Devoted to the Propagation and Defense of New Testament Christianity
February 26, 1959

Just As Christ Says

Bill Echols, Goliad, Texas

We want to prove in the beginning of this article that when Jesus speaks of things to come, they happen just exactly an he says. After we have proven this by past examples, we will make application to us. Perhaps you are thinking, "We believe that things will be as Christ said"; but let us see if we do.

In Luke 22:7-13 we real of Christ telling Peter and John, "Go and prepare us the passover, that we may eat". When they asked where, he replied, "When ye are entered into the city, there shall a man meet you, bearing a pitcher of water; follow him into the house where he entereth in. And ye shall say unto the good man of the house, The Master saith unto thee, Where is the guest chamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples? And he shall show you a large upper room furnished: there make ready." Now verse 13 says, "And they went, and found as he had said unto them."

Another example can be found in Luke 19:29-32. Christ sent two disciples with these instructions, "Go ye into the village over against you; in the which at your entering ye shall find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat: loose him, and bring him hither. And if any man ask you, Why do ye loose him? thus shall ye say unto him, Because the Lord hath need of him." Verse 32 reads, "And they that were sent went their way, and found even as he had said unto them".

It is not necessary to show other examples as these suffice to show that when Christ says that things will be a certain way, they happen as His words declare. Never can an example be shown in which things were not as the Lord said. Now let us observe some passages that have particular application to us:

Revelation 21:8 " . . . all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimestone." These words of Christ carry a severe warning to all who would "lie one to another". He said they would spend eternity in Hell. But will they? Do you believe that things will be as Christ said? Will this come to pass just as Christ said? Undoubtedly! Things that Christ said would be true came to pass exactly as he said. The man with the waterpot directed the apostles to the place where the passover was to be kept. Do you suppose that Christ said something here that will not be exactly as he said? Regardless of the "color" of the lie, the liar will be lost unless he obtains forgiveness through Christ. It will be exactly as Christ said.

I Corinthians 6:10, "Nor thieves, nor covetous ... shall inherit the kingdom of God." Of course these words were written by Paul, but as an apostle of Christ he was speaking that which was divinely revealed to him. Thus these are the words of Christ. Will it be as Christ said? Will the covetous not enter heaven? Since things happened as Christ said in the examples studied, I am not able to believe that this will fail. Thus none of us should be covetous for the things of this world, but should work unselfishly for Christ and His way. Surely that person whose objective is more and more wealth will not enter heaven. Why? Because Christ said so, and his words always come to pass.

Again perhaps you are saying, "We are still with you and still believe that things will be as Christ said." If so, I am happy; there are many who do not. Yes, there are literally hundreds of brethren who do not believe that things will be as Christ said. No, they will not say so in words, but their actions proclaim this belief.

"Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; ... For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment, which shall devour the adversaries." (Heb. 10:25-27.) Will this really be?. Without a doubt this shall come to pass! Do we believe that things will be this way? Some must not. Those who can be seen in attendance only occasionally do not believe it. Those who stay home on the slightest pretense do not believe it. Those who have to entertain guests on Sunday instead of worshipping God do not believe it. Yet it is true and to the person who fails to assemble with the saints it will be as "he has said."

Christ means what he says. Nothing failed of the things he told his disciples that would be in their time. Was not the colt tied where he said? Nothing will fail of that which he has spoken concerning His word, Rev. 22:18,19; judgment, II Cor. 5:10, hell, or any subject and every subject upon which He speaks. It would be to the salvation of our souls to heed the advice of His mother, "Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it." (John 2:5.)