OF and FOR and THROUGH

From 1 Corinthians…

“to us there is one God,
the Father,
of Whom are all things,
and we for Him;

and one Lord,
Jesus Christ,
through Whom are all things,
and we live through Him.”

–1 Corinthians 8:6

How wonderful that we are OF and FOR Abba Father God; having originated from Him and intended to go to Him. What everlasting love and unending belonging there is in this!

And God has provided His Way for all to come to Him…

How wonderful that we are THROUGH our Lord Jesus Christ. What care and concern and redemption and restoration there is through Jesus!

Thank You Abba Father In Jesus’ Name…for YOU!!!

Lord of my death

Lord of my death
Lord of my weeping
Lord of my loss
Lord of my wounds
Lord of my illness
Lord of my unbearable pain
Lord of my heavy, light suffering
Lord of my unending, momentary affliction
Lord of my weakness
Lord of my fear
Lord of my despair
Lord of my uncertainty
Lord of all
Scoop me up into arms that hold to the ages
Out of time and out of dying life
Take me into wonder that I have slightly tasted
Into Your death and unending Life
Spread out Your Lordship over all of my being
Precious Lord Jesus
Lord first and last
God’s final Word forever
Have the last say!

“He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Most gladly therefore I will rather glory in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest on me. Therefore I take pleasure in weaknesses, in injuries, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then am I strong.”
–2 Corinthians 12:9,10

“Therefore we don’t faint, but though our outward man is decaying, yet our inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is for the moment, works for us more and more exceedingly an eternal weight of glory; while we don’t look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
–2 Corinthians 4:16-18

The Power of God’s Words

Those who had come to know Jesus took Him seriously. They had profound respect for Him. They stood in awe of Him as Lord and God. They hung on every word that proceeded out of His mouth. When He even suggested the idea that John could remain alive throughout history and not die until Jesus returned to the earth, word spread that it would be so, because they had come to understand that anything Jesus spoke would inevitably come to pass. They were convinced He could do anything He spoke! They knew that if Jesus said the word, it would be done — would be created, would come into being — just as he said. O how so many have lost this childlike and profound conviction of the Lordship and complete Authority of Jesus!

O Lord Jesus, we stand in awe of You, Lord and God of all. Come and accomplish all that You desire. Speak and it will be done! Command and it will stand fast! Only say the word! And it will be done as you say.

JESUS SAID…

Jesus said to him, “If I desire that he stay until I come, what is that to you? You follow me.” This saying therefore went out among the brothers, that this disciple wouldn’t die. Yet Jesus didn’t say to him that he wouldn’t die, but, “If I desire that he stay until I come, what is that to you?” -John 21:22,23

JESUS CRIED WITH A LOUD VOICE…

Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Didn’t I tell you that if you believed, you would see God’s glory?” So they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. Jesus lifted up His eyes, and said, “Father, I thank you that you listened to Me. I know that You always listen to Me, but because of the multitude that stands around I said this, that they may believe that you sent Me.” When He had said this, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” He who was dead came out, bound hand and foot with wrappings, and his face was wrapped around with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Free him, and let him go.” Therefore many of the Jews, who came to Mary and saw what Jesus did, believed in Him. -John 11:39-45

HE SPOKE…

Let all the earth fear Yahweh. Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. For He spoke, and it was done. He commanded, and it stood firm. Yahweh brings the counsel of the nations to nothing. He makes the thoughts of the peoples to be of no effect. The counsel of Yahweh stands fast forever, The thoughts of his heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is Yahweh, The people whom he has chosen for his own inheritance.
–Psalms 33:8-12

MOVING BEYOND FLESHLY THINKING…

If we are still thinking of Jesus as a little baby lying in a manger, or even as a little boy debating in the temple, or a 33 year old man walking the earth, then we must stand up and move along.  We must become convinced of Jesus as the everlasting and almighty Lord and God of all Whose purposes and plans transcend time and physicality:

“Even though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now we know Him so no more.”  –2 Corinthians 5:16

This is the Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things which must happen soon, which he sent and made known by his angel to his servant, John, -Revelation 1:1
Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, including those who pierced him. All the tribes of the earth will mourn over him. Even so, Amen. -Revelation 1:7
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” -Revelation 1:8

