For while we were yet weak, in due season Christ died for the ungodly. Rom. 5,6
TO KEEP HIS WORD
"23 Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him. 24 "He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father's who sent Me. 25 "These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you. 26 "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. 27 "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. 28 "You heard that I said to you, 'I go away, and I will come to you ' If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced because I go to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29 "Now I have told you before it happens, so that when it happens, you may believe."
The faithful is in the Scripture i.a. described as
children of God
- and we
understand of the Scripture elsewhere that they do not hold this
description solely because they are born of God, even though that is the
main cause, but also because they in spiritual things precisely is like
Another description of the faithful is,
And sheep are animals, which above others have to
One is leaving, or won't listen to the Word when it becomes unpleasantly searching, or does not harmonize with their desire, and therefore seeks the Spirits guidance by mysterious ways instead. You can see a lot of this, today.
It is accordingly necessary with a growth - and in this growing season we are standing in especially great danger to be prostrated (like the straw which yet hasn‘t got strength to stand against the strong wind), and be led astray, away from the foundation.
Jesus speaks about acknowledging the truth - that also means, and not least, the truth about us, and then also this truth about our spiritual wretchedness. It works accordingly like that, that you get anxious to go on your own, like a person in the darkness you are praying for light, you learn to listen for the shepherds voice (the message), you have to know that it is Jesus‘ word before you dare to take the decisive step.
How is it with the person who does not have acknowledged this truth?
Certainly, he does not fear to go astray, and therefore he flutters like
a butterfly from one flower to another, the one windy thing that is
taught after another, and ends up with a mixture of all sorts of things.
Something that is especially notable today. All acknowledge of oneself
is gone, one has been grown-up in own eyes, in spite of the fact that
one in reality is child, and thereby opinionated and assertive in lieu
of listening and praying.
But since the truth now is this: We are children - yes, sheep - Jesus
promises us something. He promises us one who shall take care of us.
We shall accordingly be let off to puzzle out these things on our own -
we shall be permitted to lay it over on Him. He is the one who has
assumed Himself this case, to lead us saved through.
Jesus is pointing at this thing in the text here too, that our
relationship to His Word, reveals our true relationship to Himself. That
we love Jesus is not shown first and foremost in some enthusiastic
feelings, which after all, in highest degree, can be produced
superficially, but in the fact that we
Which in this connexion means - not to fulfil anything by one or more
doings, but to take care of the message and stay in it, as Jesus says
Me!" And: "Stay
Perhaps you ask: Do I love Jesus? I often feel both so cold and empty
and indifferent. Certainly, that is not good, but can you manage without
the word about the cross? Is it the word about Jesus sacrifice and
vicarious act that always warms you up again? Is it important to you to
know that Jesus anyhow
- something that has been revealed unto you exactly by this, that He
takes your place on the cross? If so, you are one of those who keep His
word. "No, for all the thing I knew, I can not lose my Jesus"
(From the Norw. songbook).
In the believer - whoever accordingly keeps His word, is according to the text here - the triune God Himself on hand. Father, Son and Holy Spirit, has accordingly come to live in your heart. And you, you are often so downhearted as if you were handed over to yourself!
The person, who lives in this humble comprehension of himself and his insufficiency, cannot go astray, because they have according to the promise the Spirits light, and thereby the Words guidance. But the others, they who haven't bent down for the word, when it spokes to them about their sin and failure, and therefore haven't come to acknowledge the truth, they do not, and cannot, appreciate this word. - They are leaving it with the supreme easiness and turn to this and that which seems more exciting to them, and thereby they reveal that they do not love Him, even though they certainly can be situated in a spiritual state in which they shout and witness more about Him than any others, with the mouth, but the heart is only taken up with His gifts and all the benefits one can get out of living with Him.
the word which you hear
is not Mine, but the Father's who sent Me."
"Peace I leave
I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you Do not let your
heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful!"
Holy Bible, New American