In 2 Corinthians 3:5 Paul explains in lucid terms that his sufficiency, his wherewithal, was not from himself, from his fleshly man, but was from God. He states plainly that the Lord was the one who had made him a minister of the new covenant.
In Corrie ten Boom’s magnificent little volume The Hiding Place she reveals how God providentially supplied a needed bottle of vitamins that simply would not exhaust its contents. Day by day, and week by week the liquid continued to appear from the dropper long after it should have been depleted. One day another inmate in Ravensbruck prison brought some vitamin powder that she had pilfered and the women there in Corrie’s circle began to partake of those supplements that were humanly supplied. That was the day when God ceased to miraculously give provision from the bottle that He had ordained as inexhaustible.
Is there not a superb lesson in this episode for us in this hour in church history? Are we so blind and so dulled in this age that we can no longer grasp the reality of the necessity of the sufficiency that has to come from on high if anything lasting and eternal is ever to be accomplished for the glorious name of Christ Jesus? Why is it we believe that because we understand a few doctrines, and that we can conjure up some work in our own imaginations that seems good to us, that somehow it is all going to translate into our becoming true ministers of the new covenant? If we are content to rely on the arm of the flesh to any degree, that is the power that we will have. But if God is merciful to us, and will supply the spiritual sackcloth and ashes that we require in this day of fleshdriven ‘ministry’ then maybe once more we will begin to see conviction of sin and true separation from the world in ourselves and the converts that God makes through us.
The New Testament reveals to us not one spiritual entity in any of the chapters and verses except the local church and the gifts and the positions that God gives to the members of those local churches. And yet, for some reason, we have unthinkingly and without discernment accepted, condoned, and endeavored to prosper many moribund works of the flesh that God has had no part of. Brethren these things should not be. We need to stop talking about our great and unspeakable inheritance and start living in the power of it. There are plenty of human vitamins available. We can purchase them buy the train load. What we can not purchase is power from on high. That comes through death to self. May this generation not rise up in the judgment and condemn us. R.H