by Victor Knowles
No army can march and conquer without a strong signal from the trumpet. Today we are hearing uncertain sounds from the trumpet. Uncertainty never won a battle. The people of God need to hear a clear, convincing, and certain sound. Here are but seven of many that could be cited in Scripture.
The Bible is true. Men will never be drawn to the Word of God if they do not believe it is true. Paul praised one church because they accepted his preaching as the very Word of God (1 Thess. 2:13). The church in Thessalonica lasted longer than any other church of the New Testament era. We can preach with authority because the Bible is inspired by a God who cannot lie (2 Tim. 3:16; Titus 1:2). The Bible contains no "cunningly devised fables." Every word of God is true.
Jesus is alive. Sometimes we act like Jesus is like any other famous figure in human history. What is the difference between Jesus of Nazareth and Alexander the Great, William Shakespeare, Mahatma Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, or Winston Churchill? Jesus arose from the grave and is "alive forevermore!" (1 Cor. 15:4; Rev. 1:18). "I serve a risen Savior, He's in the world today; I know that He is living, whatever men may say" (Alfred H. Ackley). He is the Living Logos who dwells in our hearts by faith (Eph. 3:17).
Heaven is real. Men may call Rome "the eternal city," but the real eternal city is heaven. Rome will burn (again) some day, but heaven is forever. It is as real as the city in which you live. Jesus said, "I go to prepare a place for you." Heaven is our eternal destination but it is rarely the focus of our contemplation. "Set your mind on things above, not on things of the earth" (Col. 3:2). Let doubters doubt and mockers mock, but let believers believe that our eternal home is secure in heaven!
God is still on His throne. Sometimes we think and act as if God were dead or barely existing in some ethereal nursing home. The world has ruled Him out long ago (Ps. 10:4), and if we are not careful we will make the same mistake. But God cannot be impeached, voted out, filibustered, or banished to the bench. He is the Sovereign of the universe to whom all must give an account. "Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God alone who is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen" (1 Tim. 2:17).
The gates of hell cannot prevail against the church divine. Jesus made this declaration two thousand years ago (Matt. 16:18), and time has proved Him to be true. Persecution has only made the church grow stronger. "The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church" (Tertullian). G. K. Chesterson said, "Five times the church has gone to the dogs. Five times the dog died!" Perhaps the local church you are a part of is anemic but rest assured that around the globe the church is alive and well and growing by leaps and bounds. Converts from every nation will someday gather around God's throne (Rev. 7:9).
Marriage is and forever will be a holy triangle between a man, a woman, and God. The institution of marriage was created and ordained by God. He made them male and female with the intention that the two should become one flesh. Jesus declared, "Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate" (Matt. 19:6). Same-sex marriage is a terrible perversion of God's sacred design. Brokeback Mountain is a politically correct movie that demeans marriage and family and glamorizes homosexual behavior. Marriage is honorable, but God will judge all who pervert its purpose (Heb. 13:4).
The devil is a big-time loser. Martin Luther said, "One little word shall fell him." That word is "Jesus," who destroyed Satan's power at the cross (Col. 2:15). The next time the devil tries to remind you of your past, just remind him of his future. His fate is fixed. Heaven is our home. Hell is his (Matt. 25:41).
In these uncertain times where good is made to look evil and evil is proclaimed as good, may we hear a clear and certain sound from the trumpet.