“I’M LEAVING THE CHURCH”
Heb. 5:14 But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.
“I’m not being fed!” That’s one of the classic complaints of disgruntled church members. They go on to say, “All he preaches is the milk of the word, I want some meat”. People can be funny, if I’m not mistaken, meat is something you dig up for yourself, milk is what you are fed by someone else. Whatever the case, sometimes the simplest truths are the most profound. Many times we want to go on to “deeper truth” because we have no real experience of the Christian doctrines. The foundational truths of the Christian faith are so profound that they can and should total engross our attention for eternity. Adam Clarke was the leading theologian/commentator of the Methodist revival in Great Britain in the 18th Century. Here is something he said about the “solid food” of God’s Word.
“The high and sublime doctrines of Christianity; the atonement, justification by faith, the gift of the Holy Ghost, the fullness of Christ dwelling in the souls of men, triumph in and over death, the resurrection of the body, the glorification of both body and soul in the realms of blessedness, and an endless union with Christ in the throne of his glory. This is the strong food which the genuine Christian understands, receives, digests, and by which he grows.”
These doctrines that Clarke spoke of are the basic teachings of the Christian faith. Some may think they are simple, but they are eternal, like an ocean with no shores or no bottom. Think about the atonement. God Himself took on a human body. The Creator entered into His creation. He took the place of the ungodly in His death. His sacrificial death washes away the darkest stains from our souls. What about justification by faith? Who would have thought of such an amazing doctrine? It’s not my good deeds or best efforts that makes me acceptable before God. No, He justifies the ungodly, not the godly, by faith. This teaching is so deep that it birthed not only a reformation in Germany, but overthrew kingdoms and kings. The ramifications of the teaching of justification by grace through faith is still reverberating through the nations today. What about the gift of the Holy Ghost? This truth is incredibly radical. God Himself, the Holy Ghost, has made His home in our hearts. His very presence lives in every person who has been justified by faith. This cleansing by the blood has prepared us for countless fillings and infusions of his Spirit. How much deeper can you go?! God Himself inhabits and anoints our very lives. What else can we say, we could talk endlessly about Christ inside of us, His triumph over death, the resurrection of our bodies, the glorification of both our body and our souls in glory, or the endless union we will have seated together with Christ in Glory. I think these simple doctrines are about all I can stand. Any more and I might find myself on the other side.