The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"The Word (Living) and the Word (Written)"
God's eternal purpose rides on two rails, the supremacy of the living Word, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the supremacy of the written Word, the Bible.
"The Word was made flesh.. The Word was God… that in all things He might have the preeminence… Thy Word is truth… Thou hast magnified Thy Word above all Thy name" (John 1:14; 1:1; Colossians 1:18; Psalm 138:2).
No believer can go wrong in seeking to install the Lord Jesus and the Bible as our dual guiding lights. The written Word reveals and exalts the living Word. The living Word personally fulfills and confirms the written Word. Focusing on one to the exclusion of the other either leaves us lifeless without personal fellowship with our Lord, or deceived as we fail to know Him in terms of truth. The Lord Jesus affirmed the two rails in His discourse to the woman at the well:
"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" (John 4:23).
We must know God "in spirit," that is, we must enter into living and personal relationship with Him through faith in Christ and the gift of the indwelling Holy Spirit. We must also know our Lord "in truth," that is, we must believe on the Lord Jesus of Scripture in order to be saved, and to live a life that reflects His presence and working in our hearts. Without Christ, the Bible can only be known as text. Without the Bible, we may worship a false Christ referred to by the Apostle Paul as "another Jesus" (II Corinthians 11:4). We must therefore worship in spirit and in truth if we are to journey on the twin rails of a genuine walk with God.
"In Thy light shall we see light" (Psalm 36:9).
In the light of the Bible, we see Christ. In the light of Christ, we understand the Bible. No other way of worshipping and relating to God exists than the synthesis of the living Word and the written Word. Let us establish within our hearts and minds the dual determination to know our Lord in living fellowship, as guided by His Word. Our journey with God began in the salvation that came to us by the Person of Christ, as revealed by the pages of Scripture. Our journey ever continues in the same way, on the rails of the living Word and the written Word.
"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."
"Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened."
Weekly Memory Verse
I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be forever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before Him."