If your life is in Jesus, he will make things turn out well for you. The book of Romans says that all things work together for good for those who love God and are the called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).
God’s purpose trumps all others. His purpose is the path of “brighter and brighter” (Proverbs 4:18), from glory to glory (2Corinthians 3:18) and from faith to faith (Romans 1:17). Jesus told Simon: follow me and I will make you a fisher of men (Matthew 4:19). But he did not seem like a good specimen for such divine project; denying Jesus and all.
Jesus named him stone (John 1:42), rock-solid. But he did not look like that at first. However, at the end of his life he was something of a pillar in the church (Galatians 2:9). Jesus had rubbed off on him and less than four years after meeting him, he become a massive harvester machine in the hands of God, causing trouble for the kingdom of the darkness, and the religious antichrist establishment which was in league with the political government of that time, to suppress the church.
As a leader in the church, he mentored many in the ways of God and they went on to become fishers of men like him.
But before his experience of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, he could not do much (Acts 1:8). He betrayed Jesus his master (Matthew 26:69-75), he hid in a room together with the other disciples after the death of Jesus (John 20:19). But after the Holy Spirit came upon him he became a veritable witness.
He stood firm in the face of persecution, not caring about the consequences (Acts 5:29). He refused to deny Jesus or to stop on the path of being a first class witness for him as a rock of conviction. He shone like a bright light causing darkness to flee everywhere he went. He was led to the house of Cornelius and through his ministry the first batch of the gentiles came to Christ (Acts 10). He became the gateway to lead the gentiles into the fold of Jesus.
On his shoulder (more or less) rested the church which was newly formed in the first chapters of the book of Acts. He stood up on the day of Pentecost to bring in 3000 into the sheepfold (Acts 2). He became the first communicator of the gospel after the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ.
The Holy Spirit made all the difference in his life. And Jesus is the one who sends the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has the ability to enter into us, into the crevices of our heart, set his temple there, his tent of fire, purifying us inside out, purifying our motives, burning off the impurity, setting up passion for Jesus there, and coming as the Spirit of holiness.
Jesus is still active today, working through the church which is his body. The church is moving and the power and wisdom of Jesus is manifesting through her, fulfilling the will of God.
God does things based on the counsel of his will, and if you are in opposition to his will, you are harming yourself. When Jesus appeared to Paul at the peak of his persecution of the church, Jesus told him that he was kicking against the goad (Acts 9) because God backs his will up with his power. He was moving contrary to God to his own harm, and at best, wasting your time.
You cannot stand against him and prosper and Paul was doing exactly that though he did not know. He lacked revelation, but followed what his religious heart dictated. But his religious actions devoid of the revelation of God were all wrong. It is not about what you are thinking but what God is saying and doing, which changes over time.
God was moving in a direction he was moving in the opposite way and soon he hit a brick wall, he was blinded in an apt depiction of his spiritual state. His heart was turned to Jesus, in recognition of his Lordship, then his life assumed a divine shape.
The bible says that in the fullness of time, Christ died for the ungodly (Romans 5:6). It is also in the fullness of time that he was born, when God had fully set the stage for the full execution of his will.
Nothing can stand in his way. There might be a course correction but reaching the destination is inevitable. There was nothing Paul could do about that. It was either he joined in or he gets buried in the dust of the advance of the church.
Jesus does things well and he uses the tool of his truth and grace. For us to move with him, he grants us his grace and his truth. His truth is the guidance, his grace is the push. The law came through Moses but grace and truth came through Jesus (John 1:17).
With his truth our path is defined. David prayed: for your name sake lead me and guide me (Psalm 31:3). Grace is the fuel of our journey while truth is about being on the right path.
And that makes all the difference in the church and corresponds to what Peter said should be the focus of the apostles which is prayer and the ministry of the word (Acts 6:4). The word communicates truth (John 17:17), prayer links us with grace (Hebrews 4:16).
There are three dimensions of both truth and grace
This has to do with your identity; knowing who you are in Christ the truth. If you do not know who you are you will not do the right things nor live the right life. Knowing who you are also has to do with taking appraisal in accurate judgment of our gifts and talents, our environment, who you are in relation to people around you, which will also determine and how we should respond to them. Conceptual truth is about the thoughts of your mind being right.
This has to do with relationships, parent, wife, and husband. The practical truth of God has to do with how to handle your time, your life, your job and about the words of your mouth. It has to do with day to day living; food to eat, what to drink or not, where to go, where not to God, the actual facts about things as disclosed even by science, which explores the handiwork of God. This has to do with what is seen.
This has to do with revelation, the spiritual things. It has to do with what you are meant to do as a particular time on God’s time table. It is unique to you. It concerns the plans and purposes of your life, the times and seasons.
The sons of Issachar (200 of them) (1Chronicles 12:32) were said to have the understanding of the times and know what Israel ought to do. This has to do with what is sensed.
The saving grace is the common denominator of the believers. By grace we are saved (Ephesians 2:8). We are helped to experience the truth of salvation, which is a conceptual truth, inward truth. And that grace changes us from the inside out.
This has to do with the various practical activities, impacting the lives of people. It concerns our purpose on the earth. Peter divided this grace into speaking and action (1Peter 4:10-11). This has a connection to practical truth.
This has to do with the different operations of supernatural gifts, ranging from discernment of spirit and healings, working of miracles to interpretation of tongues. This has a connection with prophetic truth.
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- Sewing Up the Veil (mikemanuelblog.wordpress.com)
- Not the Outward, but the Inward (tricklesoftruth.wordpress.com)
- Pentecost (A): A sermon (rootedradical.wordpress.com)
- Jesus Christ – The Only Way To God! (thetruthlover.wordpress.com)
- You’ve Got Mail!! Let’s Read God’s Love Letters!! (godssceneryandpromises.wordpress.com)
- Recipe for a revolution (catchjohnfischer.wordpress.com)
- John 08:31-36, “Life’s Greatest Freedom!” (ezracommentary.wordpress.com)