Jesus Fulfills Prophecy

March 26th, 2017

A prophecy is the future told in advance by God through a prophet.

Isaiah 48:2-5 3 I foretold the former things long ago, my mouth announced them and I made them known; then suddenly I acted, and they came to pass. 4 For I knew how stubborn you were; the sinews of your neck were iron, your forehead was bronze. 5 Therefore I told you these things long ago; before they happened I announced them to you so that you could not say, `My idols did them; my wooden image and metal god ordained them.'
 

"Isn't 'fulfilled prophecy' just a guess or luck or coincidence?"

2 Peter 1:19-21  19 And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
 

"Does the Old Testament contain any prophecies about the Messiah?"

Yes!  The Old Testament contains about FOUR HUNDRED AND TWENTY-FIVE prophecies about the Messiah.  Here is a small sample (in roughly chronological order):
 

GOD WOULD COME TO EARTH

BE BORN AS A HUMAN MALE

Isaiah 9:6-7 6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. ...  700 B.C.

Mark 1:1 The beginning of the gospel about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

John 1:1-3, 14 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.  14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

BORN OF A VIRGIN

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.  700 B.C.

Mattthew 1:20-23 20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.   21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."  22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel" --which means, "God with us."

FROM THE HOUSE OF JUDAH

Isaiah 37:31 Once more a remnant of the house of Judah will take root below and bear fruit above.  700 B.C.

Matthew 1:1-2, 16 1 A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son descendant of David, the son of Abraham: 2 Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, 16 and a later Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.

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We Have Confidence that God Will Answer Prayer

January 30th, 2017

Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise. –Hebrews 10:35-36

 

Father, I know that You are faithful and I have total confidence in Your Word. I will not allow circumstances to sway me from what I know to be true. Your Word has never failed. It is tested, tried and true. Th rough it, I have a strength and determination that overcomes all obstacles and laughs in the face of every trying circumstance. I see Your reward in front of me and I am determined to stand fast until it is manifested in my life. No matter what I face, I will endure to the end and receive what You have promised.

 

 

My Confession for Today

I confess that a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit’s supernatural power is never far away from me. A fresh surge of this power is as accessible to me as my very next breath of air! It’s just as normal for me to receive a new infilling of the Spirit as it is for a fish to freely swim around in its tank. In fact, it’s difficult for me N O T to receive this impartation of superhuman, supernatural strength for the fight. Because my heart is open to receive it, I ask God to release it into my life, and by faith I now receive this divine power. It’s mine for the taking! I declare this by faith in Jesus’ name

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Faith That Takes

December 17th, 2016

JESUS CHRIST THE SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND FOREVER.  Hebrews 13:8

 

The Substitionary sacrifice of Jesus Christ Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned--

 

Romans 5:14   Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come.

 

1 Corinthians 5:22   For as in Adam all die, so also in the Messiah will all be made alive.

 

 

Therefore, Christ was a substitute for others in that he took their place and suffered their punishment.  It was also a legal act whereby Christ fulfilled the law and lawfully paid the penalty of sin.

 

Is it biblical to say that Christ took our place and suffered our punishment?  Yes it is.  First of all, we see vicarious sacrifice in the Old Testament.

 

Genesis 22:13  "Then Abraham raised his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him a ram caught in the thicket by his horns; and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the place of his son."

 

Notice that the ram was offered in place of Isaac.  This was a substitutionary sacrifice which is exactly what "vicarious" means.  Further, we see a prophecy of the atoning work of Christ in Isaiah.  Notice the substitutionary language:

 

Isaiah 53:4-5, "Surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried; yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions.  He was crushed for our iniquities.  The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him and by His scourging we are healed."

 

We see in the above verses in Isaiah that Jesus was prophesied to bear our sorrows, to be smitten of God (which is what is due us, the sinners), and that our chastening fell upon him.  Can it be any clearer?  What was due to us, because of our sinfulness, is what fell upon Christ.  He was our substitution.

 

  • 2 Cor. 5:21, "He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him."
  • Rom. 4:25, "He who was delivered up because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification."

Clearly, Jesus was a substitution in that he was made sin on our behalf.  Just as the RAM was offered as a substitute for Isaac, Christ was offered in substitution for us.  This is why the Bible says he became sin on our behalf, that he was delivered because of our transgressions, that he bore our griefs, carried our sorrows, was pierced for our transgressions, and was crushed for our iniquities.

 

Jesus did what we could not.  He took our place and bore our sins in his body on the cross (1 Pet. 2:24) and made propitiation for our sins.

 

  • Rom. 3:25, "whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed."
  • 1 John 2:2, "and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world."
  • 1 John 4:10, "In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins."

