Thursday, 1 July 2010
Allow me for a moment to attempt to condense the entire Christian life and experience into a simple geometric shape. I wish to speak to you about a circle, not just any circle but the perfect circle, of Our walk with Father, Son and Holy Spirit. No I’m not talking about the movie “the perfect storm” rather something greater than a convergence of air and water but of the perfect interconnected unity of what I call the perfect circle. Now I will begin to paint you a picture. Imagine a circle at the top was the word “Relationship”, and upon the right and the left the words “Faith” and upon the bottom the phrase “The Word of God” (or “The Bible”). All of these are dependant on another in our walk with God and we must have all in order to achieve motion. Remove either relationship or the Word and you are left with a stagnant pyramid of either legalism which lacks relationship. Or a stagnant pyramid of Lawlessness which has no Word (biblical truth). Remove Faith and it all collapses into the dust of dead religion, according to 2 Timothy 3:5 “having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof” or as the Lord said in Mark “Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.” However when all is in order you have perfect spiritual perpetual motion.
Allow me to deconstruct this . I will begin with the two pillars of faith. Let me first sum up Faith with Hebrews 11:1-3 “1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good report. 3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” Faith is considered pillars because it fulfills the dual roles of fueling/motivating/sustaining of Relationship and our ability to receive/act/preach His Word. We find in Hebrews 11:6 the fact that our relationship with God hinges on our faith in him Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him”. Faith allows us to believe, accept and trust in His character, love and Covenant.
Faith also allows us, compels us to believe in God and it fuels our ability to believe His words and in a paradoxical fashion empowers his words to create more faith as we see in Romans 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God
Now onto the Word or The Bible, our cornerstone, our foundation, our rock. Of all the other aspects this is the only one we can truly hold in our hands and permeates into our hearts. It is the written record of God’s acts and character and how we are to walk in relationship with him and all those around us. It is a faith factory and a stadium of contention to those outside of the covenant relationship with Jesus. A Bible without faith is merely a paper weight or a rule book, but it is so much more than ink on paper. Just as John spoke of in His Gospel; John 1:1-4 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” The Word is connected to God in an inseparable way, and we must accept that fact that the two are one and it is by the measure of faith given to us that we are brought into that union. Or if we don’t accept this truth we shall be like those spoken by the writer of Hebrews, Hebrews 4: 2 “For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.”. Even Jesus made the comparison of those who followed His words and those joined to Him in Luke 8:21 “And he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it.(see also Luke 11:28)” Once again we see the union of Relationship, Word and Faith in the lives of His followers. We cannot escape this circle. Consider Jesus in the wilderness and the answer he gave to satan in Matthew 4:4 “But He answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” The word is our life it is our daily bread, true manna sent down from above to raise men up.
Finally our Relationship, how many pages could I fill on this subject on the power of His mercy, the steadfastness of His Covenant. The glory He possesses and pours out on those who love, obey and trust in him. Shall I remind you of Deuteronomy 28: 1-2 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: 2 and all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God. God above, the Lord Jesus the Messiah and the Holy Spirit poured out into our hearts these are the reasons to pursue all else they are the end all be all the source and reason of all. Jesus rightly said in Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the
, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” There is no higher call than to follow after the Lord to seek him in all things. Yet our ability to follow, serve, love hinges on our faith in Them and the words They have spoken to us. kingdom of God
Therefore allow me to piece this all together. Consider the day you were adopted into God’s family through the redemptive power of God received through your action and acceptance. Perhaps one day you thought to your self “hey maybe there is a God” (faith) and later you wondered “can I get to know him more (relationship), then some one you know stirred you up (faith) and showed you the way through the Word of God in the Bible. So you believe what you saw in the Bible, and then you act in faith and enter into a relationship with the trinity. Now you have faith that He exists and you believe Him and His word, your faith grows to believe more of the Bible, which draws you closer to God and in turn increases your faith and you trust more His Word. Which solidifies your place as a son or daughter, and by faith births a right to believe and act on his word. Your faith grows and you rely on His love and power all the more which builds your faith to hold fast all his commands and promises. This perfect circle is not just contained in the miracle of salvation, no it lives in us in every action we commit. Every time we call out to the heavens, every time we read and study scripture. Every time we worship in church and with those close to us. Whenever we are with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit this circle is turning, and this process will continue over and over again, unless you abandon either your Relationship, The Word of God, or our Faith