Thursday, September 13, 2018

“He Is. I Am. Thou Art”

"He Is.  I Am. You Are"

    The Bible declares of God, "He is."  The Holy Spirit personally affirms of God to the trusting heart, I am."  The trusting heart responds to the doctrinal and personal Truth, "You are."

   "He is the Lord our God" (Psalm 105:7).
   "I am the Lord" (Exodus 6:2).   
   "Thou art my Lord" (Psalm 16:2).

    All three aspects of God's revelation and our response are present in true faith.  We must have proclaimed truth, namely, the doctrinal declarations of Scripture regarding the existence, involvement, and working of the Lord.  We must also have personal truth, that is, the Spirit of God must illuminate the Word of God to our hearts whereby "He is" becomes "I am."  Finally, we must have professed truth whereby we affirm the Lord's proclaimed and personal revelation in terms of "You are to me."  This constitutes God's devotion to us and our responsive devotion to Him in terms of both spirit and truth.  We worship our Lord's Person, based upon the principled truths of the Bible, and accessed by our profession of faith.  "He is… I am… Thou art."

    Trusting God requires consistent exposure to the Scriptures.  "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God" (Romans 10:17).  We cannot believe promises or obey commands that we do not know, or that we forget.  Ignorance and forgetfulness characterize much of human experience regarding the Lord. Thus, we must avail ourselves of the Scriptures God has given to maintain our awareness of His principles and revealed Truth.  We must also prayerfully walk with our Heavenly Father, seeking His personal illumination of our hearts and minds by the Holy Spirit.  "Say unto my soul, I am thy salvation" (Psalm 35:3).  It is not enough to merely know God in factual terms.  We must spiritually gaze into His face, as it were, seeking for His Light to shine in a manner that causes us to know that we know Him.  This leads to our profession that declares of the Lord, "He is."  However, faith is more than that.  Our Father will not be satisfied until we realize His personal involvement in a manner that leads to our personal awareness and affirmation.  Neither should we be content with anything less than the realization of reality and our grateful response:  "Thou art."

    "He is… I am… Thou art."  Principled truth.  Personal illumination.  Professed faith.  These constitute the triune process of God's grace in our hearts and lives, revealed by Scripture, applied by the Holy Spirit, and received by the trusting heart.  Thereby spiritual reality becomes growing conviction, which leads to living fellowship with God and the fulness of worship as declared and made possible by the Lord Jesus Christ…

"The hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth." 
(John 4:23-24)

Weekly Memory Verse
   For through Him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
(Ephesians 2:18)

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