The God that he interacted with in the Old Testament was a lesser god. T. S. Elliot described life this way: "All our knowledge brings us nearer to our ignorance. He hath many seekers of comfort, but few of tribulation. for …John Ross Macduff—The Faithful Promiser, On the Contemplation of Human MiseryThou art miserable wheresoever thou art, and whithersoever thou turnest, unless thou turn thee to God. …John Calvin—The Institutes of the Christian Religion, The Great TeacherTeaching was the great business of the life of Christ during the days of his public ministry. Simply put, it is the teaching that Jesus Christ will return twice! I will say to the LORD, 'My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.'" 17. xxv: 8-9. Our focus today is on God’s hidden, or secret will, which is alluded to … In this chapter God is reminding the people that they are in covenant with him. But, glory be to God! The Whisper of God: An Invitation to the Secret Place. They may know it intellectually, but they haven't committed their lives to it. And it was he who was in the Psalmist's mind when he spoke of the "good, and upright Lord" who would teach sinners, if they were meek, how to walk in his ways. “I am the LORD,” he says, “and there is no other. Website © 2020 by Ray Stedman Ministries. Do you know how to handle it? We must obey some authority. "He is Faithful that Promised." (m) His counsel contained in his word, by which he declares that he is the protector of the faithful.Psalm 25:14 Parallel Commentaries, Safe Walking. We haven't learned a thing more than they about how to solve them. Now, even Christians struggle a great deal in their lives. In my text he exchanges, "He is Faithful that Promised." The paths of the Lord? But when they get there they can't do it. Do you see his ruling and overruling hand, his ability to control and manipulate, and to bring about his purposes through tears and darkness and sorrow? xxv: 8-9. Prayer a most useful exercise. Moreover it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy [faithful to their task]. Oh! When he refers to the rulers of the age, he does not mean governmental authorities, necessarily. xxv. It is in the secret place that we are most vulnerable with God and most deeply experience His intimate love. I am greatly concerned at how many Christians exposed to the truth of God are still unable to handle life as it is thrown at them. I hope you recognize that authority is always the ultimate question. It doesn't mean a thing. Yea, he may be under such a decay, that little or no difference will be observed betwixt him and others that are yet in nature; and be not only unable to go actively and lively about commanded duties, yea, or to wrestle from under that deadness; but also be so dead, that he shall scarce, Jesus hath many lovers of His heavenly kingdom, but few bearers of His Cross. (1 Corinthians 4:1-2 RSV). Who hasn't asked, "Why did this happen to me? Help us, Father. From what has been said, upon the foregoing heads, it is …Samuel Clarke—A Discourse Concerning the Being and Attributes of God, Of Prayer --A Perpetual Exercise of Faith. The paths of the Lord? Objection, that prayer seems useless, because God already knows our wants. And yet they are still beyond us, still challenging to the intellect. The first is Joseph. The apostle Paul used the word mystery 21 times in … It is God who produces nature. Why do I have to go through this experience? The two examples here are men who were successful because they served the Lord wholeheartedly. Lord, teach us, then to be faithful stewards of the mysteries of God. Christ who is the great secret in the bible. We feel worthless, useless. He was sent to teach and to preach. Neither I, nor thou, nor any man upon the earth. All desire to rejoice with Him, few are willing to undergo anything for His sake. Prayer a most useful exercise. 10. Imagine the sheer delight of it even now. 6:4 ). At last we must cry out with the apostle as we stand before the greatness of God and say, "Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! Why is it that politicians can never be trusted to keep their promises -- even the best of them? But many, many Christians evidence the fact that they haven't yet learned the mystery of godliness, simply haven't really learned this secret. Conclusion. He hath many seekers of comfort, but few of tribulation. never follow thine own paths. Cloud's book, The Secret Things of God" however, sheds light on the real secret of the universe. It is challenged and rivaled by no other. Men deny the existence of this secret kingdom. I take it that you’re familiar with the part I was given in God’s plan for including everybody. 3:1-3; 6:19). Its necessity and use. So if you say this, what you are really saying is that nature made nature, that nature produced what you call "nature." You will never be able to help another. When the secret of God was upon my tabernacle; or, the counsel of God; when, i.e., in my tent I held sweet counsel with God, and communed with him as friend with friend (comp. Many love Jesus so long as no …Thomas A Kempis—Imitation of Christ, May one Lose the Blessing?The question trembles from many a lip--If I get the blessing, may I lose it? It takes purposeful intention to lean into a whisper. Nature is what is produced, not what is producing. God is in control of history. But "commit thy way unto the Lord, and He shall bring it to pass." Why is it that we are still grappling with the problems the Romans struggled with in the days of Julius Caesar? Isaiah the prophet wrote about God’s displeasure of doing things hidden, or in secret. There are many passages in Scripture which speak of that change, of what God is going to do in the future, what he is preparing us for. I have discovered that you can fall through the roof even though you are a pastor of a church! And without them we are unable to do so. We know what a stewardess is, in this day of aviation. 