but we speak God's wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory;1 Corinthians 2:7(NASB)
This is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. (1 John 5:11)
Christ is never proved to be alive from the dead, nor to be Lord, by doctrinal statements. Your statement of faith may include the fact that you believe Jesus died and rose again, ascended to heaven, and is at the right hand of the Majesty on High, but how are you going to prove your statement? What has God given as the evidence of that? You may believe it; you may be willing to lay down your life for that faith; you may state it with tremendous emphasis, and yet you are not thereby proving it. You will never prove anything by saying: "I believe with all my might that this is the case!" You will never prove a thing by standing up and declaring it as something which you believe. You will never prove a thing by saying: "I believe in all the fundamentals of the Christian faith!" and calling yourself by some name which indicates that you believe in the inspiration of the Bible. Nothing is ever proved in that way. Reducing the whole matter to these two points that Jesus Christ has been raised from the dead, and is Lord of all you have still to prove your statement after you have made it. If you have appealed to the fact that the Word of God says so, even then you have proved nothing. Your proof can never be by argument, because what argument can build up, argument can pull down, and what logic can construct, logic can destroy.
How, then, are you going to prove that this is so? By the expression and manifestation of His risen Life, that is all but it is a mighty "all!" That signifies that you are the embodiment of the thing which you declare that besides the doctrinal statement there is the living expression. Thus the resurrection and the lordship of Jesus are bound up with this expression which is called the "testimony." The testimony is not a system of truth. It is that extra factor to the statement and presentation of truth which is the power of a Life which conquers death. How, then, will you prove that Jesus has conquered death? The proof of it will be a death-conquering Life that expresses itself in you.
We have an altar from which those who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat. § Unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. § At that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise … But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, … having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace.
Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.
If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.
Who, in the days of His flesh, … offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death. Let us know, let us pursue the knowledge of the Lord. § [Continue] steadfastly in prayer. § Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication. § By prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will. § This is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. Delight yourself … in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.
As ye have, therefore, received Christ Jesus as Lord, so walk ye in Him, rooted and built up in Him" (Col. 2:7).
We appreciate His benefits toward us, but are we appreciative - do we express to Him our appreciation?
"Let us be very watchful that the inner life, communion with the Lord Jesus, be the true source of our activities."
"The Lord Jesus longs for fellowship with us. He does not want patronage. It does not meet the desire of His heart to be followed, or admired, or gazed at, because of what He can do or give. He delights in a heart taught of the Spirit to appreciate His Person, for this glorifies and gratifies the Father. He retires from the gaze of an excited and tumultuous throng who would fain make Him a king, because they had eaten of the loaves and were filled; but He could turn with touching earnestness to the little band of disciples who still remained, and challenge their hearts with the question, 'Will ye also go away?'"
"Love could never be too near to its object. Nearness to the Lord Jesus is the instinct of divine life, as we see in the first question of the two disciples who followed Him, Where dwellest Thou?' Why is not this the first question now? Because there is not simple devotedness of heart to the Lord Jesus Christ."
"There is nothing in all the world so precious to the Father as a heart that, in any measure, appreciates His Son."
"Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matt. 11:28).
“If any man come to Me, and hate not … he cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:26,27,33
If the closest relationships of life clash with the claims of Jesus Christ, He says it must be instant obedience to Himself. Discipleship means personal, passionate devotion to a Person, Our Lord Jesus Christ. There is a difference between devotion to a Person and devotion to principles or to a cause. Our Lord never proclaimed a cause; He proclaimed personal devotion to Himself. To be a disciple is to be a devoted love-slave of the Lord Jesus. Many of us who call ourselves Christians are not devoted to Jesus Christ. No man on earth has this passionate love for the Lord Jesus unless the Holy Spirit has imparted it to him. We may admire Him, we may respect Him and reverence Him, but we cannot love Him. The only Lover of the Lord Jesus is the Holy Spirit, and He sheds abroad the very love of God in our hearts. Whenever the Holy Spirit sees a chance of glorifying Jesus, He will take your heart, your nerves, your whole personality, and simply make you blaze and glow with devotion to Jesus Christ.
The Christian is stamped by 'moral spontaneous originality,' consequently the disciple is open to the same charge that Jesus Christ was, 1.e., that of inconsistency. But Jesus Christ was always consistent to God, and the Christian must be consistent to the life of the Son of God in him, not consistent to hard and fast creeds. Men pour them selves into creeds, and God has to blast them out of their prejudices before they can become devoted to Jesus Christ.
I am the Almighty God, walk before Me and be perfect.
Be perfect, as your heavenly Father.
When a life is submitted to His leading, He can produce the impossible. When a believer submits to His guidance, He conforms us into the perfect likeness of His dear Son. The perfect God-Man lived a perfect life. He lived the life God wants for each of us – here and now. He lived a life where the cruelty and brokenness of sin could never permeate. He came to address the ruinous nature of sin in the lives of His children. He came to heal and bind up, so that we could truly be perfect as He is perfect.
There is no past pain too deep that He cannot bind up. There is no wound too entrenched that he cannot heal. There is no ill-treatment you have received that cannot be lovingly restored. There is no fear too extreme that He cannot still. There is no one anxious worry, that He does not care about.
There is no circumstance in life so overwhelming that is beyond His control. There is no burden too heavy that He cannot carry. There is no emptiness so vast... so gaping that He cannot fill. There is no loneliness so extreme... so deep that is beyond His compassion.
There is no sin so gross that He cannot forgive. There is no life so ruined that He cannot make whole. There is no heart so broken and fragmented that He cannot restore. There is no deep desire of your heart that He can’t fulfil. There is no lack of anything which He cannot supply in full.
We are called to be perfect, even as our heavenly Father is perfect. To be perfect means to be whole; to be healthy; to be mature; to be complete... just as the Lord Jesus was perfect – the perfect God-Man, Who lived a perfect life. To be perfect does not mean toread more
When I sat down to write this little devotional one Christmas day, I was impressed by the division that is occurring in the world. God is taking out of the Gentiles a people for Himself.. a people for His Name. But as understanding and illumination about the King of kings increases as time passes, so a wall of separation is being constructed between good and evil. In Revelation 22 we read… He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still, and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still.. and he that is holy, let him be holy still. Rev.22:11.
Two millennia ago, God gave man a choice... Believe in My Son and you will not be condemned or do not believe in my Son and you are already condemned John 3:18. Two thousand years ago the angels were sent to all men with a message.. a great proclamation of peace: to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, Who is Christ the Lord: Luke 2:11.. and suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men: Luke.2:11. And yet about 33 years later, Jesus told us: do not think that I have come to bring peace on the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. Matt.10:34
"Goodwill to all men?" What was the meaning of this outburst of heavenly joy? This is the claim that’s been passed from generation to generation for 2000 years. Christendom is considered the bastion for peace and prosperity of nations.. and in a certain respect, this is true, for God loves to bless His own. Indeed, His blessings fall on all mankind.. believers and nonbeliever alike. This is the average view of Christianity’s claim about its Christ.. but look narrowly, and you will discover much of this view is scripturally false.