The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
Every letter, word, sentence, verse, chapter, and book of the Bible all flow with one streaming current of theme and devotion.
"His dear Son, in whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins: who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature. For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for Him. And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist. And 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" (Colossians 1:14-18).
"The Scriptures… testify of Me" declared the Lord Jesus (John 5:39). By this, He meant all the Old Testament Scriptures that existed in His day, and all the Scriptures that would end day exist in the pages of the New Testament. The Christ purposed by His Father to have preeminence "in all things" most surely occupies this exalted place in the Book inspired by the Holy Spirit who ever seeks to "glorify" and "testify" of the Lord Jesus (John 16:14; 15:26).
When we open the Bible, we must do so with this primary thematic purpose for its existence in mind. Whether we ponder the doctrine, history, poetry, or prophecy of Scripture, its shining light illuminates the Person and work of the Lord Jesus. We may not, and in fact, will not completely see how He occupies such a place in all that we read. It is enough, however, to know that He does. Such awareness will open our eyes and hearts to glories we will miss if we read the Book apart from knowing why God the Father gave such a gift to us. As He said in the mount of transfiguration when the disciples were tempted to deflect sole attention away the Lord Jesus unto others, "This is My beloved Son. Hear Him" (Mark 9:1-7). Yes, only one primary intention must pervade our hearts when we "search the Scriptures." We must look for the Lord Jesus. Who is He? What has He done? What is He doing? What will He be doing forevermore to fulfill His Father's purposes, and to be the supply for all our needs? All other matters of Scripture will be better known and interpreted when this, The Theme, guides us in our reading, study, faith, application, and communication of God's Christ-preeminent Word.
"In Thy light shall we see light… Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path… For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (Psalm 36:9; 119:105; II Corinthians 4:4)
Weekly Memory Verse
We preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake."
(II Corinthians 4:5)