8. Then things will begin to fall into place and make sense. The thing that grips me at this moment, and I hope it grasps you, is the fact that to us -- we plumbers and carpenters and doctors and bankers and housewives and laborers and construction workers and secretaries -- to us have been committed the secrets of God. ” ‘ Come near to Me, hear this: I have not spoken in secret from … Its necessity and propriety. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. Perpetually reminds us of our duty, and leads to meditation on divine providence. Its connection with the subject of faith. Do you know how to avail yourself of God's power to meet that challenge? The Daily Benefits Derived from It. How we struggle with this! He made the world to be lived in, not to be a place of empty chaos. I hope you have learned already that a Christian resolves his puzzles and riddles and the difficult questions of life on the basis of the authority of the Word of God. vi. Perpetually reminds us of our duty, and leads to meditation on divine providence. Who is he that hath everything according to his will? The {m} secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant. Psalm 91:1: He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.Where is the “secret place of the Most High”? We don't want to be fettered and impotent through ignorance or faithlessness. 11For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man's spirit within him? Yet without this knowledge of the kingdom of God, and God's control of human events and human lives, including yours and mine, even to their most intimate details, life becomes meaningless, empty, and devoid of purpose. It would appear that Joseph had inherited some very basic, yet important, spiritual qualities from the great spiritual patriarchs before him… That despair has spread throughout the world in our day. Of Prayer --A Perpetual Exercise of Faith. You can be confronted with puzzling and baffling experiences you don't know the answers to. 29:29). There are many foolish, Sometimes the believer is under such a distemper of weakness and deadness, that there is almost no commanded duty that he can go about; his heart and all is so dead, that he cannot so much as groan under that deadness. They are secrets hidden from the general public, but available to those who are in the inner circle because they are willing to be taught by the Spirit. Paul’s point wasn’t for believers to imitate Christ outwardly. "The Holy Ghost whom God hath …John MacNeil—The Spirit-Filled Life, Lastly; they who Will Not, by the Arguments and Proofs Before Mentioned,be convinced of the truth and certainty of the Christian religion, and be persuaded to make it the rule and guide of all their actions, would not be convinced, (so far as to influence their practice and reform their lives,) by any other evidence whatsoever; no, not though one should rise on purpose from the dead to endeavour to convince them. The phrase “shadow of the Almighty” symbolizes God’s protection. Blind to good and evil, reckless to destruction, omnipotent matter rolls on its relentless way. And it does not requi… And they promise what they sincerely want to deliver when they get into office. 3. A “mystery” in the New Testament is something that had at one time been hidden but is now revealed to God’s people. This is the fact that in the midst of the world around us, with nature and people and books and trees and houses and all the other visibilities of life -- right in the midst of it, permeating all of it, and governing and controlling everything -- is a secret, invisible kingdom. I am always disturbed, whenever I go someplace like a national park, to hear the rangers say, "Nature did this, and nature did that." My soul! The great secret of the Bible is God the Mother’ existence. These are the riches God has entrusted to us to disseminate through our lives to others. There are secrets that belong to Him alone. The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant. Most certainly. 9 However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no … The Psalmist prays in this psalm for three things: deliverance, guidance, and forgiveness. We all love to come and listen to these truths expounded here. Safe Walking. This is what you have put us here for in this brief span of earthly life -- that we might learn these eternal truths which will flash in glory forever through the endless reaches of eternity. Nature does nothing. Fast “in secret…and your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (v. 18). lxix. If you read a road map or refer to the owner's manual of a new appliance or even read a newspaper, you are constantly accepting statements on the authority of others. All this points to that great theme which, Paul tells us in Ephesians, is behind all of God's work (see Ephesians 1:10) -- that in the fullness of time he may gather together all things in Christ, and harmony and unity will be restored to the universe. And it is some of these I want to bring before you. And, "The sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us," (Romans 8:18 RSV). Those who possess the Holy Spirit can hear and understand these secrets of God." Does a “secret Bible” discovered in a Turkish smuggling sting contain the real truth about the identity of Jesus Christ? Yea, he may be under such a decay, that little or no difference will be observed betwixt him and others that are yet in nature; and be not only unable to go actively and lively about commanded duties, yea, or to wrestle from under that deadness; but also be so dead, that he shall scarce …John Brown (of Wamphray)—Christ The Way, The Truth, and The Life, Of the Fewness of those who Love the Cross of JesusJesus hath many lovers of His heavenly kingdom, but few bearers of His Cross. 