Monday, June 16, 2014

"The Christquest"

    We "hold fast the profession of our faith" - (Hebrews 10:23) because the Lord Jesus Christ holds fast the possession of our faith - "I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day" (II Timothy 1:12).

   God's sustaining grace in Christ provides the basis and power for our ongoing faith in Christ.  To the degree we discover, embrace and affirm the person and work of the Lord Jesus on behalf, as declared by Scripture, we increasingly love, trust, and submit ourselves to our Heavenly Father.  "Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God" (Romans 10:17).  Our spiritual enemies thus seek to distract us from the Christquest, as it were, of our hearts, tempting us to forget or ignore the truth that our faith and faithfulness ever flows from the fount of our Lord's saving and keeping work on our behalf.  "Consider Him... lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds" (Hebrews 12:3).

   Considering our Savior involves our consistent exposure to the Scriptures for the purpose of fulfilling the Apostle Peter's mandate: "But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (II Peter 3:18).  Who is He?  What has He done on our behalf?  What is He doing, and what will He be doing forevermore in order to secure and enhance our grace-given and perpetuated relationship with God?  Growing understanding and answers to these questions makes possible a richer experience of the Lord Jesus along the pathways of life, wherein we also increase in our knowledge of Him as He works in our hearts and experience.  

  To "profess" Christ means that we affirm the same thing about Him that God declares to be true.  He declares that the Lord Jesus eternally vouchsafes our possession, thus constituting the truth and power of our profession.  We must join Him in this declaration, seeking to grow in our understanding and apprehending of Truth.   Thereby we find ourselves increasingly motivated and empowered to trust, obey, exemplify, and communicate our Savior.  The Christquest beckons us, based on the Christ-obtained and secured redemption made possible by our Lord's death, resurrection, and ascension.  Let us indeed "grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ…"

"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."
(Hebrews 12:1-2)

Weekly Memory Verse
   Now the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.
(II Thessalonians 3:16)

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