Who May Speak?

 

 

Every person who is overtaken by the love of God finds within himself the need to share with others the knowledge of that love. And yet there is a space in which a person questions his qualifications to discuss that which is so grand, that of which he is so unworthy.

We must be certain that it is not our personal merit which is the credential granting us permission to speak of our God, for who by his own merits could earn such a credential? Conversely it is only Satan and the cynic who would dispense the lie that a child of God is not qualified to speak of his own Father.

God said to Abraham, “Be not afraid. I am your shield, your very great reward.” [Genesis 15.1] A shield is not only a margin of protection. It is also the emblem of that for which we are willing to die.

When we come to God and offer ourselves to him as a living sacrifice, He is our emblem and our colors. We wear him, we bear Him within our heart’s house, and we belong to Him.

Now we may consider the analogy of the messengers in the days of the kings. Who is credited with authority to speak for the king? He speaks for the king who wears the kings colors or bears the king’s ring upon his hand.

Consider these points and these Scriptures. First, when we come to God through Jesus the Messiah we are granted, through his Spirit, a new birth as a son or daughter of God. [In this way, through His Spirit, God forms a people for himself]:

“He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God — children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” John 1.10-13

Or, as Paul said, “Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is a new creation.” Galatians 6.15

Secondly, when we have turned away from ourselves and turned to God through faith in the power of Jesus to bring us before His throne, our birth into the family of God carries with it full inheritance of all the promises which God has made for his people throughout the history of his people, beginning with Abraham:

Paul said, “If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” [Galatians 3.29] and “…God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father.’ So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.”

Here we come upon the third point, that in our birth as sons of God, He sends the Spirit of God, substantially and mystically, to occupy our hearts. [Everyone who has so succumbed to modern thought as to believe that there is no heart, no spiritual address in his body, will have to address this problem, for the intersection (collision) of the Spirit of God and the heart of a man is the fundamental immediate objective of human history, and the only possible beginning of individual hope.]

Fourthly we may take this review one step further, by noticing that the Spirit of God is the seal which marks us as the property of God:

“And you were also included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession — to the praise of his glory.” Ephesians 1.13,14

Also “Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” II Corinthians 1.21,22

In conclusion, if our hearts belong to God, then we are sealed by his Holy Spirit and we may say without exaggeration that we wear the colors of our King. We [without regard for degree or office or title or scholarship] are the ones who are faithful witnesses as to the love of God; we who have sinned are faithful to carry the message of the gravity of his mercy, his redemptive historical act on our behalf; we are eye witnesses to the power of His Spirit to give order and healing to the human heart. It is our privilege to speak of Him. More than that, by His bidding, it is imperative that we speak of Him:

I do not seal my lips
as you know, O Lord,
I do not hide your righteousness
in my heart;
I speak of your faithfulness
and salvation.
I do not conceal your love and your truth.
Psalm 40. 9b,10a

Lawrence Jones

email   lstewartj@sbcglobal.net

 

2 thoughts on “Who May Speak?”

  1. leavethecult said:

    I love your blog. It is clear and free from the doctrinal confusion of this world. God bless you Lawrence

    • Dear Leavethecult, I am terribly pleased to see that you have looked at several pieces and can still write something positive. Your blog looks very interesting and I plan to read a good bit of it soon… many subjects which really interest me. I’ll drop a word or two. God bless you, and thank you.

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