Willie Jamieson - Long Beach, California - November 23, 1969 at 7 pm

Ephesians 1:14, God wants us tonight in this meeting to meditate upon the wonderful things that He has prepared for them who love Him. We never grow tired in thinking upon the wonderful plan of salvation that God has prepared. Paul called himself an apostle of Jesus Christ according to the will of God. This would give you and me to understand that no other kind of preacher has ever been used by God to bring the Gospel to the minds and hearts of men and women. God is interested in every soul and is anxious above everything else to touch our hearts. The most important thing is not the wonderful words that the preacher is speaking, but that the presence of God is behind those words. God is anxious to bring you and me into harmony with His mind and will.

 

I would like to be an apostle like Paul was above anything else. God wants to make a true apostle out of every servant that He has called into this ministry. If this is a true meeting tonight, God's Spirit is here and you cannot see it. God is here and you cannot see Him. Perhaps the angels are here and you cannot see them. No man has ever seen His Spirit, but every true child of God has felt His Spirit. Then you and I would be brought face to face with our responsibility towards God. In every part where God's servants are taking the Gospel tonight, God is with them. You and I tonight rejoice in one thing above any other, we rejoice that God has brought us into fellowship with souls that have lived thousands of years before and with those who are serving Him today. God's purpose in meetings is to bring His people into closer relationship with one another and with Him and to move the hearts with compassion toward those who are out of Christ.

 

Paul was reminding them here that before He ever created earth, He had a choice for them that came about as a result of that fellowship He had with His Son. 2,000 years after this was written, you and I are rejoicing in the promises of this letter. Can we grasp the significance of having been chosen by God thousands of years before this world was created? It's not hard to grasp the significance of millions and millions perishing in the world, but can we grasp the significance of us being chosen of God? Before the foundation of this world, God planned that we would be brought into His plan of salvation. Every step that you take according to His will is adding to the conformity of His will. We can't do it in us, but by just committing ourselves to Him, pleading for compassion. That compassion will lift you out and send you on your way rejoicing.

 

"Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children of Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will..." It was the good pleasure of the will of God the Father to predestine that every man, woman, or child in Christ to be adopted in the Family, to be made children even as Jesus was. One difference between the adopted in God's Family and that in the world is that God gives His adopted His own nature. We aren't saved because God considers us better than anyone else. It is because we need His salvation and want it and we say we will follow Jesus' footsteps.

 

It's wonderful for us to talk about these things, but more to manifest that God's grace is manifold; in Whom we have redemption through His blood and the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of His grace. If God was like you and I, there would never be any forgiveness. God is so gracious that He can forgive our sins even when we cannot forgive ourselves. He couldn't forgive us if He was like you and me - but He accepts the sacrifice of the precious blood of Jesus for our sins. When He brought Adam and Eve into the garden of Eden, they did not have this Divine nature. If they did, they would never have eaten of the fruit, but God planned that they would eat of the fruit that they would receive His salvation. If even I go astray after having known His way, His forgiveness covers all of my transgressions and God is faithful and just to forgive me if I take that sin to Him in true repentance and confess that sin to Him. God planned that our sins would be forgiven because of what Jesus did for you on the middle cross of Calvary.

 

"Forasmuch as you know that you are not redeemed with corruptible things as silver and gold..." Isn't it a wonderful thing that God had made provision for your shortcomings? God foresaw the necessity of having a full redemption of sins even if we go astray after having known of His will.


"Having made known the mystery of God's will..." That mystery will be hidden from the most of the people because the most of the people don't want to know what that will is. Everything that is happening in the world since the beginning of time points to the fact that time may be up.


1,000 days to God's one day of creation. Six days of creation have almost expired. "Like as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be at the coming of the Son of Man."


"As the tree falleth, so shall it lie." This speaks of what we are when we die, so shall we be in eternity. You may shed many tears while you are walking in God's way because we know and feel and understand "that I'm coming so far short."


"Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted." Eternal life is given to the man and woman that is dying to himself. "Who shall change this vile body and fashion it like unto His own glorious body..." You and I wouldn't want to miss that. To be His bride forever and ever.


Hymn 276, "Your Father Knoweth"



** Willie Jamieson was 88 years old at the time of this testimony.