We have had many superstars and champions of the Christian faith. It isn’t hard to name a few influential figures. We have looked to the great reformation leaders of old who founded the mainline Christian denominations we have today. We have looked to radio evangelists, televangelists, and in the modern era, all manner of online ministers, teachers, prophets, priests, pastors, and so forth.
It has been a long while since our Lord, Jesus left. We know that when He returns, He will judge all that was built in His name. The apostle Paul writes of this in his first letter to the Corinthians.
9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.
10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire (1 Corinthians 3:9-15).
We have the foundation, which is the gospel of Jesus Christ and the lessons given through Jesus and the apostles. What about all our works that have been built upon this foundation? We know that many things will not stand the judgment. There will be stubble that is completely consumed by the fire of our Lord.
The Gospel According to Luke records this statement from Jesus: “I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?”
The purpose of These Things Saith He is to provoke thought concerning our current Christian establishments by focusing on He who is the foundation of our Christian faith: Jesus Christ.
Perhaps if we can seek Jesus for His judgements concerning all that has been built in His Name, we might find highly flammable areas that we can repent of, areas that we can make stronger, and ways in which we might edify the called of God so that we can better stand with Jesus now and in times of trouble.
This might seem like an overly ambitions and futile endeavor. Perhaps even vain, foolish, and unnecessary. However, we are not left without cause for such a pursuit nor are we left without instruction.
The Revelation of Jesus Christ provides cause in His letters to the angels of the 7 Churches of Revelation. These “stars” are the leaders—our superstars and champions of the faith both small and great. He warns five of them stating, “I will remove your candlestick out of its place.” The candlesticks are churches comprised of everyday believers who are led by the “stars.” You can read about this in The Symbolism chapter of this book.
Five out of seven are rebuked, and in Chapter 11 we can see that only two candlesticks remain. The rebuked are removed because these do not repent.
There is our cause. We might question this. Aren’t we saved by grace through faith in Jesus without condition?
The point of this book is not to condemn believers, but to bring into remembrance He who is the Lord of us all—not our superstars who have led many of us astray and will eventually lead us into the great apostacy—but Jesus Christ Himself. This is for the edification of the church, not its destruction. That is the intention of the author of this book.
More information on this point is given in the chapter, By What Authority I Do This.
As for our instruction, we look to the letters Jesus writes to the seven churches and consider what lessons we might learn based on the foundation that was laid by Jesus and the apostles.
Each of these letters begin with the statement, “These things saith He.” This statement is followed by a descriptive attribute of Jesus—attributes that point to His complete authority, dominion, and power. He does this for a reason. Jesus is Lord, and although He grants authority to His servants, much has been built that will not stand in day of judgment.
There are many “stars.” There is only One True Day Star, and this is Jesus Christ. There are many “Lucifers” and “bright stars” and “sons of the dawn.” (Revelation 14). There are many false Christs and many of our leaders have been such in some capacity. We do not need stars. We need Jesus. It is the faithful churches, also know as candlesticks, that remain standing in Revelation 11, not the stars.
If we put Jesus first of a truth and if we are willing to consider all that has been built by man and all manner of “stars” over the generations, we can kindle the fires of judgement, repentance, and renewal as those who are preparing themselves for the return of our one and true King. We can stand against all manner of false christs including those within the faith and those without boldly, unafraid, and willing to sacrifice all that is required of us for His Name’s sake.
His Kingdom will come. This kingdom is not one of hay and stubble, as we read about in Revelation 21. All that is not fit for that kingdom will burn. What will Jesus be if it is already kindled? What will He be when He finds His servants busily occupying and building? He will be glad.
The above is the draft version of the introduction to a book I plan to write and publish in a manner that is free of charge to the public. I wrote in These Things Saith He: Contents that I will publish the drafts here first and offer opportunity for others to share their thoughts before the final work is completed.
I’m open to and greatly value the insight, experiences, and thoughts of my Christian brethren because we are a body knit together in Christ that is meant to work together without over reliance on our leaders. I am not your leader, but I do try to be faithful to what I have received to the best of my ability, and I look to Jesus for gracious judgment of my service and the service of all who truly love Him.
Please do not hesitate to reach out in the comments or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.