Wednesday, September 30, 2015

In The Midst Of The Garden - Genesis 2:8-9

Genesis 2:8-9 ESV 
And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Every tree in the garden was pleasant to the sight and good for food. This included the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. No one tree is singled out as more desirable than another. Eve would note this later as she picked the forbidden fruit. 

Why was this tree in the garden to begin with? That man would choose to believe God. Though one tree was forbidden, it looked no different than the rest to the eye or taste. But God knew it would result in death and told them so. Their choice was to believe God or be guided by their own thinking. 

Both trees were in the middle of the garden. Eve was before both trees when she made her decision. 

We stand before the same two trees. There are two paths before us. Moses gave two options to the Israelites with one path leading to blessings and the other to curses. Jesus said narrow is the path that leads the to God and wide is the way to destruction. For this decision we were formed and a decision will be made. 

Choose this day whom you will serve. 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Of All Living - Genesis 3:20

Genesis 3:20 ESV 
The man called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.

Genesis 4:1
​Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten a man with the help of the Lord.”

Why is Eve the mother of all living? She was fully alive before dying in her disobedience. She did not spiritually die until she gave the picked fruit to Adam who also ate. They did not die until both had consumed the fruit. That's when their eyes were opened to the evil of fallen man. The reason could be that they were of one flesh and bone joined by God. 

She bore a man with the help of God. Adam and Eve would bear a man from whom the truly living would come, a man that would call Himself the Son of Man, begotten of God and born to another woman descended from Eve.

In Genesis Adam was formed from the dust of the earth. Eve was taken and formed from Adam's body. The Son of God, Jesus, enters our dusty life and brings the divine life to man. 

Adam entered a deep sleep for God to fashion woman. Jesus entered death, but rose again. The risen body of Christ is being fashioned into the Bride of Christ. We are betrothed to Him and await the celebration of the wedding feast to come. 

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Of Works - Ephesians 2:8-10

Ephesians 2:8-10 ESV 
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

There are works and there are good works. Good works are defined by God. Without God there are no good works. Without God you cannot know that and there is no lasting significance to the works of man. 

Knowing God we begin to walk, or live, in the good works He predestined for those in Christ. Life was predestined.

Good works are evidence of grace in action. The essence of good works is love.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Everlasting - Psalms 90:1-2

Psalms 90:1-2 ESV 
From Everlasting to Everlasting
A Prayer of Moses, the man of God.​ 

Lord, you have been our dwelling place
in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth,
or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

From everlasting to everlasting includes today, this very hour. All that is came from Him and has always been with Him. In Him we move and have our being. He is first and last only to creatures embedded in time. He is everlasting and "I AM" to those who know Him. 

Friday, September 25, 2015

The Face - Genesis 1:1-3

Genesis 1:1-3 ESV 
​In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

2 Corinthians 4:6
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Man was created without form and substance in the kingdom of God, spiritually invisible in the light of God. Our face was veiled with darkness, though the Spirit of God was near the face of the waters. The light was eternally present because God is light. God intended for that light to be shared. 

God's purpose for creation is contained in the command, "Let there be light." 

The face of Jesus Christ brings that light into our darkness. He is the light of the world and brings into each heart the light of the Father of lights. He is our Father in heaven, the Son who shines on the earth, and the Spirit that no longer hovers over the face of the waters, but like Jesus, has descended into the waters of man to multiply that light that the world might know of the glory of God. 

And there is light. 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Hearts Enlightened - Ephesians 1:16-20

Ephesians 1:16-20 ESV 
I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,

One can only be truly enlightened by the Father of lights, the light of the world. The eyes of a heart quickened by God can "see" the light at this time. Worldly eyes are unable to perceive the hope, richness, or His power that lie in Christ. 

He is raised up and sits on the mighty throne of God. There He shines in the unimaginable light of the Father. This is the light that shines on and in us. We are enlightened with the true light. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Fade Away - James 1:9-11

James 1:9-11 ESV 
Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away. For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.

Both can boast in the Lord. The man of low position will be brought high. The man of high position will be brought low. Yet it is the same position, one that no man can reach alone. The kingdom of heaven. 

We all face the heat of this life. It is the refining fire of the Lord which can prepare us to one day stand before Him. Some will be ready, some not. 

Even the best of this world will fade in the light of His brightness. The worst will fade from memory. Nothing will be left save the glory of the Lord. 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Bore Up The Ark - Genesis 7:17-18

Genesis 7:17-18 ESV 
The flood continued forty days on the earth. The waters increased and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. The waters prevailed and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the face of the waters.

