The Special of the Day... From the Orange Moon Cafe...
The living Word, the Lord Jesus Christ, is "the Word made flesh" (John 1:14). The same can be said about the written Word, the Bible: "the Gospel of God, which He had promised afore by His prophets in the holy Scriptures" (Romans 1:1-2).
Somehow the infinite God took upon Himself the limitations of a humanity birthed in Mary's womb by the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit. Moreover, God also breathed His words by the same Holy Spirit though the human agencies of men, resulting in a perfectly reliable declaration of truth despite being communicated through the weakness of men. The Lord Jesus exists as both Divine and human, as does the Bible, the Word of God as written through prophets and apostles. We can and must trust both revelations of the Lord Jesus Christ, devoting ourselves to Him personally, and seeking Him always in the light of Scriptural authority, doctrine, and history.
"The hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth" (John 4:23).
A true journey with God involves traveling along two rails of truth. We must worship Him "in spirit," that is, we seek God's heart with our hearts, as led and enabled by the Holy Spirit. "The Spirit of truth will guide you into all truth" (John 16:13). We must also worship our Lord by loving and consecrating ourselves to His written Word, the Bible. "Thy words were found and I did eat them. For Thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of my heart" (Jeremiah 15:16). We cannot love the Lord Jesus apart from the Scriptures that are completely devoted to His glory and revelation (John 5:39). Nor can we love the Scriptures apart from living relationship and fellowship with their holy Subject (Luke 24:13-27). Both rails parallel one another to maintain our progress as we venture with God by faith in this present life.
The living Word and the written Word. The Lord Jesus and the Bible. Spirit and truth. The Person and the doctrine. Our relationship with God began in the subjective and objective realities of both rails. It continues accordingly. We cannot truly know our Lord apart from the light of Scripture. Nor can we genuinely understand or respond to Scripture apart from personal fellowship with Him through the indwelling Holy Spirit. Two rails. Our journey with God ever proceeds along both, and we do well to constantly keep in heart and mind the absolute necessity of the living and the written Word of God.
"In Thy light shall we see light."
Weekly Memory Verse
Put them in fear, o Lord, that the nations may know themselves to be but men.