Tuesday, September 18, 2012

How God Works Today

Is it correct that God’s intervention today in the dispensation of grace is not in circumstances or in outward things, but in the inner man? 

That is true up to a point.  God does not directly, supernaturally intervene in circumstances the way he did in Time Past.  But when we read the Apostle Paul, there is no doubt that God does intervene indirectly as he works through the saints.  As his word works in the saints it does have an outward effect.

As a dear brother in Southern California has said: “We are his body; he is our mind.”  So God does indirectly intervene on the stage of human history through his word working in people.
For example, if a saint has a need and lets it be known to other saints who are in Christ and who believe the doctrine and desire the life of Christ to work through them, circumstances will be affected.

Galatians 6:2
Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

God’s word working in saints affects their own circumstances and others’; it affects outward things.

If you have a need and you contact me through this internet ministry and I respond back to you through a communication like this, I am fulfilling a need for you that will affect your circumstance.  It is based upon my understanding the doctrine so that I will be able to edify you.  It begins in the inner man.

Ephesians 3:16
That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

1 Thessalonians 1:3
Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;

Your work of faith is you getting the doctrine in and God stablishing you by the doctrine.

Romans 16:25
Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,

Ephesians 4:16
From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

As saints do their part they affect the circumstances of others; outward things are affected.  Paul gets on the Corinthians’ case for not doing that (1 Cor. 11).  They were supposed to tarry one for another, but they were being selfish and not using the gifts God gave them to bless other saints.

Romans 12:8
Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

Do these things.  Work out your salvation.

Philippians 2:12
Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

So again, God does not supernaturally, directly intervene in circumstances and outward things; but he does intervene through the saints who are operating in the truth.
So don’t limit God’s intervention to the inner man; it is the inner working first. First, you are to get the word in you and then translate it into a labor of love.  That is the work of faith.

Galatians 5:13
For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh [your own selfish purposes], but by love serve one another.

Galatians 6:2
Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

Galatians 6:10
As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

All three chapters of Titus are about good works.

Titus 2:7, 14; 3:8
In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,  Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good worksThis is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.

Ephesians 2:10
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

So God is intervening (spiritually) to change circumstances indirectly through the working of his word through the saints—living creatures who are his body.  We are his body; he is our mind. That is called providence.

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