The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"The Twin Rails"
"The Lord Jesus leads us to the Bible, which leads us to the Lord Jesus, who leads us to the Bible, which leads us to … and the eternal cycle of grace and truth in the Savior and the Scriptures ever proceeds."
The supremacy of the Savior and the supremacy of the Scriptures serve as the twin rails upon which born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ make our journey along the path of righteousness.
"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).
"Order my steps in Thy Word" (Psalm 119:133).
The living Word and the written Word form and inform our relationship and fellowship with God. The Lord Jesus leads us to the Bible, which leads us to the Lord Jesus, who leads us to the Bible, which leads us to … and the eternal cycle of grace and truth in the Savior and the Scriptures ever proceeds. This perfectly aligns with our nature as human beings, given by God the capacity for personal knowledge and rational understanding. We can know our Lord in living fellowship as we walk by faith, and we can comprehend His truth as we walk in the light of Scripture. Both rails must be in place for our journey to begin and proceed, even as the Lord Jesus declared, "They that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth" (John 4:24).
In salvation, we meet Somebody, and we believe something. The gospel presented facts to our minds, and Christ Himself to our hearts when first we trusted the Savior. We met Him as we believed the truth. Or did we believe the truth as we met Him? It was both, of course, because we embark upon twin rails when coming to the Lord. The Savior and the Scriptures also lead us in our fellowship with God after we believe. We know Him as we better understand His truth, and we better understand His truth as we know Him. Omit or deemphasize one rail to the minimizing of the other results in an incomplete response to God, and thus, an unnecessary weakness in faith and faithfulness. Of wayward Israel, the Lord addressed both sad failures: "Thou hast not known Me… My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge" (Isaiah 45:4; Hosea 4:6).
"In Thy light shall we see light" (Psalm 36:9). The illumination of the Savior opens our eyes to the Scriptures, and the illumination of the Scriptures opens our eyes to the Savior. Or, the order may sometimes be the Scriptures, and then the Savior. Either way, the supremacy of the Savior and the supremacy of the Scriptures must be resident within our hearts and minds in order to "worship Him in spirit and in truth." God made us for such response, and the new birth makes possible a journey along the dual rails of knowing Him and understanding His truth. Yes, the Word of God, both living and written, lead us in a life that fills and fulfills both heart and mind…
"This is life eternal, that they might know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent."
"With all thy getting, get understanding."
Weekly Memory Verse
With all thy getting, get understanding.