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The Daily Word of Righteousness
Four Aspects of Our Inheritance, #3
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2—NIV)
One of the most important issues of our day is that of learning obedience to the Father. We must obey God perfectly, sternly, and joyously in every detail of life. The Lord Jesus will help us be obedient to God if we will ask Him.
God will have no disobedient children. We must learn obedience if we hope to be accepted by Him.
God the Father is so great as to be virtually unknowable. The same is true of our Lord Jesus Christ, for in Him is all the fullness of God. Christ is a representation of God that we can at least approach. Christ has become a Man so we as men might gain some understanding of Him and have fellowship with Him. Ultimately Christ shall bring us to His Father that we might know the Father also.
Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him. (John 14:21—NIV)
Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him." (John 14:23—NIV)
Let us say again that whoever has the Son has the Father also. The point is, our initial acceptance of Christ does not bring to us the fullness of the revelation and possession of the Father and the Son. Coming to know Christ, and the Father through Christ, requires a lifetime of patiently following the Spirit of God as He brings us to the Bridegroom, Jesus Christ.
When we come to Jesus Christ we discover He is the Way to God. We find ourselves in a pasture of incredible splendor and delights—waters to swim in; a river that cannot possibly be crossed. There is no end; the marvels continue forever and ever.
Whoever has Christ has all things, including all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. All that we gain in the world apart from Christ is so much garbage.
God is God and the creation is the creation. Only God is inherently, truly desirable. Nothing in the creation is inherently desirable to us. It is only as God makes some aspect of the creation desirable to an individual that it becomes truly desirable.
If something other than God were inherently desirable to us it would be an idol. Only God is to be worshiped—nothing and no one else.
Whenever the Lord sees that one of His elect is too fond of some part of the creation He moves in such a manner that this bondage is broken. No matter how much we may desire something, if God has not given it to us it is a bondage. It may appear to be a source of endless delight, but it is not. It eventually will turn to ashes.
Only God is God. Only He is worthy of our worship and adoration.
To be continued.