Son In The Gospel
Timothy, my own son in the faith.
I Timothy 1:2
Blessed is the preacher who has a preacher son. But if one has not son in the flesh he may, like Paul, have a son in the faith.
To win a boy to Jesus, like Andrew, to find “a lad here,” with his loaves and fishes, and bring him to the Saviour-that is to have a son in the Gospel. Or to show some youth the Heavenly Vision and awaken him to the challenge of the Cross-that is to be a father in the faith.
We are married to Christ, that we should bring forth fruit unto God (Rom. 7:4). Paul speaks of Onesimus as “Begotten in my bonds” and of the Corinthians as “begotten through the gospel.” He writes to the Galatians, “My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you” (Gal. 4:19).
And think of the spiritual grandchildren! The man who led Moody to Christ started a family without number.
How many “children” can you report to the Heavenly Census Taker?
“What More Can He Say?”
If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
God has spoken and that is sufficient. If we cannot depend on His word, we would not be convinced by any work. Jesus rose from the dead, and still the unbelievers were not persuaded. “He hath said,” and if God’s Word is not enough, nothing else would ever be enough.
Thomas demanded visible evidence and thereby asked for a lesser blessing than he already had-the joy of believing without seeing. “Blessed are ye that have not seen and yet have believed.” “In whom though now ye see him not yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.” Yet believing-that is it-believing, anyhow!
Faith is just taking God at His Word. He will abundantly prove what He has promised, but not until we stand on the promise alone. “Let God be true but every man a liar.”
What more can He say
Than to you He hath said,
To you who for refuge
To Jesus have fled?