2. Therefore the final issue always is: "What authority do you have?" It is amazing each year how people fall for that, never seem able to see through those who make promises, and change them with the wind, in order to get elected. 'Show me Thy ways, O Lord,' he asks in a previous verse; where he means by 'Thy ways,' not God's dealings with men, but men's conduct as prescribed by God. Many follow Jesus that they may eat of His loaves, but few that they may drink of the cup of His passion. In First Timothy he says, "Great is the mystery of godliness," (1 Timothy 3:16 KJV). There is no reason why we should fail; God has made ample provision against failure; we must not expect to fail; but in case we do fail, provision has been made. This is the answer -- this secret of God. I tell you a mystery. My soul! And they are essential to life. The unspiritual man does not receive the gifts of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. But sometimes even Christians use that phraseology because we are falling heir to the philosophy of the world about us which tries to obscure the kingdom of God and act as though it isn't there. The ultimate demonstration is what takes place down in the hurly burly of life, right in the blood and the sweat and the tears of the marketplace and the home and the school and wherever we are. Much already has been taught here about that over the years, and doubtless much more will be. May God help us as we face them and answer these questions: How much do you know of this yourself? 1, 2. As ask in Jesus' name, Amen. It is the kingdom of God. Why do wars continue their senseless destruction?" But to translate this into your daily experience is absolutely necessary. Subject to permissions policy, all rights reserved. 3I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. Mysteries, in Scripture, are not 'Who Done Its.' They are not insoluble problems, strange and mysterious riddles nobody can grasp. (See Eph. It is one thing to talk about it at church. And it was he who was in the Psalmist's mind when he spoke of the "good, and upright Lord" who would teach sinners, if they were meek, how to walk in his ways. You will constantly be merely treating the symptoms which keep reappearing all the time unless you begin to understand how to use weapons which will aim at the real source of trouble, as Paul tells us in the sixth chapter of Ephesians. 13This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. Finally, we stand before the mystery of God himself, this mighty Being, this wonderful God -- three persons, yet one God -- whose ways are different than our ways, greater and higher, who teaches us to lose life in order that we might gain it, that if we are going to live, we have to die, that if we are going to reign, we must become a servant of others, that if we are going to become rich, we must accept poverty and loss, who constantly rules with undeviating justice, and yet with warm, heartfelt, absolutely unending love. "The Holy Ghost whom God hath, be convinced of the truth and certainty of the Christian religion, and be persuaded to make it the rule and guide of all their actions, would not be convinced, (so far as to influence their practice and reform their lives,) by any other evidence whatsoever; no, not though one should rise on purpose from the dead to endeavour to convince them. Even the Scriptures are acceptable to us only because of the authority of the person of Jesus Christ. And he is the Redeemer, of whom the prophet Isaiah was telling when he said--He, Save me, O God, for the waters are come in even unto my soul: I am come into deep waters; so that the floods run over me.--Ps. The speaker in the book of Job was thinking of this Great Teacher when he asked--"Who teacheth like him?" Why art thou disquieted because it happeneth not to thee according to thy wishes and desires? I don't mean to condemn; God does not condemn. God created man for the enjoyment of a walking relationship that involved companionship, dialogue, intimacy, joint decision-making, mutual delight, and shared dominion. Therefore it is essential that we understand these mysteries. And the older we grow, the less reason we seem to have for living. The Lord hath heard the voice of my weeping: the Lord will receive my prayer.--Ps. Who is he that hath everything according to his will? But we are kidding ourselves when we talk that way, because, of course, we can't do that. For permission to use this content, please review It is nothing but a cold, cosmic machine, cranking on its relentless way ... if you don't recognize the kingdom of God as Jesus revealed it -- the heavenly Father with his heart of concern for his own, his intimate knowledge of even the hairs of your head and every other part of your body and being. 1. Give “in secret…and your Father who sees in secret will reward you” ( Matt. There is no solving of harmful or hurtful relationships between human beings. “Open your mouth wide,” he says, as we empty our stomachs, “and I will fill it” (Psalm 81:10). How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!" 2. The sorrows of my heart are enlarged: Oh! On the other hand, the Lord has revealed other things that are for us and our children forever (Deut. The Secret Code of the Bible. Even he who is strong to suffer somewhat for God. Psalm 31:20 says, “You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the plots of man; You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.” And I was with you in weakness and in much fear and trembling; and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and power, that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. How to Make Use of Christ as the Life, when the Believer is So Sitten-Up in the Ways of God, that He Can do Nothing. He has made ample provision for failure. 