The Greatest of These Is Love
The greatest of revelations, and one I esteem very highly, is the revelation I received on the love of the Father. We had, from the beginning of our experience in Christ, recognized that Yahweh loved his creation. I feel most every born-from-above Christian will agree with me. But when we start talking about the more excellent way that Paul spoke of in First Corinthians thirteen, we always find few people who will respond favorably to that action. I felt the Spirit dealing with me in this direction for quite some time before the vision came of Christ on the cross. Streams of blood, sweat, and spittle were mixing before they ran into his nose and mouth and dribbled on to his body. Blood streamed down his arms and on down his body from the wounds in his hands, dripping to the ground. The crown of thorns made the scene appear more ghastly, but there he hung; pleading for the salvation of his martyrs. Then I saw Yasha’s prayer being answered in Acts 2:36-39:
“Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that Yahweh has made this Yasha, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.
“Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”
“Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Yasha Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call,” (NKJ).
Here they are murdering Yasha and then here they are asking for him to come into their hearts and make them holy and righteous. That is the quality of love that flows from the throne of grace.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I John 1:9
I knew nothing of this quality of Love but I wanted it. The Love or substance that flows into us is not only affectionate but the substance of wisdom and energy.
The primitive heathen saw their deity afar off. Even though, Christ came to reveal our Father in a much greater light, the primitive concept crept over into modern Christianity. In the main-line Christianity we have an untouchable god. If we say that Yahweh is not a man on another planet, but a Spirit that spans the universe, we sound almost blasphemous to the modern concept. They must have a man-god before they can see an image to reach out to. We are unable to create an image of an invisible Spirit; only the Spirit can birth the Spirit image into our mind. But it is reality that we must have some kind of an image before we can identify or comprehend the vision, much less worship it. The human mind works incessantly creating images of what we say, hear, think, or feel. Otherwise we do not understand the messages clearly enough to apply it—it becomes a seed on the dry ground.
Examining the Law of Love
If we believe in the laying on of hands, we should not have a difficult time believing that there is Life-energy that passes through the hands into the person that is the recipient.
If we could separate our Savior from religious opinions, and see our religious experience as a one-on-one experience with a real living Spirit, it would create growing room.
I remember when I first started dating my husband, I was anxious to hear what he had to say, I wanted to learn more about him. We should be careful to have this attitude about Christ. We should seek every avenue available to get better acquainted with him. There are many ways to seek the Lord. One is prayer, another is Bible study, another is mediation, and our time of mediation must include listening time.
If our Lord’s and his ministers’ messages are not true and the monkey story is, then we are out of touch with any future hope, and all the spiritual messages that have ever been written and all revelations that have been witnessed is a conglomeration of fantasy, which leaves us blind and without hope. But if we will believe this one truth that our Savior spoke in Luke 7:22, when he gave us a sign that the Kingdom had come to the earth, saying, “Tell John, what things you have seen and take notice that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached,” then we will put the monkey story aside and began to grow in grace.