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What Greater Joy??? Bible Ballistics: Vol. 19 No. 24
“The elder unto the wellbeloved Gaius,
whom I love in the truth.
2 Beloved, I wish above all things
that thou mayest prosper and be in health,
even as thy soul prospereth.
3 For I rejoiced greatly,
when the brethren came and testified
of the truth that is in thee,
even as thou walkest in the truth.
4 I have no greater joy
than to hear
that my children walk in truth.” 3 John 1:1-4
While I know this sounds like a strange Christmas message, I wanted to take this time to remind each of us (myself at the top of that list!) that Jesus IS TRUTH! Why does that matter? Because if we aren’t walking in Jesus–IN TRUTH–then we aren’t walking the way that God would have us to walk. It was Jesus’ prayer for His own before He left this world, along with His declaration in John 14, that HE IS TRUTH! And truth is not only important–it is vital to LIFE!
“I have given them thy word;
and the world hath hated them,
because they are not of the world,
even as I am not of the world.
15 I pray not
that thou shouldest take them out of the world,
but that thou shouldest
keep them from the evil.
16 They are not of the world,
even as I am not of the world.
17 Sanctify them
through thy truth:
thy word is truth.
18 As thou hast sent me into the world,
even so have I also sent them into the world.
19 And for their sakes
I sanctify myself,
that they also might be sanctified
through the truth.
20 Neither pray I for these alone,
but for them also
which shall believe on me
through their word;
21 That they all may be one;
as thou, Father, art in me,
and I in thee,
that they also may be one in us:
that the world may believe
that thou hast sent me.” John 17:14-21
(or as I just wrote ‘accidentally’–JESUS 17:14-21, as this is His High Priestly prayer for His disciples, but also for you and me who follow Him!)
Why the focus on “truth”? Because contrary to popular belief, truth IS NOT subjective to man’s whims, but God has set truth in HIS Word, and HIS Son, whose incarnation we are celebrating at this time of year. Jesus IS truth and it’s what He has called us to walk in–with HIM, for HE IS truth!
“Jesus saith unto him,
I am the way,
and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father,
but by me.” John 14:6
Not to oversimplify, but if we claim the name of Jesus and walk in anything other than the “truth” we are being hypocritical! Yet, how can we walk in the “truth” if we don’t know “truth”, Jesus Himself? We can’t! Truth isn’t just a set of facts, although it includes facts, but it is founded in and based on the ultimate expression of “the truth” —JESUS! So, I think the question becomes rather simple; do I know truth? Do I know Jesus, and if I do, I need to know HIS Word so I can walk obediently with Him, and see God work that Word into me! (See Phil. 2:5-12)
“And we know that all things work together
to them that love God,
to them who are the called
according to his purpose.
29 For whom he did foreknow,
he also did predestinate
to be conformed
to the image of his Son,
that he might be the firstborn
among many brethren.
30 Moreover whom he did predestinate,
them he also called:
and whom he called,
them he also justified:
and whom he justified,
them he also glorified.
31 What shall we then say to these things?
If God be for us,
who can be against us?
32 He that spared not his own Son,
but delivered him up for us all,
how shall he not with him also
freely give us all things?” Romans 8:28-32
And just as amazingly, Paul reminds us of the assurance, power, and authority we have IN Him, and IN His Word when we walk according to its precepts and truth! May we take some time during this celebration and exam ourselves and see how our lives align to the life that Jesus has empowered us to live according to The Word of God. For remember, IN JESUS, we WIN!!
“Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.
34 Who is he that condemneth?
It is Christ that died,
yea rather, that is risen again,
who is even at the right hand of God,
who also maketh intercession for us.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
36 As it is written,
For thy sake we are killed
all the day long;
we are accounted as sheep
for the slaughter.
in all these things
we are more than conquerors
through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded,
that neither death,
nor things present,
nor things to come,
39 Nor height,
nor any other creature,
shall be able to separate us
from the love of God,
which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:33-39
Yet, there are a few other thoughts that I’d like to share for our consideration; Jesus told us that it wouldn’t be easy to follow Him, just as it wasn’t easy for Him to walk this earth and proclaim God’s truth to people who didn’t want to hear it! He calls us to stand fast in this “evil day”!
“These things I command you,
that ye love one another.
18 If the world hate you,
ye know that it hated me
before it hated you.
19 If ye were of the world,
the world would love his own:
but because ye are not of the world,
but I have chosen you out of the world,
therefore the world hateth you.
20 Remember the word that I said unto you,
The servant is not greater than his lord.
If they have persecuted me,
they will also persecute you;
if they have kept my saying,
they will keep yours also.
21 But all these things will they do unto you
for my name’s sake,
because they know not him
that sent me.” John 15:17-21
And praise God we don’t have to do it on our own, don’t even try!
“I am the vine,
ye are the branches:
He that abideth in me,
and I in him,
the same bringeth forth much fruit:
for without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:5. AMEN!!!