Standard Bearers
Isaiah 59:19
"So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun.
When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him."
'Knowing' Jesus is the Highest Good ~ Summa Bonum 

"Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment and righteous, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD."   Jeremiah 9:23-24

Was Noah a Success?

Would we call a man as pastor who had only baptized seven converts in the 120 years of his ministry?  I doubt it.  However God's ways or not our ways. In our zeal to serve God, if we're not careful we can lose our first love; "Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent."

We know this has happened when serving Jesus becomes more important than knowing Him, "That I may know him."  It's evident when we unwittingly place the Great Commission before the Great Commandment; "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart."  If we faithfully do the later, we will accomplish the former;
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."

When serving Jesus becomes more important than knowing Him, like Martha, we risk getting it wrong; allowing the good to crowd out the best, "But one thing is needful: and Mary as chosen the good part."  Maturity is learning it's God's work, not ours, and more often than not our part is to learn of Him as we obey and leave the afterwards to God, "and he went out, not knowing whither he went." 
We rest on Thee, our sheild and our defender; Thine is the battle, Thine shall be the praise!


Oswald Chambers on Walking by Faith

Oswald Chambers addresses this issue of knowing Him when he writes:

"We are apt to imagine that if Jesus Christ constrains us, and we obey Him, He will lead us to great success. We must never put our dreams of success as God's purpose for us; His purpose may be exactly the opposite. We have an idea that God is leading us to a particular end, a desired goal; He is not. The question of getting to a particular end is a mere incident. What we call the process, God calls the end.

What is my dream of God's purpose? His purpose is that I depend on Him and on His power now. If I can stay in the middle of the turmoil calm and unperplexed, that is the end of the purpose of God. God is not working towards a particular finish; His end is the process - that I see Him walking on the waves, no shore in sight, no success, no goal, just the absolute certainty that it is all right because I see Him walking on the sea. It is the process, not the end, which is glorifying to God.

God's training is for now, not presently. His purpose is for this minute, not for something in the future. We have nothing to do with the afterwards of obedience; we get wrong when we think of the afterwards. What men call training and preparation, God calls the end.

God's end is to enable me to see that He can walk on the chaos of my life just now. If we have a further end in view, we do not pay sufficient attention to the immediate present: if we realize that obedience is the end, then each moment as it comes is precious."

God affirms this truth of knowing Him when He says:
"Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise [man] glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty [man] glory in his might, let not the rich [man] glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I [am] the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these [things] I delight, saith the LORD."  
Jeremiah 9:23-24


From Heaven's View

From heaven's view Noah was a success and Oswald is right;
"We have nothing to do with the afterwards of obedience; we get wrong when we think of the afterwards."

As Noah, King Josiah, Martin Luther and such "great a cloud of witnesses" who have gone before us, now we have been summons to give witness in our generation. May our testimony be as faithful as the reformer, Martin Luther in his reply before the Diet of Worms to those who would change the Word of God. May we echo the witness of scripture and the saints in affirming the Textus Receptus is the preserved Word of God, "Unless I am convinced by scripture and plain reason, my conscience is captive to the Word of God. Here I stand, I can do no other, God help me."

We Rest on Thee, our Shield and our Defender; Thine is the Battle, Thine shall be the Praise!


STANDARD BEARERS GOAL
To Magnify God's Word & Name

Our desire is to provide Pastors, the custodians of God's sheep and Word, with resources to inform them and their church on this issue. Our prayer is they will embrace and memoralize this truth in their Confession of Faith for generations to come as their witness to  the Biblical and Historical Doctrine of Inerrancy which holds the Word of God is 100% pure, in the copy as well as the original.

"I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name." 
Psalms 138:2


STANDARD BEARERS DOCTRINE
On Biblical Inerrancy

The Word of God is 100% pure. Received from God 100% pure in the original by Divine Inspiration, kept by God 100% pure in the copy by Divine Preservation and revealed by God 100% pure by Divine Identification in the historical witness of the saints to the
Textus Receptus.

"The words of the LORD [are] pure words: [as] silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.
  Psalms 12:6-7


STANDARD BEARERS CALL
To All Saints

This is an opportunity for all Pastors, Laymen, Professors and all who love the precious Word of God to response to the call of restoring the Biblical and historical doctrine of inerrancy back to the church by becoming a
Standard Bearer.

Please email me, Louis Kole @
kolelm@gmail.com and let me know you would like to  can be a part of the Josiah Initiative to restore the Biblical and historical doctrine of Inerrancy back to the church by retaking the hill of Inerrancy. May God bless our efforts and to Him be the praise!

This is a 'grassroots' initiative so be sure to invite others to be a Standard Bearer by emailing them this link to our website,
www.standardbearers.net and posting our website on your social websites and blogs.

Let's get the word out, together we can magnify the Word of God together by planting the flag on top of the hill of Biblical Inerrancy and pray for revival, because a revival of the Word of God in our hearts proceeds a revival of the people of God in our homes, churches and nation.

