"For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."Genesis 3:5(NASB)
No ministry of the servant of Jesus Christ can be a triumphant ministry unless there is a deep, strong, abiding love.... Love is going to solve our problems and to bring us into victory; but apart from a sufficient love, the problems of human make-up, the many differences of disposition and character and all that goes to make up a company, and the continuous drain and strain, with all the pressure that comes from the enemy, will present a problem, a perplexity and a paralyzing task....
We may ask, "How did the Lord manage to maintain the relationship with His disciples?" They were so difficult, so different, so disappointing. "Having loved His own... He loved them unto the end." That is the answer. Love got above all that they were; love gave the extra thing which enabled Him not to take them just as they were and end there. So in our relationships, the spirit of the true servant is only possible as there is a deep love. Upon all those who have ideas of serving the Lord and working for Him I would urge this consideration: that the work of the Lord is not some thing which you outwardly and objectively take up. It is (if it is the true thing) the outworking of love for the Lord and for those who are the objects of His love. That is very simple, but it goes to the heart of things. Sooner or later you and I will be brought to the position where the question will be, Have we sufficient love to go on? Can we find enough love in our hearts to get us through this particularly difficult situation? The situation will be constituted by all those factors which resolve us into servants, bondslaves. It would not have become so acute if only we had been esteemed and honored, and held in high regard. But when the situation is created by a great deal being expected of us, by demands being made upon our generosity, our kindness, calling for an almost inexhaustible fund of patience, and the letting go of personal feeling; when really the main issue in the crisis is this – I am being imposed upon: too much is being expected of me: I am treated as a servant – that is where we are found out. Love alone can support this service.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. § As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust. § As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you. § [Cast] all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth.
He will give you another Helper … the Spirit of truth. § The Spirit … helps in our weaknesses.
God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.
He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” § Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!
Be imitators of God as dear children. § If children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ.
The brightness of His glory and the express image of His person. § Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame. § These things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. § As the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.
Study to show thyself approved unto God" (2 Tim. 2:15a).
There is as much error produced in failing to divide the Word at all, as there is in wrongly dividing it.
"Covenant Theology, at the utmost, is forgiveness of sins and divine favor enjoyed; and all that concerns their position in the Lord Jesus is ignored, or alas! guarded against as dangerous. Men are placed under the New Covenant which does not go beyond remission of sins and the law written in the heart. But being in Christ, and knowing it by the Holy Spirit, and what it involves now has dropped out of their creed altogether."
"We are come to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant' (Heb. 12:24). We are not come to the new covenant, but to Jesus the Mediator of it. I am associated with Him who is the Mediator; that is a much higher position than if we merely come to the covenant. He will make this new covenant with Israel on the millennial earth." -H.S.
"Non-dispensational teachers have endeavored to bring over the many promises of the physical and material aspects of kingdom salvation into the present dispensation, giving hope of material prosperity and physical health, as well as political peace. Failure to realize these promised goals has caused many to lose faith and to become bitter toward God Himself. The failure, of course, is not of God, but of teachers who have refused to rightly divide the Word of Truth."
"Calvin attempted by discipline of Church and State to make everyone live like a Christian - as did the Puritans as a result. This effort resulted in the need to use the Old Testament rather than the New as an ethical guide."
"A workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth" (2 Tim. 2:15b)
Simplicity is the secret of seeing things clearly. A saint does not think clearly for a long while, but a saint ought to see clearly without any difficulty. You cannot think a spiritual muddle clear, you have to obey it clear. In intellectual matters you can think things out, but in spiritual matters you will think yourself into cotton wool. If there is something upon which God has put His pressure, obey in that matter, bring your imagination into captivity to the obedience of Christ with regard to it and everything will become as clear as daylight. The reasoning capacity comes afterwards, but we never see along that line, we see like children; when we try to be wise we see nothing (Matthew 11:25).
The tiniest thing we allow in our lives that is not under the control of the Holy Spirit is quite sufficient to account for spiritual muddle, and all the thinking we like to spend on it will never make it clear. Spiritual muddle is only made plain by obedience. Immediately we obey, we discern. This is humiliating, because when we are muddled we know the reason is in the temper of our mind. When the natural power of vision is devoted to the Holy Spirit, it becomes the power of perceiving God's will and the whole life is kept in simplicity.
He was in the world and the world was made by Him but the world did not know Him – but as many as received Him to them He gave authority to become the sons of God.
The Lord Jesus is pre-eminent in all things. He is over all things and above all things. He is pre-eminent among men and angels. He is pre-eminent through time and eternity. The glory of the Lord Jesus surpasses men’s imagination, and holy is His Name.
If ever there was a passage that lifted up the person of Christ, it is the 1st chapter of the gospel of John, for he identifies Christ’s supremacy from many different angles. He lifts the veil on the Christ of God by elevating Him to the throne of the Most High.
The shining face of the prophet Moses is extinguished before this Light of the world. The perfect Law of God, bequeathed to Israel through the prophet Moses, is branded ‘a ministration of death’ – before this Light of men Who sheds grace and truth on all.
He was in the world and the world was made by Him but the world did not know Him, but as many as received Him to them He gave authority to become the sons of God. The prophets of old were God’s instruments to unveil His eternal power and glory, but John gives the first glimpse of the great God among gods and Man among men.
His Deity is demanded, for there is no other good enough to pay the price of sin. His Manhood in mandatory, for no other Days-man could redeem His brethren. This is the God-man, Who clothed Himself in flesh – the perfect sacrifice for sin. As fully God – He is the everlasting Son of the Most High God –He is uncreated and without beginning – of one Being with the Father Almighty.
As fully Man – He was born as Jesus of Nazareth - the carpenter’s ‘Son. He started liferead more
I in them and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one and that the world may know that You have sent Me and have loved them as You have loved Me.”
We are the body of Christ, Who is the Head. What an unfathomable mystery. All who are in Christ are expected to live their lives as His life living in them. In the prayer He prayed just before Calvary, Christ prayed to the Father, "The glory You gave Me I have given them… that they may be one just as We are one". John 17:22
In this body, Christ has a counterpart that is to complement and complete Him! What is true of the Head is to be true of the body and we are the body of Christ! We are complete in Him, Who is the Head of all principality and power. The church of Christ has been born out of God and are sent out from God. Each have a spiritual revelation, which has come from the Father.
Christ spoke only what His Father said and we must only speak the words from Him. Christ did His earthly work through the Father and we must do our work through Him. Christ had a zeal for His Father’s house and kingdom and so must we who are His body. In the life we live, all things are out of God – all things come from Him. What a glorious mystery of grace. What mysterious grace and glory.
A band of timid and fearful men who all forsook their Lord, denied Him and fled, became a most powerful group of fearless spiritual warriors – the most powerful group of fearless spiritual warriors the world has ever seen. This was the work of God. This was the result of the Spirit coming in power. This is what was meant when we read, they were all baptised by one Spirit… For by one Spirit we were all baptised into one body - whether Jewsread more