We Are Left for a Season, Let Us Faithfully Represent Him Here

Thus far we have considered the individual’s personal relations to God, but like the ointment of a man’s right hand, which by its fragrance “betrayeth itself”, any intensified knowledge of God will soon begin to affect those around us in the Christian community.  And we must seek purposefully to share our increasing light with the fellow members of the household of God.

This we can best do by keeping the majesty of God in full focus in all our public services.  Not only our private prayers should be filled with God, by our witnessing, our singing, our preaching, our writing should center around the Person of our holy, holy Lord and extol continually the greatness of His dignity and power.  There is a glorified Man on the right hand of the Majesty in heaven faithfully representing us there.  We are left for a season among men; let us faithfully represent Him here.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 94

What Is Needed to Know God…

Let me present a brief summary of these conditions as taught by the Bible and repeated through the centuries by the holiest, sweetest saints the world has ever known:

  1. We must forsake our sins…
  2. There must be an utter commital of the whole life to Christ in faith…
  3. There must be a reckoning of oursevles to have died unto sin and to be alive unto God in Christ Jesus, followed by a throwing open of the entire personality to the inflow of the Holy Spirit.
  4. We must boldly repudiate the cheap values of the fallen world and become completely detached in spirit from everything that unbelieving men set their hearts upon, allowing ourselves only the simplest enjoyments of nature which God has bestowed alike upon the just and unjust.
  5. We must practice the art of long and loving meditation upon the majesty of God.
  6. As the knowledge of God becomes more wonderful, greater service to our fellow men will become for us imperative.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 92-94

Acclimating Ourselves to the Fellowship of the Saints

By faith and obedience, by constant meditation on the holiness of God, by loving righteousness and hating iniquity, by a growing acquaintance with the Spirit of holiness, we can acclimate ourselves to the fellowship of the saints on earth and prepare ourselves for the eternal companionship of God and saints above.  Thus, as they say when humble believers meet, we will have a heaven to go to heaven in.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 86

Every Man Lives By Faith

Every man lives by faith, the nonbeliever as well as the saint; the one by faith in natural laws and the other by faith in God.  Every man throughout his entire life constantly accepts without understanding.  The most learned sage can be reduced to silence with one simple question, “What?”  The answer to that question lies in the abyss of unknowing beyond any man’s ability to discover.  “God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof” but mortal man never.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 16

Even in Our Darkest Moments

God doesn’t merely forgive us or save us.  He actually enjoys us – even in our darkest moments.  He doesn’t enjoy our sin, but He enjoys us as redeemed image bearers.  Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection enable His pleasure to flow freely to unpleasurable people who have faith in Him.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 31

This is True Freedom

The gospel makes us extrospective, turning our gaze upward to God in faith and outward to  our neighbor in love.  This is true freedom – freedom from sin’s guilt and tyranny, so that we can actually love people as gifts instead of debts.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 198

What We Simply Need from Our Pastors…

And we need a communion of saints he has chosen and redeemed with us and for us.  We need ordinary believers of every generation, race and socioeconomic background to whom we’re united by baptism to one Lord and one faith by one Spirit.  We simply need ordinary pastors to deliver the word of life and its sacraments faithfully, elders to guide us to maturity and deacons to help keep the temporal gifts circulating in the body.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 165