Thursday, November 17, 2005

A Firm Foundation

Jesus said, “you believe in God, believe also in Me.”
I have just finished reading some of the most wonderful words. Words of promise and hope. Words that bring warnings yet joy. You may have already guessed that the words were from the Holy Bible. I have read them before several times, but this time was different. I know it is true that His words are living and each time I read them I learn something new. Now this may not be any grand epiphany, but it is a simple truth that we often forget. I don’t know why I forget, but at times like this I’ll rejoice that He lets me relearn things. The words were those of Jesus to His disciples and to those who believe in Him. From the book of John chapters 14-17. I can’t even write on them, but I insist and wish that you who believe will read them and be blessed! Read them over and over feasting on each verse (as odd as that may sound). There are sooooooo many verses that I wanted to use. About His love for us, His promises, our role as believers, our hope as children of God, the glory of the Father, the reason of existence, and the truth found in His word. But in the end I think that just as He teaches me He can teach you so much more than I ever could.

My only advice is this, that while reading the chapters you accept and believe that everything Jesus says is true(why wouldn't you anyway right). I know that sometimes when I read, I get into a mode, so to speak, of taking the book I’m reading as a story and not as fact. And so I have to remind myself when reading His word that everything is true and profitable for me. He is who our lives in Him are to reflect. His teaching is better than any you’ll find in the latest novel or sermon.

So rejoice in what you read, for He is coming again and has given us His Spirit of truth.
Wow!!! The God of the universe, of the smallest atom and largest galaxy, of the air we breath and blood that flows in our veins, He has chosen to reside with us... in us. Even if we were disobedient sinners, He said that His very words have made us clean. I’ve said this before, but can I really say it too many times? It is after all a wonderful thing. His Spirit has sealed us and He died to take our place. Why, because He was obeying God the Father who so loved the world that He sent His Son. Oh the deep, deep love of Jesus, vast, unmeasured, and boundless.

I’ll end with a verse that speaks a glorious truth, from a prayer of Jesus to the Father.
“Now this is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent. John 17:3"


gospeloflove said...

The picture doesn't really have anything to do with this blog I just thought it was cool!

Bassmaster Fehr said...

Your blog was a good reminder of some simple truths that I think many of us often overlook or forget about unknowingly. I too often forget to look at the Bible as more than just stories, so it was a helpful reminder that everything in it is truth, and nothing less.

my 5 cents said...

good blog john. i'm with you on the "why do we forget these simple truths?" kick. perhaps our forgetfulness is actually a blessing as it forces us back to the word and back to relying on the Holy Spirit.

the Bible is more than a story, yes. however, we must be careful not to read it as a text book or as a resource for finding information or doctrine. story and truth are so intertwined within the word itself that they cannot be separated, so much so that the message of the text flows as much as from the story itself as it does from the truth within the story. story and truth together combine as one to form living and active Word.

gospeloflove said...

Where does the church's doctrine come from if not from the Bible?
If we have the Holy Spirit in us and the mind of Christ guiding us, then I think that we will learn information from reading His word. Of course if God is the author of the Bible then He is the only one who could ever explain it to us properly.
I'm sorry to say that I don't think I fully understand what you are trying to say.

Yogger said...

How did you get those pictures for a background and on your title??

gospeloflove said...

Kyle, I just fiddled around with my template, by adding some pics from url's. It's pretty easy and works quite well on the template type you've chosen too( How do I know that? I tried it on that type as well).

Anonymous said...

I would like to know what you mean by firm foundation? Do you mean we should literally build our house on a firm foundation? I don't know how to build a house so I'm not sure I can. But I'd like more information about firm foundations.

gospeloflove said...

No, this isn’t about us building a house, I’ll leave that until my blog on carpentry 101. I wasn't referring to a foundation of concrete, cement, or a sandy beach. The firm foundation I was referring to was Jesus Christ. He is the only foundation that will last for eternity. It's not about our building a firm foundation, but it's about our having a firm foundation in Him. You don't have to be a good carpenter or know how to build a house. He will do that for us. He is the way the truth and the life and there is not a firmer foundation found in all of creation apart from Him.

my 5 cents said...

hey john, its good to be reminded of Jesus' words in these texts. they really are full of life. i think you have inspired my next blog (well, rather it was Jesus' words in John 15, but kudos to for leading me back!)

the Parasitic Blogger said...

I've decided to become a parasitic blogger. And this is my first blog as a parasite! All very exciting... at least for me. I was trying to think what on earth I could write about on my very first blog of all time. Well, since I coined the term "parasitic blogger", it's seems logical that I would blog about 2 of my new favorite things.
1. Blogging
2. Coining terms/phrases
well, that's about all I have to say about that... not because I don't have a wealth of earned wisdom on these subjects, but if I don't end this right now, I miss my ride, and I'll have a long walk in the cold wintery evening. So see ya later... I'll pick this up again later.
Talk to you soon sport fans!