More and more it becomes evident that the Lord Jesus does not have His proper place among the Children of God (though saved, yet many not adequately conformed maturely in Christâ€™s image, i.e. â€œwalk as He walkedâ€ - 1Jo 2:6â€”NC). He is not the object of their hearts. It is either a doctrine, a dogma or an experienceâ€”something besides Himself (and this was written about 200 years agoâ€”NC).
We seem to have much the same spirit that actuated Peter on the mount, when he said, â€œLet us make here three tabernaclesâ€ (so as to worship all threeâ€”NC). The Father solemnly rebukes this, â€œWhile he yet spoke, behold, a voice out of the cloud said: This is My beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased, hear ye Him. And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid; And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid. And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus onlyâ€ (Mat 17)?
Have you ever been in the â€œcloudâ€? Have you ever heard the â€œvoiceâ€? Have you ever been on your â€œfaceâ€? Then, have you heard another voice, â€œAriseâ€? Do the eyes of your heart see â€œno man save Jesus only? Many perhaps, have reached the top of the mount; but few, very few, have been in the â€œcloud,â€ have heard the â€œvoice,â€ have been on their â€œfaces,â€ have risen to see â€œJesus only.â€
â€œChrist is allâ€ (Col 3:11). Do we make Him this? Is it a question of my salvation? â€œBelieve on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be savedâ€ (Acts 16:31). Is it a question of relationship with God? â€œYe are all children of God by faith in Jesus Christâ€ (Gal 3:26). Is it a question of experience? â€œFor me to live is Christâ€ (Phl 1:21). Is it a question of serviceâ€? â€œI can do all things (that He shows us to do in His Wordâ€”NC) through Christ which strengthens meâ€ (Phl 4:13). Is it a matter of my path? â€œI am the Wayâ€ (Jn 14:6). Is it a question of heaven or the place to which my path leads? He would define it as â€œwhere I amâ€ (Jn 14:3).
Oh, let us know more of that rich blessedness which comes of making Christ all, of seeing â€œJesus only.â€ Our cry should be, â€œOh, to know Him!â€ (Phl 3:10). In our selfishness we cry and beg for blessings. It is the Blesser we need, Himself (â€œneedâ€- consumed by Himself more than His blessingsâ€”NC). He is the joy of the Fatherâ€™s heart. Let us taste with Him the delight He takes in His beloved Son. The Lord Jesus is infinitely higher than doctrine or experience. Experience we shall have, but only with Him can our heats be satisfied.
Why is it we are not changed more â€œfrom glory to gloryâ€ (e.g. in our lifestyleâ€”NC)? The veil has been rent; the Blood has been sprinkled; the Spirit has been given. The reason is we are occupied (preoccupiedâ€”NC) with ourselves and the work of the Spirit in us, rather than with Christ alone (Heb 12:2). This is the weakness in the vast holiness movement, especially (right motive, but often wrong methodâ€”NC). Let us look more in that unveiled face, from which streams the light of the knowledge of the glory of God (Heb 12:2). All else will pale and fade if we will but linger there (2Co 3:18â€”NC).
The Holy Spirit never occupies me with His work in me. The Word is, â€œHe shall not speak of Himself.â€ â€œHe shall glorify Meâ€ (Jn 16:13, 14). To go further, the work of Christ, wonderfully blessed as it is, can never be the object of my heart. It gives my conscience peace, but only His Person can satisfy my heart (fellowship with the Lord Jesus involves only Himself and not His blessings, i.e. thinking on Himself as much as possibleâ€”NC).
The Father directs our attention to Him (Mat 17:5). The Spirit would occupy us with Him (Acts 7:55, 56). The Word of God testifies of Him (Jn 6:39). He is the Object of faith; He is the Object of love: He is the Object of Hope; and the faith, love or hope that does not make Him the Object is without reality. The risen Lord Jesus must be all for my path, all for my growth, all for my service and all for my worship. â€œUnto you therefore which believe, He is preciousâ€ (1Pe 2:7).
â€”F U B
MJS online devotional excerpt for September 9
"If we go on with the Father, sweet as is the assurance that we belong to Him, yet the uppermost thought will in the long run be Himself. We shall come back to His Person. We shall in our praises weave with them what the Lord Jesus has done, suffered, and won for us; but the primary thought in our hearts is, not what we have gained, however true, but what He has been for us and what He is for us, yes, what He is in Himself." -J.B.S.
"There is usually only occupation with the Lord Jesus for the relief of the conscience, and if so, where does it stop? It stops when the relief is gained. But if He is the object of the heart, you will never be satisfied but in fellowship with Him where He is." -MJShttp://www.abideabove.com/hungry-heart/day/2021/09/09/