Musing on the “simple” things of God:
The Blood and Sacrifice:
In the second half of Hebrews chapter 13, Apostle Paul is concluding his “Religious Directions” about sacrifices. The bodies of the sacrificed animals in the temple were brought outside the camp after their blood was sacrificed on the altar for sin. Jesus Christ is our blood sacrifice for sin and sanctification; His body was sacrificed outside the camp (city) also. In verse 13, Paul starts with “Therefore”, telling us to go out to Him, bearing His reproach so we may bear His likeness, doing good to all and sacrificially sharing with others. The second “Therefore”:
Hebrews 13:15 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.
Godliness with Contentment:
1Timothy 6:6 Now godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition.
The Great Love:
The Shulamite to Her Beloved
As a seal upon your arm;
For love is as strong as death,
Jealousy as cruel as the grave;
Its flames are flames of fire,
A most vehement flame.
Nor can the floods drown it.
If a man would give for love
All the wealth of his house,
It would be utterly despised.
How great is the love the Father has for us that we should be called His children; and we are! It’s as simple as that; God love for me is stronger than death, stronger than the grave; how could I ever doubt His love for me? Our heavenly Father’s love is the simplest, deepest thing on earth and we only get to taste a small part of it during this journey; just think what’s awaiting us in Heaven!
Love Leads to Purity:
Remember, what Jesus did by being punished for our sins made a way for us to be like Him; not by our own efforts, but by His working within us. If we love Him, we will press into Him, which leaves less and less room for the impurities of this life to reside in us.
1John3:1 Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. 3 And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
The righteous one realizes their need for Christ Jesus’ cleansing blood. When we accept the great love of the Father that sacrificed the Son, the obedience of the Son that led to the cross, we dip our “toes” into the great love of the Father. Even one who has a small portion of faith, a beginning relationship with the Lord with a first taste of His love, is better off than the wicked one who sins through unbelief building a “castle in the sand” who cannot find true love on this planet at any price. It has been said the biggest sin these days, even in the church is the sin of unbelief; not taking God at His word, not believing His power is enough to do what He has said.
Psalm 27:16 A little that a righteous man has
Is better than the riches of many wicked.
So…I encourage you to dig into the true riches found in the Bible; the Word of God. Since the Holy Spirit inspired the words in the Bible, ask Him to guide you deeper into the Truths it holds. The Father’s arms are open wide; take a step toward Him and He promises to run to meet you; He is the Father calling to the prodigal son! (Quote from Lisa Bevere)