 

The word propitiation "properly signifies the removal of wrath by the offering of a gift." Propitiation properly deals with the wrath of God. The wrath of God is due to the legal requirements of punishing the sinner.  Remember, the sinner is someone who has broken the law of God; hence, the legality of punishment, and since Jesus is our propitiation and turns away the lawful wrath of God, we have further evidence that Christ's sacrifice was to avert God's righteous wrath against us, the sinners. Since the law of God must be met and cannot be ignored, it is proper that the law be fulfilled.  Jesus is the one who fulfilled the law and never sinned (1 Pet. 2:22).  But, he bore our sins in his body on the cross (1 Pet. 2:24) and became sin on our behalf (2 Cor. 5:21) thereby suffering the penalty of sin, which is death.

 

Here is how the substitute works. Jesus Christ is God (John 1:1-18) and is therefore an infinite being. We are finite, created beings. Since the sins we commit are against an infinite being (God), the punishment must also be infinite. There are two ways for this punishment to be carried out. Either an infinite being must die once to pay for sins (the cross), or finite beings must to pay for their sins infinitely (hell). Jesus lovingly offered Himself up and died in our place when He was crucified on the cross. This was an infinite Being making a one-time payment for sins that satisfied God’s requirement (Hebrews 10:10, 14). When this happened, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). This atonement is spoken of again, in 1 Peter 3:18, “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit.”

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God Meets Our Needs

December 5th, 2016

Philippians 4:19   And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

 

Throughout Scripture, God promises the faithful that He will provide for them. Story after story demonstrates the Father’s amazing ability to satisfy His children’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. God assumes full responsibility for our needs when we obey Him. If our requests seemingly go unanswered, we must carefully evaluate ourselves. Why? Without realizing it, we may be hindering the answer to our prayer.

 

 

What does the Word of God say?

Scriptural Promises:

 

Jesus told His disciples not to worry about food or clothing (Matt. 6:25-26).

 

Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater in quality than food, and the body far above and more excellent than clothing?

 

Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they?

 

Since the Father watches over even the birds of the air, we can certainly count on Him to take care of us.

 

 

God doesn’t withhold any good thing from those who live righteously (Psa. 84:11).   For the Lord God is a Sun and Shield; the Lord bestows present grace and favor and future glory (honor, splendor, and heavenly bliss)! No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.

 

 

” When we place our trust fully in the Lord, He provides the very best for us (Psalm 81:10, 16).    I am the Lord your God, Who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.   16 God would feed Israel now also with the finest of the wheat; and with honey out of the rock would I satisfy you.

 

Biblical Examples:

  1. Abraham: The Lord allowed the patriarch and his wife to have a son in their old age.
  2. Moses: God used Moses to free His people from Egyptian bondage.

 

 

 

Possible Causes of Unmet Needs

We confuse needs with wants. We should evaluate whether our request is a longing or a necessity. Ask the Father to help you discern between desires and essentials. Remember that He knows what we lack, even before we tell Him Matt. 6:8.  Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

 

 

We claim Scripture—but out of context. Philippians 4:19 says, “My God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” This promise doesn’t apply to those who live in rebellion against Him. Sometimes the Lord will postpone answering our prayers until He can deal with an area of sin in our life.

 

 

We don’t ask. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find” (Matt. 7:7). Do you go to the Lord with your requests? If not, you can’t expect to receive those things from Him. But be sure your motives are pure, because the Father will not reward selfishness (James 4:3).

 

 

We fail to do our part. God will not do what you are equipped to accomplish yourself. For example, you should work—unless a disability prevents you from holding a job (2 Thess. 3:7-10).

 

 

We neglect to wait on God’s timing. Don’t rush into something or try to pressure the Lord. People miss out on wonderful gifts because they refuse to follow God’s schedule.

 

 

We aren’t open to the Lord’s methods. Don’t tell Him how to meet your need. Sometimes God will provide through people you don’t know or in ways you least expect.

 

 

We lose focus. When you constantly think about your need, it becomes larger in your mind, and as a result, God seems smaller. Jesus told His followers to “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matt. 6:33). This means our primary goal should be to honor the Lord.

 

 

We don’t trust God. Our Savior promised, “All things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you” Mark 11:24, If God has confirmed He’ll meet your need, then you can be confident that He will do it.

 

 

Conclusion: If you are a follower of Jesus, you have a heavenly Father who is committed to meeting your needs. But what should you do when it seems God isn’t working on your behalf? Fall on your knees before Him and pray, “Lord, show me where I am going wrong, or give me the patience to wait on You if it’s not yet time.”

