If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. This is no mind game, or product of brainwashing. His life in us, and the revelation of Himself to us, ought to be what governs our entire lives. So why is this so lacking today? Because the Body of Christ has missed the boat. Or, to teach people how to get God to do what they want Him to do. Or, often we think that the goal of the Christian life is to come to understand the meaning of Bible verses.
But how do we become mature in Christ? If the church, in general, were operating according to the will and purpose of God, how would this all work out in making people mature in Christ? Well, first of all, we would be teaching people not only the necessity of carrying their Cross daily, but HOW to walk with Jesus in that way. Life comes only from death.
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Thus, in order for Jesus to be experienced, the flesh must be crucified. Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.
But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. So then death worketh in us, but life in you.
Of course people object to this line of teaching because, to them, it seems so negative. Yes, He does. If you have done everything you know to do to seek Jesus Christ, through faith, obedience, and surrender, but it has turned into disaster, either eternally, or internally, this may be why.
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But you had no clue as to the Cross. The Cross, which is the life of Christ in us bringing down OUR kingdom, may bring you to an absolute despair over yourself. God will orchestrate the scene of our crucifixion. We must obey and follow where He leads. God will often use circumstances which expose our great NEED. And that is exactly what we will experience if we will die the death God has before us. For example, theology tells us that we ought to die daily, that He might live through us. We just read that from the above passage. But is this really happening?
All of this is actually the mark of true discipleship. Did Jesus say: "If any man would be My disciple, let him pick up his theology and follow Me? Did He say: "If any man would be My disciple, let him get ready for a big party? He said that to follow Him, we must pick up our Cross. The Cross is the instrument of death.
And there is more in us that must die that we can imagine. Yet on the other side of the Cross is a resurrection. If you want peace, joy, and love, and all of those good things, they are in Christ alone. But you need to be crucified out of the way first. Jesus also said, "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. Rather, Jesus was talking about experiencing God Himself. He was saying that eternal life embodies, not only the fact that you are saved, but embodies the on-going revelation of God Himself.
We have been seeing that it means much more than simply an intellectual knowledge of facts, or of the meaning of Bible verses. To know God speaks of an inner, experiential knowledge. That may shock some people. Others may object, thinking that I am saying there is revelation outside of the Bible.
That a knowledge of Jesus Christ comes by revelation. There are a group of Christians today, who think that sitting and reading the Bible, and then chewing on what the verses might mean, is what revelation is all about. Sort of like revelation is nothing more than a big Bible study. Somehow, these folks have little frame of reference for the revelation of the Holy Spirit showing us Jesus through the trials of life.
There are people everywhere today, with degrees in theology, and years of experience in the church, but with no real knowledge of Jesus Christ. These people have much brainpower, and have often learned the techniques of operating in churches and ministry. But in the eyes of God, this means little. To learn facts about Jesus Christ is good.
It is necessary. We see this in this same epistle to the Ephesians:. This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
Eph Few of us have a clue as to just how drastic of a change this requires, or what is necessary to make it possible. And it is the inspired Word of God. Opened to what? Open to what all that he is teaching means. Open to the Christ about whom Paul is writing.
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Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him : The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places.
If the revelation to us of the Truth, of the Person of Jesus, simply consisted of our understanding of the meaning of Bible verses, or facts ABOUT Christ, Paul most certainly would not have to pray for us or them in this way. All he would need to do, in that case, is explain to them the meaning of what he is writing. But Paul nevertheless prays that God might give them, "the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. Not facts about Christ. Neither is it a prayer that they might increase their brain power, and finally understand his theology.
He knows that this is the only way they will really understand anything he has written them. And the Bible itself states that this is exactly the way the Holy Spirit works. If you have the Holy Spirit in you, and you do if you are saved, then that same Holy Spirit is, right now, seeking to guide you into all Truth. Jesus said so. Or, to put it another way, the Holy Spirit, right now, is seeking to reveal to you the Person of Jesus Christ.
The beginnings of this work may come in the form of theology, or understanding of the Bible.
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But in the end, the Holy Spirit wants to reveal to you a Person. Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets, Amos Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father, Matt. The Spirit will guide you into all truth and will show you things to come, John If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, James Alma fasted and prayed for revelation, Alma Things never revealed will be revealed to the faithful, Alma Those who deny revelation know not the gospel of Jesus Christ and do not understand the scriptures, Morm.
Ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith, Ether