A.B. Simpson "The end is...."
A.B. Simpson devotional for Wednesday, April 05, 2017...
Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried. This is the promise for the Lord's coming. It is more than purity. It is to be made white, lustrous or bright. To be purified is to have sin burned out; to be made white is to have the glory of the Lord burned in. The one is cleansing; the other is illumination and glorification. The Lord has both for us, but in order for us to have both we must be put into the fire to be tried. We must be led into difficult and strange places where Christ shall be more to us because of the very extremity of the situation. We are approaching these days. indeed, they are already around us, and they are the precursors of the Lord's coming.
Blesssed is he that . . . keepeth his garments lest he walk naked (Revelation 16:15).
There are voices in the air, filling men with hope and fear;
There are signals everywhere that the end is drawing near;
There are warnings to prepare, for the King will soon be here;
Oh, it must be the coming of the Lord!
Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried—Daniel 12:10
Once again, the Lord and His work in the lives of people over the years; what they write, what they live and share, brings the puzzle of life together!
A. B. Simpson leaves no question, in this devotional, to what he believed, regarding sin! Sin is to have no part in our lives. Sin is to be burned out! Then, as the Bible says, comes sanctification! "To be purified is to have sin burned out" then comes the sanctifying, where as Simpson puts it "...to be made white is to have the glory of the Lord burned in"!
"The one is cleansing; the other is illumination and glorification."
Tozer spoke, some time ago, about society changing the meanings of words. Looking at the Church-World blend today I see more of the World than I see of Jesus Christ.
The milk that is sold in the stores today is so modified that I to not consider it to be "milk". It has had much of the cream taken out, homogenized, pasteurized and supposedly vitamins, etc, added back in. What a deception; a false mess! Milk is no longer 'Milk'!
The same has happened to the "Truth" of Jesus Christ, until it is no longer "TRUTH"!!
Christianity is no longer being like, or in, the image of, Jesus Christ!
Mostly it is a strong "belief" that one is going to a place called 'heaven'; with absolutely NO evidence of "New Birth" required. One is said to be 'saved by grace'; a newly defined salvation without deliverance, and a grace that is "whatever you want it to mean", except "life changing"!
"You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy; [Lev. 19:18; Psa. 139:21-22] But I tell you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, [Pro. 25:21-22] To show that you are the children of your Father Who is in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the wicked and on the good, and makes the rain fall upon the upright and the wrongdoers [alike]. For if you love those who love you, what reward can you have? Do not even the tax collectors do that? And if you greet only your brethren, what more than others are you doing? Do not even the Gentiles (the heathen) do that?
You, therefore, must be perfect [growing into complete maturity of godliness in mind and character, having reached the proper height of virtue and integrity], as your heavenly Father is perfect. [Lev. 19:2, Lev. 19:18]" (Matthew 5:43-48)