 

 

Even when the Father seems far away, He never stops working in your life. God will be faithful to meet your needs at just the right time and in His perfect way. He is able to do “far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think”

 

 

Eph. 3:20Now to Him Who, in consequence of the action of His power that is at work within us, is able to carry out His purpose and do superabundantly, far over and above all that we dare ask or think infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams—

 

 

 The Lord delights in giving you His very best. Simply obey God and leave all the consequences to Him.

 

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God Is Our Source

November 26th, 2016

"All things whatsoever ye pray and ask for." It is in prayer that these" all things" are to be brought to God. 

 

     The faith that receives them is the fruit of the prayer. There must be a certain amount of faith before there can be prayer, but  greater faith is the result of prayer.

 

In the personal presence of the Savior and in conversation with Him, faith rises to grasp what at first appeared too high. Through prayer we hold up our desires to the light of God's Holy Will, our motives are tested, and proof is given whether we are indeed asking in the Name of Jesus and only for the glory of God. The leading of the Spirit shows us whether we are asking for the right thing and in the right spirit. The weakness of our faith becomes obvious as we pray. But we are encouraged to say to the Father that we do believe and that we prove the reality of our faith by the confidence with which we persevere. It is in prayer that Jesus teaches and inspires faith. Whoever waits to pray, or loses heart in prayer because he doesn't feel the faith needed to get an answer, will never learn that faith. Whoever begins to pray and ask will find the Spirit of faith is given nowhere so surely as at the foot of the throne.

"Believe that ye have received." Clearly we are to believe that we receive the very things we ask. The Savior does not say that the Father may give us something else because He knows what is best. The very mountain that faith wants to remove is cast into the sea.

 

There is one kind of prayer in which we make known our request in everything, and the reward is the sweet peace of God in our hearts and minds. This is the prayer of trust. It makes reference to the countless desires of daily life which we cannot find
out if God will give. We leave it to Him to decide whether or not to give, as He knows best.

 

But the prayer of faith of which Jesus speaks is something higher and different. Nothing honors the Father like the faith that is assured that He will do what He has said in giving us whatever we ask. Such faith takes its stand on the promise delivered by the Spirit. It knows most certainly that it receives exactly what it asks, whether in the greater interest of the Master's work or in the lesser concerns of daily life. Notice how clearly the Lord states this in Mark 11:23:

"Whosoever shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that what he

saith cometh to pass, he shall have it." This is the blessing of the

prayer of faith of which Jesus speaks.

"Believe that ye have received." This word of central importance is too often misunderstood. Believe that you have received what you're asking for now, while praying! You may not actually see it manifested until later. But now, without seeing it, you are to believe that it has already been given to you by the Father in heaven. Receiving or accepting an answer to prayer is just like receiving or accepting Jesus. It is a spiritual thing, an act of faith separate from all feeling. When I go to Jesus, asking Him for forgiveness for a sin, I believe He is in heaven for just that purpose, and I accept His forgiveness. In the same way, when I go to God asking for any special gift which is according to His Word, I must believe that what I desire is mine. I believe that I have it; I hold it in faith; and I thank God that it's mine. "If we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him"(I John 5:15).

 

"And ye shall have them. "The gift which we first hold in faith as ours from heaven will become ours in personal experience. But will it be necessary to pray longer once we know we have been heard and have received what we asked? Additional prayer will not be necessary when the blessing is on its way. In these cases we should maintain our confidence, proving our faith by praising God for what we have received, even though we haven't experienced it yet.

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Pray Is Essential to our Needs Being Met

November 18th, 2016

Paul, in the middle of a praise-hymn to God in Christ, makes the astounding claim that He is "able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think," because of the power that is working in Christian believers (Ephesians 3:20).

 

    God is able! He is able to do what we ask; he is able to do more than we think; he is able to do above all that we can ask or think.

 

And this doesn't just mean that God is capable of answering more prayers than we are asking; it also means he is answering prayers in ways that are bigger and wiser than we may be able to perceive. As Samuel Rutherford warned, "Believe God's love and power more than you believe your own feelings and experiences."

 

    God is able to do more than you are asking, more than you are thinking, more than you are feeling that he is doing.

 

So don’t rely merely on your own experience of seen and tangible answered prayers –- God may be answering your prayers in ways you’ll never see or recognize in your lifetime. As we pray for the name of Jesus to be glorified around the globe -- for instance -- we may see some small pieces of the answer to that prayer, the labors in which we are directly involved or in the work our own church may be supporting. But God is also delivering Bibles, and providing Christian fellowship, and transforming hearts in ways and places beyond the scope of anything we are engaged in or aware of, in answer to our prayers!

