Today’s Gospel I am the vine, you are the branches: He that stays in Me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without Me you can do nothing. – John 15:5 Reflection The Lord compared us to the branches and compared Himself to the vine. Our relationship with the Lord is like the relationship between the vine branches and the vine. Away from the vine, the branches will lose the supply of life and then wither and die. From this we can see that the Lord is the source of our life and that it is very important to maintain a proper relationship with God. Only by constantly living before God to have a normal relationship with God can we gain the supply of God’s life and bear the fruit of life. Conversely, if we often stray far from God, cling to the world, and live in the enjoyment of the flesh and material benefits, but seldom read God’s words or pray to Him, then we will have no proper relationship with Him, nor will we have the work of the Holy Spirit. Our life will wither. This is equivalent to the branches withering after being away from the vine. So, how can we establish a proper relationship with God? I read two passages from a spiritual book, “People believe in God, love God, and satisfy God by touching the Spirit of God with their heart, thereby obtaining His satisfaction; when engaging with God’s words with their heart, they are therefore moved by the Spirit of God. If you wish to achieve a proper spiritual life and establish a proper relationship with God, you must first give your heart to Him, and quiet your heart before Him. Only after you have poured your whole heart into God can you gradually develop a proper spiritual life. “If you want to have a proper relationship with God, your heart must turn to God…. When one does not give his heart to God, his spirit becomes obtuse, it becomes numb and unconscious. This kind of person will never understand God’s words and will never have a proper relationship with God; this kind of person will never change their disposition. … When you are able to give your heart to God, you will be able to perceive every subtle moving within your spirit, and you will know every enlightenment and illumination received from God. Hold onto this, and you will gradually enter into the path of being perfected by the Holy Spirit. The quieter your heart can be before God, the more sensitive and delicate your spirit will be, and the more your spirit will be able to perceive the moving of the Holy Spirit, and then your relationship with God will become more and more proper.” From these words we can see: If we want to establish a proper relationship with God, we must give our hearts to Him and often quiet our hearts before Him. Of our whole beings, it is our heart that God places great stock in. Just as the Bible says, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). God is a Spirit. Only with our hearts can we connect with His Spirit and establish a proper relationship with Him. If we want to give our hearts to God, first we should often come before God and have real prayer with God: speaking our hearts’ words to Him, truly entrusting our difficulties to God, and asking for His guidance and arrangements, instead of making prayers that are not sincere or prayers of a religious ritual. This is what it means to have a normal relationship with God. » You may be interested in reading more on our The Parables of Jesus page, or in the articles below: • Why Did Jesus Use Parables When He Did His Work? • The Profound Meaning Behind the Parable of the Vineyard • Establishing a Proper Relationship With God Is Very Important
Today’s Gospel And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. – John 6:11 Reflection It is recorded in John 6:11, “And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.” Many people are familiar with the miracle of five loaves and two fishes. From this miracle of Jesus we can see His unique authority and almightiness. It proves that the Lord Jesus is the incarnate God Himself. However, is Jesus performing this miracle merely to allow us to know His authority? Recently, I have read one passage on the Internet, “When the Lord Jesus saw these five thousand people, they were hungry and could only think of eating their fill, so it was in this context that the Lord Jesus satisfied their wishes. When He satisfied their wishes, what was in His heart? What was His attitude toward these people that only wanted to eat their fill? At this time, the Lord Jesus’ thoughts and His attitude had to do with God’s disposition and essence. Facing these five thousand people with empty stomachs who only wanted to eat a full meal, facing these people full of curiosity and hopes about Him, the Lord Jesus only thought of utilizing this miracle to bestow grace upon them. However, He did not get His hopes up that they would become His followers, for He knew that they just wanted to get in on the fun and to eat their fill, so He made the best of what He had there, and used five loaves of bread and two fish to feed five thousand people. He opened the eyes of these people who enjoyed entertainment, who wanted to see miracles, and they saw with their own eyes the things that God incarnate could complete. … Even though these people did not know who He was or understand Him, or have any particular impression of Him or gratitude toward Him even after they had eaten the loaves and fish, this wasn’t something that God took issue with—He gave these people a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the grace of God.” From this passage, we understand Jesus’ tolerance and compassion for mankind. These five thousand people were not truly following the Lord, but just wanted to have a good meal, or saw miracles to open their eyes. Although Jesus knew that these people wouldn’t follow Him with a true heart after the meal, He still treated them kindly and gave them food to eat. After they were filled, Jesus left without a word, but He said a lot of words and expressed His will to His disciples. So we can know that Jesus has principles in treating different people. And these gave us a caution: If we treat the Lord merely as spiritual sustenance, but don’t put the Lord’s words into practice, then such belief is no different from those people that only wanted to eat their fill. Therefore, only we give our hearts to God and practice His words in all things can we gain His approval.
