Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Orange Moon Cafe “To Know God. To Know Ourselves”

The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe

"To Know God.  To Know Ourselves"

      The Lord Jesus Christ revealed both Divinity and humanity to us.

      "He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father" (John 14:9).
     "And 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 want to know God, we look to the Lord Jesus, who perfectly bore witness to the being, nature, character, and way of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  If we want to know the true substance and significance of humanity, we look to Christ as the only fully human being who has yet lived (being human, as defined by God). Little wonder He declared Himself to be "the light of the world" (John 8:12).  The Lord Jesus reveals to us the two most important facts of existence, and that which we must know in order to enter into truth and reality.  Who is God?  Who are we?

   The Bible, in words spoken by the Lord Jesus Himself, declares true life to be the knowledge of God.  "This is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent" (John 17:3).  Scripture also calls believers to rightly know ourselves.  "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?" (I Corinthians 3:16).  We must know both the glorious Occupant of the temple, and the humble but greatly blessed temple itself.  In Christ we see both glories, namely, our fearful and wonderful God, and our "fearfully and wonderfully made" humanity (Psalm 139:14).  Who is God?  Look to the Lord Jesus.  Who is man?  Look to the Lord Jesus.  He forever exists as the God who became man, and the man who remains God.  Moreover, He lives in believers to reveal the presence and power of the Divine, and to actualize and empower humanity to fulfill God's purpose in creating and redeeming us.  Only through Christ do we enter into relationship with God.  And only through Christ do we realize how beautiful our human faculties and members can be as He lives and walks in us.

    In Heaven and earth, there is no only like the Lord Jesus.  Thus, He is the delight of His Father and the delight of the faithful.  We give Him the preeminence in all things because He is so worthy thereof, and because Christ alone leads us to know God and to know ourselves...

"No man hath seen God at any time.  The only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath revealed Him."
(John 1:18)
"For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren."
(Romans 8:29)

Weekly Memory Verse    
   In Him we live and move and have our being.
(Acts 17:28)



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