The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"Purity of Purpose"
Proverbs reveals the purity of purpose in God's Word, inspired by the Spirit of God to reveal God the Father and God the Son.
"Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? Who hath gathered the wind in his fists? Who hath bound the waters in a garment? Who hath established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son's name, if thou canst tell? Every word of God is pure" (Proverbs 30:4-5).
"Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God" (I John 4:15).
"Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?" (I John 5:5).
The Apostle John declares God's presence resides in our hearts through our faith in the relationship between the Father and the Son. Moreover, the Apostle affirms our triumph in the challenges of life proceeds by keeping near in heart and mind the truth of Christ as the Son of God. Little wonder then that all Scripture would directly or indirectly bear witness to the Divine bond of the Father and the Son whereby our own union with God becomes actual and realized. "Whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son" (John 14:13).
Why is the relationship between the Father and Son so thematic in Scripture and in the Holy Spirit's working in our lives? The answer is found in the Savior's prayer recorded in J0hn 17, just before He suffered and died on the cross of Calvary.
"This is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent… And the glory which Thou gavest Me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one, I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be made perfect in one… I have declared unto them Thy name, and will declare it, that the love wherewith Thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them" (John 17:3; 22-23; 24; 26).
The Lord reveals in this most illuminating of all Scriptural prayers that human beings exist to be the dwellingplace of God wherein the Holy Spirit reveals the relationship of love eternally known by the Father and the Son. Little wonder then that the Word inspired by the Spirit would either glimmer brightly with such truth in many passages, or promise such light to come in others. Again, we became believers by believing that Jesus is the Son of God. We overcome the challenges of life by affirming the same truth. Realizing this purity of purpose in God and Scripture will go far in helping us to better understand and interpret the Bible. Thereby, we will more faithfully walk with our Lord for His glory by realizing the relationship between Father and Son that now wondrously dwells in us through the Spirit. The Apostle Paul most directly and succinctly states this hope of glory, and we close in the wonder thereof…
"Because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying Abba Father."
"The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit which is given unto us."
Weekly Memory Verse
Rejoice in the Lord, ye righteous, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holiness.