Greater Works

 

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What about our works? What was St. John writing about in 14:12 when he quoted Jesus, when Jesus said.. 12 Verily. verily I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

Do you think he was talking strictly about miracles? Right after that in verse 16 he talks about giving us the Comforter which is the Holy Spirit! It is through the Holy Spirit that we even have the strength to do anything.

We as man, in our own inordinate strength, are at best, weak and feeble.

Now look at this verse John 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

So if you are in Him, you are able to bear fruit and if not, you cannot. He tells us twice in a row that we can not bear fruit unless he is in us and we in Him.

John 15:4 & 5 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

In the next verse 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

What this really means is that we think we can bear fruit, and maybe we will on our own for a while, but then when we either get weary or get tested by life's trials, we will fail and be cast forth to be consumed. Now realize this verse says (men will gather them and cast them into the fire) not God!

So unless we are filled with the Holy Spirit and like it says in 2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.

2 Corinthians 13:4 For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you.

We will be working in our own efforts!

You know I can't even write these things unless I am being led by the Holy Spirit. I've tried. I just bungle it when I am trying to do it under my own power. The wisdom that is in these writings is from God above, not from me because I am so smart. On the contrary, I don't have the ability to even make sense unless being led. My strength is in Him and Him alone, not me.

Now, He also reminds us of what I have been prompted to write about before in John 15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

I said before, as we read his word we are washed from the dirt of the world and our soul is cleansed with the living water, that only comes from Christ's Word.

This leads me to ask you, as I do myself often, am I abiding in HIM? Am I trying to live a Christ like life. Do I love God enough or fear God enough for that matter, to want to live a life that is likened unto my Lord and Savior?

2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

In conclusion: Our works, Forgiveness, Perseverance, Forbearance, Charity, Love, Meekness, Humility, Tithing, and all the things mentioned in Galatians 5:22 & 23 are fruits of the Spirit, another wards we only have limited power to exercise these if we are not in him.

22 But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Now look what we are told in Ephesians 5:6 - 17 Let no man deceive you with vain words for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them. 8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of the light: 9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) 10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. 13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doeth make manifest is light. 14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. 15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.


Intimate Theology


November 6, 2015

Do you believe this? —John 11:26


Martha believed in the power available to Jesus Christ; she believed that if He had been there He could have healed her brother; she also believed that Jesus had a special intimacy with God, and that whatever He asked of God, God would do. But— she needed a closer personal intimacy with Jesus. Martha’s theology had its fulfillment in the future. But Jesus continued to attract and draw her in until her belief became an intimate possession. It then slowly emerged into a personal inheritance— “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ…” (John 11:27).


Is the Lord dealing with you in the same way? Is Jesus teaching you to have a personal intimacy with Himself? Allow Him to drive His question home to you— “Do you believe this?” Are you facing an area of doubt in your life? Have you come, like Martha, to a crossroads of overwhelming circumstances where your theology is about to become a very personal belief? This happens only when a personal problem brings the awareness of our personal need.


To believe is to commit. In the area of intellectual learning I commit myself mentally, and reject anything not related to that belief. In the realm of personal belief I commit myself morally to my convictions and refuse to compromise. But in intimate personal belief I commit myself spiritually to Jesus Christ and make a determination to be dominated by Him alone.


Then, when I stand face to face with Jesus Christ and He says to me, “Do you believe this?” I find that faith is as natural as breathing. And I am staggered when I think how foolish I have been in not trusting Him earlier.




April 19th, 2009 - 9 rev.

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