"O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together."   
Psalms 34:3


STANDARD BEARERS PAPERS
On Biblical Inerrancy


Retaking the Hill of Biblical Inerrancy

God's Standard Bearers: Witnesses to THE Word of God
 

The Josiah Initiative 

The Fear of the Lord: Restoring the Biblical and Historical Doctrine of Inerrancy 

To view these papers go to the navigation pane on the left side of this page under the heading Louis Kole then click on the link to the paper.

Dr. Floyd Nolen Jones, TH.D., Ph.D. also has excellent material under his name heading in addition to some of the best teaching on the Word of God, available on audio. Click the link to Audio Bible lesson and pick your topic.

Finally, the presentations by Dr. Jeffrey Khoo, Principal of Far East Bible College and the late Dr. Edward F Hills are indispensable resources.

"So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him."  
Isaiah 59:19


STANDARD BEARERS PRAYER
Revive Thy Word O Lord

A revival of the Word of God precedes as revival of the people of God as in the days of King Josiah (2 Kings 22:11-23:25) and the Protestant Reformation.

"O, Lord, revive thy works in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known..."  Habakkuk 3:2


STANDARD BEARERS VERSE
'Hold that fast'

We cleave to the Fear of the Lord, the fear of man will steal our crown.

"Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown." 
Revelation 3:11


STANDARD BEARERS LOVE
Jesus, THE WORD - became flesh

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."  
John 1:1-5,10-14


STANDARD BEARERS MESSAGE
Jesus Saves
 - Whosoever Will

Roman 10:9-17
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."

Matthew 4:4
"But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."

Romans 10:17
"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."

2Corinthians 5:7
"For we walk by faith; and not by sight;"

Hebrews 11:1-3,6
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."

Habakkuk 2:4
"Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith."



 

 

STANDARD BEARERS QUOTES
Of The Faithful

Jim Elliot
"He is no fool who gives what he can­not keep,
to gain what he can­not lose"

Oswald Chambers

"Anxiety is calculating without God" 


"We have nothing to do with the afterwards of obedience; we get wrong when we think of the afterwards."


STANDARD BEARERS EXAMPLE
A Faithful Servant

For every heart to be a temple and every home to be a steeple as faithful stewards before God, full of good works in love and hospitality to man.

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."  
Matthew 5:16

"Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares."   Hebrews 13:1-2

"As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all [men], especially unto them who are of the household of faith."   Galatians 6:10

"Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by [your] good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation."   1Peter 2:12 


STANDARD BEARERS HYMN 
We Rest On Thee


We rest on Thee, our Shield and our Defender!
We go not forth alone against the foe;
Strong in Thy strength, safe in Thy keeping tender,
We rest on Thee, and in Thy Name we go.
Strong in Thy strength, safe in Thy keeping tender,
We rest on Thee, and in Thy Name we go.

Yes, in Thy Name, O Captain of salvation!
In Thy dear Name, all other names above;
Jesus our Righteousness, our sure Foundation,
Our Prince of glory and our King of love.
Jesus our Righteousness, our sure Foundation,
Our Prince of glory and our King of love.

We go in faith, our own great weakness feeling,
And needing more each day Thy grace to know:
Yet from our hearts a song of triumph pealing,
"We rest on Thee, and in Thy Name we go.
Yet from our hearts a song of triumph pealing,
"We rest on Thee, and in Thy Name we go.

We rest on Thee, our Shield and our Defender!
Thine is the battle, Thine shall be the praise;
When passing through the gates of pearly splendor,
Victors, we rest with Thee, through endless days.
When passing through the gates of pearly splendor,
Victors, we rest with Thee, through endless days.


HYMN BIBLICAL REFERENCE 
King Asa's Prayer

The setting of Asa's prayer is an pending attack from a formidable foe.  He trusted in God, yet this fear came upon him that his faith might be tried. The threat was real- a vast army of 1,000,000 men. Asa wisely and humbly petitions God for deliverance, not trusting in his own strength.

"And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, [it is] nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou [art] our God; let not man prevail against thee.

And the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded: And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The LORD [is] with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you. Now for a long season Israel [hath been] without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law.

But when they in their trouble did turn unto the LORD God of Israel, and sought him, he was found of them. And in those times [there was] no peace to him that went out, nor to him that came in, but great vexations [were] upon all the inhabitants of the countries. And nation was destroyed of nation, and city of city: for God did vex them with all adversity. Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded.

And when Asa heard these words, and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage, and put away the abominable idols out of all the land of Judah and Benjamin, and out of the cities which he had taken from mount Ephraim, and renewed the altar of the LORD, that [was] before the porch of the LORD. And he gathered all Judah and Benjamin, and the strangers with them out of Ephraim and Manasseh, and out of Simeon: for they fell to him out of Israel in abundance, when they saw that the LORD his God [was] with him.
 
But the high places were not taken away out of Israel: nevertheless the heart of Asa was perfect all his days.

For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of [them] whose heart [is] perfect toward him."
 