Today’s Gospel And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen. – John 21:25 Reflection God is the source of the truth. And His utterances is sufficient. God’s word says, “The way of life is not something that can be possessed by just anyone, nor is it easily obtainable by all. That is because life can only come from God, which is to say, only God Himself possesses the substance of life, there is no way of life without God Himself, and so only God is the source of life, and the ever-flowing wellspring of living water of life.” The Lord Jesus had worked for three and a half years, and He said countless words and gave many sermons. Compared with the Lord Jesus’ work and preaching in the three and a half years, the Lord’s words recorded in the Bible are only a drop in the ocean. This makes me remember the Lord’s word, “I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come” (John 16:12-13). So we can see that the Lord Jesus’ words recorded in the Bible are so limited, He has not finished speaking His words and will tell us when He comes again in the last days. Thus it’s impossible to find these words in the Bible. If we say that all of God’s word is in the Bible and there is no word of God outside the Bible, it is incompatible with the Lord’s words. Then how should we seek the new words of God? Recommended for you: • Is All of God’s Word Really in the Bible • How to Hear the Voice of God – 2 Key Principles • Heated Debate: Are There Any Words of God Outside the Bible? » You may be interested: Christian Movie “The Bible and God” Clip: Are All of God’s Work and Words in the Bible?
Today’s Gospel He said to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, love you Me? He said to Him, Yes, Lord; You know that I love You. He said to him, Feed My sheep. – John 21:16 Reflection Every time when I read these verses, I would mull: Why did the Lord Jesus ask Peter three times in a row, “Love you me?” What did He want to tell us through these questions? Later, I found the answer in a spiritual book and became somewhat clear about God’s will. It says in the book, “In this conversation, the Lord Jesus repeatedly asked Peter one thing: ‘Peter, love you me?’ This is a higher standard the Lord Jesus required from people like Peter after His resurrection, who truly believe in Christ and strive to love the Lord. This question was a sort of investigation, and a sort of interrogation, but even more, it was a requirement and an expectation of people like Peter. He used this method of questioning so that people would reflect on themselves and look into themselves: What are the Lord Jesus’ requirements for people? Do I love the Lord? Am I a person who loves God? How should I love God? Even though the Lord Jesus only asked this question of Peter, the truth is that in His heart, He wanted to use this opportunity of asking Peter to ask this type of question of more people who seek to love God. It is only that Peter was blessed to act as the representative of this type of person, to receive questioning from the Lord Jesus’ own mouth. … This was a thought-provoking, meaningful question that can’t help but make every follower of Christ feel remorse, and fear, but also feel the Lord Jesus’ anxious, sorrowful mood. And when they are in great pain and suffering, they are more able to understand the Lord Jesus Christ’s concern and His care; they realize His earnest teaching and strict requirements of pure, honest people. The Lord Jesus’ question allows people to feel that the Lord’s expectations of people revealed in these simple words are not merely to believe in and follow Him, but to achieve having love, loving your Lord, loving your God. This kind of love is caring and obeying. It is humans living for God, dying for God, dedicating everything to God, and expending and giving everything for God. This kind of love is also giving God comfort, allowing Him to enjoy witness, and allowing Him to be at rest. It is mankind’s repayment to God, their responsibility, obligation and duty, and it is a way that mankind must follow for their entire lives. These three questions were a requirement and an exhortation the Lord Jesus made of Peter and all people who would be made perfect. It was these three questions that led and motivated Peter to complete his path in life, and it was the questions at the Lord Jesus’ parting that led Peter to start on his path of being made perfect, that led him, because of his love for the Lord, to care for the Lord’s heart, to obey the Lord, to offer comfort to the Lord, and to offer up his whole life and his whole being