The Word Was Made Flesh

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Ephesians 4:21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:

We’re living in a world that’s full of dangers. It’s very important to be aware of these dangers and know how we can avoid them. Jesus has not left any stone unturned in regards to what will befall His people prior to His coming. Each one of us believe that we are at the door. It is our responsibility to consider these things to challenge and encourage ourselves. Every warning is in the Bible. What was Jesus’ response when His disciples asked, when shall the end of the world be and what shall be the sign of the coming of the Lord? In Matthew 24 Jesus says what is going to happen. There are many things that concern us in chapter 24 but turn your attention to chapter 25. Jesus concludes at the end of chapter 24 with the two servants – those that are lukewarm and those that are faithful to the message. The start of chapter 25 relates directly to this situation.

Matthew 25:1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

The kingdom of Heaven is like this. Those that profess Jesus Christ are likened unto this ten virgin’s scenario.

Matthew 25:2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: 4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. 11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. 13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

God’s professed people for the last days are divided into two classes. The scripture of Matthew 24:45-51 had the kingdom of heaven divided into two servants. Now it’s divided into the two groups of virgins. The scripture of chapter 24 indicates the division of the leadership. There are leaders who give watered down messages that don’t give meat in due season. They eat and drink with the drunken and involve themselves with the worldly activities while at the same times professing to serve God as leaders. The other leader is involved in feeding the flock of God, the people that are hungering and thirsting after righteousness. That servant gives them meat in due season. Chapter 25 is like the parable of the common people; of those sitting in the pews. There is a division of them as well. Half the class is foolish and half is wise. The foolish are not prepared. It said when the bridegroom came they that were ready went in. Therefore it is a prerequisite of entering Heaven that you must have oil in your vessel as your preparation. You can have a burning lamp but if you do not have oil in your vessel you are not ready for Jesus to come. What does Jesus equate this oil in the vessel to?

Matthew 25:11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.

The oil in the vessel equates with knowledge of God, a relationship with God that just the mere lamp does not give. Both classes of virgins had lamps but just because you have a lamp it doesn’t mean you have a relationship with Jesus. What does the lamp represent?

Psalms 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

The Word of God, the Bible, the King James Bible, is a lamp to our feet. What about the vessel?

2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

The vessel is the heart. God hath shined in our hearts. We have this treasure in the earthen vessel inside of us. What is the oil?

Zechariah 4:2 And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof: 3 And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof. 11 Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof? 12 And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves? 13 And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. 14 Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.

The Old and New Testament are the two anointed ones the Word of God combined that stand by the Lord. Inside in is oil. What is this oil?

Zechariah 4:6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.

The oil is God’s spirit which has inspired the Word of God. The Psalmist says my tongue is the pen of a ready writer. The inspiration contained in this book is the oil that illuminates the lamp. A lamp without oil doesn’t illuminate anything. If the oil in the Word is the Spirit then in the vessel it must be the same thing. This parable says that amongst God’s people His Kingdom, there are two classes. Both classes have the Bible. Both classes have oil in their lamps. When they open the Bible, it’s alive. But the differing factor is that one class does not have that same oil in their vessel. This is the danger that we want to address. We can have the God’s Word and the Holy Spirit inside of us revealing light to our minds and inspiring us of what is written and yet still not be ready for Jesus to come. What a challenging thought.

Our doctrines may be correct; we may hate false doctrine, and may not receive those who are not true to principle; we may labor with untiring energy; but even this is not sufficient. {2SM 370.1}

We may have all our doctrines correct, may hate those that have false doctrine, but this is not enough. The oil in the lamp according to the Scripture is not enough. It’s essential, but not enough.

