Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.
The words of the hymn by Edward Mote began playing in my mind this morning. As I thought about the words, the words of Jesus came to mind. Matthew 7:24-27 NKJV ““Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.””
There is plenty of sinking sand in our world today and that is why our hope must be built upon Jesus, the Son of God. The revelation that God gave to Peter was that Jesus is the Son of God. That is the rock that the church is built upon. Plenty of people believe Jesus is a historical figure, some even believe He is a great moral teacher, that He sets an example we should follow. But none of that matters, what matters is, do you believe He is the Son of God?
Do you believe the Word of God? It is the testimony of Christ, the solid rock. John 20:30-31 NKJV “And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.”
The Word of God is sure and true. Jesus is that Word in flesh. The grass withers and the flower fades but the Word of God remains forever. Is your hope built on Christ the solid rock? James talks about being tossed around by every wave, is your anchor holding within the veil like the hymn writer wrote? As I look at not only the world but the church today, I wonder how we’ve strayed so far from the rock. We’ve begun building on world philosophy and pop psychology. We call into question the very Word of God. It’s trendy now, it’s a sign of real faith to doubt your faith. To Hell with that garbage, that’s where it came from and that’s where it needs to go back to.
Look at these words from the Apostle Paul, “For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” (1 Corinthians 2:2 NKJV).
What about his words to the Galatians? Galatians 3:1-9 NKJV “O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified? This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh? Have you suffered so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain? Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?— just as Abraham “believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, “In you all the nations shall be blessed.” So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham.”
He began the letter with these words, “I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.”
As I look at the church today I ask this question, I asked myself this question, who has bewitched us? When did we go from preaching the text to preaching life lessons based loosely from the text? When did “the Holy Spirit said” replace the line by line teaching of Scripture? We have drifted, we’ve become focused on us and not God. Our methods have become more important than the message. We use programs to draw people instead of the power of the gospel. Jesus said, “if I be lifted up, I will draw all men unto Me.”
Church, let’s return to the rock of our salvation. Let’s return to the chief cornerstone, Jesus Christ and the Apostles and Prophets that our foundation is built upon. That is the Old and New Testament. Let’s give people the Bible. Let’s give students the Bible and teach them how to study it. Ted talks and topical self help messages are all the rage in churches today. Friend, you won’t find a better self help book than the Bible. The reason many aren’t prospering, number one, is because we’ve been taught a worldly definition but number two, you’re living in sin. God’s not going to bless sin. Be ye holy, for I am holy. Come out from among them and be ye separate sanity the Lord, touch not the unclean thing and I will receive you.
It’s time to return to the rock. Drop the gimmicks and pick up the gospel. We don’t need self help, we need sanctification. This is the will of God, your sanctification. If we truly want to help people and see them grow, we will call them out of sin and to repentance. We will see sinners converted and saints grow in sanctification. Yes, the Bible calls us saints and sons of God! That’s good stuff. Let’s return to the rock, let’s walk on the narrow path and let’s see our neighborhoods, communities and states turned toward Jesus. And by supporting missionaries, we can see people all around the world come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.