because of this love.” After reading these words, I knew the word “Love you me?” that the Lord Jesus asked Peter three times is too meaningful. It contains God’s expectations of man: In God’s heart, He doesn’t only want to gain people who believe in and follow God but expects to get man’s love of Him and man’s heart that truly loves Him. In God’s eyes, it is the most precious that man has a God-loving heart. So, God asked Peter three times, “Love you me?” God’s will is that He hopes all those who truly follow Him can pursue to be a person like Peter and can achieve to love God. I couldn’t help considering: Do I have love for God? Many times I said I would seek to love God, but in reality I usually made deals with God for the sake of my own interests, and demanded God’s blessings for my small sacrifices, and so on. Compared to God’s requirements, I have a long way to go. But I’m willing to come before God to pray, read more of His words, seeking the enlightenment and illumination of the Holy Spirit and understanding the requirements and will of God, and practice according to His words in my life and work. Hope that one day I can satisfy Him and comfort His heart. » Read more on our The Gospel of Jesus Christ page about Knowing Jesus Christ, or in the recommended articles below: • Why Did the Lord Jesus Approve of Peter’s Faith? • What Is the Significance of the Baptism of the Lord Jesus? • Gospel Reflection on the Lord Jesus’ Appearance to Thomas the Apostle
Today’s Gospel Jesus said to him, Thomas, because you have seen me, you have believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. – John 20:29 Reflection In the past, when I saw this verse, I only thought these were the Lord’s words to Thomas. But several days ago, I saw a passage on the Internet, which made me realize that Thomas represents a type of person and the words spoken by the Lord are also a caution and a warning for us. Share this passage with you: “Thomas represents a type of person who believes in God yet doubts God. They are of a suspicious nature, have sinister hearts, are treacherous, and do not believe in the things that God can complete. They do not believe in God’s omnipotence and His rule, and they don’t believe in God incarnate. However, the Lord Jesus’ resurrection was a slap in the face to them, and it also provided them with an opportunity to discover their own doubt, to recognize their own doubt, and to acknowledge their own treachery, thus truly believing in the existence and resurrection of the Lord Jesus. What happened with Thomas was a warning and a caution for later generations so that more people could warn themselves not to be doubting like Thomas, and if they were, they would sink into the darkness. If you follow God, but just like Thomas, you always want to touch the Lord’s rib and feel His nail marks to confirm, to verify, to speculate on whether or not God exists, God will forsake you. So, the Lord Jesus requires people to not be like Thomas, only believing what they can see with their own eyes, but to be a pure, honest person, to not harbor doubts toward God, but only believe in and follow Him. This type of person is blessed. This is a very small requirement the Lord Jesus has for people, and a warning for His followers.” After reading these words, I understand the reason why the people such as Thomas have failed. It is because that their hearts are too deceitful. They always assess the authenticity and reason of things with their own eyes, clinging to the view “seeing is believing,” and do not have the eagerness to seek the truth, this kind of people finally are ruined by their deceitfulness. Now we all yearn for the second coming of Jesus, but many people believe that the Jesus who does not ride upon a white cloud is a false Christ. No matter who testify that the Lord has returned, they do not believe and cling to their own conceptions and only believe when they see the Lord come openly on clouds with their own eyes. Don’t they have the same viewpoint as Thomas? If we hear someone preaches the Lord has come, we don’t put aside our imaginations and conceptions, or follow the masses, waiting and seeing, or hesitate to seek and investigate the true way, we are surely unable to see the Lord’s appearance, thus we’ll lose the opportunity to gain salvation and enter the kingdom of heaven. The Lord said, “Because you have seen me, you have believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” These words are just the Lord’s reminders of us so that we won’t follow in the footsteps of those who had failed. » Read more on our Commentaries on Proverbs page, or click on the related articles below: • 3 Truths About the Resurrection of Jesus Christ We Should Know • Lessons From the Lord Jesus’ Appearance to Thomas the Apostle • Jesus Appeared to Thomas: What Is the Significance
