For while we were yet weak, in due season Christ died for the ungodly. Rom. 5,6



Job 19:25-27

   25 "As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, And at the last He will take His stand on the earth. 26 "Even after my skin is destroyed, Yet from my flesh I shall see God; 27 Whom I myself shall behold, And whom my eyes will see and not another. My heart faints within me!”

Let us first ask: Why have we come around the Word here now? – And why do we come around the Word, at all? Yes, to be strengthened in our faith or a long to start believing and we seek this confirmation in the Word that we are sitting down to listen to. – And that is a good thing.
   But what we maybe are not so aware of is that there is always a risk by sitting down and listen to a man explaining the Scripture, and it is not a little risk – it is your life, the eternal who is at stake. That is what it is about, every time!
   Then it starts to dawn on you, how important it is what you are listening to, right? – Because what you hear will send you one of two ways, whereas one of them leads to an open door in heaven, to Jesus standing and waiting for you by the Fathers right hand, to an open Father embrace – and the other to a closed door, to the utter darkness, down to the pit of iniquity. – And just think what a terrible pain for you, if you suddenly realized this to the full, without any trace of doubt anymore: Heaven is closed for me forever! – I did not reach the goal!

   What has Jesus to say to you, now when you sit down to listen to what is being preached? Listen carefully because now it is Jesus own words you hear, just as they were declared here on earth one time: “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” (Matthew 7:15). And: “Little children, make sure no one deceives you.” (1 John 3:7), writes the Lord's apostle.
   Look, here you have words to you from Him whom so heartfelt bear your soul on His heart, that He did not spare anything to save you. First directly from His own mouth and then through his apostle. It is like He is calling your name now, and always where you engage yourself with what belongs to the spiritual and the eternity: “Thomas! Eve! John! – Be aware of the false prophets! – Make sure no one deceives you!”
   And notice the wording: Be aware! – Do not let! You become jointly responsible! Iti s not only the seducers fault, but also yours, if you let yourself be seduced!
   That is exactly the problem today - the Christians are so naive – they sit down and receive everything that is being served, and especially – and here lays especially the danger for us all – when it tastes good for our flesh, when it opens a wider and more comfortable way for us. One does not have to take it so seriously; one can keep on living in and practice this or that, which one has felt a judgment over till now, one does not have to be persecuted and taken as a crank of others, and one does not have to be put outside of the good team and so on…

   We cannot go into every kind of seduction here, it would go too far. – Satan is truthfully a multi artist, so we should have quite a long way to go if we put it to action – but our dear friend Job, points very clearly to one of them for us here – and we should notice carefully as it is one we constantly meet today.

