"The Train of Truth"
"The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth" (John 1:14).
If we desire to worship God in spirit and in truth as purposed by our Heavenly Father, we must look to the Lord Jesus Christ. In Him dwells the grace that fosters personal devotion to our Heavenly Father. In Him also resides the truth that illuminates our understanding of what it means to genuinely know God. In His earthly lifetime, our Lord embodied both living relationship with God the Father, and determined devotion to the Bible's "Thus saith the Lord." Thereby He journeyed upon the dual tracks of the train of truth.
"I know Him, for I am from Him and He hath sent Me" (John 7:29).
"Thy Word is truth" (John 17:17).
Christ the living Word directs us to the written Word. The written Word points us to Christ the living Word. The Lord Jesus is the Bible personified; the Bible is Christ in print. "The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us… Search the Scriptures, for in them ye think ye have eternal life, and they are they which testify of Me" (John 1:14; 5:39). To travel upon the track of personal truth, we look to the Lord Jesus. To maintain our spiritual journey on the track of doctrinal truth, we look to the Lord Jesus. He enables us to know our Heavenly Father as more than a principle and concept, but rather as a living, wondrous, and personal Being. Christ also serves as our primary motivation for staying close to the warm hearth of Scripture, whereupon burns the flame of truth that illuminates truth and incinerates falsehood. Our Father made us as spiritual beings in our essence, but as earthly beings in our environment and function. Thus, we must and can know Him deep in the heart. But we must also understand His truth with our minds and in terms of fact and reality. As the Lord Jesus affirmed, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart… and with all thy mind" (Mark 12:30).
The train of God's truth travels on two tracks. God's working in us involves both personal and propositional reality, as does our response to Him. The Lord Jesus directs us upon both rails by the example of His life, the education of His Word, and the edification of His Spirit within us. He calls us to worship God in spirit and in truth, having made a way for the glorious journey of heart and mind. Subsequently, our lives reflect the presence in us of the living Word, and the truth known in us by the written Word. This is life, life upon the twin rails of genuine worship as traveled in the train of truth, the train of Christ and the Scriptures.
"Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him; the eyes of your understanding being enlightened."
Weekly Memory Verse
"These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."