Do you not remember that while I was still with you, I was telling you these things?2 Thessalonians 2:5(NASB)
My determined purpose is that I may know Him. (Philippians 3:10 AMP)
There are few words in his writings which reveal how committed to the Lord Jesus this man was. The whole context is one consummate outpouring of his heart to the One whom he said had "apprehended" him, and he focuses all in a brief half sentence: "That I may know Him." The impressive thing about this expressed ambition is the time at which it is made. Here is a man who has had a revelation and knowledge of Jesus Christ greater than any other man up to that time. That knowledge commenced when as he said, "it pleased God to reveal His Son in me." That beginning devastated him, and sent him into the desert to try to grasp its implications. Later he had been "caught up into the third heaven and shown unspeakable things, which (he said) were not lawful to be uttered." Between, and around those two experiences, there is evidence of an ever growing knowledge of Christ. Here, after all that, near the end of his life, he is crying passionately: "That I may know Him."
The very least that we can say about this is that the Christ in view was a very great Christ indeed, who outstrips the greatest capacity and comprehension of man. This stands in such tremendous contrast to the limited Christ of our recognition and apprehension! How very much more there is in Christ than we have ever seen!
“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. § I will go in the strength of the Lord God; I will make mention of Your righteousness, of Yours only. § The gospel of Christ . . . is the power of God to salvation.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. § I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily. § We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.
The joy of the Lord is your strength. § Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy.
Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins. § He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth.
“Messiah” . . . (who is called Christ.) § The Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives.
The last Adam became a life-giving spirit… The second Man is the Lord from heaven. § My Lord and my God! § You call me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.
To know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God" (Eph. 3:19).
Our Father's fulness of supply infinitely exceeds the sum of our needs. Positionally it is so: "For in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in Him." Conditionally it is so: "He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?" (Col. 2:9, 10; Rom. 8:32).
"As to the Gospel and the work of the Lord Jesus, I do not find that it is adequately apprehended that the benefits conferred by the Father is far beyond the need of the sinner. You cannot measure the benefit by the need. You may ask, Does it not cover the need?' It does; but you get no clue to the benefit from the measure of the need. You cannot find it in your own thoughts or expectations; it cannot be found anywhere save in our Father's heart. It is above all that we ask or think. . . .
"How little, indeed, do we enter into the fulness of the benefits of the Gospel! The elder brother in Luke 15 did not object to his brother being forgiven, but it was unwelcome to him to see the wonderful excess of grace bestowed on him by the Father. Thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.' Many have the sense of forgiveness without the knowledge of His abundance." -J.B.S.
"We shall never be able to glorify God, if we only take what we need."
"Now unto Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that worketh in us, unto Him be glory" (Eph. 3:20, 21).
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33
Immediately we look at these words of Jesus, we find them the most revolutionary statement human ears ever listened to. "Seek ye first the kingdom of God." We argue in exactly the opposite way, even the most spiritually-minded of us - "But I must live; I must make so much money; I must be clothed; I must be fed." The great concern of our lives is not the kingdom of God, but how we are to fit ourselves to live. Jesus reverses the order: Get rightly related to God first, maintain that as the great care of your life, and never put the concern of your care on the other things.
"Take no thought for your life. . . ." Our Lord points out the utter unreasonableness from His standpoint of being so anxious over the means of living. Jesus is not saying that the man who takes thought for nothing is blessed - that man is a fool. Jesus taught that a disciple has to make his relationship to God the dominating concentration of his life, and to be carefully careless about every thing else in comparison to that. Jesus is saying - "Don't make the ruling factor of your life what you shall eat and what you shall drink, but be concentrated absolutely on God." Some people are careless over what they eat and drink, and they suffer for it; they are careless about what they wear, and they look as they have no business to look; they are careless about their earthly affairs, and God holds them responsible. Jesus is saying that the great care of life is to put the relationship of God first, and everything else second.
It is one of the severest disciplines of the Christian life to allow the Holy Spirit to bring us into harmony with the teaching of Jesus in these verses.
From the moment of rebirth our future heavenly home was secured.. forever. From the moment of rebirth the life-journey towards that heavenly home began. It’s a march across the wilderness of life – a journey towards the promised land.
I’ve no doubt that all the multitude that exited Egypt under the blood, are saved, for they were covered with the blood of the Passover lamb.. forgiven. They went down into the Red Sea and emerged on the farther shore.. and their journey through the wilderness dictated arrival at the entrance into Canaan. And all but two murmured against the Lord and all but two died on the journey and only two arrived in the promised land – with a rich inheritance. Their journey of trust or lack of trust in God dictated their future reward.
From the moment of rebirth our future heavenly home was secured – forever. From the moment of rebirth the life-journey towards that heavenly home began. How important that we travel the journey of life, to make sure of our inheritance. How vital to live by faith and not by sight.
It was not at the start of their journey that God judged to be the Israelite’s failure. God brought them to the very brink of the Jordan, in a few short months. The next day the land to which they had been travelling would be theirs, but at the last moment, their faith gave way to doubt and they caved into their sight: there are giants in the land – we’ve no chance against such mighty foes, they cried, we’re like grasshoppers to them, they said.. no one can help us in this dire situation. We’ll be crushed by the enormity of the task that is set before us, they wailed. When the Israelites looked on the circumstances of life, their trust in God failed. The murmurings and faltering of the past days were not the issue.
Now was the time to enter theread more
I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, Whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.
Jesus knew that His work on earth was almost finished and that in the near future He would leave His disciples to return to His Father’s throne in glory, in heavenly places. Jesus had been sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel to prepare them for the coming kingdom and much of His words, works, signs and miracles were a witness to the nation that He was indeed Israel’s Messiah, Who was promised by the Father.
But they rejected their King Messiah and said, we will not have this man rule over us. Luke 19:14. And throughout the gospel, there are little glimpses where the Jesus was seen preparing and training His disciples for the dispensation of Grace – the church-age. Jesus knew that the cross loomed and that the resurrection would follow and He knew that the day was fast approaching when He would have to leave His trusting followers.
And so He comforted them with some precious words of comfort: Let not your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in Me John 14:1, He comforted them and promised them a wonderful future in His Father’s house: Jesus told them that He would go to the Father’s spacious, heavenly home where He’d promised to prepare a place for them – so that one day He would return … and take them there to be with Himself.
He comforted them with the promise of the Holy Spirit – the heavenly Comforter. He pledged to ask the Father, to give them another Helper like Him, to be with them.. the Spirit of truth, Who was already with them but would one day live in them.