certainty

Luke 1:1-4 (NIV)

Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.

It’s a great thing to have certainty.

And it would appear Luke, the author of this Gospel account, has done everything in his power to help Theophilus (and us) to be as sure as we possibly can about the ‘things that have been fulfilled’.

Firstly, Luke tells us that others have done the same, writing down what they too have seen and heard, thus providing corroborating evidence (see Matthew, Mark & John).

Secondly, Luke points out that the information provided comes from first-hand ‘eyewitnesses’; people who can be trusted.

And finally, Luke himself has undertaken an exhaustive investigation: ‘carefully’ and ‘from the beginning’.

He has been most helpful in putting together such an ‘orderly account’.

And so we would do well to pay attention to what he says because it involves matters of life and death.

Kim+

prayer : thank you Lord that we can have such certainty because of Luke’s work

action : point people to this and the other gospel stories, encouraging them to investigate the claims made by Christ for themselves

walking in the truth

2 John 4 (ESV)

4 I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father.

What does it mean to be found walking in the truth?

Is it related to Psalm 1 where it says “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked”?

I dare say it is.

Interestingly, Jesus himself said “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6).

A bold statement excluding all other faiths and beliefs.

Therefore, to seek God through other religions is blasphemy. For to do so denies the significance and indeed requirement of Jesus’ death on the cross.

If Jesus is not the only way then it makes a mockery of His sacrifice. His crucifixion becomes little more than an interesting, albeit altruistic, footnote in history.

To me then, this is the truth: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

And to walk in this truth is to practice it daily like the psalmist (above). Listening to and meditating on and obeying God’s word.

An active, energetic, forward moving expression of faith in God’s gracious love for us.

Kim+

prayer : help me to walk in the truth day-by-day

action : continue daily quiet times

when the Spirit of truth comes … he will glorify me

John 16:13-14 (ESV)

13 “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14 He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”

The “me” refers to Jesus Christ.

If you’ve ever wondered about the role of the Holy Spirit, this sums it up pretty well.

He glorifies God.

It’s not about receiving spiritual gifts. Although that can enable us to glorify God.

It is about “declaring … the things that are to come”. The truth.

And the truth is that Jesus is “the way, and the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).

There is no other way.

Kim+

prayer : thank you for the knowledge of your truth

action : speak the truth (Zechariah 8:16)

speaking the truth in love

“speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” Ephesians 4:15-16 (ESV)

Flowing on from the past few verses we see Christ is the head of the “body”: the church.

He is the perfect example upon whom we are to model our behaviour.

How? By speaking the truth in love. That is, by sharing the gospel.

Why? Because, like Paul, “I am not ashamed of the gospel” (Romans 1:16).

And by being open and honest and willing to suffer for my faith I will be “building the body up in love”.

But we all need to do our bit as “each part” needs to “work properly”.

Thankfully we have Gods grace and the support and encouragement of fellow believers.

Kim+

prayer : that I will faithfully speak the truth in love

action : continue to update this blog at least 3x per week