Do you have the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ? Knowing Him is not the saving knowledge. Knowing what He knew and acting upon it, is what saved Him and what saves us.
The Word speaks of John the Baptist saying, “76 And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest; For you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways,
77 To give knowledge of salvation to His people By the remission of their sins, 78 Through the tender mercy of our God, With which the Dayspring from on high has visited us; 79 To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, To guide our feet into the way of peace.” Luke 1:76-79 (NKJV)
Note what salvation is. “By the remission of their sins, through the tender mercy of our God,…” Or does our being forgiven first for our sins then enable us the potential to grasp the “knowledge of salvation?”
Is our actual salvation in “the way of peace”, as it says? Does our “salvation” not begin with reconciliation and loving grace from God? We experience a peace with Him initially but He speaks of it as a “way” in Luke 1: 79.
Isaiah said, “Wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of your times, And the strength of salvation; The fear of the LORD is His treasure.” Isaiah 33:6 (NKJV)
There is a stabilizing wisdom and knowledge, making “strength of salvation.” What is that wisdom and knowledge? Wisdom can be good judgment. Knowledge can be and should be, the counsel of God. Proverbs 8:14 says, “Counsel and wisdom are mine, I am Understanding, power is mine.” Counsel, wisdom and understanding are three of the elements of the Seven Pillars, the Seven Spirits of God, found in Rev 5:6, Isaiah 11:1-2, Proverbs 9:1.
The power that works within us IS the strength of salvation. See Ephesians 3:17-20 In context, Paul has just prayed for us to be rooted and grounded in the love of Christ, which “Surpasses knowledge” [so] that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God!” Is that possible? Paul says so! Before you question me, remember, God is love! 1 John 4: 7-8
After making such a profound statement, Paul assures us and qualifies his statement. “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, 21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21 (NASB)
So, is His power working within us? Is the power of love working in all circumstances, in us?
A word came to my heart one day. I wrote it down. “You are the guardians of My soul. I will guard you. Do not live this life dying to self, without fervently desiring to pass on your “soul” which in fact, if you have died to self, is now My soul! For in Me you have gained everything far beyond this world, for nothing is impossible in Me. Earnestly desire to share your soul trusting that as guardian of My soul, we are working as One.”
Psalms says this, “That Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations.” Psalm 67:2 (NKJV)
The wisdom and knowledge is within His Way, it was His salvation as well as ours. Do we not know that He was wielding the scepter of righteousness, the very commandments for us to follow as His Father spoke them?
John the Baptist was preaching repent and be baptized, for the forgiveness of sins in Luke 3:3, when Jesus had not died yet? John was preaching the new Way to God, knowing that the old way was to be done away with through the Lamb that takes away the sins of the world. The new Way to God is to actually repent of our sins after we are reconciled to God through the death of His Son. Along with this, we receive grace as we grant grace daily. We may sin less and less until someone hurts or offends us! This is more important than our sins committed. If we do not forgive, we are NOT forgiven. Matthew 6:14 KJV
“We all sin …. daily.” Eternity requires a heart change. That change qualifies us for heaven.
The fact was and is, “For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.” Hebrews 10:4 (NASB) I need a provision that covers me daily. “Well, you ask, didn’t Jesus die for those sins?” He died for the sins I brought with me the day I let the Holy Spirit get through to my heart, the day I asked Him to be Lord.
“…[Jesus] Whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; Romans 3:25 (NKJV) [added for clarity]
“His righteousness” “His” is the word “hautou” 846 in Strong’s. (pronounced: how too) meaning “His own.” Yes God is passing over our sins previously committed is through the blood of Christ Jesus. His continued forgiveness for our sins committed after our being reconciled comes to us via our actual repentance linked with the grace granted by us toward others. If I forgive I am forgiven. (Matthew 6:14 KJV)
Can I come fully to this light of the knowledge of salvation before I am forgiven and reconciled to God? Do I rebuild the house while it is still on fire? The house must be made new after the fire is put out?
In Christ, I need the light that guides my path away from the sin that is still crouching at the door, seeking to devour me, sin that I must master before my entrance into eternity.
Until I obey, I am no different than Cain. God spoke directly to him. Is God speaking directly to us? Yes, yes because the skies are red these mornings.
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