The Best Things

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“For since the beginning of the world

men have not heard,

nor perceived by the ear,

neither hath the eye seen,

O God, beside thee,

what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.”

Isaiah 64:4.

The old adage, “You get what you pay for,” rings true for most things we purchase. My husband swears by it. I’m more, “earn a penny, save a penny”, type person. We’ve learned to meet in the middle. We find ourselves content, “in whatsoever state I am,” as apostle Paul put it. That’s not to say we don’t have our share of things. But it does say we have grown over the years to desire the best things, the things of God.

“But as it is written,

EYE HATH NOT SEEN, NOR EAR HEARD,

NEITHER HAVE ENTERED INTO THE HEART OF MAN,

THE THINGS WHICH GOD HATH PREPARED FOR THEM THAT LOVE HIM.”

1Corinthians 2:9.

When you read, “Eye hath not seen…” what enters your mind? Isaiah’s vision of the throne of God? Wonder at Paul’s vision of the third heaven? Or the apostle John’s revelation of the new Jerusalem along with the new heaven and new earth? His vision of the glorified Christ? Truly, the testimonies of those heavenly things by these men and others pale in the reality of what waits for the followers of Jesus Christ. Words are inadequate to express the glory of God. Jesus is that exact expression of God’s glory. Personally, I believe the above scripture manifests its truth in the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ.

Paul explained, previous to verse 9, what had not been seen was now revealed through the crucified Christ. Then in verse 10 reveals how God manifested these wonders.

“For I determined not to know any thing among you,

save Jesus Christ, and him crucified…

That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men,

but in the power of God.

Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect…we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for  had they known it, they would not  have crucified the Lord of glory…

But God hath revealed them(the things)

unto us by his Spirit;

for the Spirit searcheth all things,

yea, the deep things of God.”

The cross of Christ solves the mystery of God the eyes had not seen before, nor the ears heard before-at least had not heard with understanding. The cross of Christ reveals the glory of the Father.

Before Christ went to the cross He prayed.

“Father, the hour is come;

glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:

As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.

And this is life eternal,

that they might know thee the only true God,

and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”

John 17:1-3.

  • The cross revealed once for all God’s love toward us.

“In this was manifested the love of God toward us,

because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world,

that we might live through him.

Herein is love,

not that we loved God,

but that he loved us,

and sent his Son

to be the propitiation for our sins.”

1John 4:9,10.

  • The cross revealed the wisdom, mercy, and justice of God.

“For as ye in times past have not believed God,

yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.

For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!

How unsearchable are his judgments, 

and his ways past finding out!

FOR WHO HATH KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD?

OR WHO HATH BEEN HIS COUNSELLOR?

OR WHO HATH FIRST GIVEN TO HIM,

AND IT SHALL BE RECOMPENSED UNTO HIM AGAIN?

For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things:

to whom be glory for ever. Amen.”

Romans 11:30-36.

  • The cross reveals the power of God.

“For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified…That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.”

Mixed with these things the crucified Christ reveals the defeat of Satan foretold in Genesis 3:15, the victory over sin and death. It reveals the power or ability of God to justify us, sanctify us, and redeem us. He declared us not guilty by taking on Himself our guilt. He set us apart from the world to make us holy unto Him. His death took our judgment freeing us from sin’s penalty and power.

  • Victory over death

“Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same;

that through death

he might destroy him that had the power of death,

that is, the devil;”

Hebrews 2:14.

“I am he that liveth, and was dead;

and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen;

and have the keys of hell and of death.”

Revelation 1:18.

  • Justified by faith

“Therefore being justified by faith,

we have peace with God

through our Lord Jesus Christ…

Much more then, being now justified by his blood,

we shall be saved from wrath through him…

And not only so, but we also joy in God

through our Lord Jesus Christ,

by whom we have now received the atonement.”

Romans 5:1,9,11.

  • Sanctified through the body of Christ

“And such were some of you:

but ye are washed,

but ye are sanctified,

but ye are justified

in the name of the Lord Jesus,

and by the Spirit of our God.”

1Corinthians 6:11.

“By  the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all…

this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;

From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.

For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” Hebrews 10:10,12-14.

  • Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb

“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law,

being made a curse for us:

for it is written,

Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:”

Galatians 3:13.

“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things,

as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers,

But with the precious blood of Christ,

as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:”

1Peter 1:18-19.

“And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof:

for thou wast slain,

and hast redeemed us to God

by thy blood

out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation:”

Revelation 5:9.

This is by no means a comprehensive list of all the,

“EYE HATH NOT SEEN, NOR EAR HEARD, NEITHER HAVE ENTERED INTO THE HEART OF MAN, THE THINGS WHICH GOD HATH PREPARED FOR THEM THAT LOVE HIM.”

But it is a start. There is more to come and more to know.

“Now we have received,

not the spirit of the world,

but the spirit which is of God;

that we might know the things

that are freely given to us of God.”

1Corinthians 2:11.

Which of the above things do you treasure the most? What’s something not mentioned you would have included in the list?

“Bless the LORD, O my soul:

and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

Bless the LORD, O my soul,

and forget not all his benefits:”

Psalm 103:1-2.

 

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