Paul declared:
"Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:" Philippians 1:15
As Paul related, some preach Christ even of envy and strife. While others preach a Christ of goodwill. Paul continues:
"The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds:" Philippians 1:16
The word contention means "to put oneself forward, or self-seeking pursuit, one who preaches to lift up and exalt self."
"But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defense of the gospel." Philippians 1:17
Others teach Jesus as only a God of love.
Paul was attempting to set the church at Phillipi straight, because they were perverting the gospel of Christ.
"What then? Notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretense, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice." Philippians 1:18
Paul rejoiced because Christ was being preached. But this is not what Jesus said. He stated He wanted people to believe on Him as the Scripture hath said. In other words, Jesus wanted His people to know Him as He was recorded in the Scriptures, not what some preacher thought He was, or the way some denomination presented Him. He wanted His people to know Him as He wanted to be known. We have Jesus' promise in His Word, that those who know Him as the Scripture has stated, out of his belly will flow rivers of living water. This living water is recorded throughout the Word. The prophet Jeremiah spoke of this living water:
"For My people have committed two evils; they have forsaken Me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water." Jeremiah 2:13
Today, God's people have committed two evils. The first evil is that they have forsaken God, the fountain of living water. The second evil is they have hewn out cisterns. Cisterns have no source of water. They only hold the runoff from the roofs. But as Jeremiah proclaims, the church system's cisterns are broken. So they can hold no water. The water of the Word runs off the people, and runs out the door changing no lives. Their broken cisterns are their religious doctrines, creeds, and man-made precepts. Men and women sit Sunday after Sunday trying to get nourishment out of these broken cisterns, but go away thirsting for truth. Jeremiah continues:
"O Lord, the hope of Israel, all that forsake Thee shall be ashamed, and they that depart from Me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the Lord, the fountain of living waters." Jeremiah 17:13
Those who have forsaken the Lord are those who have committed the first evil. These shall be ashamed - - - if not today - - - then in the coming day of judgment.
Those who depart from God will be written in the earth. Those who forsake their God will only have their names inscribed on a piece of stone in some cemetery. These will have no part of eternal life. Why? It is because they have forsaken the Lord, the fountain of living waters.
Jesus spoke about the living waters with the woman at the well. When Jesus came to the well, He saw this woman from Samaria, and asked her for a drink.
"Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of Him, and He would have given thee living water." John 4:10
As we saw from Jeremiah, the Lord is the fountain of living waters. The living water is the anointed Word of God. And Jesus informed her that if she had known who asked her for a drink, He would have given her the living waters. All who know Him as the Scriptures hath said will receive the living waters, or the living Word of God.
"The woman saith unto Him, Sir, Thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast Thou that living water?" John 4:11
The woman was looking for some kind of physical water. But Jesus was speaking about His Spiritual truths. Jesus explained through the pen of John:
"It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit, and they are life." John 6:63
It is the Spirit that brings life. The flesh can profit nothing to the process of producing the life of Christ in a person. Jesus proclaimed the words He spoke are Spirit and they are life. It is only by the Spiritual living waters that we can obtain and understand the life of Christ.
As we continue to look at the woman at the well, we discover that she asked:
"Art Thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: but whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." John 4:12-14
Only those who know Jesus as the Scriptures hath said will receive the living waters that are springing up into everlasting life. These will not have their name written in the earth, but will receive their changed bodies, when this corruption shall put on incorruption and this mortal will put on immortality, I Corinthians 15:53.
Jesus stated we are to believe on Him as the Scripture hath said. So how are we to believe on Him? Paul related how we are to know Christ. To the church at Corinth, Paul writes:
"Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we Him no more." II Corinthians 5:16
As Paul relates, we are to know no man after the flesh. What Paul was saying was that we should have Spiritual discernment of everyone we meet.
Then Paul goes on with how we are to know Christ. We are no longer to know Christ after the flesh, but we are to know and recognize Him as who He is today. And yet most churches still teach their fleshly Jesus, or what Jesus did while He was on the earth. They do not recognize Him in the position He now holds.