   “As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, And at the last He will take His stand on the earth!” (v.25).
   Listen to Job’s great boldness: I know! – He says. There is not revealed any doubt – no, my redeemer will at the last take His stand on the earth. When everything else has gone to the ground, He shall still be standing.
   And it is not only that Job believes this about this mighty person – he believes in something more than that, and we can see that in this, he calls this mighty conqueror over all for my redeemer. Just as certain he is that the Lord will conquer and stand again as a conqueror over everything, he is certain over his own salvation.
   Do you see that? – You who also have put your hope in Him. Is it His victory or is it yours you have as the foundation for the certainty of your own salvation. Is it something you have found in yourself, in your own? Any quality, any faith or something that the Lord has worked in you – yes, then you have let yourself be seduced. But is it Him, what He is for you as a human and what He has done for you as a human – yes, then you can also be certain like Job, and say the same words, with the same boldness. Then you have the same true certainty of your salvation!
   When God’s Word speaks about our victory, it is not spoken of anything then this that we by faith – which is a God’s gift – stay in the Word about Jesus. Exactly the message about His salvation and victory!
   But what kind of seduction and false teaching does Job unveil by this bold utterance? And now you shall be aware of that it is God’s Word you are dealing with, and not just different opinions in different directions inside the Christian life. Then it is usually called: Yes, I know that the Lutherans mean that, but the Pentecostals mean this etc.. – No, this is something God’s Word reveals for us, and it is pretty simple. What kind of condition did Job find himself in when he came with this utterance? You know that right? – Job’s situation on the outside is known for us all – it was a suffering almost beyond compare, and even when it became so unbearable for Job, that he failed, and he cursed the day he was born, the Lord still refers him as: My servant Job! He was a man who through it all was the subject for God’s favor and blessing. And then they (many preachers today) dare saying that a believer shall not be sick! – Not suffer here on earth! That it is because they have too little faith. Was it little faith that was behind Job’s statement? It was an utterance every Christian has to take a leap to repeat after him.
   But then they would probably say: Yes, but Job lived in the old covenant, everything became different when Jesus had been here!
   We shall first ask: Did Job’s utterance spring up from that his heart was living in the old covenant? – Wasn’t it exactly Jesus he saw, and testifies about here? Yes, of course it was like that. Just as it was with Abraham and the other saved in the old time, as Jesus says: “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.” (John 8:56). He saw it so clearly, and he was glad!
   But just to take the sting out of this argument once and for all, let us move to the time after Jesus had been here on earth. First we hear of Paul, where he in one place writes about his fellow workers: “Erastus remained at Corinth, but Trophimus I left sick at Miletus.” (2 Tim. 4:20). Oh dear, he was sick! It must’ve been a terrible Christian, and a bad faith! And not even Paul, he who even resurrected from the dead could help him in this case.
   And then we read another place where Paul writes to Timothy: “No longer drink water exclusively, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.” (1 Tim. 5:23). That was terrible! – Not only was there a bad stomach, but ailments – that is, several different – that he often was suffering from!
   This must’ve been a terrible Christian! Let us hear what Paul has to say about him: “For this reason I have sent to you Timothy, who is my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, and he will remind you of my ways which are in Christ, just as I teach everywhere in every church.” (1 Cor. 4:17). It cannot be just anybody Paul speaks of and uses like this! Another place we read: “Now if Timothy comes, see that he is with you without cause to be afraid, for he is doing the Lord's work, as I also am.” (1 Cor. 16:10). As I also am, says the Apostle.
   Again another place: “And we sent Timothy, our brother and God's fellow worker in the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you as to your faith.” (1 Thess.3:2). No, would you think about that, they sent the weak and fragile Timothy, him with all the ailments, to strengthen them and admonish them about their faith!
   You can yourself look up in a bible dictionary and see what else it says about Timothy. – We will only mention one more place where Paul writes to the Philippians, that he will send them Timothy, and so we read: “For I have no one else of kindred spirit who will genuinely be concerned for your welfare. For they all seek after their own interests, not those of Christ Jesus. But you know of his proven worth, that he served with me in the furtherance of the gospel like a child serving his father.” (Phil. 2:20-22). Not only does Paul praise him, but he puts him before everyone else! – And then Timothy, with the bad stomach and all the ailments!
    I have often thought about it, when I hear this false teaching: What do these people think they are going to die from one day, when a Christian shall not even become sick at all? – In an accident?
   I will stop some more with this. They say that we should not have decease, because Jesus carried our deceases. But Jesus also carried our death! And our sin! But who are so spiritual blind and incredible that he will claim himself without sin and that he never will retire with the physical, bodily death? And if you shall not be sick at all, then it must concern all sickness, right? Shall you not even catch a cold? Or is it just more serious sickness it is talk about, like cancer for instance? Let it be enough.
   What will you do considering this preaching? – You shall not go where it sounds. And if it sounds where you are, then you shall escape from there as you would do for a snake! Do not play with this, do not be naïve!

   Listen to Job’s testimony: “As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, And at the last He will take His stand on the earth." Even after my skin is destroyed, Yet from my flesh I shall see God.” (v.25-26).
   There is not much doubt to trace here. – And that despite Job’s needed situation. And what was the cause of this: Yes, that he had the focus where he should have it. He trusted God! – In Jesus!

   Let us take an example: Just imagine that you and I was out walking, and then suddenly we meet someone who comes over to you and tells that he has just been to the bank and transferred a big amount of money to your account. As we continue walking, you say: I doubt that. What would I think about him whom we just met? I must have thought that he was nothing but an unreliable guy. He knew you and told you with clean words, but still you won’t quite believe it.
   What has the Lord told you? – Hasn’t He told you that He is the atonement for all the sin of the world! Why do you doubt that it is about you then? Is He unreliable? If you have to answer no to that, just think what it then must mean to you. Then you can say like Job: “I know that my redeemer lives!”

   I know that my ---. Oh, mercy upon mercy! He is my redeemer! Jesus is your redeemer! That is what the Word of God preaches unto you!
   Job knew this! – And this produced something certain in him. Just listen: “My heart faints within me!” (by longing! Norw. transl.). – It produced a deep longing after the Lord. And this knowledge and this longing keeps us as Christians from being trapped by sin and worldliness. “(The mercy ) Instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age.” (Titus 2:12). It does! – Praise be to God!
   So remember now as well the eternal seriousness that Jesus put in you, as He said: Be aware, and make sure no one deceives you! Something is resting upon you right here! He will not let the one go astray who remains in Him, but the one who is arrogant or naive, so that he takes risks, he can risk of being taken consumed by the powers that he has been warned against. Because Satan has always something that is tasty to our flesh – but the flesh shall die, so the spirit can live! Therefore will the life here never be without suffering. – Just do not think that Jesus has left you for that reason! – He does not bring forth a teaching who hits the wretched, the one who is incapable of making it work, on the contrary: He sees to the wretched! “For He will deliver the needy when he cries for help, The afflicted also, and him who has no helper.” (Ps. 72:12).


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Translator: Benedicte Holtan Smart