Faith the Foundation
Adding to the Faith
"And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith" (2 Peter 1:5).
Reprinted from the November 1927 Herald of Christ’s Kingdom
Some have not the full assurance of faith and therefore fail to claim all that God has promised, fail to be workers together with God, fail to add fortitude, knowledge and love to their faith, but are, as the Master said, "foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken" (Luke 24:25 NAS). All such should take fresh courage, lay hold on the precious promises, claim them for their very own, and not throw away their confidence "which hath great recompense of reward" (Hebrews 10:35).
God, having highly exalted Jesus, giving him a name above every name, and desiring that all should honor the son as they honor the Father, set aside a period of almost two thousand years to prepare a bride for Jesus, a fit companion to be an heir of God and joint-heir with Jesus, God’s New Creation. God issued a call, inviting men here and there to this high station. He sent Jesus to purchase them from under the curse. He justified them freely from all things and accepted them in full consecration as probationary members of this Bride. He trains and develops them in the School of Christ and asks full obedience and heart loyalty even unto death. He assures them of all necessary assistance in every time of need, to bring them off conquerors and more than conquerors.
The Character Jesus
All successful candidates must become character copies of Jesus and to this end God requires us to labor together with Him. This is why we must use all diligence to add to our faith. We develop this character in the School of Christ under the providential guidance of our Heavenly Father through bitter experience, by suffering with Jesus. We "take up the cross and follow" him (Mark 10:21).
You have heard the call, and love constrained you to accept. You offered yourself in full consecration and are now being made ready for the grand consummation so near at hand. Do not falter, do not become faint-hearted. Claim the promises. It is God’s power working in you, and Jesus proclaims himself both willing and able to present you in the Father’s presence without spot or wrinkle, or any such thing.
God’s power is manifest in heaven and on earth; yea, in every tree, shrub, and even in the tiny bit of vegetation that breaks its way through the hard, sun-baked crust that may cover it. It was God’s power that made man out of that lump of clay. We may picture the creation of man — perfect formed out of that lump of clay — a body, legs, feet, hands, eyes, ears, mouth and lungs, but still a lump of clay; no life, no motion, no power there. Enter the breath of life and lo, we have a lump of clay able to see, to do, to talk, to think — Man. Even after 6000 years of falling, man gives evidence of being "fearfully and wonderfully made" (Psalm 139:14).
Shall we say that God’s power is limited in bringing about the New Creation? It is true that in Adam’s case God did deal with inanimate matter, and that God, in creating Adam, did not create his character. Adam’s experience developed his character. In developing the New Creation, God allows us the use of our old bodies for that very purpose, and then when that has been accomplished, He gives us new bodies. In this character development we are workers together with God. But how does God work in us?
The Scriptures answer, by His Spirit. The Master made it plain when he stated that the words that he spoke are spirit and life. So then, if we plant the precious promises into the good ground of our hearts and water the seed, God will give the increase and cause fruitage. We must plant and we must water, but God gives the increase.
The Scriptures assure us that if we do these things, then an abundant entrance shall be ministered unto us into the everlasting joys of the Kingdom.
Anyone who lacks these things, whose spiritual life is at low ebb, should examine themselves. They may be like the farmer who wished to raise a crop of corn.
He had prepared the field, had plowed and harrowed, and was ready to cultivate the field and keep down the weeds. He waited, but not a sign of the growing corn. He had neglected to do the planting. We must all be sure to take the precious promises regarding our justification, our consecration, and our sanctification.
We must make them our very own; plant them deeply in the soil of our heart; and water that seed with constant care. The outcome will be glorious. God will give the increase. The power of God in His Word is like the power of God in the grain of corn. Plant it in good soil, water and tend it, and God will give the increase.