Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Monday, October 7, 2013

Because iniquity shall abound...

A prophetic warning

C. H. Spurgeon

"And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall grow cold." Matthew 24:12.

Christ had spoken to His disciples of earthquakes in divers places, famines and pestilences—but these were only the beginning of sorrows. Such things as these need not trouble Christians, for though the earth is removed and the mountains are carried into the midst of the sea, yet may the Believer be confident and his heart may abide at rest. Even when the Master told His disciples that they would be hated of all men for His name's sake, that needed not afflict them. He had taught them before, "Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him which is able to destroy both soul and body in Hell." They were thus braced up to meet the fiery trial. Earthquake, pestilence, war and persecution fail to disturb the serenity of Believers in Christ! But the evil spoken of in our text—this is the wound, this is the sorrow! Here is something to tremble at! "Because iniquity shall abound"—that is worse than pestilence— "the love of many shall grow cold"—that is worse than persecution! As all the water outside a vessel can do it no harm until it enters the vessel, itself, so outward persecutions cannot really injure the Church of God. But when the mischief oozes into the Church and the love of God's people grows cold—ah, then the boat is in sore distress! I fear that we are much in this condition at the present hour. May the Holy Spirit bless the alarming prophecy now before us to our awakening!
I. Notice, first, THE CAUSE OF THAT GRIEVOUS CHILL OF HEART which is here spoken of—"Because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall grow cold." When love grows cold, it is a serious sign. Then the heart is affected—affected with a chill! Is not this the forerunner of death? What is the cause of it? According to our text, it is the abounding of iniquity!

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 We call ourselves a Christian country. Do not dare to speak so falsely! This is growing to be a heathen land—part of it bowing before images, another part howling out, "There is no God," and a third secretly reveling in unutterable filthi-ness.- Spurgeon


dora said...

If Spurgeon saw iniquity abounding in his day, what of now?

Who hasn't seen the love of many grow cold? I fear I might have fallen victim to that in some sense.

But, God is able to keep us from falling.

lyn said...

It is only going to get worse; yes, we all have forgotten the commandment to love one another, but He does keep us from falling.
May He keep His own focused on Him, causing us to pray for compassion and humility - these are two things that seem to be lacking in the church. I must continually ask for the Lord to bring these afresh in me.

Darrel said...

With all the good things that were going on at Ephesus (Rev. 2:1-7), our Lord found cause to rebuke them for they had, in spite of all their doing, "left their first love." Today, we have "discernment ministries" coming out of our ears, well-meaning folk who have seen fit to tear down (rightfully so), but have forgotten to build up. The "Martha syndrome" has a good hold on some who are "cumbered about much serving" but have forgotten to sit at the feet of Jesus which is the "good part."

With all the things that demand our attention each day, it is easy to see how our love can grow cold. The coldness begins toward Christ and is spread to our brothers and sisters (God help us). But our Lord has the cure-doesn't He always!! Luke 9:23, "let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me." Some go to great lengths to legitimize their activities in the world under the guise of "freedom in Christ" only to cheat themselves of the real blessing and joy of the Lord. The cross is not something to be feared, but embraced, just as the Lord Jesus did.

May the Lord grant that our love for Him only increase.

lyn said...

Amen Darrel, well said.

I see it all over the internet, men who are prideful in their ministries, sin and abuse in the church,street preachers verbally attacking the unregenerate, discernment bloggers pointing to the sins of these men, and this spirals into a finger pointing, name calling, accusing free for all. What a mess!! Pride has replaced Christ in the hearts of many.
Sin is accepted into the church,and in many forms; celebrity pastors embracing it for the sake of money - for example - Al Mohler, one of the influential heads of the SBC, embraces Rick Warren and his false teachings, why? And NOBODY calls either man into account for it.

May we keep Christ first and foremost in our hearts

lyn said...

Normally I don't recommend anything found at TGC, but I do recommend this article -

Susan said...

It seems that you are always hitting the spots that are heavy on my mind and heart, Lyn. Lately I've been thinking about in Elijah must come before the Messiah. I just started reading the NT from the beginning and plan to go through the NT, then the OT, and then return to NT and to do this in as rapid a succession as I can to get a better "larger perspective".

Jesus said Elias (or Elijah) was John the Baptist, and that was confusing to me.

Luk_1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

Mar_9:11 And they asked him, saying, Why say the scribes that Elias must first come?
Mar_9:12 And he answered and told them, Elias verily cometh first, and restoreth all things; and how it is written of the Son of man, that he must suffer many things, and be set at nought.
Mar_9:13 But I say unto you, That Elias is indeed come, and they have done unto him whatsoever they listed, as it is written of him.

...and I often get confused as to whether this also is again to be what will happen just prior to Jesus' returning...I mean in the "true remnant" (Church and true Jews) will there be a resurgence?

I like the way your link at TGC talks about John the Baptist.

This still requires much more prayerful searching for me. Thanks for the helpful link :)

lyn said...

Hi Susan,

Like you, I need more prayer and study into the word of God on that particular topic. May our gracious God lead us in all knowledge and truth, He does reward those who diligently seek Him.

Many blessings to you as we journey down that narrow path. Christ will lead us into the way everlasting, to the glory of God the Father!