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Originally published in "The Lord's Coming Herald & Wesleyan Bible Prophecy Advocate," june 2009

Lord, Make Me An Able Minister Of The New Covenant

"Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men" (Matt. 4:19). My heart's desire and prayer to God is that He will ever help me to become a more able minister of the new covenant. This involves:

1. Laboring to proclaim the good news of the kingdom. Unless we believe in the messianic kingdom of God established on earth as a present reality, we will have no incentive to do this. Therefore, we must get shed of the postponed kingdom way of thinking that adheres to a dispensational mind set. Dispensationalism is a return to the weak and beggarly elements of the OLD covenant economy (Gal. 3:14ff.). Help us, Lord, to be an able minister of the NEW covenant, and to love more, and talk more, about thy present kingdom of grace.

2. Holding our fellow man accountable to the eschatological day of judgment. It is important for me to tell the truth here. God has appointed a day, in which he will judge the world in righteousness" (Acts 17:31). When the Holiness movement had its greatest revival seasons it was preaching the Bible doctrine of a general resurrection and a universal judgment, and not the modern end-time fables of Scofield/Darbyism. If you don't believe me, check the historical record.

3. Salvation is essential. Many talk about some nebulous religious "faith" today, but the devils also believe and tremble. What needs to be clearly explained and enforced is the biblical teaching on salvation. People need to know that they are saved from sin. The reproach of the Cross is still to be found today in our biblical certainty and clarity here. Are you saved from sin?

4. Holiness is our privilege and our responsibility. The possibilities of grace include our possession of a pure heart. Let it not be strange among us, then, to hear folks testify that the Blood of Jesus Christ has cleansed them from all sin! Such is the crowning blessing of the new covenant (Heb. 13:12). Without it we'll not see God (Heb. 12:14).

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