Eternal Life - The Glory of God

August 8: Pillars of the New Testament

Ephesians 1:15-23

“Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints. Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all.”

1 John 3:23

“And this is his commandment, that we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.”

1 John 3:23 “And this is his commandment, that we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.”
The subject of faith is one of the core pillars of Christianity. Christianity is centered on two main subjects, around which other subjects of the Bible are built: faith and love. Our opening verse, 1 John 3:23 shows us that the commandment that governs the New Testament is all about faith and love: “And this is his commandment that we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.”

From the aforementioned Scripture, we see the two themes of the New Testament commandment: Faith and Love. Faith in the Name of Jesus Christ as the risen Lord and Christ, which is faith in the Word of God; and love, which is love demonstrated towards the brethren. These two themes of faith and love are germane to the New Testament or Covenant.
Everything else revolves around them. No matter what we do in the Lord, we must come to faith and love; it all boils down to faith and love. Whatever is not of faith is sin, and whatever is not of love is estranged from the divine nature. Faith pleases God, and He is love. 1 Timothy 1:5 tells us that the end or goal of the commandment is love from a pure heart, and from a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned. All that God has said to us and that He says to us is always unto this end: Faith and Love.
When the apostle Paul heard of these two things in the churches of the Gentiles, his heart was glad and he began making intercessions for them to come up and mature in the things of God. (Ephesians 1:15-23, Colossians 1:4-11, Philippians 1:6-11). Faith growing exceedingly with much patience and love being perfected in all its ramifications is God’s perfect will for us.

 

Faith and love are the measure of the believer’s health or well-being. Faith towards God and love towards all the saints are evident vital signs that measure the believer’s spiritual health. Beloved, grow your faith by feeding on the Word via meditation, and exercise yourself in love towards the brethren daily, in forgiveness, compassion,
intercessions, giving, etc.

 

 

My Solid Front (Confession): In the Name of Jesus Christ, I declare that I give heed to the commandment of the New Testament. I give attention to faith towards God and love for the brethren; therefore I am established in all the will of God for my life eternally in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

 

Further Meditation: 2 Thessalonians 1:3-4; Philemon 1:4-7.

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