2Chronicles 14:11; 15:1-9,17, 16:9



 
MATTHEW HENRY
Commentary

On King Asa's Prayer

"The application Asa made to God on occasion of the threatening cloud which now hung over his head, v. 11. He that sought God in the day of his peace and prosperity could with holy boldness cry to God in the day of his trouble, and call him his God. His prayer is short, but has much in it.

1) He gives to God the glory of his infinite power and sovereignty: It is nothing with thee to help and save by many or few, by those that are mighty or by those that have no power. See
1 Sa. 14:6. God works in his own strength, not in the strength of instruments (Ps. 21:13), nay, it is his glory to help the weakest and to perfect strength out of the mouth of babes and sucklings. "We do not say, Lord, take our part, for we have a good army for thee to work by; but, take our part, for without thee we have no power.’’

2) He takes hold of their covenant-relation to God as theirs. O Lord, our God! and again, "Thou art our God, whom we have chosen and cleave to as ours, and who hast promised to be ours.’’

3) He pleads their dependence upon God, and the eye they had to him in this expedition. he was well prepared for it, yet trusted not to his preparations; but, "Lord, we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude, by warrant from thee, aiming at thy glory, and trusting to thy strength.’’

4) He interests God in their cause: "Let not man’’ (mortal man, so the word is) "prevail against thee. If he prevail against us, it will be said that he prevails against thee, because thou art our God, and we rest on thee and go forth in thy name, which thou hast encouraged us to do. The enemy is a mortal man; make it to appear what an unequal match he is for an immortal God. Lord, maintain thy own honour; hallowed by thy name.’’ 



HYMN HISTORY

We Rest On Thee

The Christian hymn We Rest on Thee, written by Edith G. Cherry around 1895 is also commonly sung to the tune of Finlandia. This hymn is probably most famous because it was the last hymn sung by the five missionaries involved in Operation Auca before their deaths and a line from the hymn's final verse provided the title for Elisabeth Elliot's book about that incident, Through Gates of Splendor.

In Jan­u­ary 1956, five mis­sion­ar­ies sang it be­fore en­ter­ing the Ecua­dor­i­an jun­gle to bring the Gos­pel to the Au­ca In­di­ans. Their names were Nate Saint, Ed Mc­Cul­ly, Jim El­li­ott, Ro­ger Yo­der­i­an, and Pe­ter Flem­ing. Af­ter the men reached the Au­cas, the In­di­ans mur­dered them on the Cur­a­ray Riv­er. Years lat­er, con­tact with the Au­cas was re-es­tab­lished, and ma­ny came to Christ, in­cluding the kil­lers, which is how first hand de­tails of the mis­sion­ar­ies’ deaths came to light.

One of the best known of the five mar­tyrs was Jim El­li­ot. A num­ber of his say­ings are still quot­ed, a favorite being, “He is no fool who gives what he can­not keep, to gain what he can­not lose”.  El­liot’s wife Elisabeth went on to con­sid­er­a­ble fame as an au­thor and radio broad­cast­er. Her book
Through the Gates of Splen­dor de­scribes the en­count­er with the Au­cas.  



MATTHEW HENRY
Commentary

Psalms 12:6-7

Verse 6

That, though men are false, God is faithful; though they are not to be trusted, God is. They speak vanity and flattery, but the words of the Lord are pure words (v. 6), not only all true, but all pure, like silver tried in a furnace of earth or a crucible. It denotes,

1) The sincerity of God’s word, every thing is really as it is there represented and not otherwise; it does not jest with us, not impose upon us, nor has it any other design towards us than our own good.

2) The preciousness of God’s word; it is of great and intrinsic value, like silver refined to the highest degree; it has nothing in it to depreciate it.

3) The many proofs that have been given of its power and truth; it has been often tried, all the saints in all ages have trusted it and so tried it, and it never deceived them nor frustrated their expectation, but they have all set to their seal that God’s word is true, with an Experto crede—Trust one that has made trial; they have found it so.

Probably this refers especially to these promises of succouring and relieving the poor and oppressed. Their friends put them in hopes that they will do something for them, and yet prove a broken reed; but the words of God are what we may rely upon; and the less confidence is to be put in men’s words let us with the more assurance trust in God’s word.

Verse 7

That God will secure his chosen remnant to himself, how bad soever the times are (v. 7): Thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever. This intimates that, as long as the world stands, there will be a generation of proud and wicked men in it, more or less, who will threaten by their wretched arts to ruin religion, by wearing out the saints of the Most High,
Dan. 7:25. But let God alone to maintain his own interest and to preserve his own people. He will keep them from this generation,

1) From being debauched by them and drawn away from God, from mingling with them and learning their works. In times of general apostasy the Lord knows those that are his, and they shall be enabled to keep their integrity.

2) From being destroyed and rooted out by them. The church is built upon a rock, and so well fortified that the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

In the worst of times God has his remnant, and in every age will reserve to himself a holy seed and preserve that to his heavenly kingdom.

In singing this psalm, and praying it over, we must bewail the general corruption of manners, thank God that things are not worse than they are, but pray and hope that they will be better in God’s due time.”


 

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