Friday, September 22, 2017

“Further, Higher, Deeper"

    "Further, Higher, Deeper    

   We never know any Biblical doctrine so well that we can rest on the status quo of knowledge and understanding.

   "If any man think that he knoweth anything, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know" (I Corinthians 8:2).

    Consider the doctrine of God Himself.  Perhaps the simplest Scriptural truth declares that there is one God.  "God is one" (Galatians 3:20).  However, Scripture also teaches that God is triune, plainly identifying Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as the three Divine persons of the Godhead.

    "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ" (I Peter 1:3).
    "Unto the Son He saith, Thy throne, o God, is forever and ever" (Hebrews 1:8).
    "But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Spirit, and to keep back part of the price of the land?  Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? And after it was sold, was it not in thine own power?   Why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart?  Thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God" (Acts 5:3-4).

    In this holy light, the simplest teaching of the Bible casts us to our faces in the realization that we can never completely comprehend any doctrine.  We can know God's truth well enough to enter into relationship with Him and walk faithfully in the light of His presence and involvement.  The truth nevertheless commands that we bow before its transcendence, including every doctrine that we may rightly but never completely understand.  While humbling upon first realization, no more thrilling thought should fill our hearts and minds as we recognize that fresh journeys into God's light ever await us as we seek Him in the pages of Scripture and the pathways of life.  "Come further, climb higher, dive deeper" beckons the Holy Spirit to God's trusting children in Christ.  Again, this includes every doctrine we hold dear, be it those that seem so simple a child can understand, and those so complex as to bewilder the most mature among us.

   "Nothing yet as we ought to know."  God's infinite nature and truth means that wherever we may find ourselves along the path of righteousness, our venture into His light has, in real terms, just commenced.

There is no end to the quest we know,
forever beckons on.
For we soar in skies so bright and blue,
above all clouds of storm.

Yes, we fly into the heart of God,
as in His Son we trust.
And earth will soon be nothing more
than long forgotten dust.

So spread your wings and catch the wind,
o journeyman of hope.
And race toward horizons blessed
with those who also know,

That the quest of hearts is Jesus,
He is our shining sun.
It matters not how far we've come...
the journey's just begun.

"But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  To Him be glory both now and forever, Amen."
(II Peter 3:18)

Weekly Memory Verse 
   Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
(II Peter 3:13)

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