Sunday, January 22, 2023

Orange Moon Sunday, January 22, 2023 "Nothing Yet As We Ought To Know"

The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…


              "Nothing Yet As We Ought To Know"         



    Regardless of how long we have read, pondered, and studied the Bible, the truth abides that "if any man think that he knoweth anything, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know" (I Corinthians 8:2).

    Of course, this does not mean we cannot know the Scriptures well enough to walk with God in faith and faithfulness, and to communicate its truth to others.  Certainly we can, and certainly we must.  However, even the most seemingly simple Biblical truth bears an eternal reality and magnitude that transcends our complete understanding by an infinite measure.  Consider, for example:

    "There is one God" (I Timothy 2:5).
    "And the scribe said unto Him, Well, Master, Thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but He" (Mark 12:32).
    "Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well" (James 2:19).

   Few more basic declarations exist in the pages of Scripture than the thrice-repeated declaration, "There is one God."  We might think we could easily grasp the meaning of such a simple statement of truth.  What further understanding and explanation could be required?  This might be true - except for the fact that the Bible also teaches the living and true God to be triune (perhaps the reason for the thrice-repeated declaration above).

    "Thou art my Father, my God, and the rock of my salvation" (Psalm 89:26).  
    "Unto the Son He saith, Thy throne, o God, is forever and ever" (Hebrews 1:8). 
    "But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Spirit?... Thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God" (Acts 2:4-5).

   In the light of this Trinity of glory, the simple truth of one God becomes sublimely wondrous beyond all human comprehension.  The Bible unapologetically and unreservedly proclaims God's unity in plurality, and His plurality in unity.  Thereby, we find that even the most basic Scriptural truth reveals we know nothing yet as we ought to know.  

   Few convictions should more grace our hearts with gratitude and humility.  We appreciate what our Lord has revealed to us through His Word and by His Spirit as we have heeded the command, "Call unto Me and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not" (Jeremiah 33:3).  However, we do so with the humble realization that an eternal God and infinite truth mandates we ever view ourselves as just setting out on our voyage upon an Ocean without shore or horizon.  "His greatness is unsearchable" (Psalm 145:3).

   We would not want it any other way.  The thrill of anticipation and discovery will forever bless our hearts as we sail further into the boundless Being of God, and the immeasurable glory of His light.  This day offers such possibility as we acknowledge and seek to live by truths we may know, but always in the recognition of "nothing yet as we ought to know."  Yes, the simple fact of one God dwelling in Triune glory confirms that His truth ever offers both sanctifying understanding and the wonder of His goodness and greatness being "past finding out" (Romans 11:33).

"In Thy light shall we see light."
(Psalm 36:9)
"The blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords, who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see, to whom be honor and power everlasting. Amen."
(I Timothy 6:15-16)

Weekly Memory Verse
     Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is.
(I John 3:2)












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