May 2006 Monthly Newsletter
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
This is not the ordinary monthly letter, neither are these ordinary times. There are one billion, five hundred million souls in South East Asia. Hundreds of millions more in the Middle East, and only three percent have ever heard the Gospel of Christ. A great door and effectual is opened unto the School of Christ and there are many adversaries, but if we will, we can repeat what Paul did in Asia. In two years all Asia heard the Word of God, this will not be done by the ordinary Sunday morning Christian, the cost is too high. In this letter I set forth the kind of men and women who will follow the Lamb, finish the course and finally sit with Him on His throne.
Wherefore when He cometh into the world, He saith, sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not. but a body hast thou prepared me: In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, "Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, 0 God." After showing the inefficiency of the sacrifices of the law the w riter sets forth the real worth of the sacrifice of Christ.
Even when we believe in Christ's sacrifice there is still the danger of resting content with what is not much better than its shadow. The mere doctrinal conception of what it has effected without entering into its divine significance. God's Word to us is; "I will put my laws in their mind and write them in their hearts." The promise of the new covenant is to convert the external law into an inner life, to make it the very life of the believer. As this life more and more becomes our life, it will do what God commands naturally.
To bring forth what He wants to teach, the writer quotes from Psalm 40, and makes use of two significant expressions. "A body thou didst prepare me," and, "Lo, I am come to do Thy will. 0 God." Speaking of the sacrifices of the Old Testament, the Psalmist shows that they were shadows pointing to something better, to a spiritual reality, a life in the body given up to the will of God. as a divine prophecy of what has been revealed in Christ.
Instead of the sacrifices. God prepared a body for Christ, Christ's body was to Him just what any man's is to him, the dwelling place of the soul; the channel for intercourse with the outer world. therefore subject to impressions of pleasure and of pain, and liable to temptation. Christ conquered. maintaining victory to its final completion, when He offered His body as a sacrifice on the cross, He was filled with one thought, God prepared me this body. I have this body for His disposal. The one value of the believer's body is he can give it as a sacrifice to God.
It was the purpose of the Old Testament sacrifices to waken this disposition in you and me, the believers. The giving up of this Lamb and its life in sacrifice to God is the image and the pledge of you and I giving up our life to Him. The Word comes to us; "Present your bodies a living sacrifice unto God." What gave the sacrifice of Christ its worth and efficacy is life; the body that God prepared for Him He offered up to God. Christ came out of the Holiest of all, the very presence of God, to show us the way into that presence. This is the new and living way that Christ has opened up.
The path to perfection, for Christ and all who are sanctified in Him, is through the body. To most Christians, the body is the greatest hindrance in their Christian life. Why is this so? Because they have not learned from Christ that the highest use of the body is, To offer it up to God. The mystery of the incarnation is that God dwelt in a body. The mystery of full redemption is that God lives in and sanctifies the body.
As I pled for revival in a country that I have been burdened with, God spoke this word to my heart, "If I answer your prayer you probably will not leave this country alive." As I have thought upon these words, I have come to realize that these words would never have been given if it were not the will of God to send such a revival. God says, "If my people will...I will." Our actions will determine whether we see the revival that God wills.
Our great need is for the finances. We have two years, at the most, before that world explodes. What we do must do quickly! Two billion souls await our decision. In the name of Jesus I am asking one thousand of you to join me in giving one thousand dollars toward this, perhaps the most expansive mission's project in modern history. Also, in the name of Jesus, I ask all of you who believe that every creature has a right to hear the Gospel of Christ to give a sacrificial offering. Together, we will make it happen.
God bless you,
B. H. Clendennen