The Responsibility of His Remnant Church
In our teaching on His Remnant Church we have examined two of six responsibilities we find in New Testament Scripture of this church in the Last Days. Those first two are; (1) To understand Worship, and to Worship God in spirit and in truth and (2) to study and discern the Word of God. This brings us to the third responsibility of His Remnant Church in these last days. To speak, preach, and teach sound doctrine.
In Matthew 28:19&20 Jesus gave instruction to his disciples regarding their primary mission. We know this passage as the Great Commission. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
This then is the mission of the church of Jesus Christ, His Remnant Church, to tell the world about Jesus Christ.
In these Last Days the message and mission has been corrupted and co-opted to the point that most “churches” have no idea what the true Gospel is. They speak, preach and teach; however their message has absolutely no resemblance to the message taught by the Apostles and the early church in the book of Acts.
His Remnant Church must heed the instruction of the Holy Spirit as given to the Apostle Paul. In 2 Timothy 4:1&2 Paul instructs Timothy “I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.” And, once again in Titus 2:1 Paul encourages Titus “But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine” Speak, Preach, and Teach doctrine, and not just any doctrine, but Sound Doctrine, the doctrine given to us in the written, revealed Word of God.
True doctrine teaches that there is only one way to heaven. John 14:6 “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’” Acts 4:12 “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Romans 10:9 “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” This is sound doctrine, Jesus plus NOTHING! There are not many paths to heaven, just the “Narrow Way.” His Remnant Church must be willing to study, understand, and teach every doctrinal truth found in God’s word and to guard against false doctrines.
The fourth responsibility of the Remnant Church as it teaches sound doctrine is to defend that teaching and stand for Christ in these last days.
In 2 Timothy 4:3&4 we find a warning of what will happen in the end times. “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” Yet back in 2 Timothy 4:2 in this passage, we are told to “Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.” This is the defense of doctrinal faith, this is standing for the truth of God’s Word. In 1 Corinthians 16:13 we are told “Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.” and in 2 Thessalonians 2:15 “Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle.”
In these last days when the world is full of false teachers, false doctrines, and false religion, His Remnant Church must become a lighthouse of truth in a world enshrouded by the darkness of spiritual deceit.
Romans 13:12 “The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.” Ephesians 5:8 “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light” 1 Thessalonians 5:5 “You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness.”
Our enemy is the enemy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, he is the god of this age, the prince of the power of the air, and he is Satan himself. And, we are given this warning by the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 6:12&13 “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
For His Remnant Church to stand and defend the Gospel in these last days we must be diligently wearing the full armor of God found in Ephesians 6. There can be no compromise in this battle. Compromise, tolerance, and worldliness are the hallmarks of the apostate church. The hallmark of His Remnant Church must be to stand for and defend doctrinal truth as we look for the return of our Lord for His church.
Therefore Stand!!! Our redemption is near, Jesus is Coming Soon!
To be continued…