The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
The train of the Christian life travels along two rails, namely, the preeminence of the Savior and the preeminence of the Scriptures.
"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 1:18).
"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" (II Timothy 3:16).
The living Word and the written Word unite to lead us in faith and faithfulness. Without the personal presence of the Savior, the Christian life would be little more than a moral and philosophical exercise in futility and frustration. Indeed, "walk even as He walked" would constitute the cruelest of hoaxes (I John 2:6). In the same vein, without the guiding light of Scripture, growth in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus would be impossible, as would realizing errors in doctrine and application. We would inevitably be misled by "another Jesus… another spirit… another gospel" (II Corinthians 11:4).
Our Savior reigns supreme in the living reality of what it means to be a Christian: "to live is Christ" (Phillipians 1:21). The Scriptures reign supreme in leading us to know, love, worship, trust, and obey the true and living Christ - "Thy Word is truth" (John 17:17). As creatures possessed of heart, and thus, of potential for personal fellowship with God, the Holy Spirit's imparting of the life of Christ must exalted as the very Life of our lives. As creatures possessed of mind, and thus of understanding God's truth, the Bible's imparting of truth must be exalted as an absolute necessity in confirming we know the true Christ.
The beloved old hymn resounds with such truth beautifully and succinctly:
"Jesus loves me, this I know. For the Bible tells me so."
Yes, the train that transports us in relationship with God travels upon these two rails, the supremacy of the Savior and the supremacy of the Scriptures. We will not get far in our journey if we minimize either. We will go far, however, if love for both the living Word and the written Word conveys our hearts and minds unto glory.
"But 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. God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth."
Weekly Memory Verse
O taste and see that the LORD is good, blessed is the man that trusteth in Him.