WHAT ABOUT THE COMMAND TO LOVE OTHERS?

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HOW THE UNSEEN IS SEEN

“By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.” Hebrews 11:3 NASB

Everything that can be seen by the physical, human eye is really only a manifestation of the unseen. What a mind-blowing thing to think about. We are instructed in the scriptures to walk by faith and not by sight because what is seen is only temporary but the unseen things are eternal.

The Apostle Paul learned to walk by the Spirit of God in the unseen and longed for others to do the same. He wrote to the Ephesians “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling…” Paul understood that it would take revelation from God to enable them to “see the unseen” but it didn’t prevent him from continuing to tell them. I too pray that we might all come to see the truth about who God is and who we are in Christ. Until then I will gladly remind any who are willing to hear in the hopes that God might grant them eyes to see.

If you continue to read a few more verses, in the first chapter of Ephesians, you will discover that believers in Christ are actually an expression of Christ. Paul says, “God made Jesus head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.” So many times we hear expressions such as “Your body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit” or we are the “body of Christ”, but are we really hearing it? This is telling us that we are the body of Christ! We are the means by which Christ is expressed in the world. Christ is living his life in and through those that have placed their faith in him and his work on the cross. What an amazing thing to see!

TRYING OR TRUSTING

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God gave us his commandments to show us we are sinful and are in need of a Savior. Some folks haven’t yet learned that God never thought we could keep the commandments. They truly believe God is pleased by us keeping the law. Now I am not saying that he wants us to break the law either, but who is it that he expects to keep it?

The Apostle Paul tells us in the letter to the Galatians that the law is our schoolmaster to lead us to Christ.[1] In other words the law was given to show us our need for a savior. He never for an instant thought we could keep it. In Romans Paul told us “that by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”[2] So without the law we wouldn’t know we needed a Savior. Now that we see our need we can call out for salvation.

Some think that salvation is Jesus coming along side of us to help us to live the Christian life. The truth is we couldn’t obey the law; so why do we now think we can live the Christian life? The whole reason for giving us the law was to reveal our inability to keep it and to show us our need. Once having received Christ, in the form of the Holy Spirit, He comes to live within and  keeps God’s law through us.

God’s plan all along was to dwell in us. We are in fact the Temple of the Holy Spirit that lives in us.[3] We were created to contain God not to run about trying to become like him. Learning the purpose for our existence is quite alarming at first. We have always lived under the lie of trying to do better and learning to be like Christ. Once we see what the law was for, and that we can’t perform up to God’s perfect standards, we will give up on trying to be like Christ. “If righteousness comes by the law then Christ is dead in vain.”[4]

The way to salvation is in trusting a perfect Savior to live his perfect life from within a human vessel. We are to stop trying to be like Jesus and just let him be himself from within us. After all, was it not Lucifer (Satan) who said, “I will be like the most high?”[5] Wasn’t it this same lie to Eve that she would be like God that lead to the downfall of man? The key to life is to stop trying to be perfect and start trusting the one who is, and his name is Jesus Christ.

Written by Louie


[1] Galatians 3:24a

[2] Romans 3:20

[3] 1 Corinthians 6:19

[4] Galatians 2:21

[5] Isaiah 14:12-14