Today’s Gospel Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the middle, and said to them, Peace be to you. Reflection Whenever I read this verse, I cannot help but ponder: Though it happened thousand years ago, what was the significance of Jesus’ resurrection? Why did He appear to people after His resurrection? From a spiritual book, I have read one passage: “And when He walked out from the grave, and appeared to the people one by one, the majority of people who had seen Him with their own eyes or heard the news of His resurrection gradually shifted from denial to skepticism. By the time the Lord Jesus had Thomas put his hand into His side, by the time the Lord Jesus broke bread and ate it in front of the crowd after His resurrection, and after that ate broiled fish in front of them, only then did they truly accept the fact that the Lord Jesus is Christ in the flesh. … This brief reunion made the people who saw the Lord Jesus feel as if a lifetime had passed. Their lost, confused, afraid, anxious, yearning and numb hearts found comfort. They were no longer doubtful or disappointed because they felt that now there was hope and something to rely on. The Son of man standing in front of them would be behind them for eternity, He would be their strong tower, their refuge for all time.” God examines the innermost heart of man. Jesus knew that His disciples followed Him, but they didn’t believe that He was the incarnate God, much less the fact of His resurrection. Thomas was the classical example. After he touched Jesus’ wound in His rib and nail marks in His hands, Thomas’ doubt of God disappeared. Hence, Jesus’ appearance to people was to make those who followed Him truly believe that He is the incarnate God and is the Lord who created the heavens and earth and all things. Although He was nailed to the cross, He had the power of resurrection. From these, we can see God’s authority, strengthen our faith, and truly rely on Him on our path of following God. » Read more in these articles: • 3 Aspects to Unravel Mystery of Incarnation of Jesus • What’s the Significance of the Lord Becoming Man’s Sin Offering? • 3 Truths About the Resurrection of Jesus Christ We Should Know
Today’s Gospel I pray not that you should take them out of the world, but that you should keep them from the evil. – John 17:15 Reflection The above verse is the prayer of the Lord Jesus. Jesus did not ask the Heavenly Father to take the disciples out of the world, but asked Him to keep these disciples. God’s words is faithful. If we want to triumph over Satan’s temptations and attacks in real life, we should pray and rely on God, then we can obtain His care and protection. It’s also mentioned in the Lord’s Prayer that “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil” (Matthew 6:13). Therefore, on our path of believing in God, it’s so important to obtain God’s care and protection. Share with you a passage of words, and hope you can find the way of practice from these words when being tempted and attacked by Satan. “After God created mankind and gave them spirits, He enjoined them that if they didn’t call out to God, then they would not be able to connect with His Spirit and thus the ‘satellite television’ from heaven would not be received on earth. When God is no longer in people’s spirits there is an empty seat left open for other things, and that’s how Satan seizes the opportunity to get in. When people contact God with their hearts, Satan immediately goes into a panic and rushes to escape. Through mankind’s cries God gives them what they need, but He does not ‘reside’ within them at first. He just constantly gives them aid because of their cries and people gain hardiness from that internal strength so that Satan dare not come here to ‘play’ at its will. This way, if people constantly connect with God’s Spirit, Satan dare not come to disrupt.” » Read more on our Overcome Temptation page, or click on the related articles below: • The Power of Prayer • 3 Effective Ways to Overcome Satan’s Temptations • How She Resists Temptation When She Bumps Into Her First Boyfriend Again • How Do Christians Resist Temptation in the Workplace? She Did It This Way