 

If this sounds like a convenient excuse –- that God is answering far above anything you can ask or think, so don’t just trust your feelings or experience –- isn’t that the nature of faith? Faith rests in real facts and verifiable evidence, but then reaches out from that to grasp things that can’t bee seen, touched, or even imagined.

 

We know the real man Jesus lived a perfect life, gave perfect instruction, died and rose again from death in order to prove that he is God’s Savior. And based on that firm foundation we trust that God’s love and power are working all things together for good to those who love God, that God is hearing and answering prayer even though we may not perceive it, and that one day we will be sinless before Him in love -– although we can’t even imagine what that would be like.

 

    Do not pray according to your limited experience or meager expectations or subjective feelings.

 

Pray joyfully and expectantly according to the mind-blowing, request-exceeding, Christ-glorifying promises of God!

 

God is able above what we need and whatever obstacle confronts us.  We never out ask the sufficiency of God.  There is no limit of what God can achieve for His people.  We should not fear asking Him for too many blessings.  It is not that we are asking too much of God but that God is working outside of our understanding and giving us more than we can imagine.  We trust our eyes and our feelings but God works beyond that.

Faith in Christ Jesus  the leaning of your entire human personality on Him in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness and of the love which you have and show for all the saints, God's consecrated ones

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Asking, Seeking and Knocking, Finding God’s Provision

November 1st, 2016

Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise. –Hebrews 10:35-36


Father, I know that You are faithful and I have total confidence in Your Word. I will not allow circumstances to sway me from what I know to be true. Your Word has never failed. It is tested, tried and true. Th rough it, I have a strength and determination that overcomes all obstacles and laughs in the face of every trying circumstance. I see Your reward in front of me and I am determined to stand fast until it is manifested in my life. No matter what I face, I will endure to the end and receive what You have promised.

 

My Confession for Today

I confess that a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit’s supernatural power is never far away from me. A fresh surge of this power is as accessible to me as my very next breath of air! It’s just as normal for me to receive a new infilling of the Spirit as it is for a fish to freely swim around in its tank. In fact, it’s difficult for me N O T to receive this impartation of superhuman, supernatural strength for the fight. Because my heart is open to receive it, I ask God to release it into my life, and by faith I now receive this divine power. It’s mine for the taking! I declare this by faith in Jesus’ name

 

My Confession for Today

I declare by faith that I am going to take up acting! In every situation I face, I am going to imitate the character of my Heavenly Father, successfully replicating Him in every sphere of my life. I know it will require a great deal of time and commitment for me to arrive at this high level of duplication, but I resolve to start where I am today and then do more each day from this moment forward. And I’ll keep up my efforts to act like God until I finally begin to think like Him, talk like Him, sound like Him, and carry myself in His confidence. I declare this by faith in Jesus’ name!

 

My Prayer for Today

Ephesians 5:1 Lord, help me make the decision to put my unsanctified emotions, thoughts, feelings, and behavior aside and to start acting like You. I know that if I approached every pro b l e m “acting” like You, it would make a huge difference in my life. You see everything from a viewpoint of power and victory, so please help me to see like You, think like You, and act like You. Help me make the decision to change my way of thinking—to learn how to respond as You do to every situation I am confronted with in life. I pray this in Jesus’ name!



 

 

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Holy Spirit Helps Our Prayers

October 28th, 2016

Paul, in the middle of a praise-hymn to God in Christ, makes the astounding claim that He is "able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think," because of the power that is working in Christian believers (Ephesians 3:20).

    God is able! He is able to do what we ask; he is able to do more than we think; he is able to do above all that we can ask or think.

And this doesn't just mean that God is capable of answering more prayers than we are asking; it also means he is answering prayers in ways that are bigger and wiser than we may be able to perceive. As Samuel Rutherford warned, "Believe God's love and power more than you believe your own feelings and experiences."

    God is able to do more than you are asking, more than you are thinking, more than you are feeling that he is doing.

So don’t rely merely on your own experience of seen and tangible answered prayers –- God may be answering your prayers in ways you’ll never see or recognize in your lifetime. As we pray for the name of Jesus to be glorified around the globe -- for instance -- we may see some small pieces of the answer to that prayer, the labors in which we are directly involved or in the work our own church may be supporting. But God is also delivering Bibles, and providing Christian fellowship, and transforming hearts in ways and places beyond the scope of anything we are engaged in or aware of, in answer to our prayers!

