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Friday, April 24, 2015

Jesus Is Not On Trial

"And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment." (John 16:8)

The Holy Spirit, whom Jesus also called the Spirit of Truth, has not come into this world to fool around. He will be fund wherever the Lord's people meet, and in confirming the Word and the Person of Jesus Christ, He will demand moral action!

The Holy Spirit came to do a confirmatory work and He raised Him from the dead and since this mysterious witness is come, Jesus Christ is no longer on trial. It is no longer a question of "Was Jesus the Son of God?"

The Holy Spirit has taken that out of the realm of polemics and has put it in the realm of morals. The silent, immediate witness this penetrating voice in the conscience of men tells us that this Person was indeed the very Son of God.

Yes, the Holy Spirit's witness is to witness to the lordship and deity of the Son of God. Jesus Christ needs no more books written to prove that He is God. He needs no advocate pleading His cause before the unfriendly court of this world. He needs no witness to rise and say, "I know He is the Son of God."

The proof of the Sonship of Jesus has been removed from the realm of the intellect and placed where it has always belonged - in he realm of morals. And it is the Holy Spirit who has put it there.

Holy Spirit, convict us of the reality of Jesus' deity and bring about moral action among Your people, I pray. Amen


Total Inadequacy

"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth." (John 1:14)

None of us can approach a serious study and consideration of the eternal nature and person of Jesus Christ without sensing and confession our complete inadequacy in the face of the divine revelation.

All we can hope to do is to toddle along on our short legs and gaze heavenward, like a goose whose wings have been clipped but whose heart is in the sky. Those wings will not take her there.

Now, I have said all of this because my best faith and my loftiest expectation do not allow me to believe that I can do justice to a text that begins: "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us" (John 1:14) and concludes: "No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him" (1:18).

This is what we will attempt to do: we will walk along the broad seashore of God and pick up a shell here and a shell there, holding each up to the light to admire its beauty. While we may ultimately have a small store of shells to take with us, they can but remind us of the truth and the fact that there stretches the vastness of the seashore around the great lips of the oceans - and that still buried there is far more than we can ever hope to find or see!

May I daily continue to add to that little pile of shells that is my knowledge of You, Lord. You are great beyond my comprehension. Amen

~A. W. Tozer~

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