The Lord has provided the way of salvation. During our time on earth we can be swept away by the dark waters of the world, or we can enter the ark that is Christ and be lifted by those same waters of destruction. It is through the water we are saved, only we must enter and remain in the ark until the waters subside. 

Though the waters prevail on the earth, the ark will float above the rising waves. Just as the Spirit hovered over the face of the deep when the world began, the Spirit will float on the face of the waters, dwelling in the hearts of the body of Christ. 

Monday, September 21, 2015

Armor Of God - Ephesians 6:10-20

Ephesians 6:10-20 ESV 
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.

Adam and Eve did not have the armor of God. They were especially vulnerable to the schemes of the devil. They did not recognize evil for they had no knowledge of evil and could not distinguish between it and good. They were innocent and that was lost. 

We who believe in Christ have regained that innocence lost in that Garden, which can also be seen as the kingdom of heaven. We have regained it by choice, by choosing Jesus. It has always been about choice. Our Father wants us to choose Him. 

We are better prepared for we have the strength of the Lord on our side. We are given the armor of the Lord for the spiritual battle that lies ahead. The devil is still crafty, but we have the wisdom of the Lord to bring us through all things and to be more than conquerors. 

Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Fullness Of Him - Ephesians 1:22-23

Ephesians 1:22-23 ESV 
And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

The church is above all things other than Christ. We are part of Christ with Him as the head. We participate in the Divine plan that He foreordained before time began. 

The Greek word translated as "fullness" could have translated as "completion". Love is perfected, or made complete, when it enters the body of Christ. This is the fullness of God that was pleased to dwell in Jesus and the fullness that is pleased to dwell in the body of Christ. 

Saturday, September 19, 2015

The Power Of The Air - Ephesians 2:1-2

Ephesians 2:1-2 ESV 
​ And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.

Which air do you breathe for life? The air of this world will keep one alive for a short time. This is life support, but not life. It will work until the plug is pulled. There is a last breath of this air. 

The air of the Spirit, the breath of God's life, will never cease. When the plug is pulled on this mortal life, we continue breathe that eternal air of life freed at last from that body of sin. We can expand into who we are as sons of God. 

Friday, September 18, 2015

Only In The Lord - Isaiah 45:22-25

Isaiah 45:22-25 ESV 
“Turn to me and be saved,
all the ends of the earth!
For I am God, and there is no other.
By myself I have sworn;
from my mouth has gone out in righteousness
a word that shall not return:
To me every knee shall bow,
every tongue shall swear allegiance.’
“Only in the Lord, it shall be said of me,
are righteousness and strength;
to him shall come and be ashamed
all who were incensed against him.
In the Lord all the offspring of Israel
shall be justified and shall glory.”

Salvation only comes to those who turn to God. There is no other way, no other name by which a man can be saved. From His mouth comes the word which goes forth and will not be turned back unfulfilled. That Word is Jesus Christ. 

Everyone will come before the Lord, some ashamed and some justified. They will bow the knee and confess the Lord. 

So many reject the Lord and accept anything else in His stead. Ignorance and defiance has always with us and shows no sign of abating. May the light find its way into that darkness that some might be saved. 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Your Love Toward All - Ephesians 1:15

Ephesians 1:15 ESV 
For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints,

Nothing counts except faith expressing itself in love. This is something demonstrable and visible to others. It is the life of Christ made manifest. A live body can be seen breathing. A live spirit will show some sign of the Spirit, which is the breath of God. This is the air we breathe. Each exhalation contains the love we receive. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

By Nature - Ephesians 2:1-3

Ephesians 2:1-3 ESV 
​And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 

Adam was the first and last man that was Spiritually alive until Jesus entered our world. While Adam disobeyed God, Jesus never sinned. He was born from above as the second Adam, the second Son of God, the only begotten Son. The Son of Man, unlike the first Adam, was born of a woman. It was a woman through whom sin entered the world and through a woman that mercy and grace were born in the form of Jesus Christ. This was the first fruits of God's ultimate plan, a new creation. The separation in creation continues as His purpose is fulfilled. The new man has a new nature, which is the true image of God. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Heavenly Places - Ephesians 1:3

Ephesians 1:3 ESV 
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,

Ephesians 3:10-11
so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord,

Ephesians 6:12
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

The heavenly places may be more complicated than we might commonly think. There are spiritual blessings mentioned in 6:12, but we see something else. A dark side resides there. In fact, this is the source of evil that attempts to bring about our defeat. Our spiritual armor defends against attacks from this enemy of God. 