If this sounds like a convenient excuse –- that God is answering far above anything you can ask or think, so don’t just trust your feelings or experience –- isn’t that the nature of faith? Faith rests in real facts and verifiable evidence, but then reaches out from that to grasp things that can’t bee seen, touched, or even imagined.

We know the real man Jesus lived a perfect life, gave perfect instruction, died and rose again from death in order to prove that he is God’s Savior. And based on that firm foundation we trust that God’s love and power are working all things together for good to those who love God, that God is hearing and answering prayer even though we may not perceive it, and that one day we will be sinless before Him in love -– although we can’t even imagine what that would be like.

    Do not pray according to your limited experience or meager expectations or subjective feelings.

Pray joyfully and expectantly according to the mind-blowing, request-exceeding, Christ-glorifying promises of God!

God is able above what we need and whatever obstacle confronts us.  We never out ask the sufficiency of God.  There is no limit of what God can achieve for His people.  We should not fear asking Him for too many blessings.  It is not that we are asking too much of God but that God is working outside of our understanding and giving us more than we can imagine.  We trust our eyes and our feelings but God works beyond that.

Faith in Christ Jesus  the leaning of your entire human personality on Him in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness and of the love which you have and show for all the saints, God's consecrated ones

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Hold Fast to Your Confession

October 13th, 2016

Hebrews 4: 14-16   Inasmuch then as we have a great High Priest Who has already ascended and passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession of faith in Him.


For we do not have a High Priest Who is unable to understand and sympathize and have a shared feeling with our weaknesses , but One Who has been tempted in every respect as we are, yet without sinning. and infirmities and liability to the assaults of temptation


Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God's unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy for our failures and find grace to help in good time for every need appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it.

(John 16:23-27)  And when that time comes, you will ask nothing of Me you will need to ask Me no questions. I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that My Father will grant you whatever you ask in My Name as presenting all that I AM.

24 Up to this time you have not asked a single thing in My Name as presenting all that I AM; but now ask and keep on asking and you will receive, so that your joy (gladness, delight) may be full and complete.

25  I have told you these things in parables (veiled language, allegories, dark sayings); the hour is now coming when I shall no longer speak to you in figures of speech, but I shall tell you about the Father in plain words and openly (without reserve).

26  At that time you will ask (pray) in My Name; and I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf for it will be unnecessary.

27  For the Father Himself tenderly loves you because you have loved Me and have believed that I came out from the Father.

Undoubtedly it means this much at least, that we are to pray to the Father as revealed in Jesus Christ.

"Whatever you ask the Father in my name" might be translated, "Whatever you shall ask the Father as represented by me." It expresses Christ's identity with the Father. The Father had been known to them before by many different names: "Elohim," the God of nature; "El Shaddai," the God of power; "Adonai," the God of providence; "Jehovah," the God of covenant grace, but henceforth, He is to be known as "Jehovah-Jesus," God in Christ. This is undoubtedly implied in the language of this passage, and involved in the thought to which the Saviour is giving expression. It is the same thought that He repeats in the parallel verse, "Whatsoever you shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son." There it plainly expresses that the Father and Son are acting in perfect concert, and it is through the Son only that the Father is glorified and revealed to man or understood by him.

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Spirit of the Law of Life Working

September 30th, 2016

Jesus showed in this incident was Sensitiveness.

At Jairus' request He went to the house where the dying girl was; but on the way a messenger met them, who told the poor father that all was over, and that he need not trouble the Master any further. Whereupon, without waiting to be appealed to, Jesus turned to him and said, "Be not afraid; only believe."

In this we might see a new instance of His compassion; but it also reveals something else: Jesus was extremely sensitive to the sentiments of trust or distrust with which He was regarded. If any generosity of belief was shown towards Him, His heart filled with gladness, and He acknowledged His gratification without stint. Thus, when another applicant for help, in a situation not unlike that of Jairus, expressed his belief that, if Jesus would only speak a word even at a distance, without going to the house in which the sick person was lying, a cure would ensue, Jesus stood still in the road and, turning to the bystanders, exclaimed, "I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel." The faith of Jairus, though not so strong as this, had evidently gratified Him, and it was because He could not bear to have it clouded with doubt that He hastened so promptly to strengthen it.

He had, however, many an experience to encounter of the opposite kind, and the feeling thereby occasioned in Him was keen. If now and then He had to marvel at the greatness of faith, He had to marvel far oftener at unbelief. In His own native place, when He visited it, He could do scarcely any mighty works on this account. The rebuff so chilled His heart that the activity of His miraculous power was restrained. His most signal favours were sometimes received with ingratitude, as in the case of the ten lepers, of whom only one returned to give thanks for his cure, causing Him to ask sadly, "Where are the nine?"

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