As I urged you upon my departure for Macedonia, remain on at Ephesus so that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines,1 Timothy 1:3(NASB)
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. (Hebrews 10:23 NIV)
Faith is going to determine which of two things is going to characterize us. This is the real point. It is either going to be that we are living under a terrible paralysis, as altogether petrified through confusion, perplexity, inability to understand, being unable to disentangle, to sort things out, to see straight and see clearly, to know what is meant by happenings. This means utter paralysis, simply standing with our hands on our hips, helpless and hopeless. That is the effect of the absence of a positive faith. The only way of Life and deliverance from such a paralysis is a deliberate faith in God which causes us to take the attitude that we are going on with God, understanding or not understanding, explaining or not explaining, having light or having no light; we are going right on with God on the basis of what God has done in us, made real in us, of what God Himself is to us by what He has effected in us. We are going on!
We, beloved, shall come there and may come there more than once in the course of our life; we shall come to the place where we realise we are going right out into outer darkness and despair and paralysis, to be ruled completely out of any effectiveness, fruitfulness, or value whatever, unless we pull ourselves together and say to ourselves, "The whole thing is an inexplicable, bewildering confusion, a tangle from our standpoint or the standpoint of man; but God is, God is faithful. That is what He Himself says He is." Thus without questioning God we go on believing God. We have even to believe God to the point of putting over on to Him the responsibility for failures, for mistakes, in so far as we have really and honestly put our lives at His disposal and have become utter for God and are free from personal interests and worldly interests and are here only for God. We have to make over to the Lord's account things which may have been mistakes or failures, and trust Him with these and go on.
Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! § The blood of the Lamb. § The precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. § Without shedding of blood there is no remission. § The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
With His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. § Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, … let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith.
You were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
It happened, when the sun arose, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat on Jonah’s head, so that he grew faint. Then he wished death for himself, and said, “It is better for me to die than to live.”
Job spoke, and said:.. “Why is light given to him who is in misery, and life to the bitter of soul, who long for death, but it does not come, and search for it more than hidden treasures?” § Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? “Father, save Me from this hour”? § In all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 2:5).
Just whose side are we on? The enemy who would occupy us with ourselves, or the Comforter who would occupy us with the risen Lord Jesus? The spirit of death, or the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus? "Know ye not that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are whom ye obey, whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?" (Rom. 6:16).
"If we have only learned the Lord at our own side, the tendency is to be occupied with ourselves, or to seek to be an object of consideration; whereas if we have been led by the Spirit to His side, His interests and concerns will singularly occupy us."
"The natural inclination is to make oneself the center of everything passing, how it pains or cheers oneself, even musing on oneself as if one were the one solitary object for the sunshine or the cloud to rest on. If I am a hero, or a martyr to myself, I look at and regard divine things as they suit my thinking about myself, and not as answering to what He is thinking of me. I am confining the Lord to myself instead of rising up and seeing myself lost in Him, and then following Him in all the greatness and blessedness of His work and ways down here." -J.B.S.
"We may love as Jonathan, and follow as Ruth, but until we know that we are united to the Lord Jesus Christ in glory, we will not be free enough from our own interests, to take up His."
"[Who] made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant" (Phil. 2:7).
“At that day ye shall ask in My name …”John 16:26,27
"At that day ye shall ask in My name," i.e., in M y nature. Not - "You shall use My name as a magic word," but - "You will be so intimate with Me that you will be one with Me." "That day" is not a day hereafter, but a day meant for here and now.
"The Father Himself loveth you" - the union is so complete and absolute. Our Lord does not mean that life will be free from external perplexities, but that just as He knew the Father's heart and mind, so by the baptism of the Holy Ghost He can lift us into the heavenly places where He can reveal the counsels of God to us.
"Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in My name. . . ." "That day" is a day of undisturbed relationship between God and the saint. Just as Jesus stood unsullied in the presence of His Father, so by the mighty efficacy of the baptism of the Holy Ghost, we can be lifted into that relationship - "that they may be one, even as We are One."
"He will give it you." Jesus says that God will recognize our prayers. What a challenge! By the Resurrection and Ascension power of Jesus, by the sent-down Holy Ghost, we can be lifted into such a relationship with the Father that we are at one with the perfect sovereign will of God by our free choice even as Jesus was. In that wonderful position, placed there by Jesus Christ, we can pray to God in His name, in His nature, which is gifted to us by the Holy Ghost, and Jesus says - "What soever ye shall ask the Father in My name, He will give it you." - The sovereign character of Jesus Christ is tested by His own statements.
Just as newborn babes require milk from the breast, so too spiritual babes must be fed. Paul instructs us: as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the Word, that you may grow. 1Pet.2:2. A new born believer will grow by reading and delighting in the Word of God, and faith in that young believer with grow – for faith comes by hearing God’s Word.
Job tells us that he has treasured God’s words. We read: We read in chapter 23: I have treasured the words of His mouth – more than my necessary food.. Job 23:12. While the Psalmist found the sweetness of the Word of God” sweeter than honey and the honeycomb. Psalm 19:10. Oh but how Paul laments the arrested, stunted growth of the carnal Corinthian Christians. He couldn’t speak to them as spiritual, but carnal. They were still babes in Christ. Despite his teaching, Paul could only feed them with simple truths.. not ‘meat’, for spiritual growth must be desired – we are told to: desire the milk so that you will grow.
It was the Lord Jesus Himself Who set this president for desiring spiritual food. He tells us: My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me, and to finish His work. John 4:34, and the astonishing thing is that this God-Man only worked through the Holy Spirit.. demonstrating the only way that man can live a spiritual life. We read: I do always those things that please Him, for My Father is in Me, and I in Him, and I speak only that which I have seen my Father do. John 8:29.
Spiritual growth comes only by abiding in Him and He in us. This type of life is not easy.. it is a moment by moment challenge. This is a daily walk in the Spirit – this is the daily prayer that cries: Thy will not mine be done. We have the choice toread more
Love explodes into a myriad of sparkling rainbowed gemstones, that make up the “Supreme Good“:
Oh consider this spectrum of love and who comes to mind? Does not this multi-hued gemstone reflect the life of the perfect Man? Was not our Lord Jesus Christ patient and kind? Was He not generous and humble, courteous and unselfish? Did He not display a good and a gracious temper? Was not His life one of guileless trust in the Father through the Spirit’s power? Did He not live a life of sincerity and truth? Was not the life of the Lord Jesus Christ the inspiration for Paul’s “Supreme Good”
Paul tell us that love is the fulfilling of the Law. He reminds us that Jesus said: “I did not come to destroy but to fulfil the Law and the prophets”. Behold the Man Who is the personification of this spectrum of love. Consider Him Whom angels bow down before and worship. Consider Him Who was from eternity to eternity the Alpha and Omega.
Consider His patience, for He is the God of patience and comfort. We read in 2 Thessalonians 3:5 “now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patience of Christ”. Consider His kindness, for He is kind to the unthankful and the evil. In Luke 6 we read: “love your enemies and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the most High”.
Consider His generosity, for we read in 2 Corinthians 3:5 that: “He gave Himself a ransom for all, or He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him”. Consider His humility.. “Jesus said: I am meek and lowly in heart”. and in John 13:5 we read: “Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that He was come from God, and went to God He risethread more