The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"To whatever degree we have discovered our Heavenly Father's truth and trustworthiness, His heart awaits further exploration whereby we more and more discover a faithfulness that 'reacheth unto the clouds.' "
"These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God" (I John 5:13).
The Apostle John calls those who already "believe on the name of the Son of God" to "believe on the name of the Son of God." Does this imply redundancy on John's part?
Certainly not. The Apostle rather calls us to realize that God purposes the saving faith of our new birth to serve as the beginning of greater and greater believing as we walk with God throughout our earthly lives. The Apostle Paul joins John in calling believers to "walk and to please God more and more," that is, to increasingly know and trust our Lord in the faith that pleases Him (I Thessalonians 4:1; Hebrews 11:6). To whatever degree we have discovered our Heavenly Father's truth and trustworthiness, His heart awaits further exploration whereby we "more and more" discover a faithfulness that "reacheth unto the clouds" (Psalm 36:5). Regardless of how far we have ascended into the heights of realizing the "cannot lie" of God's immeasurable nature, the Holy Spirit ever beckons to fly higher into the glory that we can "trust in the Lord with all thy heart" and never be disappointed (Titus 1:2; Proverbs 3:5).
We do well to frequently still ourselves and express gratitude for whatever of God's faithfulness we have learned in walking with Him by faith. Having believed, however, we must believe. This implies no redundancy, but rather realization of an infinite God whose heart of trustworthiness can never be known completely. Further steps of belief therefore always await us as "the path of the just shineth more and more unto the perfect day" (Proverbs 4:18). This day will offer many of those steps. Let us avail ourselves of the opportunity as believers to do that which our title suggests…
"That believing, ye might have life through His Name."
Weekly Memory Verse
Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6)