Today’s Gospel As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you: continue you in my love. – John 15:9 Reflection In the Age of Grace, the Lord Jesus came among man to do the work of redemption. During that time, He healed the sick and cast out demons, performed many signs and wonders, and gave man grace in abundance. In the end, He was nailed to the cross as a sin offering to redeem mankind from sin. So that we have the opportunity to come before God and enjoy His grace and blessings. This is God’s boundless love for us. Just as God says, “Jesus was the God who saved man. What He had and was was grace, love, compassion, forbearance, patience, humility, care, and tolerance, and so much of the work that He did was the redemption of man. As for His disposition, it was one of compassion and love, and because He was compassionate and loving, He had to be nailed to the cross for man, in order to show that God loved man as Himself, so much so that He offered up Himself in His entirety. Satan said, ‘Since You love man, You must then love him to the ultimate extreme: You must be nailed to the cross, to deliver man from the cross, from sin, and You shall offer up Yourself in exchange for all of mankind.’ Satan made the following wager: ‘Since You are a loving and compassionate God, You must love man to the ultimate extreme: You should then offer Yourself up to the cross.’ Jesus replied, ‘As long as it is for mankind, I am willing to lay down My all.’ And then He went up onto the cross without the slightest self-regard, and redeemed the whole of mankind.” » Read more on our The Gospel of Jesus Christ page about Knowing Jesus Christ, or click on the related articles below: • What’s the Significance of the Lord Becoming Man’s Sin Offering? • Good Friday Message: God Is Almighty, but Why Did Jesus Redeem Us by Crucifixion? • Why Did the Resurrected Jesus Christ Appear to His Disciples Many Times?
Today’s Gospel Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you: not as the world gives, give I to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. – John 14:27 Reflection In the last supper, Jesus exhorted His disciples: He won’t abandon them and the Holy Spirit will be with them. With Jesus’ presence, they don’t need to be troubled or afraid. Jesus’ words matter to us Christians nowadays. Maybe your family is not wealthy; maybe you don’t have the power; or maybe you are a labor in a small fast food restaurant … However, when we have a heart of fearing God and live in front of Him, He will be with us. Even though we are not wealthy, God bestows His peace upon us that makes us live in joy. Just as God’s words say, “No matter what issues we encounter, we’re not afraid; we have something to lean on and we have motivation. We’re not like non-believers—they are helpless, they’re constantly running around, and they’re constantly afraid of what might happen. They don’t want to get into a car accident, they don’t want to provoke a lawsuit or a quarrel, they don’t want to offend their boss, colleagues, relatives, or people who are useful to them, they don’t want to run into any disasters…. They are wound up tightly in their hearts every day, fearing that these things might happen. They don’t have God in their hearts, so they seem pathetic, helpless, and with nothing to lean on. We’re different. We don’t need to fear those things; God is supreme, He is our Lord, we can lean on Him, He is our Rock. God has already told us the principles of what we should practice when we encounter an issue. We live our lives in the light, in peace.” We often pursue rich material and the enjoyments of the flesh, but these are not what God bestows upon us. After reading this passage of God’s words, we understand that what God bestows on us are not about the material needs, but more about sureness and peace. Maybe we have taken daily life for granted, and don’t regard the peace we have owned as God’s protection, but God still silently does everything for us. “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you,” God’s promise to us will never be unfulfilled. Let’s offer a prayer of praise to God for His bestowing peace and joy upon us, so that we can keep away from worries and fear. Amen! » You may be interested in reading more on our Testimonies page about God’s Protection, or in the articles below: • A Testimony of Faith: God Accompanied Me Through Those Dark Days • God’s Healing Power: After Her Husband Lost Consciousness • Understanding the grace of God: Accompanied by God’s Love, I Was No Longer Worried About My Children’s Illness
