Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
The word "splendor" also means, "weighty." God should be the weighty one in my heart, the one of splendor, the one I alone fear.
I see God who is fearsome. Ezek. 21:16-17
Swords at the ready!Do I dare believe He will spare me just because I have the gift of eternal life? No, God is no respecter of persons. He did not spare His own people from fire. Isaiah 27:10-11,
Set your blade!
Wherever your edge is ordered!
I also will beat My fists together,
And I will cause My fury to rest;
I, the LORD, have spoken.
Yet the fortified city will be desolate,These branches are the same mentioned to the church in John 15:5-6,
The habitation forsaken and left like a wilderness;
There the calf will feed, and there it will lie down
And consume its branches.
When its boughs are withered, they
will be broken off;
The women come and set them on fire.
For it is a people of no understanding;
Therefore He who made them will
not have mercy on them,
And He who formed them will
show them no mercy.
I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.
This is a verse for Christians, and everyone else who might have appropriated the righteousness of God's living water into their lifestyle. The word "branch" means ruler, son, king (Matthew 24:32, Zecharaiah 6:12, Isaiah 60:21, Psalm 80:15). That is why I will never forget worship dancing on Palm Sunday, when King Jesus enters Jerusalem and the people ushered Him by waving palm branches. Palm branches are a symbol of a victorious son or a ruler. What sort of rulers am I replicating into this world I will leave behind - righteous sons, or wicked sons? This is what it means to be a branch for Jesus that bears fruit in the world. To the church Jesus warns in Romans 11:20-22,
Do not be haughty, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either. Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off.Not our whole life will be cut off from the presence of God. When it says, "you" will be cut off, I believe it means, "in regard to any work of your life under consideration at the moment." I believe for our delight God gives saints the command to lift holy hands. Take a look at your hand, your palm. I believe every time a Christian raises his hands he thanks God and agrees with the Spirit for a righteous branch, a righteous people, coming out of their life.
It is only because a Christian's heart continues to pursue Him that a Christian is favored. God has mercy on sins done in ignorance. He has mercy on those who want to know Him. God gives grace to all who ask, however some choose not to seek it. When the light comes, and it is coming now, the wicked and the righteous are freshly discerned. Isaiah 25:10-11,
With my soul I have desired You in the night
Yes, by my spirit within me I will seek You early;
For when your judgments are in the earth,
The inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.
Let grace be shown to the wicked,
Yet he will not learn righteousness;
In the land of uprightness he will deal unjustly,
And will not behold the majesty of the LORD.
LORD, when your hand is lifted up, they will not see.
I want to see Jesus as He arises for His people, to bring them every depth of salvation. I can't make Him give the depths of salvation to me. I can't earn His mercy with anything I do for Him. He gives it freely. Psalm 40:13,
Be pleased to save me, LORD...I love how God's Word gives me boldness to say what is both true and significant before the dawn has made everything apparent. Those who fear the LORD have assurance. Malachi 3:16-4:2,
Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another,The jewels, those precious things I can build upon the foundation of my salvation - what are the jewels according to scripture? In Malachi above, Jesus calls people His jewels. What are jewels for NT saints? The same: they are people. This prophecy in Isaiah below was fulfilled by the woman at the well in John 4. Isaiah 49:18, 22-23,
And the Lord listened and heard them;
So a book of remembrance was written before Him
For those who fear the Lord
And who meditate on His name.
“They shall be Mine,” says the Lord of hosts,
“On the day that I make them My jewels.
And I will spare them
As a man spares his own son who serves him.”
Then you shall again discern
Between the righteous and the wicked,
Between one who serves God
And one who does not serve Him.
For behold, the day is coming,
Burning like an oven,
And all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble.
And the day which is coming shall burn them up,”
Says the Lord of hosts,
“That will leave them neither root nor branch.
But to you who fear My name
The Sun of Righteousness shall arise
With healing in His wings;
And you shall go out
And grow fat like stall-fed calves.
Lift up your eyes, look around and see;The power of praying "arise" is that He makes me get out of the way. He stands out alone as pure. Being judged as sinning feels like fire, now. It is unpleasant to discover that my choices are stubble to Him. It is much more wonderful afterward to see His Kingdom developing in me! I'm thankful that He saves me because He is pleased to do so. And I pray that through repentance, God would help me stay in step with Him as He passes through.
All these gather together and come to you.
As I live,” says the Lord, “
You shall surely clothe yourselves with them all as an ornament,
And bind them on you as a bride does.
Behold, I will lift My hand in an oath to the nations,
And set up My standard for the peoples;
They shall bring your sons in their arms,
And your daughters shall be carried on their shoulders;
Kings shall be your foster fathers,
And their queens your nursing mothers;
They shall bow down to you with their faces to the earth,
And lick up the dust of your feet.
Then you will know that I am the Lord,
For they shall not be ashamed who wait for Me.
Thank you Jesus, for your life on earth, your death and resurrection, which makes this hope for jewels my greatest opportunity.