I was blessed last night to get to spend some time with a few dear brothers and sisters in Christ. Inevitably we start talking about God and His word; what He’s doing in our lives, what we’ve recently learned, what He is laying on our hearts. I love these conversations! Because I am home most days by myself, deep conversations with other believers strengthen me. It is great fellowship, iron sharpening iron, work of God’s Holy Spirit within us.
One discussion brought up the Old Testament saints and how they were saved since they didn’t have God’s word nor Jesus Christ to be their savior. My belief and understanding is that they were saved by faith just as we are now. Faith in God. Belief in God’s promises. Jesus is eternal. He existed in a different form in the Old Testament days, but when you seek Him you can find Him all through the Old Testament. He is the Word of God. (seriously, google it)
The Word Became Flesh
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:1-5 ESV)
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (John 1:14-17 ESV)
Grace and truth come through Jesus Christ who was in the beginning the Word, with God and the Word was God.
Able didn’t have the word of God, Abraham didn’t have the written word of God nor the law yet they believed God. Their faith was great and they pleased God. You cannot please God without faith. (Read Hebrews chapter 11) Because of their faith in God, God was not ashamed to be their God. They knew their creator. It was for and through Jesus Christ that all things were created – He is God.
The law came later…when people had messed things up greatly…to reveal their sins and show them their need for salvation. They were not saved by keeping the law. No one could keep it perfectly. God sees the hearts of men. He judges our hearts and tests our faith. He knows those who are His. He didn’t only save the “great men of old”. God uses the weak things to shame the strong things. He chooses men of no report. If anyone has influence or power, it is given to him by God and can be removed just as quickly. God even allows evil rulers to accomplish His good purposes. He is a just God and will repay each one according to our deeds.
Those “great men of old” were men (even children) of little note whom God selected because of their heart. He chose Moses – a little babe floating amongst the reeds, who later committed murder and fled, who when confronted directly by God argued against God’s purposes. He chose David, the youngest son, a shepherd boy, who had great faith in God – enough to throw a rock at a Giant – but who also committed great sins. God humbled King Nebuchadnezzar (a pagan King and captor of God’s people) until he understood that God was the Most High God, sovereign over the Kings of the Earth. (Read Daniel chpt 4)
For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:26-31 ESV)
God wants us to humble ourselves. He has displayed Who He is in His Holy Word. He blesses those who are faithful and obedient. He is unashamed of even the lowliest of people who walk with deep faith. So anyone who has been given power, authority, position, influence, must remember from Whom it came, remain humble and obedient to our God in heaven, and boast only in the Lord.
To God be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
An argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest. But Jesus, knowing the reasoning of their hearts, took a child and put him by his side and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For he who is least among you all is the one who is great.” (Luke 9:46-48 ESV)
A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. And he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves. (Luke 22:24-27 ESV)
But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brothers. And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. Neither be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Christ. The greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. (Matthew 23:8-12 ESV)
Know who God is. Know who you are in Jesus Christ. Walk humbly with God. Be encouraged. Press on.