“Behold, I come quickly. My reward is with me, to repay to each man according to his work. -Revelation 22:12
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. -Revelation 22:13
I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify these things to you for the assemblies. I am the root and the offspring of David; the Bright and Morning Star.” -Revelation 22:16
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” He who hears, let him say, “Come!” He who is thirsty, let him come. He who desires, let him take the water of life freely. -Revelation 22:17
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with all the saints. Amen. -Revelation 22:21

 

Freedom in Jesus

Matthew Henry on Colossians Chapter 2…

“He takes occasion hence to warn them again: “Wherefore, if you be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are you subject to ordinances? Colossians 2:20. If as Christians you are dead to the observances of the ceremonial law, why are you subject to them? Such observances as, Touch not, taste not, handle not,” Colossians 2:21,22. Under the law there was a ceremonial pollution contracted by touching a dead body, or any thing offered to an idol or by tasting any forbidden meats, &c., which all are to perish with the using, having no intrinsic worth in themselves to support them, and those who used them saw them perishing and passing away or, which tend to corrupt the Christian faith, having no other authority than the traditions and injunctions of men.–Which things have indeed a show of wisdom in will-worship and humility. They thought themselves wiser than their neighbours, in observing the law of Moses together with the gospel of Christ, that they might be sure in the one, at least, to be in the right but, alas! it was but a show of wisdom, a mere invention and pretence. So they seem to neglect the body, by abstaining from such and such meats, and mortifying their bodily pleasures and appetites but there is nothing of true devotion in these things, for the gospel teaches us to worship God in spirit and truth and not by ritual observances, and through the mediation of Christ alone and not of any angels. Observe,

1. Christians are freed by Christ from the ritual observances of Moses’s law, and delivered from that yoke of bondage which God himself had laid upon them.

2. Subjection to ordinances, or human appointments in the worship of God, is highly blamable, and contrary to the freedom and liberty of the gospel. The apostle requires Christians to stand fast in the liberty with which Christ hath made them free, and not to be entangled again with the yoke of bondage, Galatians 5:1. And the imposition of them is invading the authority of Christ, the head of the church, and introducing another law of commandments contained in ordinances, when Christ has abolished the old one, Ephesians 2:15.

3. Such things have only a show of wisdom, but are really folly. It is true wisdom to keep close to the appointments of the gospel, and an entire subjection to Christ, the only head of the church.”

Eye witness

Peter was there and saw it himself, along with two others:

Therefore I will not be negligent to remind you of these things, though you know them, and are established in the present truth. I think it right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up by reminding you; knowing that the putting off of my tent comes swiftly, even as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me. Yes, I will make every effort that you may always be able to remember these things even after my departure. For we did not follow cunningly devised fables, when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For He received from God the Father honor and glory, when the voice came to Him from the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” This voice we heard come out of heaven when we were with Him in the holy mountain.
–2 Peter 1:12-18

What did they see? Here is Matthew’s account of what they saw:

After six days, Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John his brother, and brought them up into a high mountain by themselves. He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as the light. Behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them talking with Him. Peter answered, and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you want, let’s make three tents here: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them. Behold, a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Listen to Him.” When the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces, and were very afraid. Jesus came and touched them and said, “Get up, and don’t be afraid.”
–Matthew 17:1-7

This fisherman, Peter, saw the majesty of God’s Anointed Son…Jesus. Years later, as Peter neared death, he could be found continuing to describe to people what he saw and heard back on that mountain. What he had witnessed had changed him and given birth within him a conviction that would remain until, and through the midst of, his murderous death by the Romans. After seeing the Son of God, Peter had been ruined to his old self and to the careless world around him. Peter saw the revelation of the glory, honor and majesty of the Son of God, and he needed to tell everyone who would listen before death would silence him. From that day on, Peter “remembered the Lord.” It was not just what he did, but it was what he was from the changed depths of his being. The burning conviction within him needed to make sure that, after his death, we could read and understand his eye witness account and, with the convicting power of the Holy Spirit, come to believe into and experience Jesus for ourselves. The knowledge of the Son of God can be ours — first hand and experiential — if we will humble ourselves to receive the eye witness testimony and hear what the Son of God is saying… if anyone thirsts!