3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. and...: or, and his covenant to make them know it. Only thus can we become faithful stewards of the mysteries of God. You don't have to be torn apart and discouraged and bored and jealous and envious and anxious and fretful. Psalm 91:1–2 says, "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. As Paul tells us, "This slight, momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison," (2 Corinthians 4:17 RSV). --PSALM xxv. He made nature. You will never understand life, and you will never understand the conflicts you have in your home between yourself and your wife, or your children, or your parents, or with your neighbors, or anyone else, until you understand this secret, this mystery of lawlessness. My challenge to you is to ask yourself how faithful a steward you are of these great secrets. Then there is what Paul calls, in Second Thessalonians, "the mystery of lawlessness," (2 Thessalonians 2:7 RSV). 7 No, we speak of God's secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. That is what revolutionizes society. By keeping God’s commandments. And because they don't know them, they make the most atrocious blunders. He wrote: Brief, powerless is man's life. It was he who was first sent forth to proclaim the doctrine of salvation, and to reveal all that had been accomplished at Calvary. Well, that is what makes the difference between meaning and meaninglessness in life. We want to be strong and genuine and healthy and whole and wholesome, imparting health and strength to others as well. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is from God, that we might understand the gifts bestowed on us by God. It is possible, is it not, to lose life while you are living it because you don't know the hidden wisdom, the secrets, the mysteries of God. Of the Fewness of those who Love the Cross of Jesus. It is these same things which later on in First Corinthians he refers to as the "mysteries" of God. We don't want anyone else to influence us. Christ treated all of Scripture, which at that time consisted of what we call the Old Testament, as the … We can't get away from that, although we might like to. This is the idea Paul conveys regarding Christians. He will show them his covenant. The Daily Benefits Derived from It. 2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. This was not unlike Plato's theory that maintained a higher truth existed. They are set before you constantly, so they won't be new and startling. “Shhh, I’m trying to listen.” The whisper of God is an invitation to the secret place. But nearer to death, no nearer to God. The most prolific cause of loss is disobedience--disobedience either to one of God's written commands, or to the inward promptings of His Holy Spirit. Jesus spoke of “the mystery of the kingdom of God” (Mark 4:11, NAS) that He was at that point revealing to His disciples. Man is to be the dwelling place of God. I am brought into so great trouble and misery: that I go mourning all the day long.--Ps. How much we need to give ourselves to it, Lord. They are constantly making mistakes -- terrible, ghastly, costly mistakes which injure and damage thousands and millions of people. And our lives will be reckoned as worthwhile only as we have grasped them and understood them and begun to practice them. Of course, a lot of demagogues run around making promises merely because they want to get into office. Through us, Lord, heal the blight of humanity around us -- the curse and the darkness and the corruption and the despair which is so evident about us. 6. Young's Literal Translation Deuteronomy 29:29 The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children for ever, that we may follow all the words of this law.. But how do you know the Bible is the Word of God?" Job xxxvi: 22. We do it all the time: If you are a stranger in a town and somebody gives you directions, you accept them as an authority in that area without question, because you think they know more than you do, even though you have never met them before. 1, 2. This is the answer to the mystery of lawlessness. The great (and often hidden) reward of fasting is God himself. Without this secret we become victims of life instead of victors. A general summary of what is contained in the previous part of the work. You will never be able to do anything effective about it. There is no reason why we should fail; God has made ample provision against failure; we must not expect to fail; but in case we do fail, provision has been made. As we close, I would like to ask you for a moment to pray silently before God and answer whatever the Spirit of God is asking your own heart. Of these three petitions the central one is that for guidance. I share with you something which has been troubling me: I am disturbed at how few of our people really have habits of personal Bible study. 5 Days. This is the secret of it. These secrets do not exempt us. King James Version 14 The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant. But they are constantly falling apart at the seams because they have no meaning, no purpose, no reason to exist. Many of us cherish the fond illusion that, if we only had the opportunity, we could set aside everybody else's thinking and do our own. In preparation for a series of messages from Ephesians 1 through 3, it will be helpful to consider a subject which is always of prime interest to believers -- the authority of the Scriptures. In any issue we discuss, we finally must resolve it on the basis of authority. There is no way by which we could possibly spend the time necessary to think and study through everything ourselves. 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