Thursday, May 25, 2023

Orange Moon Thursday, May 25, 2023 “Living For God, Living From God” Part 3 - “Wonder”

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

"Living For God, Living From God"


Part 3 - "Wonder"            



     "Truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ" (I John 1:3).

    The original Greek root word for "fellowship" expressed by the Apostle John - koinonia - means a shared participation, based on common interests.  John declares such a bond of mutual devotion to be with God the Father and God the Son (and by implication, as revealed and implemented in us by God the Holy Spirit).  This blesses us as an answer to a prayer offered by the Lord Jesus just before He went to the cross, where He served as the means by which the prayer was, and will be eternally answered.

   "Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on Me through their word, that they all may be one; as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in us" (John 17:20-21).

   Our best response to such truth must surely be wonder, that is, a deep inner stillness whereupon we have the sense that must have overwhelmed Moses' heart when the Lord called to him out of the burning bush: "Put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground" (Exodus 3:5).  If able, perhaps we even kneel upon our knees and descend further to our faces upon the realization of God calling us to Himself, and even more, into the fellowship of Himself - "one in Us."  Indeed, consider that the infinite Creator and Sustainer of all things, glorious beyond all imagining, views those who trust the Lord Jesus in terms of "us."  In Christ, we are "we" with God.  "If a man love Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him" (John 14:23).

   Certainly, we seek to understand this truth as best we can.  Facts - doctrines and teachings of Scripture - do exist that help us to respond and "walk in the light of the Lord" (Isaiah 2:5).  We learn and assimilate them as best we an in order to know that we actually walk with God in the genuine fellowship of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit according to the truth of Scripture.  However, we must never wander far from wonder.  The deep inquiry of the spirit must ever accompany our journey - "How can this be?!"   

   "In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and His train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of His glory. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone!" (Isaiah 6:1-4).

   The Lord has done great things for all who believe.  Among the greatest is that He has "undone" us.  The glory that illuminates us also blinds us.  The grace that elicits praise also stills our lips.  The love we know in Christ "passeth knowledge" (Ephesians 3:19).  God has called us into the eternally ancient fellowship of His triune being - "one in us."  We indeed do well to take our shoes off on this holiest of grounds.  We live for Him by living from Him, by Him, through Him, and in Him.  No one has yet begun to offer full explanation of such a marvel, nor will any be forthcoming.  We can only seek to know as much as possible, seeking the light that ever reveals wonder as our most holy, knowledgeable, and proper response.

"O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!  How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord?  Or who hath been His counselor?"
(Romans 11:33-34)
"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
   "In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him."
(I John 4:9)






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