The Truth

In the few hours after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, a sudden realization struck the house of the High Priest. In a council meeting, maybe akin to a debriefing, the assessment was that the murder of Jesus was a mistake. They called it an error. They did not want to make a second one.

Matthew 27:63-64 “Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again. Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first.”

There were fact-checkers among them; men who reviewed statements and positions. But as it is now, so it was then, no one was checking the fact-checkers. An old farmer’s quote depicted the fox guarding the hen house. The danger of course was that the predator was looking after the prey. We’ve all been subject to opinions posed as facts or philosophies presented as Truth. Just for the record, there is no such thing as “your truth” or “my truth.” There is only The Truth.

Jesus said, John 8:32 “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Our world is filled with personal concepts which are presented as doctrines. A revision of biblical declaratives have caused much confusion and doubt. This is nothing new. Even Paul addressed the church in Galatia which had received the Gospel. They were saved. They had obeyed the settled tenets of Acts 2:38. However, someone had corrupted the truth and presented another gospel which was not the gospel. Galatians 1:7 “Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.”

I write as a Contender. Our future hinges on our adherence to the settled truth of Acts 4:12, I Corinthians 15:1-4, John 3:1-8, Acts 19:1-6, Colossians 3:17, and more. Regardless of what others may say; regardless of the supposed “fact-checkers” or revisionists, we must strive for the Gospel and the Kingdom.

Jude 1:3 “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”

Pastor Jeffrey Harpole

FIXED

Luke 16:26 “And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.”

The obvious distinction between Heaven and Hell was on full display in the teaching of Jesus. He said, “there is a great gulf fixed.” No one will be able to traverse that impassible gulf. While we must not ignore the message, there is a stapled truth in the Lord’s word. The eternities are forever separated by a great gulf which is FIXED. Regardless of current culture or human intentions; irrespective of public opinion or feelings, some things will not change. They are forever settled.

David said of himself, Psalms 57:7 “My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.” The context of his life did not affect the song. David decided to make something stable which would not be moved. While it might not have always been a pleasant song or a joyful dance, his heart was fixed. Had he not made the determination, his family trouble would have erased his praise and worship.

The fluctuation of ideas, doctrines, and concepts have caused a ripple of untold damage. The unsteadiness of prayer, giving, or a home out order; combined with sporadic church attendance will inevitably lead to destruction. When midweek Bible class is deemed unnecessary or we become to busy for prayer an unsteady life is created. Nothing is fixed.

However, if stability is to be found, it will demand a determination to stay faithful and devoted. Paul asked the question that we must answer: Romans 8:35 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” The list of offenses and troubles are spelled out, but at the end, Paul simply said that nothing would remove him from the Love of God. He said that he was persuaded. Fixed. This must be the decision of every believer. It is not a church endeavor or a sermon idea. We must be fastened, anchored, moored to the Apostolic doctrine and the church, so that nothing will move us. It is both our privilege and our honor to arrange our lives around the things of God because we live for the sake of the Kingdom.

Pastor Jeffrey Harpole

The Jordan

The Bible bears proof that there are critical points, decisions and crossings, which attain to every life. It is apparent that the Jordan River is a showcase of a main crossing. It was the pivot of both ministry and nation. The Jordan held the change of a life and destiny.

  • Namaan was cleansed in those waters as both a type of the Gentile redemption to come and also a coming baptism preached by apostles. Acts 22:16 And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
  • Gideon divided the army at the water’s edge and reduced his number to preserve the Glory of God in battle. Judges 7:7 The LORD said to Gideon, “With the three hundred men that lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands. Let all the other men go, each to his own place.”
  • Joshua led the people across the Jordan on dry ground as they took the final step out of the wilderness. It was the departure from the deeds and faithlessness of the past generation. Joshua 4:19 And the people came up out of Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and encamped in Gilgal, in the east border of Jericho.
  • Jesus was baptized there as a showcase of His Lordship; His example to follow; and a declaration of His dual nature. Matthew 3:13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.

The Jordan River was the pivot of the people; a critical juncture that had to be crossed. Here is the prophetic word given to Moses: Deuteronomy 12:10 But when ye go over Jordan, and dwell in the land which the LORD your God giveth you to inherit, and when he giveth you rest from all your enemies round about, so that ye dwell in safety; Deuteronomy 12:11 Then there shall be a place which the LORD your God shall choose to cause his name to dwell there;

After Jordan, wherever they set their foot became their inheritance. We also are standing at our own crossing. To reach souls for the Kingdom will demand Bible Studies, prayer meetings, fasting, giving, and much more. Today we endeavor to Break Ground for a House of Worship to train and equip the many souls which will make Heaven their home. This is our pivot point: A Crossing of Faith and a Purposeful Revival for the thousands of people who must hear the Gospel.

Pastor Jeffrey Harpole

Plumb Line

The modern Christian thought was expressed recently when two religious leaders denounced the idea of a strict adherence to biblical doctrine. Instead they proposed an emotional response to salvation and what they called “God’s love factor.” This presents God’s love greater than any biblical narrative or interpretation of the scripture. While this philosophy is counterintuitive to the Bible, there are a host of church-goers who now adhere to this false premise.

The core issue revolves around disobedience to the scripture. There are other glaring tentacles which entail subjectivism and relativism. This is nothing less than carnal mindsets wrapped in the clothes of vain religion. For those who espouse such things, God’s Word no longer matters. His decrees and laws have been dismissed or traded for the opinions borne from mass consciousness. Ultimately, the lines have been drawn and Truth will prevail while many flounder on uncertain ground.

Amos, Isaiah, Zechariah, Jeremiah and more wrote of the “plumb line” – God’s measuring line. There will be a division between the Truth and a lie. God has drawn lines which divide apostasy from sound doctrine. The survey of any parcel of ground, declares ownership and property rights. The same is true for the Endtime church. There is and will be a separation of people based on the Doctrine of Jesus Christ. His name alone will divide us from a host of people. We will be hated for His Name’s sake. Jesus said as much.

Holiness standards are an outward display of the plumb line. Devotion to the Bible is a dividing line. Even our praise and worship looks odd to those who compartmentalize the church from their daily expressions. Our bodies are called a “living sacrifice.” We are temples of the Holy Spirit, thus we consider ourselves as the Bride of Christ and the list goes on.

To remove the scripture from salvation erodes the necessity of God’s design. It clouds the image of both Heaven and Hell, which have been prepared for the saint and the sinner. While God is a God of Love, He still demands obedience to His forever settled Word. Personal understandings will not change the outcome of our destinies. We must embrace the Scripture; abide by it; and put it into action. For out of the books will come the judgement. There is a line and the measurement has been made.

Pastor Jeffrey Harpole