Yet, for my "allowing" God to work such a work in this my tabernacle, I have been sorely mistreated. (Would they that I disobey God? God forbid!) Those who would correct me have not ever done so with any love or Scripture. Rather, all they have ever done is to either "tell me off" or shun, ignore, and reject me, all because I obey God.
However, because God has chosen this my tabernacle (why, I know not, but God's will be done) to reveal that truth, I have been sorely mistreated by those who would claim to be of the Body of Christ. (I say that not for shame, but that their trespass against me may be known unto them. Indeed, it is with a great sorrow that I even reveal this.)
After all, it divides the Body when the comely members reject that which is uncomely.
As the Lord and Saviour Christ Jesus proclaimed, "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand... Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house. He that is not with me is against me". (Matthew 12:25c-d,29-30a.)
Thus it becomes clear that such rejection of the uncomely member becomes a dividing of the Body. And a body will soon perish without all the necessary members of that body! The dividing becomes that which is against the body; and so it is also with the Body of Christ. Again, as Jesus the Head declared, "He that is not with me is against me". (Luke 11:23a.)
Howbeit, for the edification of them that believe (and for those who do not), I will not say "by what authority I do these things", as Jesus also said, in Mark 11:33d. I will not here say what specific uncomely member I am.
Notwithstanding, Jesus foretold that He would send "prophets, and wise men, and scribes" and that the Father would send the Holy Ghost in the name of Jesus, to "teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance". ([Matthew 23:34, John 14:26].) And He said that many who He would send would be persecuted. Yet did He also encourage those who He sends, saying, "Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you." (Matthew 5:11-12.)
As the Lord said unto those who are so sent, "He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me, receiveth him that sent me." (Matthew 10:40.) More specifically, Jesus said unto the same, "He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me." (Luke 10:16.)
And so, my persecution is a manifest token of the working of God which He has wrought in this my taberncle. Wherefore, I take to heart these words of the Lord Jesus in John 7:7: "The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil."
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