God’s Satisfaction and Rest
“After God has what He desires, He rests. What then brought rest to God? What was it that gave Him such satisfaction? During the six days of creation there were light, air, grass, herbs, and trees; there were the sun, the moon, and the stars; there were fish, birds, cattle, creeping things, and beasts. But in all these God did not find rest. Finally there was man, and God rested from all His work.”
What Really Happened in the Garden of Eden?
Most of us are familiar with the story of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. (If you’d like a refresher, you can read it here.) The disobedience of Adam and Eve is usually what gets our attention in this story, and this makes sense. Disobeying God is a serious matter.
But have you ever wondered what was so bad about eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil? How could doing that lead to the fall of all mankind? And when God told Adam and Eve not to eat of that tree, was He testing them, just to see whether they would obey Him?
Eternal Life in Christ Jesus Our Lord
Romans 6:23—“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Note 3 on eternal life says: “Eternal life is the very life of the Triune God Himself. This life has been imparted into us on the basis of our having been justified by God, and it is now spreading throughout our being through sanctification and transformation. This will result in our being conformed to the Lord’s image and our being brought into the Lord’s glory, that we may be made suitable to have a part in the manifestation of His glory (Col. 3:4).”
Cross-reference “b” on eternal life leads us to these verses:
How to Get Life from Reading the Bible
In a previous post, we discussed how important it is to know that the essence of the Bible is the Spirit. Since only the Spirit can give life, for us to get life from reading the Bible we need to contact the Spirit in the Word. By receiving life, we’ll be spiritually nourished, and by that nourishment, we’ll grow in Christ. So being able to receive life from the Bible is crucial to our Christian life.
Turning Our Heart to the Lord
“When our heart is turned to the Lord, the veil is gone. So many people say, ‘Oh, why don’t I have guidance? Why don’t I know the Lord’s will?’ But the problem is, where is their heart and in what direction is their heart? Their heart must be turned and tuned to the Lord. When I was young, I used to pray over 2 Corinthians 3:16 nearly every day, ‘Lord, cause me to turn my heart to Thee.’ Oh, it works! Just try it. Before you read the Word in the morning, first of all, turn your heart to the Lord. The veil will be gone and there will be light. The veil which is between you and the Lord will be taken away by turning your heart to Him, and you will see the light.”
What Is Christian Growth?
How do we grow as Christians? Is it by accumulating more Bible knowledge, or accomplishing more Christian works? Perhaps it’s by developing our Christ-like virtues. These may be our concepts about what it means to grow as a Christian, but Christian growth according to the Bible is not a matter of knowledge or self-effort. It’s entirely a matter of the growth of life.
Receiving Mercy and Finding Grace for Timely Help
Hebrews 4:16—“Let us therefore come forward with boldness to the throne of grace that we may receive mercy and find grace for timely help.”
Note 2 on mercy says: “Both God’s mercy and God’s grace are the expression of His love. When we are in a pitiful condition, first God’s mercy reaches us and brings us into a situation in which He is able to favor us with His grace. Luke 15:20-24 tells us that when the father saw the prodigal son returning, he had compassion on him. That was mercy, which expressed the father’s love. Then the father clothed him with the best robe and fed him with the fattened calf. That was grace, which again manifested the father’s love. God’s mercy reaches farther and bridges the gap between us and God’s grace.
How Can God Be Three yet One?
As believers, we should be clear concerning what we believe. One of the major tenets of the genuine Christian faith is what we believe concerning God. We believe that:
God is eternally one, and this one God is eternally the Father, the Son, and the Spirit; yet the three, being distinct, are not separate.
The above statement speaks of God being the Triune God. This truth concerning God is profound and, of course, cannot be treated fully in a blog post. We’ll only briefly discuss it here with a few points and verses in a basic way.
The Main Function of the Word of God
“All Christians know that the function of the Word of God is to reveal God to us. Although this is true, this is not its main function. The main function of the Bible is to impart God into us as life and as the nourishment of life. It is not only to give us knowledge about God and His love, but to impart God Himself into us. Whenever we read the Bible, we should not merely try to know or understand it, but take something of God’s essence into us just as we take our food. Then, like food, this substance will be assimilated into our very being.”
What Is the Bible In Its Essence?
We may not often think of the word essence in relation to the Bible, but the Word of God does have a particular essence. If we want to grow in Christ, it’s critical for us to know what that essence is.