Here is a short list; a sampler, if you will, of who we are:
Temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16)
Reflections of God’s glory (2 Corinthians 3:18)
God’s workmanship (Ephesians 2:10)
dearly loved children (Ephesians 5:1; 1 John 3:1)
Light (Ephesians 5:8)
Dead and raised with Christ (Colossians 3:1-3)
God’s chosen people (Colossians 3:12; 1 Peter 2:9)
A royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9)
A holy nation (1 Peter 2:9)
Saints (Colossians 1:12)
Heirs (Romans 8:17)
Joint heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17)
Apart from God, this is nothing more than grandiosity.
Because of Jesus and in Him, however, this is reality!
It has been several years since I maintained a Lenten discipline. This year, however, it seems like a life giving thing for me to do.
Philippians 4:8-9 came to mind as the basis for my discipline – “Whatever is true, noble(honorable), right, pure…think on these things. Whatever you have learned, put into practice. (the lifehelps revised version)
The focus of my discipline is to reflect on what God is saying about who He is, who I am in Him and what He has or wants for me. This may seem rather basic, but I find that it is easy to get distracted.
The first word in Philippians 4:8 is “true.”
Here is an exerpt I copied from Bible Hub.com:
“what can’t be hidden”) stresses undeniable reality when something is fully tested, i.e. it will ultimately be shown to be fact (authentic).”
Hmm, what can’t be hidden. I am immediately reminded of a paradox:
There are several Bible verses that talk about mystery and how God hides things; then there are at least as many about revelation, hearing, seeing and knowing. I think the key to this is that we cannot know God apart from Him. We need Holy Spirit to reveal and quicken God’s word to us. We need His conviction, confirmation and direction. To “know” God is not about collecting factoids; it’s about personally experiencing and becoming acquainted in a relational sense. That is a life-long journey.
“stresses undeniable reality when something is fully tested.”
If there is one thing about God, all that He is, says and does that brings me great strength and comfort, it’s that He can be “fully tested” and He’ll come out true every time! A lot of things in life can seem very real; yet when they are really tested or challenged, they fail. Any lie is subject to such a fall. What God says is; we can depend on that.
“It will ultimately be shown to be fact (authentic.)”
That’s the kind of truth I want to hold on to: Real, authentic, reliable, eternal, indisputable!
Lord Jesus, lead us into truth; your Word is truth. Amen.