Just as the distinguishing factor of God's presence revealed in one place but not another is the evidence of His working, so the new beginning in one circumstance, as evidenced by the fulfillment of His promise to come into that circumstance, is the confirmation of His blessing. Hallelujah for the day that He says, "From this day forward I will bless you."
Christ gives His life in abundance, for He is love. He calls upon the believer to be as a result, "abounding" in the work of the Lord. All becomes possible in the work of God when we realize that He has provided all that we need in Christ in abundance, to be abounding.
When the individual is confronted with the truth of God in Christ, it is not in order just to inform him of Christ's existence. It is to lead the individual to the conviction that Christ is the savior of men, the Shepherd of our souls, and the King eternal whom we shall all see and worship one day. That conviction of the Spirit leads the individual to truly believe in Him. True faith is proven by true surrender of the life to Christ, for time and eternity.
How great is God? Perhaps we need to define greatness. Greatness covers a multitude of criteria when we speak of God, from the vastness of His nature to the multitude and magnitude of His works. One thing is for certain. We cannot grasp fully this God. It is only in the measure that He reveals Himself to the heart using the truth, that one comes to know Him more and more.
The cross is a point of no return, for it is both the symbol of Christ's victory over all the power of the enemy, but also, the point of death for all that is of sin, self, and Satan, in the life of the believer. Crucified with Christ, the believer is not the servant of sin anymore. He or she is the child of God, set free from sin and death, to live by the power of Christ's resurrection life.
God is the giver of every good and perfect gift. One gift that comes uniquely from Him is repentance, that blessed understanding, resolve, and action of turning from sin, self, and the devil, to turn to Christ alone to be saved, and kept for eternity. When conviction comes to the heart, and the heart cries to God to be saved, the Lord grants the power to the individual to turn away from all that is not of God, to turn to Him wholly. Is it a perfect turning? No, but it is an action and attitude of the heart which God responds to, for to all that come to Him, He will in no wise cast them out.
The measure in which the believer can truly worship God in Spirit and truth, will be greatly determined by the knowledge of the truth of His nature, person, and ways. God is a God of truth. To seek to worship Him in any way other than according to the truth is to find Him partially. God does not bless the lie but reveals Himself to the heart according to the truth. This is why in our pursuit of Christ to know Him, there must be the pursuit of the truth.
If there is one certainty about true Christianity, true faith in Christ, it is that when the Spirit comes to dwell in the heart of an individual, that life changes. It is not primarily a change on the outside, but inwardly. The inward change is effectuated by the Spirit, working in the deep recesses of the heart to lead, guide, provide for, and reveal the blessed life of Christ. This is the revelation of God in His glory through the life.
Evil, if left unchecked, will always increase and expand, until it has destroyed all in its path. In the eyes of God, the issue in dealing with evil is always the point at which evil will not receive any testimony, or witness of the light. It is at that point, when there is no more hope of receptivity, that judgment is certain to come. God's intervention in His mercy and grace is the only way evil can be countered and defeated. This Christ did perfectly on the cross, and will one day be fully manifested.
Throughout the thousands of years of Biblical history, as revealed in the word of God, there is a dominating theme, and reality. God loves the world, those who are in the world. This reality is the bedrock for faith, for not only is God a faithful God who will do all that He has promised, but the motive for which He declares it is love for his creation. His love is everlasting, and the testimony of it is revealed most fully in Christ.
It is the will of God that we have peace with God, by faith. It is the will of God that we leave peaceably with all men, in the measure that it is possible. It is certainly the will of God that we have peace among the brethren in the body of Christ. But there are times when peace is not an option.
God alone knows God's timing, with regard to an event, or specifically to His working. It is only as we wait upon God, that He responds to such faith, by revealing what He will do, and when. The certainty about this matter is that when God declares that He will do something at a certain time, He will definitely do it.
The call of God to man, with regard to the revelation of the glory of God in nature, and in the Lord Jesus, is that of faith, faith in the faithfulness of God. To the one who will call upon God in sincerity and honesty, God will answer, giving to that one faith to come, and receive His grace and mercy...and the blessing of eternal life.
What is involved in receiving all that God desires to give? Is this not the blessing of God? How is it received? "All is in Christ, by the Holy Spirit, for the glory of God, all else is nothing." Herein is true blessing, to know Christ, and the power of His resurrection.
The Lord Jesus Christ is not only our Life, Light, and Love, He is also our wisdom, righteousness, redemption, and sanctification. In the matter of Him as our sanctification, it is in the appropriation of Him by faith, deliberately and decisively, that we partake of His Life, and are conformed to His image. By the Spirit, Christ reveals His life in us, through us, that the world may know that He is God.