The heavenly places may be the new creature born in the spiritual world and transferred into the kingdom of heaven. It is within man that darkness opposes the light and flesh opposes the things of the spirit. The chief battle field for the soul lies in the heart of man. 

A son of God is challenged by the flesh one hand and the spiritual forces of evil which God allows to prove and refine the man. His will and purpose for creation is a new creation resulting from His mercy and grace. This will prove the wisdom of the Lord in both heaven and earth. 

The heavenly places in view may be seen as the temple of God which are present in the world. This would be the people of God, the church, who are called the stones of the new temple. We are the living temple of the living God, a heavenly place if one defines heaven as the presence of God. The effects of the spiritual battle are manifest on earth and it is in creation that the will of the Creator will find it's completion. Heaven and earth will be joined as pictured in the union of Adam and Eve. 

No one can dispute that the battle is for our souls. This is why we must put on the full armor of God in this spiritual battle we find ourselves. 

These heavenly places will at last be revealed when the sons of God are revealed. The new creation will be unveiled in the form of those "mansions" Jesus said He would prepare for us: our new bodies that match our spirits as we fully enter the life of our eternal Father. 

Monday, September 14, 2015

Who Are Mature - Philippians 3:12-16

Philippians 3:12-16 ESV 
Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. Only let us hold true to what we have attained.

Paul was in process like we all are in process. We are being prepared just as Jesus said  He would when He left. He was between the call on that road to Damascus and the upward call from God that will come. In between Jesus says, "follow me," Being mature in Christ does not mean we've obtained perfection, only that we have drawn closer in our walk with the Lord.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Your Life Is Hidden - Colossians 3:1-4

Colossians 3:1-4 ESV 
​If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Our life is hidden with Christ in our very bodies. This is where the Spirit/Christ dwells, in the heart of each believer. The new man is reborn, but still remains in this mortal flesh. 

When Christ is revealed we will be revealed. He is where we are, to the glory of God. 

Saturday, September 12, 2015

No More - Hebrews 10:15-18

Hebrews 10:15-18 ESV 
And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying,
“This is the covenant that I will make with them
after those days, declares the Lord:
I will put my laws on their hearts,
and write them on their minds,”
then he adds, 
“I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”
Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.

When we confess our sins believing in Christ, they are remembered no more. There is no judgement for our sins awaiting us before God because Christ has removed that judgement with His blood. We are blameless in His presence, just as Christ is blameless. We are in His presence now, for we have the Holy Spirit. We are in the body of Christ because He is in us. 

Friday, September 11, 2015

Take Away The Stone - John 11:38-44

John 11:38-44 ESV 
Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.” When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.” The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

Our body is slain in sin yet we live a creaturely life drawing breath and crawling on the earth shared with every other creature. We live, but in a cave of spiritual darkness. We are wrapped in the grave clothes of our deeds. This is our life without the light of the world. 

Jesus calls us to come out. The call is individual. Each is called and must answer. Each must decide between the darkness and the light. Darkness is everywhere, but the light shines in the darkness and reaches into the darkest corners. His voice can be heard in the most remote crevice. No one is forgotten in the offer of grace. He comes to the world and into our world. He stands at our door and says, "Come out!" He takes away the stone of our imprisonment. We now have a choice. 

He does not enter the cave. He calls and Lazarus must come. The kingdom of heaven draws near to everyone, but entering requires a response on our part. 

We emerge with the wrappings of the grave. In His light the removal of the wrappings begins and is replaced with the covering of His righteousness. 

He has rolled away the stone of our graves by rolling away the stone of His grave. The stone of stumbling has been removed. The milstone of our inprisonment has been thrown into the sea. The judgement for our sin is no longer attached around our necks. We are free to stand straight and look around a new world of freedom. 

He is the way. We are free to follow. 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

To The Saints - Ephesians 1:1-2

Ephesians 1:1-2 ESV 
​Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, 
To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus: 
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

All true believers in Christ are saints. Paul confirms that here in these verses. Therefore it would be correct for all of us to have St. before our names. We have been selected for this honor by the highest authority: The King of Kings and The Lord of Lords. The process of consideration is complete. The decision has been rendered. 

For those who believe and follow Christ, we are the saints and sons of God. He is faithful and predestined this path and destination before the foundation of the world. We choose to believe. He then chooses us, all and whoever believe. For God so loved the world...

