Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy. 1 Peter 1:8 (NIV) Peter does not say, “You should be filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.” He...
Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? Isaiah 53:1
Who believes this message of redemption? That is Isaiah’s question: “Who has believed what he has heard from us?” He’s asking this question of the people of God, the people known by God’s name.
Then he asks a second question: “To whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” Who gets it? Who gets the life-changing power of what God has done in Jesus Christ?
You may say, “I do. We do. It’s in our statement of faith. We believe that Jesus died on the cross for our sins.” Really? Would you say that you have lived this week in the conscious knowledge that the Son of God loves you and gave himself for you? Knowing this subconsciously won’t change your life. Signing off on it on a statement of faith won’t restore your soul.
In his short book, A Gospel Primer for Christians, Milton Vincent says that many Christians make the costly mistake of viewing the gospel as “something that has fully served out its purpose the moment they believed in Jesus for salvation.”
Milton says: “The gospel is so foolish (according to my natural wisdom), so scandalous (according to my conscience), and so incredible (according to my timid heart), that it is a daily battle to believe the full scope of it as I should.”
Ask yourself: Whatever I may say I believe, am I living—daily—out of a conscious knowledge of the love of Jesus for me?