Let each one see if in contending for the truth, if in debating on the theory, he has not lost the tender love of Christ. Has not Christ been left out of the sermons, and out of the heart? Is there not danger that many are going forward with a profession of the truth, doing missionary work, while the love of Christ has not been woven into the labor? {2SM 370.2}

Christ has been left out from the heart. The Word of God said the heart was the vessel. Here is a class of people who have God’s truth as a light. They can expound upon it, talk of all the truths, yet it’s not enough. Often we contend ourselves that we know all the doctrine. We can argue them and convince anybody, yet we are in danger. This is the danger that we are addressing; the danger of not having it in the vessel and therefore not being ready for Christ to come. The Bible speaks of the conversion of the Christian Church.

Ephesians 4:17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,

He is talking to the Christian church saying you need to be changed and converted. You’re not to walk and have the lifestyle that was of the world. There has to be a marked difference.

Ephesians 4:18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: 19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

He’s saying, you’re not like that. You’re called to be something different. That is what the world is.

Ephesians 4:20 But ye have not so learned Christ;

In other words, we didn’t learn of Christ the way the world teaches it. We did not learn Christ by engaging in sinful practices. Then comes the question, did you really learn Christ?

Ephesians 4:21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

How does conversion can take place in your heart? We aren’t to be like the Gentiles. We haven’t learned of Christ by the world. Only if we have learned it by Him as the truth is in Jesus. What does that mean? Can you have truth outside of Jesus? Yes you can. It’s called the theory of the truth. You can have the Bible which is filled with oil but yet you might not learn the truth as it is in Jesus. The Spirit of Prophecy, the pen of inspiration gives us warning which we must take heed to.

There will be some terrible falls by those who think they stand firm because they have the truth, but they have it not as it is in Jesus. {5t 540. 2}

The prophet of the Lord is saying, there will be many who will have a really bad fall, who will come to Heaven expecting to entering in because that had the truth. They think themselves firm because they have the truth. But then the prophet says under inspiration that they have it not as it is in Jesus. Yes they have the truth, but it’s not in Jesus. We must have the truth in Jesus. What does this mean?

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God.

We are holding in our hands the Word of God.

John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Here the disciple John says the Word became flesh and I saw it with my eyes. The disciples beheld the glory of the only begotten of the Father. We saw it. The disciples saw His ministry and knew of His carpentry work. In His ministry they beheld something for three and a half years. What was it? The Word of God. Now we have white pages with black writing. When you spend time in the Word, what do you see? Do you see white pages with black writing?

1John 1:1 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; 2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, 

What is the disciple John doing? How did you hear about Jesus? Didn’t the apostle John write it? This is the Word. He saw the Word become flesh and then he recorded it. That is how we know of the Word, by reading it.

1 John 1:2 …which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us; 3 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.

The apostle is inviting us saying, I have experienced the living Word. I saw what Jesus did. I saw Jesus’ temperament, his demeanor, his character around crooked leaders and poor sinners. I handled him, I hugged him. We talked together. That which I have experience I want to tell you now, so that you can have fellowship with Him. John literally fellowshipped with Jesus. He’s writing it in a book so you and I can fellowship in the exactly same way that the apostle John fellowshipped with Jesus. It’s no different. Some say I can’t see the flesh, just white pages and black writing. John had an advantage because he literally got to see the flesh of Jesus. But John doesn’t have an advantage over us. The Word that was inside Jesus had oil. This is the Word of God, the oil in the lamp. That same oil in Jesus is also to be where? In the vessel. If it’s not in the vessel, you will not be ready for Jesus to come.

This Word Became Flesh

What sort of flesh did it become? This is how to avoid being caught up in the fact of matters in the argumentation of God’s Word in teaching it because you have to. We want to go deeper than that. It’s good to teach and show doctrines; it’s needful. You couldn’t know Christ without the doctrines but we must involve ourselves in the Word becoming flesh.

Hebrews 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same;

What flesh did the Word become? The same flesh that you and I have. This Bible is a down to earth book. What is in this Bible is a person. This person became flesh in the same way that you and I are flesh and blood. When we’re looking at the Bible, we’re not just looking at stories and facts, it’s a person and because it’s a person, when we read it, we need to have the simplicity of a child. We can’t have the mind of theology. That will destroy how you read the Bible.