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Will Not Be Hurt - Revelation 2:11

Revelation 2:11 ESV 
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who conquers will not be hurt by the second death.’

Once made alive in Christ, we do not die. We will shed this mortal body when it wears out, but our new life in Jesus is eternal and joins Christ in a different and infinite way. 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Whoever Loves God - 1 John 4:20-21

1 John 4:20-21 ESV 
If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.

We are to love our brother because Christ is our brother. We are to love God because Christ is our God. This is why the love of God and brother cannot be separated. We are one in the Spirit. 

Monday, September 7, 2015

She Gave Me Fruit - Genesis 3:9-13

Genesis 3:9-13 ESV 
But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

The man died spiritually and became invisible in the kingdom of heaven as his light was extinguished. He entered the darkness that covered the earth. God could still see him for all things are laid bare before His eyes. Adam realized he was bare, or naked in God's eyes as well.

The man ate what the woman had eaten, but it was the woman that was deceived. This may be seen to foreshadow Christ taking on the sin of man on behalf of His bride the church. He did this knowingly and with love to redeem her. 

Eve bore a man with God's help. From this seed would come the Son of Man, born from above through the Holy Spirit. This would enable the sons of God to be reborn into the new creation God intended all along. The eating of the forbidden fruit enabled the fruit of the Spirit to spring forth. What the Devil meant for evil, God used for His purpose and it is very good. 

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Worth Knowing - Philippians 3:8-11

Philippians 3:8-11 ESV
Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

We follow in Christ's footsteps. He died to defeat sin. Likewise we must die to sin in the same way. He has shown us the way and is the way. Becoming like Him in His death we become like Him in His life. 

He made a decision to lead the way. We make a decision to follow. It is worth it. 

Saturday, September 5, 2015

What Has Happened - Philippians 1:12-18

Philippians 1:12-18 ESV 
I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. 
To Live Is Christ
Yes, and I will rejoice,

Why do bad things happen to good people? Who says they are good or bad? That determination often changes down the road, when viewing the same thing from a different perspective and place. The Lord sees everything in its entirety, from beginning to end. We see in part, and it's a small part indeed. 

Paul sees the good in the face of bad things, how the Lord can use a situation regardless of how it might appear to us. In the end we will have the full view of the intent and wisdom of God. The gospel will advance because it is good news and offers the hope of the world. This has happened and is happening. 

To live is Christ for He is the way. Bad things happened to Christ, but it was a good thing. 

Friday, September 4, 2015

Suffer - Philippians 1:29-30

Philippians 1:29-30 ESV 
For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.

The Greek word for suffer (πάσχω paschō) can be positive or negative depending on the context. It is how one thing affects another. It can be said that both apply when considering anything done for the sake of Christ. While the blessings of the heavenly places are beyond imagination, the suffering that can come at the hands of the world is a possible and likely outcome in this wilderness journey. 

Christ is in conflict with the world and we who are in Christ are part of that conflict. We are called out of this world and thus we are different, holy and set apart. The gospel is incompatible with the world and the world is opposed to this unnatural thing because it is supernatural. Natural cannot comprehend the supernatural. 

We are now Christ in the world and the world has not changed. 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

This Mystery Is Profound - Ephesians 5:22-23

Ephesians 5:22-33 ESV 
Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

This passage has sparked lively conversation at times. Paul tells us he is using the relationship of husband and wife to teach the mystery of Christ and the church. We see a repetition of the creation story of Adam and Eve becoming one flesh. This pictured God's plan to join heaven and earth in the body of Christ. We become one flesh as sons of God. We will be revealed when He returns for His Bride. 

What God joins together becomes one. He told us this from the beginning. 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

More And More - Philippians 1:9-11

Philippians 1:9-11 ESV
And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

Paul's prayer seeks continual spiritual growth for these new Christians to the glory and praise of God. It is not a matter of getting your ticket punched for entry into heaven. It's about living the life of God which transforms us into the image of God. 

Love will abound if it is received and lived. The source is measureless and eternal: God Himself. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

You Do Know Him - John 14:4-7

John 14:4-7 ESV
And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

Jesus answers Thomas with a three-fold declaration of who He is. 

The Way - Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Word of God, the Spirit, God. 

The Truth - the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, God. 

The Life - God, Jews Christ, the Spirit. 

If you've seen Jesus, you've seen God. If you have the Holy Spirit, you have God. To know one of the Trinity is to know them all. 

The Way, The Truth, The Life