Mat 11:27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knows the Son, but the Father; neither knows any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
I wrote last month’s newsletter on the incarnation of Jesus Christ and that pivotal moment in time when heaven and earth came together in such a way as to change everything that had happened before, everything that will happen now and in the future. It was a fairly long newsletter and I covered just about everything I hoped to in it. However, sitting down to type again this month I found my mind wandering away from the subject that I wanted to write about to one little-bitty thing that I just couldn’t find a place for in December’s letter.
It seems in some ways a small point but it’s one on which I think the whole Gospel turns, the foundation to all other things we believe. It actually came to my mind out of an incident that happened a few days ago: someone accused me of being uncooperative! Can you imagine!? Well, I can. Sometimes in holding things together the best you can, sometimes when you set up perimeters and little rules and regulations about some of your responsibilities, enforcing those guidelines can be interpreted as being uncooperative, perhaps harsh. There’s an old saying that goes: it all depends on whose ox is being gored; i.e., it all depends where you are standing as to how you describe something. I try to not get too bent out of shape when those things happen. I know the other folk have responsibilities and pressures just like I do. In this particular case, the necessity of holding onto the purpose and the integrity of this ministry required me to hold fast. Not holding possessively or selfishly, but holding on to ministry policy so that the most possible listeners benefit from the most encouragement. Now that I’ve piqued your suspicion I get to let you down by saying it really was not a life or death thing, not an ‘oh, my gosh thing’, just a simple chance in the interaction of two people to decide how they were going to manage handling something from their two different perspectives while standing on the same playing field. That’s about all I can say really, but now let me jump off onto why I even bring that up in this letter.
Well, it’s because I had to make a decision that I really didn’t want to have to make. In those moments, I always check it out with my conscience: that would be my wife! Like most of us, I would like to please everyone and not have to say no to something someone asked me to do. But the reality is that to maintain the integrity of what we do at WBVN I have to be disciplined while making hard decisions no matter how powerful the people asking. But even that’s not my point here, what’s important about this story is this: of all the people I know, all the people that think they know or understand me, Jane is that person that knows my weaknesses, my strengths, what I like, what I don’t like, my character, my interest, my motivation, my purpose. Jane knows me better than anyone. We are actually like one flesh. Intimate thoughts, tears, laughs, dreams, hopes, and heartaches have all been a part of our togetherness, or oneness, for 47 years. When someone misunderstands me, Jane knows the truth about me. When people speculate on my reason for something, Jane knows the reason and gets why I choose to do things certain ways. When I am foolish she gives me credit for being foolish, piles it on and shortcuts the chase to set me straight. Simply, Jane can answer almost any question about me that you would ask. What I do and why I do it. Nothing is hidden from her, my rewards and the failures. She knows me fully and completely. Isn’t it amazing that someone could be that close to someone and know the other person even better than that person knows themselves? Well, it’s true with her.
1 Jn 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
Well, that’s another long paragraph and I’m still not back to why, after referring to last month’s letter, that I’m singling out being misunderstood or misinterpreted for a discussion on Faith. Ok here we go. Jesus, the incarnate Christ, knows the Father in the most intimate way possible. He never misunderstood the heart of the Father, never did he not know exactly how the Father thinks, works, believes, desires, hopes, wishes, and loves. He was THE spokesman for the Heart of God. Never misinterpreted the Father’s purpose, never did not know what to think about God. He was the exact representation of the Father, Jesus reflected everything the Father had to say and wanted to do. Now I know we all say, and in some way believe, that about Jesus. But my December letter and this month’s are designed to try and take that a step further. Saying those things and even mentally believing those things with our brains still will cause us to miss the mark if we are not careful. Saying and believing asks one more step of us….Doing! Here’s my point, and don’t for a minute hear me say I’ve got this down; do hear me say that this is what I’ve been working on for 40 years. Stop the inferior living that comes from doing this Gospel our way! Jesus said in his Wisdom that there is a way that seems right to men but the end of that is calamity. The big question: Did we follow through with doing those things he said would work for us? Jesus came to tell us about the Father in the most informed, intimate way possible. Jane, having lived with me, watched me, communicated with me, knowing me as no other, could tell you a lot about me of which other people have no clue. Jesus was that to us. Matthew 11:27 clearly states that no one knows the Father but the Son. In the Greek text the inference is that no one perceives or understands the Father but the Son. Our definition of God needs to come through the wisdom of Jesus for clarity. Only one has been face to face with God.
Heb 1:2, 3 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.
What he said about the Father is Gospel! There is no debate here. We may not understand it, may wish it wasn’t so, may even rebel and redefine it, but make no mistake; Jesus and the Father were One! And, no matter what we see, what we think, what the flesh tells, every word that was said by Jesus was the real truth and everything else is a lie. Every word that was uttered by Jesus was in unity with the Heart of God. It does not take reason, logic, intellect, education, a committee, or a title to know God; to know God it takes Jesus!
John 6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
Our work, according to Jesus’ words, is to believe! Believe what? That Jesus was exactly who Jesus said he was and did the things he said he did, the little and the big things. Not just the personal miracles of fishes, healings, water to wine, but the huge world changing miracles of being our substitute and victory over all creation, of reconciling the world unto the Father. We are not just to believe his works but believe all that the incarnation accomplished as described in the December newsletter. Sometimes, in Gospel terms, inferior living is using the flesh to measure the spiritual, doing our thing and asking God to bring it on for us, sometimes asking the wrong questions therefore getting wrong answers. Life will distract us from the simple Life of believing on Christ. Sometimes we can spend our days living trivial and missing the glaring Gospel. We strangle on a gnat and miss the profound. The Gospel begins with Christ; he’s to be the center of attention, the cornerstone of our salvation, the captain of our souls. Literally, our all in all. In him is the fullness of the Godhead and by him all things hold together…powerful Savior!
Rom 8:38, 39 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
What are we to believe? We are to believe the Father’s Son.