Standing by Whom

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John 18:5 “They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them.”

All throughout the Scriptures, God commands the believer to stand. Ephesians 6:13 says, “…and having done all, to stand.” God continues this thought in the next verse by saying, “Stand therefore,…” In Galatians 5:1, the believer is commanded to “Stand fast…” In Ephesians 6:11, the believer is commanded to “stand against.”  You can see that standing is important because it defines who you are with. If I stand against fornication, that means I stand with purity. If I stand against liberalism, that means I stand with conservatism. If I stand against false bibles, that means I stand with the King James Bible. Who you stand with does matter because it defines you, maybe not now, but it will define who you will become in the future.

Everyone is standing with someone or for something. For you not to take a stand means that you are taking a stand for the wrong thing. In John 18 and 19, we find that there are four groups of people standing. Let me show you these four areas where people stand in life.

First, Judas stood with the enemy in John 18:5. Judas would have never died the shameful death of suicide had he not stood with the enemy. You can't stand with the enemy and not expect to be like them. I have never understood believers who attack other believers. It doesn't matter what your justification is for attacking other believers; even if they are fallen, it is NEVER your right to attack other believers because you are standing with the enemy. We expect the enemy to attack us, but it is shameful when one of our own attacks us. You can say you are trying to clean up sin, but you are simply camouflaging your evil heart because you are on the side of the enemy. God never gives one person the job to clean up everyone but the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit cares for the believer through the church, preaching, and the Word of God.

Second, Peter stood without the door in John 18:16. Jesus is the door, so to stand without the door means Peter was standing with the world. You can't stand on the sidelines without being roped into the wrong crowd. Peter should not have been standing without, but he should have been standing with the Saviour. It is sad that many believers stand without and never get involved because they are standing with the world. Your involvement for Christ tells whether you are standing on the outside with the world or if you are standing within the door with Christ.

Third, Peter stood with the wrong crowd in John 18:18. Peter stood and warmed himself at the heathen’s fire instead of getting his warmth from being close to Christ. You can't warm your heart in a compromiser’s book or worship service without eventually becoming like them. If you don't want to compromise what you believe, don't stand at the heathen’s fire of books and education.

Fourth, Mary stood by the cross of Jesus in John 19:25. It is sad that very few stood by the cross, but to stand by the cross of Christ and embrace its shame means that you will stand with a remnant, but the One with Whom you stand is what makes standing by His cross worth the stand. My friend, where you stand does matter because it identifies you and where you will be in the future.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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