THE BENEFIT OF THE LORD
"Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:"
It is not uncommon to hear someone say that they have gone to work for a company that offers many benefits to the employees.
This is also true of the Lord. Let's notice some of the things that the believer has at his disposal because he is a Christian
THE BENEFIT OF A KNOW-SO SALVATION
Just to know one is saved is a great benefit. Imagine how it would be if we lived in fear of facing God without knowing we were saved.
This is not just a doctrine that the Baptist believe, it is to be believed by all who profess Him as personal Savior.
However, there are many so-called Christian churches who do not believe this doctrine that is plainly taught in the Word of God and rob their people of the benefit of this truth. If you do not believe in grace for salvation, you won't believe in a know-so salvation. The security of the believer is rooted in the grace of God.
Now what we believe must be plainly taught in the Scriptures. If our doctrine is not firmly grounded in the Word of God we should abandon it. The Scriptures says in 1 John 5:13, "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God." (emphasis mine).
There is another verse that nails down the eternal security: Jude 1:24, "Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,"
There is another verse that nails this truth down: John 10:27-30, "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one." Does Jesus have you in His hand? If so, you are saved, safe, and secure.
THE BENEFIT OF THE GIFT OF FORGIVENESS
Psalms 103:3, "Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;" The truth of forgiveness is supported throughout the New Testament. Ephesians 1:7, "In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;"
Hebrews 10:17-18, "And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin." What God forgives He forgets. That is something we can't do. But God can. He can wipe the slate clean and create you in Christ Jesus where there is not the slightest sin.
THE BENEFIT OF HEAVENLY HEALTH CARE
Psalms 103:3, "Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;"
Disease is everywhere. Many die young because of it. There is the plague of AIDS that medical science is wrestling with. Their determination to find a cure is admirable. We hear talk of the high cost of medical insurance. Everyone is put out because it is completely out of the reach of many poor families.
But God. He has a heavenly health care for His children. Even if they die physically they win. They have awaiting them a body made without hands eternal in the heavens. I never saw this truth until Dr. John Phillips called to my attention. It is found in 2 Corinthians 5:1-3, "For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked."
There is a contrast in this passage of Scripture between a movable tent and an immovable building. He speaks of the "earthly house of this tabernacle (Lit. tent). Then he says, "We have (the present continuous tense) a building of God, an house not make with hands, eternal in the heavens."
We have heavenly health care. He heals our diseases in this life and if He doesn't He reaches over the battlements of glory and lifts us heavenward and by the time our feet hit the streets of gold, we find ourselves in the new body that has been prepared by Him and is waiting for our arrival. SOMEONE HOLD MY MULES!!!! HALELUJAH!!!! I can hear someone say, "Your crazy." All I have to say to that, is "blessed insanity."
THE BENEFIT OF STANDING IN THE GAP FOR WORLD MISSIONS
Psalms 106:23, "Therefore he said that he would destroy them, had not Moses his chosen stood before him in the breach, to turn away his wrath, lest he should destroy them."
This is what missions is about. It is standing in the gap and pleading with the souls that pass through. And thank the Lord many are being saved by the testimony of the Church.
THE BENEFIT OF THE EDIFICATION OF HIS WORD
Jesus wants His sheep fed. He commissioned Peter to do so: John 21:15-17, "So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep." It was important enough for Jesus to tell Peter three times feed my lambs, feed my sheep and feed my sheep.
There is nothing more thrilling than to get into the Word of God and have the Holy Spirit help you to understand it. Have you ever had the experience of having a verse of Scripture jump up off of the page and put it’s arms around you and plant a kiss on your cheek. Some one hold my mules!!!
May the Lord bless these words to our hearts.