Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.
Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels, descending, bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.
“He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does [Yahweh] require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
What does “this salvation” do to the human heart? Peter said, “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” This salvation is realized now for the genuine believer, being realized with more passion and intensity as we mature in grace, and enjoyed supernaturally in this present life as we anticipate “…the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.” ‘Jesus is mine! Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!’ This great salvation changes the human heart to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly.
Peter tells us that the prophets spoke of the grace that was to come as they searched intently with the greatest care. The Spirit of Jesus was in them predicting the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. And, they were not serving themselves, but us, the church. Both the old and new testaments are Christocentric—the glory of Christ and his salvation revealed through those called by God and led by the power of the Holy Spirit. Even angels long to look into this great salvation!
In light of this great salvation, God’s abundant grace, my changed heart, yours too, we rely continually on the power of our indwelling God to live holy, grow in reverent awe for our mighty, wonderful, majestic, all-powerful, sovereign God, and love one another deeply.
Beloved, be ye encouraged to stay the narrow course unto holiness. Peter tells us to prepare our minds for action. To avoid the sinful ways of the world, kill the human fleshly tendencies, and pursue, pursue, pursue the holy things of God. To be holy is to be set apart—do not let the world system mold you into its’ shape, and refuse “daily” even moment by moment to conform to the evil desires and tendencies that dominated your thinking before you knew about and were supernaturally changed by this great salvation.
“Since you call on a Father who judges each man’s work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear.” Our God is way beyond the reverence given by the regenerate heart. We live in awe and reverence to our utmost capacity because God has revealed himself to us through salvation in Christ. The glory of God is life-changing, stirring the affections, changing the motivations, humbling, and always new! May God help us as we strive to grow in reverent fear—please, Lord, help us in this supernatural growth, maturity in understanding the gospel as revealed in Scripture, knowing and truly living by what we know to your glory.
When should I be afraid of God? “Moses said to the people, ‘Do not be afraid. God has come to test you so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.” I am afraid, terrified for the unregenerate heart! The unbeliever does have reason to be terrified without the blood of the Lamb applied to his or her sins. I too should be afraid if I take for granted this great salvation and deliberately keep on sinning, even ignoring the holiness of God I am called to embrace and reflect. A deliberate pursuit of sinful behaviors has disciplinary consequences from a holy God that I should be afraid of experiencing. Help me Lord, and every truly regenerate heart, to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with you.
Why do we love one another? Peter tells us, “…you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers [sisters], love one another deeply, from the heart. For you have been born again…” The regenerate, purified, born again heart is empowered by God to genuinely demonstrate love for others, especially the family of God. However, it is not an inevitable or foregone conclusion. It is a command to love, therefore we have to obey. It is a pursuit, an act of obedience, and this love for others grows and develops as you and me engage and put the power of God in us to practice in our thoughts and actions. Truly, love in action! I read somewhere that Christians are enabled to love all people with agape love—a self-sacrificing desire to meet the needs of others that finds expression in concrete acts. “Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.”
Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.
Sisters are meeting for prayer! First Baptist, 1912 Arnold Way, Alpine, 0900
Yey! You are welcome to join sisters in Jesus for a sweet hour of prayer. A joy to the regenerate heart when gals meet to ask, seek, and knock before the throne of grace. Thank you, sisters!
Brothers are meeting too! First Baptist, 0730
Join us! You are missed, even since last week! Do not hesitate to join diverse brothers in Christ who are striving with all his power to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God. If your schedule allows, help through prayer as we rely on the Spirit of God to empower, lead, and glorify God through the process.