Thursday, September 6, 2012

" Wondering”. . . Fascinated By God, and By His Truth

(Friends: during this series, the messages may frequently be longer than usual due to the subject matter.  Thanks for your patience, and I think you will find the considerations interesting, and hopefully, helpful in our walk with the Lord.  Glen)

Part 8 – “The Most Important of All Questions”

    We seek to emphasize no Scriptural truth in our devotionals more than the following:

     “Beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, we are changed into the same image, from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (II Corinthians 3:18).     “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.  For consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds” (Hebrews 12:1-3).

    Note the heart-changing dynamic whereby we increasingly become that which God redeemed us to be.  “Beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord… Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.”  Or, in terms of our current consideration, we more and more discover who God is in order to become more and more who we are as His spiritual children.

     “God is light… Now are ye light in the Lord: walk aschildren of light” (I John1:5; Ephesians 5:8).

     Human beings exist to know God in such a manner that we love Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength” (Mark12:30).  For this to happen, God must first love us, and then progressively reveal to us the character, nature and way of His devotion. “We love Him because He first loved us” (I John4:19).  The more we behold such goodness through the Bible, the involvement of the Holy Spirit in our lives, and the fellowship of other believers, the more we respond in personal devotion to our Heavenly Father. 

    “Who is God?”  The ongoing answer to this most important of all questions prepares us to experience the most important of all relationships.  In Christ, God draws nearer to the believing heart than our next breath.  Indeed, He becomes the very Life of our lives (Colossians 3:4). Certainly, we miss much of such all-encompassing reality as it vibrantly teems in our born again spirits. We can know and experience much, however, and devotion to the “Who?” of God will more and more change the “who?”of ourselves into the blessed image of the Lord Jesus. Nothing more fills our hearts, and in fact, nothingelse fills our hearts.

“Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, according as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue.”(II Peter 1:2-3)

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