One denominational order calls themselves `Jesus only' believers. These do not even recognize the power of the Holy Spirit working in their lives. They put all their faith and hope in Jesus only. In his letter to the Hebrews, Paul related that if we are going to enter into the Holy of Holies, we must go beyond our fleshly belief in Jesus:
"By a new and living way, which He hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, His flesh;" Hebrews 10:20
Paul describes Jesus' flesh as a veil that is upon peoples' minds. Most who call themselves by Jesus' name cannot see past Jesus' fleshly existence to see Him where He is today. Very few who sit in churches know Him as Christ Jesus.
When Paul came to Ephesus, he asked certain disciples if they had received the Holy Ghost since they believed. Their reply was that they had not even heard of the Holy Ghost. Many who sit in today's churches are like those in disciples in Ephesus who had not even heard of the Holy Ghost. All they have heard about is Jesus. Many have gone no further than the baptism of John, Acts 19:1 - 3. When Paul heard this, he replied:
". . . John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on Him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus." Acts 19:4
Paul informed these disciples that they should believe on Christ Jesus, the risen, all glorious Christ. In other words, they were to pass through the veil of Jesus' flesh, and seek Him where and who He is today. These disciples had already been baptized with John's baptism unto repentance, but when they heard Paul, they were baptized again.
"When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus." Acts 19:5
The word Lord means "he to whom a person belongs, the one who has control of a person's life". This verse tells us they were baptized again, but this time in the name of Christ Jesus. Praise the Lord! [see the book "Christ Jesus" by George Kirkpatrick]
Paul spoke much about going beyond the veil. To the Corinthians, Paul wrote about our relationship with the Law of Moses:
"But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:" II Corinthians 3:7
As Paul wrote to the Corinthians, he called the Law of Moses, the ministration of death, because those who tried to keep the Law could not. And if they broke the Law, they had to sacrifice an innocent animal to be pardoned of this sin. When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments, the people could not look upon His face, because of the glory of God that shown in His face. But that glory was to be done away with because the children of Israel could not keep the Law God handed down. Paul then disclosed:
"How shall not the ministration of the Spirit be rather glorious?" II Corinthians 3:8
Praise the Lord! Paul was speaking not of the ministration of death, but of the ministration of the Spirit. When we pass through, or go beyond the veil of Jesus' flesh to worship Him where He is today, then the ministration of the Spirit will reveal God's glory in our lives:
"For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious." II Corinthians 3:11
If the Law was glorious to the children of Israel, how much more glorious will the Spirit of life be to us, His chosen people. Paul continues:
"And not as Moses, which put a veil over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:" II Corinthians 3:13
The glory that shown in Moses' face was the glory that Christ Jesus would bring to end the Law. Paul related this to the church at Rome:
"For Christ is the end of the Law for righteousness to every one that believeth." Romans 10:4
Those who have not passed through the veil of Jesus' flesh are still trying to keep the Law - - - if not all, then part of the Law. They try to keep the Holy Days which were part of the old Law. Some even hold services on Saturday, trying to keep the old Law. These do not realize what they are doing. The Apostle James informs us:
"For whosoever shall keep the whole Law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all." James 2:10
Anyone who is trying to keep any part of the Law, if they offend even in one point, they are guilty of the whole Law. The word offend means "to err, to make a mistake, to sin." There is no forgiveness under the Law. As Paul related the Law is the ministration of death. But Christ Jesus has promised us life. Paul continues his revelation to the Corinthians:
"But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same veil untaken away in the reading of the Old Testament; which veil is done away in Christ." II Corinthians 3:14
We hear those in the church system proclaim, "I cannot understand the Old Testament. It just does not make any sense to me." That is because they have a veil over their minds. Why is this? It is because they have not gone on beyond their belief in Jesus' fleshly existence. Again His flesh has become that veil, and this veil can only be done away in the risen, glorified Christ Jesus. As we continue to look at more of Paul's explanation, we discover:
"But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the veil is upon their heart. Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away." II Corinthians 3:15 - 16
People cannot understand the words Moses wrote in the Old Testament, because they do not have Spiritual understanding as to what the Word is saying. But when they turn completely to the Lord, then that veil will be done away with, and understanding of the whole Word of God will be revealed to them. This is when man will strip off all the old bondages and become free in Christ. This is one of God's greatest promises.
"Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." II Corinthians 3:17
The Spirit of the Lord is Christ Jesus, and we must go through the veil of Jesus' fleshly existence if we are going to enter into God's glorious liberty. Paul concluded the matter by making us a wonderful promise:
"But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord." II Corinthians 3:18
When we enter through the veil, we are like a man who looks into a mirror with an open face. The phrase open face means "unveiled, or drawing back the veil." When we look beyond the veil, then we are promised we will be changed into the same image as the Lord. And one glory will be on top of another glory until we come into that image. This can only be accomplished by the Spirit of the Lord. In His letter to the Hebrews, Paul admonished us:
"Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment." Hebrews 6:1 - 2
Paul was speaking of leaving the principles we have been taught about Christ, and the doctrines of the church system. We are to leave these principles and doctrines behind, and go on into perfection. The word perfection means "maturity." Paul was saying to God's people, "Grow up!" We must continue on in our walk with the Lord. We must grow up into the head, which is Christ Jesus. When we grow up, we will no longer need the foundational teachings that have been so long in the church. [see "Going On In God" by George Kirkpatrick]
Then Paul gives us a list of these foundational teachings:
The first is the repentance from dead works.
When we pass through the veil, we will have ceased from these dead works.
The second is faith toward God:
Faith will no longer be an issue in our life because everything we do will exude the evidence of our faith toward God.
The next foundational teaching we are to leave behind is:
The doctrine of baptism.
This is a big issue in many churches, especially in the Pentecostal Churches. The first question they ask is, "What name do you baptize in?" These still baptize in the name of Jesus Christ because they have not gone through the veil of His flesh. Some churches sprinkle, some pour; but our example, Jesus Christ, was fully immersed.
The next foundational teaching we must leave is the laying on of hands.
When we pass through the veil, all we need to do is speak to the situation, and it will be accomplished.
What about the resurrection of the dead?
When we pass through the veil, we will realize we have already been resurrected from among the dead and are now seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
Paul related this to the church at Ephesus:
"And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus." Ephesians 2:6
The phrase raised us up together means "to raise up together from mortal death to a new and blessed life dedicated to God." Those who have passed through the veil have become part of God's resurrection plan.
The last foundational teaching we are to leave behind is eternal judgment.
When we pass through the veil, we will not be part of God's eternal judgment.
Yet, if you walked into most churches in America today, the message you would hear is taken from one of these five foundational teachings. You will hear the preacher, with all the enthusiasm he can muster, telling the people to repent from their dead works; that the people need more faith toward God; that they should be baptized in a certain way, in a certain name. Then many will call the people forward at the end of the service so they can lay hands upon them. They may mention in passing about the raising of the dead. They may even mention God's eternal judgment where He will cast all sinners into an eternal hell. But there is never even one mention of leading the people into a mature lifestyle in Christ.
By the Holy Spirit, the prophet Isaiah penned the following words:
"But this is a people robbed and spoiled; they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses: they are for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil and none saith, Restore." Isaiah 42:22
Today, God's people are trapped in their denominational prison houses where they are robbed and spoiled of their inheritance in Christ Jesus. No one is crying "Restore!" The word restore means "to return again." What are we to restore - - - or return again to? The answer is simple, "We are to strive to return to the relationship man had with God in the Garden before sin." [see "The Coming Day of Restoration" by George Kirkpatrick]
Man fails to realize the position He has with God. If they would only worship Him as the Scripture hath said, then they would realize why their lives are full of trouble and heartache. Paul gives the reason for this to the church at Corinth:
"If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable." I Corinthians 15:19
Those who still have hope in man or in the government or even in the church system are going to be badly disappointed. In the church system, their only hope is that they will go to a place called `heaven'. Yet there is not one Scripture in the Bible that gives man this hope. Instead the Bible clearly states God's people are going to inherit the earth. The Psalmist declares:
"What man is he that feareth the Lord? Him shall He teach in the way that He shall choose. His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth." Psalm 25:12 - 13
Those who are taught in the way the Lord has chosen will dwell in ease. The word ease means "to be happy and prosperous in the things of God." As the Psalmist declares, "His seed shall inherit the earth." Three times in Psalm Thirty-seven, David declared who would inherit the earth:
"For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth." Psalm37:9
The evil doers have no inheritance in God, but those who wait upon the Lord will inherit the earth. The word wait means "to look for, to hope for, and to expect." What a blessed hope for God's people who are in a position to inherit the earth. David continues:
"But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace." Psalm 37:11
What can the meek look forward to? They will not only inherit the earth, but they will have an abundance of peace. Praise God!
