SATURDAY 23RD SEPT.,2017
TOPIC: THE GOLDEN GIFT
TEXT: John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me…”
Faith in Christ is different than any other kind of faith and it is not found in the Old Testament. In the New Testament, the word means believing into Christ, suggesting movement. Faith in Christ means moving close to Him in trusting love. It is an embrace….and he extends his arms to you today. This kind of loving embrace between man and his Maker comes only through Christ. Nobody in the Old Testament days could think of such a thing. God was a Spirit- another kind of being, too awesome to be approached except with fear and trembling. [John 4:23-24] Yet one inspired book in the Old Testament Scriptures touches the heart of a new experience: the Song of songs, a lyric of love that gathers up all its word of supreme love in one phrase “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine”.
This was an attitude towards God that nobody understood, until Christ came. Are you not glad that you can live and walk in a full understanding of how much he loves you? Faced with his reality, ordinary people in the gospel suddenly knew that he was the savior, a swift revelation followed by complete commitment. “13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.” John 16:13-14. No longer was faith for the rare individual, as in the Old Testament. Somehow Calvary does what the awesome manifestations of Sinai could not do. Jesus is the great faith – creator. He himself said that “no man comes to the Father except through me”. He does not point to a way, He is the Way! Today by faith, live and walk in a full understanding of how much Christ loves me.
MEDITATION: Eph. 1:16-19, 3 Jn. 2
2 Sam. 19, 2 Cor. 12, Ezk. 26, Ps. 74