Indeed, however, not all have been or shall be so called as described herein. Yet should they be so called, if they be of God, they shall, and indeed they must, obey the Commands of God. Neither should such obedience be grievous unto such. For the love of God and for the love of their neighbors, that God's Remnant be edified, those who are so called shall and must obey. It has been and shall be for a sign unto the Remnant and indeed unto all. As Paul wrote in 1_Corinthians 7:17: "But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, SO LET HIM WALK. And so ordain I in all churches."
And to everyone who shall witness that which is called of the Lord for a sign, "Let love be without dissimulation"/hypocrisy. (Romans 12:9a.) Truly, love would seek out, encourage, and refresh those who are so called of the Lord. But hypocrisy abounds in the opposite; love would never neglect, avoid, or rebuke those who are so called to so ungrievously obey God.
Indeed, let all who so witness such a sign remember that the very first "fruit of the Spirit is LOVE" (Galatians 5:22a), and that "the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and TRUTH" (Ephesians 5:9). And let everyone, therefore, who would "worship the Father in spirit and in truth" (John 4:23[c]) know that these words of Jesus Christ in Matthew 7:20 and John 13:35 apply to all, and especially to those who would call themselves of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ:
"Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
"By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another."
Amen. Alleluia! Praise ye the LORD!
© February 4, 1996, The Standard Bearer
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