Reflecting The Light
on the solution to the Problem

For God so loved the world that HE gave HIS only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have Everlasting Life (John 3:16).

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John, a disciple of Christ, said in his letter to the church,   "That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;   For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;

"That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full" (1John 1:1-4).

Notice the good news that John was motivated to reveal to us. He revealed "That," as what he and the other disciple received from God, and his message to us is that we might also receive This Gift of Life.   He said. . .

Because of The Word of Life, Which they have received, John was motivated by The Word to write to us that we also might have fellowship with them. True fellowship with the disciples is with The Father and HIS Son Jesus Christ.

But how can we join in fellowship with the disciples and ultimately join in fellowship with The Father and the Son?

Through The Word of God, Paul wrote to the church and said, "I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

"Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

"For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

"But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ" (1 Corinthians 2:3-16).

Notice that the first part of this statement by Paul is often quoted by men who are quick to point out to us the statement that says "no eye has seen and no ear has heard; neither entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for them that love Him". But they hardly ever attach the second part of that statement which says, "But God has revealed them unto us by HIS Spirit." HE has done this freely by HIS Spirit.

It was God, WHO gave The Gift of Life freely to the whole world, but as individuals, we have the choice of accepting or rejecting this free Gift of God. Paul, by The Word of God, said, "For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God" (Ephesians 2:8).

By The Word, Paul also said, "Without faith it is impossible to please him; for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him" (Hebrews 11:6).

If we are to please GOD, we must first diligently seek to know HIM. In seeking to know HIM, by HIS grace, HE will reward our desire to know HIM with The Gift of Faith. It is through this Gift of Faith that God reveals to us the hidden things, which no eyes have seen or ears have heard, which He ordained before the world unto our glory.

Through His servant Jeremiah, the LORD testified through the Word and said, "Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD" (Jeremiah 9:23, 24).

If Faith is that important for our salvation, how do we receive it that we might please God?

Paul answers this question by saying, "For the scripture saith, whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jews and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

"How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

"But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God" (Romans 10:11-17).

Jesus, The Word of God, said of Himself, "...I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me" (John 14:6). John testified of The Word and said, "He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God" (John 1:10-13).

It was the lack of faith in the hearts of men, who crucified The Word of glory because they knew Him not, but GOD has made it possible for all to know HIM through The Gift of Faith. It is through The Gift of Faith that we are saved, when we seek to know God. It is by Faith that we receive The Wisdom of God, Who comes to us by the receiving of The Word.

It is by Faith that we receive The Light and Life of God in The Word, that The Word of God in us might impart to us Power to become children of God.

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