The appearing of our Savior is the historically revealed evidence as to what God purposed “before time began.” In addition, although humankind experiences physical death, Christ has abolished it by rendering it ineffective. This fact should remain the focus of our faith. Faith knows whom we believe and not merely, what we believe. Faith is more than understanding a particular promise; it knows Jesus Christ, the Author, and Finisher of our faith. Faith is focusing on the Person behind the promise more than the promise itself. Vital faith rest in Christ Jesus, abides in Him, and cannot separate from Him by any circumstance or power. Faith is the outflow of a continual walk with Jesus, knowing Him in whom we believe. Faith comes by hearing and knowing truth, which Christ is and this truth makes us free.
Most of humankind has many concerns concerning the lives in which they live on a day-by-day basis. Their lives are the motivating factor of their existence that is the driving force that consumes their reason for being alive. Some of these concerns are the need to feed self and family, dressing self and family, dwelling places, education, income status, and a standing in society. While most of humanity gives no thought to God nor His will and purpose as to His creation, they loose out on the best and greatest in the arena of life. For those who consider God and His purpose in creating humankind, they are encouraged to seek Him and His kingdom first above all else. In the act of seeking God first, a realm of life above what the world has to offer is available. In the receiving of revelation, truth becomes a form of freedom, which sets the vessel free to receive from God all things. Matt. 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you.” “All these things,” spoken of here, are usually what humanity as a whole worries over. However, God’s promise of a far better life also includes “all these things” plus what God offers. Rather than being preoccupied with material things, our ambitions should be to seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness, knowing that as we do so, He has pledged Himself with covenant faithfulness to respond.
While this way of life seems to be such a narrow path in which to walk, in reality, unto those who faithfully walk in the promises of God, the path far exceeds the riches of this world and all the material things it offers. There also remains a promise that comes from God to the unfaithful. Ezekiel 15:8, “Thus I will make the land desolate, because they have persisted in unfaithfulness, says the Lord God.” Humankind, created to bring forth fruit, results as we offer up our spirit, soul and body for God’s use. Rebellion, regardless of the form it takes, sets the stage for the vessels involved, to become desolate. We need to consider that much of man’s activities reject the truth of God’s promises to renew the whole man. Doctrines and traditions, established by man, has cut short the fulfillment of that which God has promised. Why, because man, blind with a limited understanding, does not know what to believe God for. Man, in the limitations of his carnal mind, has failed to see the complete fullness of God’s plan for the “now.” Therefore, man continually is falling short by putting most of God’s purpose off into the future. This mind-set results in becoming prisoners to half-truths, resulting in sin as we reject revelation. Isaiah 1:18-19, “Come now, and let us reason together, says the Lord, though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land.” We are to reason with the Lord, to talk to Him about any stance that begets sin. He is willing and able to remove any and every trace and stain of sin. Sin is “falling short or missing the mark.” A falling short of putting on the Christ, that all may be changed, spirit, soul, and body.
Friends, could it not be that pursuing after material things. Things that makes for success in this world, causes us to leave out the most important part, which is a pursuing after the things of God. Man needs to pursue after truth that freedom might overtake us and make us free from the prison houses of carnal success. Would it not be better to have every promise of God complete, from within, that He might add these other things to us? Remember, Jesus said, “I only do those things I see my Father do.” All other works are wages of that old death realm. Rom. 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
What then does the Father require of us? Matt. 5:48, “Therefore you shall be perfect just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” This state of perfection is the fruit of the law of love, an all-inclusive love that seeks the good of all. We are to be like the Father in also loving those who do not love us. It is possible for man to love, but not by following after carnal laws, only through the act of loving God. These actions of love proceed from the heart that is in Christ. Is this a narrow way? Maybe, but not to those who fall in love with Christ and seek to know and follow Him. (Read Eph. 4:17-24). Something happens to the new man. Where blindness bound the heart in working and lusting after greediness, he now walks in true righteousness and holiness. These things become the fruit, the nature of those who truly love God above all else. Eph. 2:10, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” The redeemed believer is God’s new creation. Before conversion, our lives had no rhyme or reason. Conversion brought us balance, symmetry, and order. We are God’s poem, His work of art. He has renovated the nature to make good works a living reality.
This is a coming into rest in God. We, by the spirit of this world were motivated to achieve success as we strive to maintain a certain lifestyle. However, no longer controlled by the things of this world, we are now heavenly minded. We can now walk with Christ, who knows not the fears that snare the minds of humanity. These fears cause men to pursue worldly things as a source of security. 1 John 4:18, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear; because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.” Fear is not God’s purpose for us, for he called us according to His purpose. “Purpose” a word meaning “a setting forth”, suggesting a deliberate plan, a proposition, an advance plan, and an intention, a design. This word points to God’s eternal purpose relating to salvation, the consummation of His great plan for His people. Rom. 8:29-30, “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, and these He also glorified.” “Glorified” is God giving us a resurrection body as the results of being justified. Psalms 82:6, “I said, you are gods [or mighty ones], and all of you are children of the Most High.”. A people called to be sons of the Most High, to come on home like the prodigals son and walk in the completeness of our Fathers house. Remember “obedience is better than sacrifice” and truth begets freedom to obey the Father’s will.
John 14:21, “He who has my commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” This word “manifest” means, “to cause to shine.” Thus, unto those who seek truth, Christ will appear, come into view, exhibit, and reveal Himself. He will make Himself visible wherein the receiver becomes free in spirit, soul, and body. John 8:32, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” The depths of this word “know” is “to perceive, understand, recognize, gain knowledge, realize, and come to know.” This knowledge has an inception, it has a progression, and it has an attainment. It is the recognition of truth by personal experience. This speaks of becoming a visible expression of an invisible God. This is freedom, freedom to express God in all things as we dwell in Him. John 3:34, “For he whom God hath sent speaks the words of God, for God gives not the Spirit by measure unto him.”