There is danger of not making Christ’s teachings a personal matter, of not receiving them as though they were addressed to us personally. In His words of instruction Jesus means me. I may appropriate to myself His merits, His death, His cleansing blood, as fully as though there were not another sinner in the world for whom Christ died…. {TMK 280.3}

We and the scholars of today read the Bible and say this letter is written to the Corinthians. We expound on the problems they had back then and say it doesn’t apply to us today. What a load of garbage. Yes, it applies to them but it also applies to me. I’m reading a person and He’s talking to me. That’s how we need to come to the Bible. We need to make it personal. When we have temptations we come to the Bible and Jesus is talking to us. So many Christians say I pray to God but He never talks back to me. That’s because there’s no faith in the Scriptures. If you realize how alive they are, if you have the faith of a child when you have a problem and plead to the Lord to help you and believe that he hears you, then go to the Scripture and look for the answer that He wants to tell you personally right at that moment because it’s written there for you. He wrote it for you as if there was no other person on the world. Do you believe that? We don’t need to get involved in the theology of everything. It’s addressed personally to you and me.

We must regard the Bible as addressed to us personally; and as we take heed to the words of God, they will be a safeguard to us against the enemy. {RH, July 7, 1891 par. 5}

Often we get lonely and want someone to help me with my problems. No one on earth can understand my problems. If we come to the Bible and read it as it is personally written to me as it is in Jesus, that personal truth will set you free. Not the theology of the truth. As I take these words, the oil that’s in the lamp through the Holy Ghost assimilates the words as if they are mine and there will be a change made. This Word was made flesh and that was Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 3:2 Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: 3 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.

The Word became flesh as the incarnation of Jesus Christ occurred. Now this Word has the become flesh in me. I need to take the words and incorporate them into my being. Then as I do that, I am an epistle of Christ. What is in the Bible? Epistles? Multiple epistles combines together create the whole Word of God as one unit. So it is as we all engage in the Word of God all the individual epistles combined as Christ personally speaking to each other then we will see Him as a person in the Bible. There’s a person there and He’s talking to me. He knows how I feel because there is oil in the Word. As we do that we all become epistles. Then when we come together, we become the body of Christ because Christ has become flesh, the flesh that you and I have. His sufferings didn’t come from His own neglect. They came from your and my sufferings placed in Him by God. Therefore what we are reading in Jesus is actually you and me as if we are in Him. That was the Lord’s name. His name shall be Emmanuel God with us. A body has thou prepared for me (Hebrews). A body was prepared for the Son of God to occupy. The body was created by taking all the traits that are common to man and arranging them in a body that will meet yours and my needs.

What we’re reading is Jesus and one another. We’re reading our needs and the needs of Christ. His needs are our needs. All the solutions that came to Christ are our solutions if we read the Bible this way. As we do this it becomes alive, the living Word and we are handling the word of life. Apostle John said that. He had the physical and we assume that he had a privilege over us but it is not so. We can handle the person that is revealed in the Bible just as real as John did. No less. He’s writing this so that we can have fellowship together because our fellowship is with Jesus Christ. Our danger is that we will come to the Bible as a mere book that is inanimate. Sure it has some wonderful ideas but is that how we treat it? If we don’t apply the Words personally, if we have the theological mind, we will not be ready. That’s our danger that we can be so involved in our missionary work preaching and telling other people that we will neglect to absorb it into us. Have you ever had someone read you a text and you say, yes I know that one. I’ve heard that before, been there, done that. That is a sign of great danger. The Bible needs to be fresh and alive. The solution of how to avoid the danger is making it a personal relationship with these words that they are written to me and me only. Every warning is a warning for me. Every admonishment is an admonishment for me. Every promise is a promise for me. As we read it personally we will avoid this danger. Let us consider how does this really happen? Here is a discussion that Jesus has with the Theologians.