Today’s Gospel Jesus answered and said to him, If a man love Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and make Our stayed with him. – John 14:23 Reflection Jesus Christ said those who love Him will keep His words, and that only those who follow God’s way can be brought by Him into His kingdom. Then what exactly is following God’s way? Many people think it means reading the scriptures and praying every day, or laboring and spreading Jesus Christ’s gospel. However, the Bible said, “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name have cast out devils? and in your name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess to them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:22-23). Why did Jesus Christ say He never knew those who preached and worked wonders in His name? It can be seen that if we labor and preach in exchange for the blessings of the kingdom of heaven, it is not following God’s way. Then what is truly following God’s way? Until one day, I read a passage, “In every age, God bestows some words upon man when He works in the world, telling man of some truths. These truths serve as the way to be adhered to by man, the way that is to be walked in by man, the way that enables man to fear God and shun evil, and the way that people should put into practice and adhere to in their lives and over the course of their life journeys. It’s for these reasons that God bestows these words on man. These words that come from God should be adhered to by man, and to adhere to them is to receive life. If a person does not adhere to them, does not put them into practice, and does not live out God’s words in their lives, then this person is not putting truth into practice. And if they’re not putting truth into practice, then they’re not fearing God and shunning evil, nor can they satisfy God. If someone can’t satisfy God, then they cannot receive God’s praise; this kind of person has no outcome.” This passage made me understand that following God’s way is to practice God’s current words and requirements. This is the most basic principle. Those who follow God’s way can obey and follow, practice according to His current requirements, accept His trust and bear witness to Him regardless of what He says or does. Those people, the ones that no longer rebel against God or resist Him, are the ones that He praises. Take Abraham, for example, he was able to follow God’s words. He dutifully gave his beloved only child to God. God rewarded Abraham for his loyal servitude. He blessed one of Abraham’s other children, allowing him to eventually become a great nation. Another example is Job; He revered God and stayed away from evil things. During his trials, when his wealth and children were stripped away, he cursed himself instead of blaming God; he continued to bless the holy name of Jehovah. Therefore, he was a perfect man in God’s eyes. Peter is yet another example. When he realized that Jesus Christ’s word and work have authority and are the way of life, he gave up everything and followed Jesus Christ all his life, longing to pursue the truth. After accepting Jesus Christ’s trust, he shepherded the church, in strict accordance with God’s requirements. Eventually he was able to serve God until death and love Him above everything else. All of these people obeyed and revered God. People like this are the ones who truly follow God’s way. If you say that laboring for Jesus Christ means you are following God’s way, then why, after the Pharisees traveled to the ends of the earth to spread the gospel and work for Jesus Christ, were they eventually condemned and cursed by Jesus Christ? That’s because they believed in God but did not follow God’s way. When Jesus Christ came to do His works, not only did the Pharisees not accept it, they lead the entire Jewish faith in fanatically condemning and resisting Jesus Christ. They even bore false witness to Him in an attempt to hurt Jesus Christ. Everything they did was a betrayal of Jesus Christ’s path; they took Jesus Christ as their enemy. Although these people looked as if they were enduring much suffering and laboring hard for Jesus Christ, we cannot say they were following God’s way as long as they didn’t obey God’s current words and work. Therefore, if we want to follow God’s way, we should seek and accept God’s current words and work, accept His trust, practice His words. Only in this way can we have the opportunity to be commended by God and to be brought by Him into His kingdom. » You may be interested in reading more: • Can People Be Saved Into the Heavenly Kingdom Through Baptism? • Does Working Hard Mean Following the Will of the Heavenly Father? » Recommended: Christian Movie “Stinging Memories” Clip: Do Good Behaviors Mean Obeying the Heavenly Father’s Will?
