DayBreaks for 7/26/18: What a Mystery!
NOTE: Galen is on vacation this week and may be unable to respond to email.
From the DayBreaks archive, July 2008:
Hebrews 13:5 (NIV) – Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’
Immanuel = God with us.
John 14:16 (KJV) – And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever…
In Revelation 4:8, we have a description of the worship of the angels: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God the Almighty, who was and is and is to come.
In his excellent little book, God in the Flesh, Don Everts has focused on the “black” letters of the gospel story – not the red letters that were the words of Jesus, but the black letters that form the screenplay and commentary that captures the details that took place around Jesus, and the things that others said about him. At one point, in a chapter on worship and how people reacted to Jesus (those of clean hearts universally worshiped him!), Everts asks a very serious and probing question: “Is it really Yahweh who lives inside me? I mean, really. The Spirit of Jesus that has made a home within me – is it the real presence of fiery, jealous, powerful, divine Yahweh? Or is it a cute, lesser, diminished part of the Trinity?”
At one level, theologically and intellectually we have a very quick answer to that question: yes, it is Yahweh who lives within us. And yet…and yet…have we really grasped that the One who is worshipped by untold myriads of angels and the four living creatures day and night, who sing without ceasing to the worship and glory and praise of Yahweh – have we grasped that this is the One who lives in me? In you? How can it possibly be???? “That’s a mystery,” wrote Everts.
What difference would there be in how we live if we were able to really grasp Who it is that lives inside us? What if we really did die to ourselves so that Jesus could live HIS life through us?
PRAYER: We can scarcely believe your promises to us, to never leave us, to abide in us. These are great promises and we feel and act weak and defeated at the first hint of temptation. May we become possessed by the knowledge of your life within us, empowering us, leading and directing us, and giving us victory over sin. May we get ourselves out of the way by dying to ourselves so that You may live Your perfect life through us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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