John 6:48 I am that bread of life. 49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. 51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. 52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? 53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.

What was the problem of the foolish virgins? Their problem was that something wasn’t in them. There is life in the Word. Whether you leave it on your bookshelf or not, there is life in it. We must extract that life into our being. If we don’t do that, we’re not ready for Jesus to come.

John 6:54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. 58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever. 62 What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? 63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. 64 But there are some of you that believe not.

The Jews did not believe that the word of God was the personage of Jesus Christ. When He said, eat my flesh, He wasn’t talking about the literal. He said the words I’m speaking to you are spirit and life. The flesh doesn’t profit anything. He clarifies Himself. Jesus is trying to say, don’t involve yourselves in mere scriptural readings. Eat me. The Scriptural reading is meant to be Jesus Himself. If all we’re doing is feeding our mind with mere facts, we’re not eating Him. That’s what the Jews were doing. They treated the Scriptures like mere facts and they dissected everything with their theological minds and did not see the personage of Jesus Christ. Therefore, they weren’t eating His flesh. That was the point that Jesus was trying to get across to them, you don’t believe me. My flesh, my blood. The Word became what? Flesh. If the Word became flesh, if it becomes personal, we must eat it. What happens when you take food to eat? Where do the nutrients go? Into your blood, your heart, your flesh, into you, the person you are. If you never ate food, you’d be dead. It’s quite obvious but somehow we don’t understand the spiritual application of it. Jesus said, your fathers did eat manna. They just ate the bread. They’re dead. It didn’t save them. So with the foolish virgins. They have the oil in their lamps, they have the Bible, they have all the truth and they hate people preaching wrong doctrine. Yet they’re not ready for Jesus to come because they haven’t assimilated it into their personal being. The only way they can apply it into their person is if they read it from another person to them; a relationship. This flesh and blood in Jesus we are to assimilate.

John 19:34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. 35 And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.

Out of the side of Jesus came water and blood.

1 John 5:6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.

You can have all of the truth and not any of the truth. The Spirit is truth. Therefore the oil being the Spirit in His Word and not being in me means that I don’t have the truth as it is in Jesus. Are you beginning to understand what that means? It’s living real live tissue. It has arms, legs, it walks, talks, has a mind and it thinks. That is the truth. Jesus says I am the truth. That truth is a living person. Not letters on a page. The letters only direct our mind to the person. We are flesh, we walk and talk. That same truth is to become in us that we can a living epistle read of all men.

1 John 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. 8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.

In heaven there is the Word Jesus Christ, the Spirit the Holy Ghost and the Father. On earth we have the Spirit the common denominator between Heaven and Earth, the water and the blood. The record of the life of Jesus Christ. The Scripture says the life is in the blood. We have the life of Jesus on earth and the Holy Ghost is to apply that to our earthen vessels, our flesh and blood.

1 John 5:9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. 10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: 

John said, I’m going to witness of what I have witnessed. The experience that I have made, I’m going to share that with you. That’s my witness to you that you can have fellowship with me. If we find inside the Bible the person of Jesus Christ, the man of the Bible as a personal Saviour and apply it, we no longer have John’s testimony. We have the witness in ourselves that it’s true. Therefore John has no advantage over us. This work which is done by the Holy Ghost is expressed a little further. To eat His flesh is to assimilate. What our stomach does to physical food and our brain must do to the spiritual food, exactly the same. If we don’t do this, we’re going to be dead. When you eat physical food the body takes the things inside the food, the nutrients, vitamins and minerals and extracts and passes them into your blood.

Your Life

John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself…

How can you ever know truth? Through a university degree? Will that teach you truth? Never will it get you the truth. The only way that truth can ever come is through the Holy Ghost. It says he will guide you into all truth. The personage of Jesus Christ is what it’s going to guide you to.