Today’s Gospel If you shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. – John 14:14 Reflection God is faithful. He is the only true God who presides over and administers all things. There is nothing that God finds difficult to do. When we often pray to Him about our deficiencies with a true heart, as long as our prayers are in accordance with His will, He will surely listen to us and help us. This is God’s promise to us. Then how can we enter into true prayer? God says, “Whilst praying, your heart must be at peace before God, and it must be sincere. You are truly communing and praying with God; you must not deceive God using nice-sounding words. Prayer is centered around that which God wishes to complete today. Ask God to bring you greater enlightenment and illumination, and bring your actual state and troubles before God to pray, and make resolution before God. Prayer is not the following of procedure, but the seeking of God using your true heart. Ask that God protect your heart, making it able to often be at peace before God, making you able to know yourself, and despise yourself, and forsake yourself in the environment that God has set for you, thus allowing you to have a normal relationship with God and making you someone who truly loves God.” God’s words clearly show us it is most important to pray with a sincere heart, and speak the words within our hearts to Him. We must not speak nice-sounding words to please God without practice as we pray. That is deceiving God and such prayer cannot be approved by Him. So we should pray with an obedient heart as creatures according to God’s requirements, and pray for seeking to love and satisfy God. Only then will God listen to our prayers and perfect us according to our prayers. » Read more testimony articles of how Christians saw the power of God by praying: • Receiving Healing From God, I Am Able to See the Light Again • That Night When My Everything Was in the Danger of Being Burned Out • Understanding the grace of God: Accompanied by God’s Love, I Was No Longer Worried About My Children’s Illness
Today’s Gospel Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me: or else believe Me for the very works’ sake. – John 14:11 Reflection The Lord Jesus witnessed that He is the incarnate God Himself in this verse. In the Bible, He said more than once “I am in the Father, and the Father in me,” and He also said, “I and my Father are one” (Jhn 10:30). Obviously, He is the incarnate Spirit of God, is the appearance of God Himself, and the unique God Himself. Christ’s external appearance seems ordinary and normal, but He is the embodiment of the Spirit of God. He expresses the truth, carries out the work of God Himself to redeem and save mankind. Human beings have never conceived that the supreme God is incarnated to be a man. The Lord Jesus also told us that if we wish to know the incarnate God, we should know Him from His deeds and His work. Just as God says, “The incarnate God is called Christ, and Christ is the flesh donned by the Spirit of God. This flesh is unlike any man that is of the flesh. This difference is because Christ is not of flesh and blood but is the incarnation of the Spirit. He has both a normal humanity and a complete divinity. His divinity is not possessed by any man. His normal humanity sustains all His normal activities in the flesh, while His divinity carries out the work of God Himself. Be it His humanity or divinity, both submit to the will of the heavenly Father. The substance of Christ is the Spirit, that is, the divinity. Therefore, His substance is that of God Himself….” “He who is God’s incarnation shall hold the substance of God, and He who is God’s incarnation shall hold the expression of God. Since God becomes flesh, He shall bring forth the work He must do, and since God becomes flesh, He shall express what He is, and shall be able to bring the truth to man, bestow life upon man, and show man the way. Flesh that does not contain the substance of God is surely not the incarnate God; of this there is no doubt. To investigate whether it is God’s incarnate flesh, man must determine this from the disposition He expresses and the words He speaks. Which is to say, whether or not it is God’s incarnate flesh, and whether or not it is the true way, must be judged from His substance. And so, in determining whether it is the flesh of God incarnate, the key is to pay attention to His substance (His work, His words, His disposition, and many more), rather than external appearance. If man sees only His external appearance, and overlooks His substance, then that shows the ignorance and naivety of man.” » Recommended for You: God is the Trinity, can such saying stand? The Lord Jesus said, “… he that has seen Me has seen the Father” (Jhn 14:9), “I am in the Father, and the Father in Me” (Jhn 14 :10 ), and “I and My Father are one” (Jhn 10:30 ). How should we understand these words? Please focus on this film clip. “Exploration of the ‘Trinity’” Clip: The Father and the Son Are One?