Have you ever wondered why oil and water don’t mix? I did, and got a good explanation when I did an internet search. One commentator said that when he sees drops of oil floating on water he thinks of oil as a stubborn liquid, which refuses to mix with water. Than at other times he wondered if it is the water that refuses to allow the water to mix with it. So he uncovered the scientific reason and it goes something like this: “Both oil and water are liquids, but their chemical compositions are very different from each other.” (Apparantly it is the molecular structure of oil and water which makes them not able to mix.) He went on to say, “Another important factor due to why water and oil do not mix, is surface tension. When water molecules come together, they form a network of hydrogen bonds which results in a very high surface tension. Both oil and water have high surface tensions, due to which the adhesion between them is weak and they do not mix. Why are patches of oil floating on water circular in shape? It’s because of surface tension. The oil molecules cling to each other to form an elastic layer with the minimum possible surface area. Due to this interplay in the oil molecules, they form circular droplets over the surface of water. For two liquids to mix, the chemical bonds holding the molecules together, need to be broken and new ones need to be formed. The bonds between water molecules are very strong, whereas, the bonds between oil molecules are weak. Hence, a lot of energy needs to be consumed in an effort to bring the water and oil molecules together. This explains why oil does not mix with water.”
Now this is a pretty scientific explanation but I saw some interesting parallels here. I saw the oil droplets representing different Christian groups that form around specific doctrines and how they are, theoretically, not supposed to mix with the world (water). If the surface tension of the oil breaks down enough it will mix with the world because according to the research water has more surface tension energy. Usually, in a Biblical sense, oil represents the Spirit of God or the anointing oil used for the priests in former times. This oil from heaven is far stronger than any earthly substance, but once someone has been filled with the Holy Ghost there is a tension that develops between them and the world. This is the way God designed it. He has given us the fruits of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, long-suffering, temperance, faith etc.) to cohabit with the world but it was never the will of God for His people to mix with the world. We are to be in the world but not of the world. God’s will is that His Church be a “city set on a hill” just as the oil droplets set on top of the water.
In the Old Testament the Lord judged Israel for going against His instructions to be a separated people.
“For thou didst separate them from among all the people of the earth, to be thine inheritance, as thou spakest by the hand of Moses thy servant, when thou broughtest our fathers out of Egypt, O Lord GOD.” I Ki 8:53
Many churches and movements have formed around the outpouring of the Holy Spirit but not all oil droplets are the same. God has separated His people to impact the world and not the other way around. We have been separated from the ocean of the world to the River of God’s holiness. God wanted Israel to be a people uniquely different from the world so everyone would know who they belonged to. In these last days the lines have become blurred and the oil droplets come in all sizes and shapes. At first glance they may appear the same but close examination reveals that not all oil drops are the same.
Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of the building (Church). The Apostle’s Doctrine is the only foundation to be laid that can ensure a building that will not allow the floods to wear it down and erode its foundation. Water damage is one of the worst things that can happen to a building. As we mature in Christ we grow in grace and virtue and learn not only the Lord’s will but His ways. Just as the molecules cling together in the oil drops so do the saints collect around like-minded believers. We remain steadfast in the Apostle’s Doctrine and forsake not the assembling of ourselves together.
We have observed other drops of oil, once vibrant, now hardly distinguishable from the water world around them. They have let the flood creep into their foundation and the house is decaying from water rot. Sometimes we need foundation repair. Last weekend we had Bro. David Bernard, Gen’l Supt. of the UPCI speak at EPC for 3 days. It strengthened all of us in the Essential Doctrines of the Bible, Oneness of God, and Biblical Holiness.
The flood waters are rising. It is time to be secure in what we believe and stay in the “ark of safety”. The inside of Noah’s ark was pitched with tar to keep it sealed from the water outside. The blood of Jesus and the anointing of the Holy Ghost oil is what has sealed us. As the flood waters rose, the ark was perfectly adaptable to rise with the tide and float on top of the water. Oil droplets rest on top of the water.
If oil molecules (people) become too agitated or independent they might break off from the circle and expose themselves to the danger of the world’s ocean. We need to rest in the hands of the Lord and not wear ourselves out by over-activity. In the days ahead only those in the “Ark” will be safe. Obey Acts 2:38 and the Lord will save you unto a life of holiness and the ability to overcome the ocean of life as you follow after Him.