“For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” Revelation 22:18,19 The Apostle John, the Apostle Paul and Jesus Himself were extremely interested in one thing – protecting the integrity of the Gospel! It occurs to me that this is the only measuring stick that can be used to gauge the ‘health’ of a Church. Church history is littered with ‘man-made’ rules and regulations; additions and subtractions to God’s Word. For example, one Pope proposed that only the “Ministers” of the local church could administer communion. All historical indications are that everyone thought that that was a good and wise idea. Surely God would want there to be order in the administrating of Holy Communion was the logic. However, as good as it sounded, it was a man made rule. The Bible gives absolutely no such ‘command’. And as you slowly add all the good and wise ‘man-made’ rules implemented throughout the ages together, the original picture starts to become very blurred.
I compare it to a Master Painter who completes His portrait and leaves it hanging in His house for all to see. However, the Master Painter leaves His painting in the care of others. And slowly but surely the others see things in the painting, which they believe need ‘clarification’. Almost inevitably each caretaker, like their predecessor before, takes the liberty to ‘touch up’ small parts of the already perfect painting. Until after almost 2000 years of touch ups we have a painting which is not at all like the original.
However, the Lord has brought out His brush again and restored His original masterpiece to its previous glory. God does this by illuminating the minds of His body with revelation. And the revelation is not new; it’s His original Masterpiece. The Masterpiece is the message. And the message is Christ in You! God’s Grace is sufficient! And the sins of all mankind have been put away forever, not by works, but by The Work of the Lord Jesus.
What do you think?