"For such as be blessed of Him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of Him shall be cut off." Psalm 37:22
Those who live their lives so they can be blessed of the Lord shall inherit the earth. In His sermon on the mount, Jesus declared the same words David spoke:
"Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth." Matthew 5:5
Blessed are the meek - - - not the prideful, the haughty, or the self serving - - - - but the meek. God makes many promises in His Word to the meek. We read in the Old Testament about Moses:
"Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth." Numbers 12:3
Moses was given a prophesy about the One who would take his place:
"The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto Him ye shall hearken;" Deuteronomy 18:15
Jesus fulfilled that prophesy. Speaking to the multitude, Jesus stated:
"Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls." Matthew 11:29
Generally, when we think of someone being meek, we think of someone others run over, someone who is kind of wimpish, who will not stand up for himself. The Greek word for meek in the New Testament is PRAUS. The word meek in the Old Testament is ANAN. Both words have the same meaning. The Online Bible Program defines the word meek as:
"Meekness toward God is that disposition of spirit in which we accept His dealings with us as good, and therefore without disputing or resisting. In the Old Testament, the meek are those wholly relying on God rather than their own strength to defend them against injustice. Thus, meekness toward evil people means knowing God is permitting the injuries they inflict, that He is using them to purify His elect, and that He will deliver His elect in His time. Gentleness or meekness is the opposite to self-assertiveness and self-interest. It stems from trust in God's goodness and control over the situation. The gentle person is not occupied with self at all. This is a work of the Holy Spirit, not of the human will."
Those who are described as meek in God's Word are those whose total reliance is upon God. The Psalmist David declared:
"The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the Lord that seek Him: your heart shall live for ever." Psalm 22:26
The meek will always be able to eat and be satisfied. This is a wonderful promise from God's Holy Spirit to those who praise the Lord and seek His presence. David also promised these eternal life. This Psalm goes along with Psalm thirty-seven when David proclaimed:
"I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor His seed begging bread." Psalm 37:25
Even in his latter years, David declared this truth. David never witnessed the righteous being forsaken, nor His seed begging bread. These are the same words the prophet Isaiah gave us to ponder:
"Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, My servants shall eat, but ye shall be hungry: behold, My servants shall drink, but ye shall be thirsty: behold, My servants shall rejoice, but ye shall be ashamed:" Isaiah 65:13
We normally think of servants as being those who wait on tables. But the word Isaiah used for servants has the meaning of "those who worship their God." Isaiah declared the same thing as Paul did. God's servants are going to eat, when all others go hungry. God's servants are going to drink, when all others are thirsty. And these will not be ashamed in those days, because they have put their trust in God. David continues his revelation to God's people:
"The meek will He guide in judgment: and the meek will He teach His way." Psalm 25:9
These are promises of God. First, God will guide the meek in judgment. In his letter to the church at Corinth, Paul proclaimed:
"Know ye not that we shall judge angels? How much more things that pertain to this life." I Corinthians 6:3
The meek will judge angels. So we need to learn righteous judgment. Paul admonished the people:
"Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God." I Corinthians 4:5
The meek have learned to judge nothing before the Lord comes into the situation. In waiting for Jesus' words, they can then give a righteous judgment. The Lord will bring all hidden things to light, so the meek can see the situation clearly, and be able to bring the proper judgment. This kind of judgment will bring praise from our God. The beloved John informed us:
"Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment." John 7:24
Again, when we bring forth righteous judgment, we will have praise from our God.
Next, David declared, ". . . the meek will He teach His way," Psalm 25:9b. God will teach us His way as the Scriptures hath proclaimed. The meek will learn directly from God. The apostle John declared:
"But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him." I John 2:27
Those who learn and live their lives by the anointing do not need any man to teach them, but they learn directly from God, His Word, and the anointing. God has promised to teach us all things - - - and as we learn of Him, we will abide in His presence. The psalmist Asaph also prophesied about the meek:
"When God arose to judgment, to save all the meek of the earth. Selah." Psalm 76:9
When God's judgment comes into full bloom in the earth, then God will protect and secure His heirs of righteousness. The prophet Zephaniah also proclaimed God's wonderful promises to the meek of the earth:
"Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought His judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord's anger." Zephaniah 2:3
What wonderful promises God has made to those who accept His dealings in their life as being for their good. Those who wholly depend on God by seeking His righteousness and His meekness, rather than their own strength, shall be hid in the day of the Lord's anger when His judgment is upon the earth.
