Perfectly Incomplete!


            God made us for Himself.  God made us incomplete – perfectly incomplete – that we might find our completeness in Him.

To live for God is a far greater objective than to live for self because we are being called to step out of our own little lives and live for what is greatest and highest and deepest, that is, for the glory of God.  This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise (Is. 43:21).  Indeed, to live for Someone who is much greater than myself is a much higher quest than to live for merely my own mean, miserable, mortal self.

Man’s quest for God quenches pride and quickens hope and quells fear and qualifies for service.

 

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The “Eagle” Gospel


The Fourth Gospel “is the ‘eagle’ Gospel.  It soars into the heavens with steady wing and searching gaze.”  “…of all birds the eagle flies highest and is said to be the only creature which can look straight into the sun.”

In the opening verse, this heavenly eagle soars clear out of sight:  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  How can the Word be “with God” as One who is distinct from God and be “God” as One who is the same as God?

Mark begins his life of Christ with the ministry of John the Baptist, the forerunner of the Messiah (Mk. 1:1-8).  Matthew traces Jesus’ genealogy back to Abraham, the father of the Hebrew race (Matt. 1:1-17), and Luke traces it all the way back to Adam, the father of the human race (Lk. 3:23-38).  But John ushers us at once into the Home of Eternity where we gaze upon One whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

The Gospel of the Eye


Exodus 25:1-9

And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.  According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it.

The Tabernacle has been called “The Gospel of the Eye.”  Everywhere we look, we see Jesus.  There is only one entrance into the Tabernacle; the first object one sees is the brazen altar of sacrifice; the seven pieces of furniture form a cross; the burning coals taken off the brazen altar of sacrifice kindle the incense upon the golden altar of prayer.  These are just a few of the dazzling details.  The whole splendid structure sparkles with the glory of Calvary!

Day after day, year after year, the Lord must have been saying to Himself:  “I can hardly wait till Christ comes and Israel sees the significance of all this!”

Psalm 119:18

Four Powerhouse Propositions


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If Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled all the prophecies of the Old Testament concerning Messiah’s First Advent – and He did (as Paul declared and demonstrated to the Jews in the synagogue in Thessalonica in Acts 17:1-3) – then four great truths of the Christian Religion necessarily follow:

  1. There is a Great God – for who but He can forecast the future?
  2. This Great God is Lord of History – for who but He can set such a marvelous plan into motion, carry it out across the wide centuries in the face of mounting human and Satanic opposition, and bring it all to pass in due season?
  3. This Lord of History inspired the writers of Holy Scripture – for who but He could pour such brilliance into their spirits?
  4. Jesus of Nazareth is the Promised Messiah – for who but He could even begin to answer to the amazing array of all these ancient announcements?

The First Petition


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Matthew 6:5-15

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

              This, the First Petition of the Lord’s Prayer, ardently anticipates that golden age when the secular shall be transformed into the sacred; when HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD shall be inscribed upon the bells of the horses (Zech. 14:20-21); when God’s name shall be great among the Gentiles (Mal. 1:11, 14); when the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea (Hab. 2:14); when God shall be all in all (1Cor. 15-28)!

Inescapable!


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If I am not impressed with the teachings of Buddha, I am perfectly free to reject them.  After all, who was Buddha?  Buddha was a mere mortal who went about, like everybody else, trying to figure out what was what.  If his philosophy does not persuade me – and it doesn’t – I may look elsewhere.

It is different with Jesus Christ.  Jesus Christ did more than discuss prophecy – He fulfilled it! (see Jn. 1:45).  Jesus Christ did more than discourse about life after death – He rose from the dead! (see Acts 4:33).  Jesus Christ did more than develop a social theory – He turned the world upside down! (see Matt. 28:18-20) and my life inside out! (see II Cor. 5:16-17).

Sooner or later, you must come to terms with Jesus Christ.

A Preface and a Proof


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The Early Christians would sooner die than lie, and their confidence was contagious (Acts 4-5).  Luke was an Early Christian.  Luke was a man of integrity.

Luke was “the beloved physician” (Col. 4:14), a master of the Greek language, and a careful historian.  Luke was a man of ability.

The question of questions can be answered by a simple question. “Is the Christian religion the true religion?”  is the question of questions.  “Is Luke trustworthy?” is the simple question.

In his Preface (Lk. 1:1-4, cf. Acts 1:1) Luke assures us that his account is accurate.  If it is – and it is – that means that Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament, was born of a virgin, made the lame to leap for joy, and rose from the dead.  That means Jesus is the Christ and Christianity is true.

Change Your Address!


imagesTY2P7FG8Life is hard. I live in the largest resort city in the world (Virginia Beach), and I hear loud sirens and see flashing lights all the time.  I’m reminded of something Sergeant Garcia said (in an episode of “Zorro”): “If things didn’t go wrong, it wouldn’t seem right.”  Brer Rabbit stated:  “I’m going to run away from trouble,” but like Uncle Remus told him, “There ain’t no place that far.”

If you feel that there is nothing you can do because you live at Job 5:7 (…man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.) I want to say to you – in Jesus’ name – “Change your address!”  Change your address from Job 5:7 to I Peter 5:7 (Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you).

On reason man is born to trouble is man is born in sin. But Jesus was manifested to take away our sins (I John 3:5); and thus, we are invited to cast our burdens upon the Lord. (Psalm 55:22).

Job 5:6-9

 

Perfectly Incomplete!


untitledGod made us for Himself. God made us incomplete – perfectly incomplete – that we might find our completeness in Him.

To live for God is a far greater objective than to live for self because we are being called to step out of our own little lives and live for what is greatest and highest and deepest, that is, for the glory of God. This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise (Is. 43:21). Indeed, to live for Someone who is much greater than myself is a much higher quest than to live for merely my own mean, miserable, mortal self.

Man’s quest for God quenches pride and quickens hope and quells fear and qualifies for service.

Paul’s Motto


Philippians 4:10-13

After lifting 7,000 pounds upon his back, Paul Anderson turned to the audience and said,  “I am the strongest man in the world, but I can’t get through a single day without Jesus.”  …without me ye can do nothing, said Jesus (Jn.15:5).   I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me, said Paul (Philippians 4:13).  Why go to pieces when you can go to God for peace (Philippians 4:6-7)?

Has not failure after failure after failure taught you and me to call in greater resources than our own? 1

 All of life depends on hidden resources.  The great trees send their roots down into the earth to draw up water and minerals.  Rivers have their sources in the snow-capped mountains.  The most important part of a tree is the part you cannot see, the root system, and the most important part of the Christian life is the part that only God sees.  Unless we draw upon the deep resources of God by faith, we fail against the pressures of life.2

“`I can – through Christ!` was Paul’s motto, and it can be our motto too.” 3

 

Charles Bridges

Warren W. Wiersbe

Warren W. Wiersbe