Landmarks - Gordon Winkler - Pulaski, Virginia Convention - Sept. 1, 1996
I don't know if you folks have been troubled with dissenters. We seem to have some in our part of the world. A man came and recorded everything that was said; if you want the Gospel according to Gordon Winkler, you can get it for $4.50. A question arises: When did your faith start? and they dive into this and that...it is just another belief...a cult...and people are being deceived...and that kind of business.
When people ask us about this, we are grateful to know we know when it started. In Acts 10, we find some verses. Verse 35: "That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached." It began from Galilee. Isn't that a wonderful little story? This Gospel, this Truth, this Word of Jesus, began in Galilee. That is where Jesus was raised and spent many of His days. We can go back to this earthly landmark that started in Galilee. But it didn't start there really.
There was a landmark on earth—lined up with the original landmark in Heaven. We can look back in our minds and read about the time Jesus left His home as a young man at the age of 30...He left everything He had and gave to the poor, and went out as a homeless preacher..."with no where to lay my head." ("Foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head." Matt. 8:20) Then He called those twelve men from their business and they went out like Jesus. And then He called the seventy and sent them out two and two. Not two by two. And they went into every place where Jesus Himself would come, telling men and women about a heavenly plan God had for them. And this began in Galilee! That is a wonderful thought for me!
Jesus went on to the next landmark. And born of Mary, and began His ministry in Galilee...the earthly fulfillment of the heavenly plan...and continues right down to the present day. It is a wonderful thing we don't keep a history of the kingdom. We have an accountant that keeps a history of every person and does it better than we could...the Lamb's Book of Life.
We can be satisfied this was planned in eternity, and Jesus came down and established it in Galilee. Right down to our age today...1996...this same truth which Jesus lived and taught...from place to place, and area to area, there are landmarks that represent the interest of God's kingdom.
We think of the landmark that Jesus set in Galilee. It wasn't in theory. He gave His whole life. That is the landmark God established.
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