One may ask, "How do I seek meekness?" We must first know that meekness is a fruit of the Spirit:
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith meekness, temperance; against such there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23
Meekness is one of the nine fruit of the Spirit Paul revealed to the churches at Galatia. There are three more fruit of the Spirit Paul revealed in his letter to the Ephesians:
"With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;" Ephesians 4:2
Lowliness is also a fruit of the Spirit. Lowliness means "humility and humbleness of mind and spirit."
Paul declared the next two fruit of the Spirit to Timothy:
"But thou, O man of God, flee these things, and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness." I Timothy 6:11
The fruit of righteousness and patience complete the twelve fruit of the Spirit. When these twelve fruit of the Spirit are in our lives, then we can proclaim every promise God gave to His ancient people Israel, and all the promises He has made to His Spiritual Israel. The meek will not only inherit the earth, but they will also inherit all the promises God has for His people from the foundation of the earth. Paul continued his revelation to the churches at Galatia:
"And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts." Galatians 5:24
Those who do not grow in their walk with God will be of all men, most miserable, because they do not have a closeness with their God. The Scriptures speak expressly of our need for growth. Those who do not crucify their fleshly desires, their fleshly thoughts, and learn to control their lusts will never see God. Peter related:
"Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust." II Peter 1:4
God has given many great and wonderful promises to those who believe on Him as the Scriptures hath said. These have determined to escape the corruption that is in the world. The word corruption means "that which is perishing." Those who will not leave the corruption of the world will perish in their sin. Peter continues his revelation:
"And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;" II Peter 1:5
We are to give all diligence. The word diligence means "with earnest care, to strive in accomplishing our end goal."
To our faith, we need to add virtue. The word virtue means "moral goodness."
To virtue, we need to add knowledge. The word knowledge means "understanding."
"And to knowledge, temperance; and to temperance, patience; and to patience, godliness;" II Peter 1:6
To knowledge, we need to add temperance. The word temperance means "self control of our sensual appetites."
To temperance, we need to add patience. The word patience means "an enduring quality."
And to patience, we are to add godliness. The word godliness means "reverence and respect toward God."
"And to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, charity." II Peter 1:7
To godliness, we are to add brotherly kindness. The word kindness means "love toward our brothers and sisters in Christ."
To brotherly kindness, we are to add charity. The word charity means "agape love." This is the kind of love Christ has for His body. Then Peter makes us a promise:
"For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ." II Peter 1:8
If these things be in us and abound (or exist in abundance) then we will become fruitful. Those who possess virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly love, kindness, and charity in their lives will neither be barren (shunning the labor which one ought to perform) or unfruitful (without the fruit of the Spirit in their life). These will obtain the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ as the Scripture hath said. Then Peter gives us a warning:
"But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins." II Peter 1:9
Those who sit in today's churches who lack these things are blind. To be blind is to lose one's vision of God's wonderful promises. The all-wise Solomon advises us:
"Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he." Proverbs 29:18
Those who have lost their vision will perish. The word perish means "to stand uncovered, to have no place to hide one's sin." Those who are blind will stand guilty before God. They have forgotten the free gift of God's salvation, and live as the world. They have forgotten that God purged them of their sins. Because of this, they still retain their old sin nature.
When God purges us of our sins, He expects us to deal with our sin nature that remains. Failure to do so will result in our returning to let sin return to our lives. But if we take up our cross daily to crucify the old, sin nature and follow Christ Jesus, then He has promised all things will come to us. Peter concludes:
"Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fail." II Peter 1:10
We are to make our calling and election sure daily. The word sure means "to make stable, firm, and trustworthy." God has promised that if we do these things, we will never fall (stumble). Once we seek Christ as the Scriptures hath said, then we can make our calling and election sure.
Related Books by George Kirkpatrick:
Going On In God
The Coming Day of Restoration
The Living Water
Freely We Have Received, Freely We Give