"These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said,...
"...And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them ((His disciples)); that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
"Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.
"O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them." (John 17:1,22-26.)
"Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error. Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
"...And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love, dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in the world.
"There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love." (1_John 4:6b-8,16-18.)
Praise God! His mighty love is ever bountiful.
It is that love that emboldens me to DO the tasks to which I have been called, assigned, and commissioned. Indeed, without that love I would be tormented with fear in proclaiming forth such Truths. Just as (the far superior example of) Moses appeared initially fearful about his own (and much greater!) commission, so, too, do I question as to "Who am I, a mere babe, to teach and proclaim the TRUTH?" (See Exodus 4:1,10,14.) Even though I am not to so question, humility bears upon me to at least still ponder it...
As well, some of those Truths which I have been the human instrument to bring forth are, indeed, very fearful Truths for one to be the bearer thereof! After all, the world hates the TRUTH ---especially Truths that the world has more successfully hidden and suppressed. Yet, Praise God, by my love for you, thus obeying the LORD, I dwell in love. By dwelling in love, I am able to dwell in God and God in me ---as He has said. ...And not because of me; no, rather, it is only because God loved me first. Praise ye the LORD! I would that you also would so dwell in love that you may dwell in God and He in you. Alleluia!
With that love, may you receive this revelation of TRUTH. If you do not, it is not me whom you reject but TRUTH itself of, and and, the Author Himself. As our Lord and Saviour has told his TRUE disciples (the TRUE Children of the LORD!), "He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me." (Luke 10:16.) I am able to, and do, take comfort in that encouragement from our Lord. After all, not one single part of this will be my mere human opinion. Rather, this is Scripture and Scripture will prove it. Yes, Scripture is revealing...
Indeed, I will submit myself to the standard that Christ Jesus declared following a number of His teachings on "the kingdom of heaven is like..." I submit myself to His standard for TRUE "scribes" (i.e., --<professional--> writers of a letter, note, epistle, book, etc.) in Matthew 13:52: "Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old." Note, however, that "new things" will only apply to new understandings that have, indeed, always been and been true, but that were merely hidden since days of old or even earlier, even as far back as before the foundation of the world. While "new" to you and me, all revelations of TRUTH must always, however, be in conformity with Scripture and the Holy Ghost.
But will you receive it?
As Jesus said in Matthew 13:15-16: "For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear."
Are your eyes, ears, and heart open that you may, indeed, so see, hear, and understand? If not already, will you be converted and healed? As our Lord and Saviour therein declared, the eyes, ears, and hearts of the TRUE Children of God are indeed so open ---and thus are they converted and healed! Praise the LORD! May you be so bless-ed.
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