John 16:13 …; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. 15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

The life of Jesus Christ is represented by the blood and the water, the Word. Scripture says that we are to be washed by the water of the Word. Washed by the blood of the Lamb to be cleansed and our mind renewed. The Holy Ghost takes the nutrients of the life of Jesus Christ applicable to our life and display it to us in a living form. As those nutrients pass through the Holy Ghost and implants into your life, you become what you eat. Just like in the physical, so it is in the spiritual. This is how Jesus becomes real. When He does, that is how you avoid the danger for the Holy Ghost to come. But how do you get the Holy Ghost?

Matthew 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

The Bible is saying there is a blessing for those that are hungering and really desiring just as if you were hungry. I want some food otherwise I’m going to die. Blessed is the person that has that intensity for God; that feels empty. A hungry person hasn’t very many vitamins in their blood. Blood sugar is low. Everything is tending to sleepiness. But blessed is the person who is hungry because this is how you get the Holy Ghost. The Scriptures say in Proverbs that the full soul loathes honey but to the hungry soul even the bitter herb is sweet. Have you ever felt that? When you’re hungry, you don’t care what you are eating, it’s good. But when you’ve eaten so much it doesn’t taste good anymore. We need to be hungry. Satan knows we need to be hungry and he’s trying to feed us with the fast food of spiritual life; the health destroying doctrines that come from theology, from university. Higher criticism: examining everything like you’re above it all and can judge what is being said. What a wicked thing that is because then you will get filled with the philosophy of men and the sweetest Word becomes loathsome to you. To the hungry soul it is the life, the health, spirituality. We need to be hungry. It is a blessing to see our need. It is a blessing when God makes us hungry. He did that to the children of Israel in the wilderness. He suffered them to hunger to see what was in their hearts. Whether they would obey Him or not. You can read that in Deuteronomy 8.

Jeremiah 15:16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.

You can only be called by the name of Christ, to be Christian, when you find His words and eat them and for them to be the rejoicing of the heart. One thing I desire of the Lord and that will I seek after. That desire is hope. Hope is the anchor point that God can latch onto to pull us out; the desire for something better. That’s what hope is. A desire. To have a hope for salvation is very beneficial. This is God speaking.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

God is saying, I know what I think about you. I know what I want to tell you. I’ve got some thoughts and some words to be uttered, some actions to be done. Thoughts bring about words often repeated which bring on actions. Our actions create our character. God has some thoughts towards us that are expressed in the Word. They are acted out in the life of Jesus.

Jeremiah 29:12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. 13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. 14 And I will be found of you, saith the LORD:

Isn’t that a promise? God wants you and I to come to the point of desperation of total need. To be hungry. So when we pray it’s not just can I have some food? It’s, I need some food. Then when He gives it we won’t palm it off and say I don’t want that. The Words become alive. Every single herb of the Word becomes sweet to you. These herbs are packed full of vitamins; the life of Jesus. What can we read of this desire? This is how we can get the Holy Ghost. When we get the Holy Ghost, he will make Jesus alive to us. Once Jesus is alive to us that is how we avoid the danger.

You who in heart long for something better than this world can give, recognize this longing as the voice of God to your soul. Ask Him to give you repentance, to reveal Christ to you in His infinite love, in His perfect purity. In the Saviour’s life the principles of God’s law–love to God and man–were perfectly exemplified. Benevolence, unselfish love, was the life of His soul. It is as we behold Him, as the light from our Saviour falls upon us, that we see the sinfulness of our own hearts. {SC 28.2}

Trim your lamps. The light that comes from the Word illuminates your own soul and you know you need oil in your vessel. You need to be filled with Jesus. When you long for something better than what this world can give, that longing is the voice of God talking to you. Then you are to ask for repentance. You are to ask that Christ will be revealed to you, that the Word will become alive. This is the request that we have when we have that hungering.

