Thursday, March 1, 2018

"Little Word, Eternal Glory"

"Little Word, Eternal Glory"

     A friend and Orange Moon reader chides me whenever I use what he calls "big words."  I always respond that I don't know any big words, but I suppose that writing as much as I do, it is always possible I will stumble into a longer, wider ditch than usual.  :)

    This reminds me of one of the shortest words in the English Bible, but which actually constitutes the most complex of realities.  We find it very early in the Scriptural record: "In the beginning, God…" (Genesis 1:1).  The fourth word of Scripture is actually the longest word imaginable.  The three letters G-O-D offer to us an eternal mystery that will forever call us to come further in knowledge and understanding.  Indeed, apart from our Lord's self-revelation through the Scriptures and the Holy Spirit (and in a lesser illumination, by creation), we would know nothing at all about God's existence, nature, character, and way.  By His communication of Himself, we can know some, we can know more, but we can never know all.  "The King of kings, and Lord of lords, who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see" (I Timothy 6:15-16).

    No more thrilling thought exists than the wonder of our eternal voyage into the living God.  Salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ spiritually births us into the capacity for devoted, intelligent, and growing realization of who and what God is.  "No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared (revealed) Him" (John 1:18).  Thus, the discovery that begins in this life when we trust in Christ will forever continue in new scenes and vistas of God's infinite glory.  "Come further, ascend higher, dive deeper!" beckons the Holy Spirit to trusting hearts, including our own as we ponder the "wonders of His love" beautifully described by the hymn writer.  Wonders indeed as a tiny word - God - offers and promises the filling of our hearts and minds now and forevermore as we seek the most glorious reality imaginable, and in fact, beyond our imaginings…

"His greatness is unsearchable… "O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord?  Or who hath been His counselor?  Or who hath first given to Him and it shall be recompensed unto him again?  For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever.  Amen" (Psalm 145:3; Romans 11:33-36).

Weekly Memory Verse
    For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous.  But the way of the ungodly shall perish.
(Psalm 1:6)

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