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"If ye know these things, blessed are ye if ye do them" (John 13:17).

"If" makes this verse important. The first "if" could be translated "since" as it signifies knowledge already there. The second "if" is one of condition. Having knowledge is fine, but if there is no outward manifestation consequent upon that knowledge, blessing cannot be expected.

Matthew tells us of a leper who had knowledge of the healing power of the Lord Jesus. Putting that knowledge into action, the poor leper came to the feet of Jesus. He knew that this Man had the power to release him from his agony, cleanse his leprosy, thus making him fit to return home. With the knowledge he had, the leper cries, "If Thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean". The blessing? "I will; be thou made clean" (Matt. 8:2).

The woman of Luke 8 was at her wits' end. She had spent her all in seeking a cure. She met Jesus one day and knew that if she could just reach out to touch the hem of His garment, a cure would be hers. Putting her knowledge to work brought great blessing, "Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace" (Luke 8:48).

I suppose most of us can recollect at some time being told, "You should know better". The more knowledge we have, the more is expected of us. Our Saviour is bringing before us something to make us stop and consider. "If ye know these things, blessed are ye if ye do them". The blessing comes by doing.

The reason Abraham finds himself mentioned in Hebrews 11 is because of the outworking of his faith. He did. The same can be said of all mentioned in that portion. The things they did made them notable.

Our responsibility in churches of God today is twofold:

(1) When gathered together at the Remembrance as a Holy Priesthood, we are to offer spiritual sacrifices to God.

(2) As a Royal Priesthood, we should "show forth the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light" (1 Pet.


It is the doing that brings the blessing. If we don't do, we cannot

expect any blessing. The truth of doing is beautifully brought out in Psalm 40:6-10 in reference to our Lord Jesus Christ. Note the progression -

1.Mine ears hast Thou opened.

2.I am come.

3.1 delight to do.

4.I have published.

The greater the revelation, the more God expects. The Lord Jesus makes this clear in Luke 12:48, "To whomsoever much is given, of him much is required".

which brings us back to Psalm 40:9,10:

5.I will not refrain.

6.1 have not hid.

7.I have declared.

8.I have not concealed.

The doing in this life will have its effect in eternity. The apostle Paul wrote to young Timothy (2 Tim. 4:7,8), "I have fought ... I have finished... I have kept... henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness ... Great reward!

"Whatsoever He saith unto you, do it" was the advice of one who was close to the Saviour, and knew Him well, His mother (John 2:5).

So we should be "doers of the word, and not hearers only... a doer that worketh, this man shall be blessed in his doing" (Jas. 1:22,25).