CHRISTIANS rejoice in the benefits they receive in the knowledge they have of Christ Jesus. This knowledge is both intellectual and experiential and gives them a lift in all the perspectives that they have in their experience of the trials, temptations - and joys and blessings - of this life. As Great Britain, even the whole world, heads towards an economic depression (or worse); as evil men wax or grow worse and worse; as political and Church leaders seem to fail us and fail Christ the King; the genuine Christian does, and can, look up to the supreme head over all things to the Church (Ephesians 1: 22), even the great God our Saviour, Christ Himself (Titus 2: 13).
JESUS said that in the world we would have tribulation but we are to be of good cheer for “I”, He says, “Have overcome the world” (John 16: 33). There is clearly a lot going on in our country, which is being effected by evil men, promoting great evils and thinking all the time that they can, and will, get away with it. But that does not change the fact that it is God, not man, who is the ruler of men and lifts up whom He wishes, and puts down whom He will (Daniel 4: 35, 37); and that He will bring the most high and lofty word, and look, to the most terrible and awesome judgment. Fools mock at this. Only fools would. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God (Hebrews 10: 31)!
OUR job is to rejoice in Him and what He brings, be it good or ill (Philippians 4: 11); and to do so with joy abounding and full of glory (1 Peter 1: 8). Oh! Praise Him all ye heavenly host. But we are also to occupy till He comes (Luke 19: 13). We, in the Christian Council of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, will continue to be doing this, as will others; recognising, however, that it is not our fight but His who has all earthly power and Heavenly glory. Hell is rising but it will never, can never, prevail against the Son of the living God and the true Church, the true community of faith, which He (and only He) can build (Matthew 16: 18).