The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe
"The Two Rails"
The supremacy of the Savior and the supremacy of the Scriptures provide the rails upon which the train of our hearts must travel in our relationship and fellowship with God. We journey in devotion to the living Word, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the written Word, the Bible.
"I am… the truth… He is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence" (John 14:6; Colossians 1:18).
"Thy Word is truth… All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works" (John 17:17; II Timothy 3:16-17).
The Lord Jesus declared that "the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth" (John 4:23). We must have living and personal relationship with God through Christ, as led and enabled by the indwelling Holy Spirit. We must also walk according to the truth and authority of the Bible in order to rightly relate to God. "In Thy light, we shall see light" wrote the Psalmist (Psalm 36:9). In the written Word, we discover the Person and work of the living Word, the Lord Jesus. In the living Word, the Lord Jesus, we understand, interpret, and respond to the truth of the written Word, the Bible. Both components must form and inform our understanding of the Christian life, and our walk with God "in spirit and in truth."
This is essence. This is bedrock. This is the heart of the matter and the matter of the heart. God's Truth rides on two rails, again, the preeminence of the Savior and the preeminence of the Scriptures. Note that we are not the focus of this primary understanding of God's purposes. The Lord Jesus came first and foremost to fulfill His Father's glory and will. The Bible exists not first for our benefit, but for the glory and revelation of Christ. This does not preclude or minimize God's loving purpose of redeeming sinners or inspiring the Bible that leads us to His saving grace. The understanding does, however, deliver us from the temptation to view ourselves the main focus of God's intentions. Indeed, the Savior's redemption involves the determination "to save His people from their sins," the primary error of which is our notion of self-importance and exaltation (Matthew 1:21). Exalting the Savior and the Scriptures puts us in our proper place, and even more, honors God and His truth first and foremost.
The preeminence of the Lord Jesus Christ. The preeminence of the Bible. When these two rails are laid within our hearts, God's Spirit and Truth travel mightily and speedily upon them to honor our Lord, proclaim His Word, and bless others with light and glory. Such emphasis leads us into a life both now and forevermore beyond all wonder and imagining.
"At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" (Philippians 2:10-11).
"I will worship toward Thy holy temple, and praise Thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for Thou hast magnified Thy word above all Thy name" (Psalm 138:2).
Weekly Memory Verse
In Him we live and move and have our being.