If we come to Him in faith, He will speak His mysteries to us personally. Our hearts will often burn within us as One draws nigh to commune with us as He did with Enoch. {DA 668.4}

Has your heart burned within you as the Word is unraveled in your mind? You’ve thought, I love that. That is so living. Have you experienced that? It burns within you like a fire. It creates an energy like nothing else. If we come to Him in faith He will speak His mysteries to us.

Those who decide to do nothing in any line that will displease God, will know, after presenting their case before Him, just what course to pursue. And they will receive not only wisdom, but strength. Power for obedience, for service, will be imparted to them, as Christ has promised. {DA 668.4}

We are to ask God just like any old friend. I have a decision to make in my life. I have some plans to do, whatever they are. Ask God just like you’d ask your friend because He is your friend. If you are sincere with that, He will answer you if you search in His Word for the answer. Don’t just sit there waiting for someone to tap you on the back to tell you what it is. The Word is the answer. The pen of inspiration given by the Spirit of Prophecy is the answer that we are to search for. Keep the heart open to God. There are two men who both believe in the Bible. They were studying the Bible, but the misunderstood its meaning.

Luke 24:13 And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. 14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened. 15 And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. 16 But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.

Here are two disciples. Such a discouragement in their lives, talking of the things that have just happened. Jesus the mighty prophet had been crucified. The leaders of the church had a disgusting attitude. They were reasoning together saying the Scripture says this and that. They got really disappointed. Jesus Himself came near them and they didn’t know. How often does Jesus come near us and we don’t know? You’d be surprised. Jesus, the Lord of Glory said to them:

Luke 24:17 And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad? 18 And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days? 19 And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: 20 And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. 21 But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.

We had hoped. We read the Scriptures and it didn’t seem to meet what we were expecting. In the parable of the foolish and wise virgins the foolish virgins hoped that they could get in but they couldn’t. Here Jesus is talking to them and realizes their misinterpretation of the Scripture. They didn’t see the man of the Bible.

Luk 24:25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: 26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? 27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

Do you realize that the Old Testament displays Jesus Christ? If it didn’t, these people wouldn’t have been encouraged. Jesus took the Law of Moses the Old Testament that so many Christians throw out and say it’s for the Jews. It’s for the Christians. He expounded on the Old Testament. That’s the Scripture that they had. He made it alive concerning Him the flesh of Jesus Christ.

Luke 24:28 And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further.

As they are talking He displays the light of the Scriptures to them. As they come to the village Jesus says He is going to leave. What did these men do?

Luke 24:29 But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them. 30 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. 31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. 32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?

If they did not constrain Him to come in with them they wouldn’t have known it was Jesus. They would have been enthused with the light of the Word and Jesus would have went on but they constrained Him saying, abide with us. When He came in, then He gave them bread. Where did that bread go? Into their stomachs. Then they knew that that was Jesus. Then He went. The Scripture, the Word of God burned within them. This is how we get the living Word. We must constrain Christ and say, Lord I need you to show me the glory in your Word. I want you to impart it to me. Bless the food and give it to me I pray. What Father would refuse His child food? None. Therefore when we constrain Christ in our prayers and ask Him to continue to be with and tarry with us, it is that extra time that is the most meaningful. Often in our worship we leave it too short, we cut off too early. We’re to say, Lord I want you to come with me. I love this Word and the Scriptures that you’re showing me but I want you to come with me today as a person. Speak with me and commune with me from the Scriptures. Put scriptures into my mind that you want me to know. He will if you give it time. Don’t give up. Don’t let go too soon. Then as He supplies your needs you will find that inside of your vessel there will be oil. Then only are you ready for Jesus to come. I pray that this will encourage you to go further than the theory. To encourage you to make the Word living. To make Jesus a part of your personal life. That His words are to you personally, not just to any person. This challenge I lay upon you all.



Posted on November 16, 2010, in Divine Service Sermons, Sermons For Sabbath. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I love to hear these wonderful words of God spoken through His men. Now I use these sermons to share with the local churches in India. Continu this course and God will bless us

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