Voice of the Kingfisher speaks out …from a different perspective
by Elinor Montgomery
January 05, 2015
God is the God of truth. The Bible’s inherent prophecy is the witness to this. It is His guidebook to life and truth, and is referred to as “the Word”. The apostles and others who wrote the gospels were His prophets, like the prophets of old, but with a difference. The prophets of old witnessed to the coming Messiah; the apostles witnessed to the Son of God who had come to earth.
In speaking to His disciples, Jesus said, “And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors (John 4:36-38).”
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it (John 1:1-5).
From these words we can understand that in darkness there is no understanding. If light dispels the darkness, then the light brings understanding. So, what is the barrier to the light? It is to the flesh, which the will of man responds when presented with a lure. Satan, dwelling in the darkness, always appeals carnally to the flesh of man, trying to conquer him with that which appeals to it, or, more specifically, to the non-spiritual appetites of the flesh. Satan is the master of deception, deceiving man into believing lies in order to return him to the darkness of which he was a part, before God breathed His Spirit into him, giving him life.
By rejecting His truth, man rejected God from the beginning, only to reject the Spirit of life and be returned to the darkness whence he came. Hence, God had to take upon Himself the flesh of man and enter into the world as both the Son of Man and the Son of God, as one who had no darkness in Him. Unlike the first man, Adam, the Son of Man overcame Satan’s lures into the darkness to remain the true light and not a counterfeiter of light, like Satan. The prophecy of the prophets of old, as we have said, bore witness to the coming of this Messiah, with John the Baptist being the last prophet to do so.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which gives light to every man who comes into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him (John 1:6-11).
We may think this strange and unbelievable that a nation, which God had called forth from the gentile non-believers and had blessed with His rule of law apart from the unlawful rule of the religious empires, did not see and even refused to understand that it was the Lord Jesus who is the Light of the world. This nation, Israel, actually preferred a man-chosen king to the King of kings, Ruler and Creator of the universe and Giver of the Word of life.
The nation, Israel, was given the second opportunity to receive the light of life, but, like Adam, it, too, rejected the Holy Spirit’s breath of life. Little did the people know or understand in the darkness what they were doing. Was it any different from America today, as she wallows in darkness, with no understanding of what she is doing?
The nation, Israel, was to receive the inheritance of Abraham, and, like Esau, the people said they did not want to be the sons and daughters of God; they said that they had no king, but Caesar. In other words, give them the religious empire of Rome under Satan’s man-chosen king, and for him, they would willingly give up the King of kings and the Creator of the entire world. As the gentleman He is, full of grace, the Light of the world responded, figuratively speaking, by saying, “So be it! I will give My inheritance, or heritage, to another.”
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God (John 1:12-13). And so the Messiah, called Jesus, passed the inheritance over to all mankind far and wide beyond the borders of Israel, but confined to the borders of His church.
Bloodline no longer defined that which became spiritual at the cross as mankind was once again able to receive the Spirit of life and light. This church of Jesus would stand on truth only and reject the religion of the empire even though the empire would always seek to keep spiritual Israel in slavery, just as Egypt had sought to keep the nation in slavery to its empire-building, laborious, work plans, dedicated to the glory of man.
Yet, Jesus gave His word that the gates of hell would not prevail against His church. If He delivered the nation, He also could deliver His church from the teeth of the serpent – that serpent of old called the devil. He separated His people, Israel, once from the religious system of the world and now, He will separate His people of the church – those who have become the true Jew, as Paul would indicate to the world, in his writing to the Romans.
For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is that circumcision which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God (Romans 2:28-29).
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.’” And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him (John 1:14-18).
The Word is truth. Can you now understand why Jesus told His disciples that His flesh was food indeed and that His blood was drink, indeed (see John 6:55)? He is the bread that came down from heaven (see John 6:58). Jesus said that whoever eats this bread would live forever. In other words, eternal life is found only in the Word of God made flesh.
This was a stumbling block for some of the disciples who murmured, and eventually walked away. Today, those in the religious system, who come in the name of Jesus, but believe in evolution, peace that comes from the U.N., and a united religion with all of its religious traditions, will murmur against the believer who believes in the fundamental truth of a God who cannot lie. They will slowly see the light go out as they move into complete darkness and turn back to walk with Christ no more (see John 6:66).
Of John the Baptist, Jesus said he was a burning and shining lamp (see John 5:35). No witness can put his/her light under a basket and still be a shining lamp. With the light comes the burning; who wants the pain and scars of burning? Comfortable pews are the answer, where one can sit and observe, as the burning of the pastor’s words becomes less and less, until soon there is nothing but a puff of smoke where there once was fire in the pulpits of America.
Perhaps we should reflect on this as the New Year begins. Time has run out. It is now or never for us to make the choice between the burning light of eternity and the consuming darkness of eternal nothingness. The choice is and always has been ours to make, thanks to the great mercy and grace of God the Father who gave us the gift of life through His Son.