Bible Will I Find:
The Real Elite People Of
By: Gary Colley
The real "elite" of the world are not generally found listed in magazines, newspapers, or on the television. The real elite have their names written in the Book of Life (Luke 10:17-20,
Phillipians 4:3). The Lord is the only one who can write in this book, either to add or to remove the names there. Under the Christian Dispensation, one is to obey the New Testament sealed by Christ's blood. When one hears the Gospel, believes in Christ with all of his heart, repents of past sins, confesses the name of Christ, and is baptized for the remission of sins, the Lord writes their name in this book (Acts 2:38, Acts 2:41, Acts 2:47).
This appeal for good and honest people, has been the appeal of God throughout the centuries! God has always wanted men and women to hear all that He said, believe all that He said, obey all that He said, and trust Him for the promises! This is the true meaning of walking by faith
FAITHFULNESS IN THE PATRIARCHAL AGE
(II Corinthians 5:7). He found a few good men in the Patriarchal Period, who would not turn "to the right or to the left of His will" (Joshua 1). By these faithful men God made Himself known to the millions of the earth. Hebrews 11 records that the honor roll of men who served God by their faith, that faith that comes by hearing God's Word. As it was then, so it is now (Romans 10:17). Without faith in the evidence of God's Word one cannot please God (Hebrews 11:6). The names of men like Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as well as women like Sarah, stand out as an elite group as they traveled to their eternal reward on the great pathway of faith (Hebrews 11:10)! These were such brave, honorable, and outstanding people that the inspired writer adds to their credits, "Of whom the world was not worthy" (Hebrews 11:38).
Today though, we cannot be the elite in God's eyes by living as those in the Patriarchal Age, Then, god commanded directly to the fathers of each family. Though God commanded Noah to build the ark and Abraham to offer his son, we are under no obligation to keep either of these commands today. We do not live in that Dispensation, nor under that standard.