"And one will say to him, 'What are these wounds between your arms?' Then he will say, 'Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.'Zechariah 13:6(NASB)
You died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. (Colossians 3:3 NLT)
It is a tremendous thing to live in this dispensation when the Lord, though having acquired the rights of the universe, of the whole creation, by His Cross, is specifically concentrated upon the treasure now, to get it out of the creation. "The kingdom of heaven (it should be in the plural, the kingdom of the heavens) the kingdom of heaven is like unto a treasure hidden in the field; which a man found, and hid...." The Lord is doing a secret work in relation to the Church. It is always a dangerous thing to bring what we conceive to be the Church out into a conspicuous place, and make it a public thing. The real Church is a secret, hidden company, and a hidden and secret work is going on in it. That is its safety. When you and I launch out into great public movements, displaying and advertising, we expose the work of God, and open it to infinite perils. Our safety is in keeping where God has put us, in the hidden, secret place with Himself....
All the way through this life we have to learn the change from what is, after all, ourselves in relation to God, to what is God Himself in us. There is a great deal that is of ourselves in relation to God, and I expect there will be in some measure right to the end. There is still something of our minds at work on God's things. We may be thinking that they are God's thoughts, God's mentality, but there is still much that is of our human mind, the mental make-up of ourselves in relation to the things of God, and we shall always find that God's mind is other than that, and we have to give place to new conceptions of the Lord.
The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. § For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.
“They shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” § Call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.
All should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. God … has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name. § Far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet. § He had a name written that no one knew except Himself … : KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
As for the Almighty, we cannot find Him. § What is His name, and what is His Son’s name, if you know?
You are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s. § I am my beloved’s, and his desire is toward me. § I am his. § The Son of God … loved me and gave Himself for me.
Your body is … not your own. For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. § The Lord has taken you and brought you out of the iron furnace, out of Egypt, to be His people, an inheritance, as you are this day.
You are God’s field, you are God’s building. § Christ [is] a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end. § You also, as living stones, are … a holy priesthood.
“They shall be Mine,” says the Lord of hosts, “on the day that I make them My jewels.” § And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. § The glory of His inheritance in the saints.
God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever" (Ps. 73.26).
Finally, when all else fails us, we find that God is enough. That which we most need in life - love, unfailing love - is abundantly and satisfyingly ours in the Lord Jesus. But we so often seek it elsewhere."Nothing can be sweeter than the repose in divine love when it is known and the heart is free to rest in it. The soul may have a long journey to reach it experientially; there may be many needs and exercises to be met and removed on the way; self and the world will have to be learned; but the great end of all our exercises - and, I may add, of all our deliverances - is that we rest in the thoughts of divine love, and that love becomes in a very real way the portion of our hearts. If our hearts are not in the circle of divine love they have really got nothing, for as Christians we have no portion on earth. Thank God! it is a blessed and satisfying portion." -C.A.C.
"There is no reserve in God's love; He has given the best in heaven for the worst on earth, and in this way has rebuked distrust and established confidence, so that the works of the devil' might be undone in our hearts. If we only want what God gives us we shall be perfectly happy. Nothing is of real value to us that we cannot take from our Father's hand and thank Him for."
"And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God" (2 Thess. 3:5).
“Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3
Sometimes we are fresh for a prayer meeting but not fresh for cleaning boots!
Being born again of the Spirit is an unmistakable work of God, as mysterious as the wind, as surprising as God Himself. We do not know where it begins, it is hidden away in the depths of our personal life. Being born again from above is an abiding, perpetual and eternal beginning; a freshness all the time in thinking and in talking and in living, the continual surprise of the life of God. Staleness is an indication of something out of joint with God - "I must do this thing or it will never be done." That is the first sign of staleness. Are we freshly born this minute or are we stale, raking in our minds for something to do? Freshness does not come from obedience but from the Holy Spirit; obedience keeps us in the light as God is in the light.
Guard jealously your relationship to God. Jesus prayed "that they may be one, even as we are one" - nothing between. Keep all the life perennially open to Jesus Christ, don't pretend with Him. Are you drawing your life from any other source than God Himself? If you are depending upon anything but Him, you will never know when He is gone.
Being born of the Spirit means much more than we generally take it to mean. It gives us a new vision and keeps us absolutely fresh for everything by the abiding supply of the life of God.
Some of the best guidance for believers in living the Christian life are through “types“. In 1 Corinthians 10:6 we read this:- Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things – as they also lusted. Old Testament history exemplifies New Testament truths – truths for spiritual living. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for:- 1. doctrine, 2. for reproof, 3. for correction, 4. for instruction in righteousness.
Adam : the first man was a wonderful type of Christ, Who was the second Man and last Adam – Who was made sin for the bride, that God chose for Him. Eve, who was taken from the side of Adam – what an astonishing type of the Church. Eve who was bone of His bone, and who became one with her Bridegroom. Abraham : the one who so clearly typifies the deep love of God the Father – Abraham who in faith, gave his only begotten son as a offering.
Hagar:- the bondwoman who so exemplifies Israel and the covenant of LAW – fleshly Hagar and the law – which was set aside for spiritual Israel and grace. Sarah:- the free-woman so exemplifying spiritual Israel and the covenant of GRACE – chosen Sarah : the barren wife who was set aside and buried – by her husband. Keturah:- the second wife of Abraham – who exemplifies Israel’s future role – a fruitful people, restored to favour. A people who will be the head and not the tail. Gomar:- the adulterous wife of Hosea – restored to fellowship with her husband.. like Israel, the adulterous wife of Jehovah – also to be reunited with her Lord. Then Joseph:- who in hundreds of ways is a glorious type of our Lord Jesus Christ. Joseph, the beloved firstborn son.. rejected and ‘killed’ by his jealous brothers. Joseph, the one so despised and rejected became governor of all Egypt.
Rejoice, inasmuch as you are partakers of Christ’s sufferings, that.. when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
1 Peter 4:13
Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
God tells us that life with Him is never immune from difficulties, but He also tells us that He gives us peace – peace, within our stresses and strains. Our difficulties, doubts, stresses and strains can be underpinned with His peace, for He is our peace – and peace can become our vesture in the turmoil of life.
And joy is the result of faithful, trusting acceptance of His will. Though it may not be understood.. though is may not seem joyous at all – He is our joy.
And He gives us hope.. even though the way is strewn with impossibilities, for tribulation worketh patience.. and patience; experience; and experience, hope, and hope makes not ashamed, because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost, which is given unto us.
He is indeed our hope, and faith develops through patient endurance. His guidance however is often through the barred doors. Love often slams shut doors, firmly fast – as well as opening them wide. He is the love in our life. For our light afflictions which is but for a moment, worketh in us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; where-unto ye do well that you take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: 2 Peter 1:19