Spiritual Blog - As he Is

1 John 4:17 – “By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.”  NASU

The more I study the Scriptures and the more I examine the message and ministry of our Lord, the more convinced I am that we are missing something essential in today’s religious and church world.  I don’t mean that to be a railing indictment but a plea to determine in our hearts that we will not be satisfied with less than being “As He Is!”

Let me add the second part of that plea and make it “As He is, in this world.”  Simply, in the here and now not the sweet by and by.  If the Bible is true, and I believe it is the Inspired and Infallible Word of God, then we can examine “How Jesus Is” and chart our course to becoming “As He Is” and become that “In this World!”  I realize that sounds somewhat Utopian and might cause some to offer cautions and suggestions that we will only be like Jesus when we get to heaven.  In light of the many passages of the Bible about God, the Purposes of God, the Love of God, the Power of God, and the People of God I cannot accept that premise.  I believe there is more.

If we cannot manifest Him and be like Him in this present world we can eliminate numerous passages from the Bible.  Jesus instructed the disciples and everyone who would follow, you and I included, to pray an incredible prayer.  In Matthew 6:9-15 we find what is commonly called “The Lord’s Prayer” but it was not a prayer Jesus prayed for Himself it was a prayer for His followers to pray with expectation.  God never instructs us to say or do anything that is not a genuine possibility.  That would be contrary to everything inherent in His nature, character, and teaching.

In fact, it would be somewhat sadistic for Him to tell His followers to pray for the Kingdom of God to come and His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven if we cannot expect it now.  If we can no longer expect miracles in this day it is somewhat confusing that the Bible tells us to seek the Gifts and Fruit of the Spirit which includes the miraculous.  Jesus defeated the devil and the powers of darkness at the Cross and in the Resurrection, so I go back to my title for this devotional and ask, “How Is He, Right Now?”

Can God do anything?  Virtually everyone would say, Yes, but some would counter that He could, but He no longer does some things.  I know that they have some passage of scripture they have been told validates that position, but I believe that All Scripture must be interpreted in light of All Scripture.  Simply, any individual passage must be consistent, in harmony with, and interpreted within the context of the Entire Bible.  I refer you to 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”  ALL Scripture, every jot and tittle, every line and verse, every adjective and phrase have value and must be used to shape our doctrinal views and our patterns of life.

How is He?  He is Victorious over the devil and 1 John 5:4 tells us that “Everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.”  In John 16:33 Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that you may have peace.  In this world, you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.”  How is He?  He is Victorious!

Romans 8:34 declares that He is raised from the dead and is at the right hand of the Father interceding for us.  Colossians 3:1 instructs us that if and that is the key, “if” we have been born again and thereby raised from the death and bondage of sin then we are to “seek” the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  That sounds a lot like seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and expecting His miraculous presence and power to pervade our world.  That sounds a lot like expecting the Kingdom of God to come and the will of God to be done on earth as it is in heaven.  That sounds a lot like “As He Is, So Are We in This World.”

Romans 8:31-39 addresses questions that must be asked and answered in our Christian walk and in 8:37 we find the incredible declaration, “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”  How much of a conqueror does it take to be more than a conqueror?  The New American Standard Bible translated that passage as “overwhelmingly conquer.”  Hallelujah!  That cocks my pistol and puts wind in my sails.

How is He?  He is victorious!  He has all authority!  He has opened the door to full restoration and invited us to come boldly before the throne of grace and ask whatever we will. He has instructed us that we have authority over the power of hell.  He never takes a back seat to the devil and is never overwhelmed by circumstances.  He is Victory and His declaration to us was that, if we believe in Him and receive Him into our hearts, then something incredible is available to us.  What is that something?

He said, in John 14:12, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and…”  AND?  That statement needs no and but Jesus puts one in so what is the And?  “…And greater works than these he will do; because…”  BECAUSE?  “…because I go to the Father.”  Has He gone to the Father?  Is He seated at the right hand of the Father?  Then, everything He declared is available to us NOW!

Tragically, too much of the Christian world has enough faith to be saved but not enough faith to believe in and believe for the Kingdom of God to Come and the Will of God to be done on or in Earth as in Heaven.  We have not sought to develop our faith to believe for the miraculous and the demonstration of Him as He is.  We allow the enemy of our souls to put characterizations and definitions of who we are in our heads and hearts that are diametrically opposite of what God says.  We allow our failure to press in to formulate new doctrines that justify our lack rather than praying and fasting and investing ourselves in the pursuit of Him to find out where the blockage is.

As He Is!  That’s the objective, being like Him, manifesting Him, and embracing all the promises of God IN THIS WORLD!   We will reign with Him but if we don’t reign now, where is the training for reigning?  I pray that God will expand your faith and enlarge your borders.  I pray that He will stretch you and move you out of your comfort zone.  I pray that He will do that with me as well.

God bless you as you enjoy this new day walking in His Victory!


Spiritual Blog - As he Is

1 John 4:17 – “By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.” NASU

What a powerful concept that here in this present world, in the flesh, we can be and should be like Jesus IS.  There is something very essential to this discussion and that is the first two words of verse 17 – “By this….”  By what?  It is necessary that we go back to verse 15 and consider the passage.

1 John 4:15-16 – “Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” NASU

Notice the flow of these two verses leading up to verse 17.  When we “confess” that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in us and, we in Him.  God enters our hearts and becomes intertwined with our lives like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich blended together.  We become ONE!  Then John follows that by saying that we have “come to know” [a process] and “have believed” [the development of faith] God’s Love for us.  It is difficult for humans to comprehend the Agape of God because it is Unconditional Love and we, for the most part, Love Conditionally!  When we fully realize and grasp the truth that God Is Love, and when we abide in love we abide in God and God in us, it changes our entire outlook on life.  We are no longer humans trying to please God.  We are humans, in whom, God has indwelt our spirits and we are “one with God”.  Then John says that “… By this,” love is Perfected in us and the end result is that “as He is, so are we in this world.”

At least one translation renders Galatians 2:20 – “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I, who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” NASU   I believe that is an acceptable translation because if John is correct and we can be as Jesus is in the here and now, then truly the faith that is produced in our lives by which we live is Jesus’ faith.  We are One with Him.  He is in us and we are in Him.

The remainder of the passage in 1 John 4 gives us an even bigger picture of the life we can and do have as a believer.  It is a life of the absence of fear because we are abiding in Perfect Love which GOD Is!  We are now capable of not only enjoying His “unconditional love” but “giving it.”  We are now able to walk in the “fullness and abundance of life” that Jesus promised.  We are able to walk in “perfect peace” as described in Isaiah 26:3 –You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” NKJV Our lives will become steadfast as Isaiah spoke of in 22:23, “…like a nail in a sure place…”  We will become as Paul describes in 1 Corinthians 15:58 – “…steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” NKJV

So instead of saying, “Well, I’m only human,” and making excuses for our failures in being Like Christ let’s accept this truth and allow the Holy Spirit to “transform” us into His image and refuse to be “conformed” to this world.  We can live above the power of the flesh and walk in the fullness of Christ’s love, mercy, and faith Now!  That is the kind of life that I am convinced that the apostles lived, the early church believed in, and the faith heroes of Hebrews 11 looked for.

May God grant you the power of His grace to walk in the fullness of His love and enjoy the abundance of the life that affords!  May you know the fullness of the peace, power, and presence of the Lord in your life on a daily basis!  May God’s blessings be upon you in all that you do as you begin your work week and enter into His rest and renewal!