Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard. —Isaiah 58:8
As creations of God have sought to live in the ways of the Creator, to be in His presence, to follow in His righteous way of life, the concept of fasting—usually closely connected with prayer—has been proscribed to lead to these ends, especially in a way where fasting allows us to re-harmonize with the living Lord. For it is through fasting, that our souls are exposed more closely to the reality of God and less to the reality of this world.
Then Moses said to him, "If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?" —Exodus 33:15-16
Because of the life and death of Christ, the wall that that once separated us from God has been torn down, allowing us to come humbly to Him, to plead with Him, to ask for His great mercy.
21 “This is the way; walk in it.” —Isaiah 30:21
For those of us who are directionally challenged, such as myself, sometimes we need a plain sign or a good knock over the head to get back on track, or a GPS will do just fine. Just as easy as it is to get turned around or lost on the roads of this world, so too do we need direction in our lives to stay on track and focused on Christ, to follow the right path when so many are in our way. Just as God clearly tells the people of Israel in this verse that He is the way; today His Word leads us to Him.
Seek the Lord and live. —Amos 5:6
God sees all. God judges all.
39 And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, 40 God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us. —Hebrews 11: 39-40
In Hebrews, the book that speaks mostly to the newly converted and the seeking Jews, the author gives a very deep and multi-faceted account to the primacy of Jesus Christ. He spends most of the chapter in linking the authoritative order of the high priest to Jesus, the ultimate High Priest, who went into the heavenly tabernacle to sacrifice for us.
Teach me your way , O Lord, and I will walk in your truth, give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. —Psalm 86:11
In order to fulfill our calling to be a child of God, we must be devoted to Him, to be devoted to following His way of living holy and righteous. Most simply: we must walk in His truth, as we walk in His light.
The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all thing by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. —Hebrews 1:3-4 (NIV)
The book of Hebrews, whose authorship is unknown, is meant to minister to the Judean people, both the unconverted and the converted, to both portray to them the deity and magnificence of Christ, and how it is by His grace alone (not the law), which accounts for salvation.
I and the Father are one. —John 10:30
This six-word verse is short, but oh so sweet. It paints a picture of the solid unity in identity and purpose between the Father, God in heaven, and His Son, God in the flesh-manifested as Jesus Christ. Prior to this verse, Jesus is talking about being the good shepherd, being the one that will lay down His life for His sheep, to keep them safe in a world where a multitude of evil beings—Satan particularly—want to harm them. Before He speaks this, Jesus praises the Father as being “greater than all” and the Father who “has given them to me,” meaning that the Father has passed His people over to the Son, Jesus Christ. In this way, Jesus links the Father’s sovereignty as ruler over all and to the sovereignty entrusted to Him as the Son, keeper of the sheep, and those that believe on Him as the Son, will have eternal life and not be harmed.
18 Then Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” —Matthew 28:18-20
It has come to be called the “Great Commission,” an anointing by the Lord, to each of us, to go out and impart His truth of eternal life unto the world.
So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. —John 19:30
He was unjustly accused and sent to death after being declared innocent. He was brutally beaten, made to wear a crown of thorns and mocked, “…save Yourself and come down from the cross,” the people yelled. All the way up until His last moments on this earth, He was treated inhumanely, told to carry his own cross (though someone else did it for Him), being nailed to the cross, and then hearing voracious snickers from the crowd and even from one of the men that was next to Him on the cross…all of it falling way short of the reverence that God deserves.
45So it is written: "The first man Adam became a living being"; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. —1 Corinthians 15:45
In Paul’s dissertation on resurrection to the Corinthian church, he makes an important comparison, especially for the believers in Corinth , who was still trying to grasp the basic concepts of Christianity: he compares the natural body to the spiritual body. He makes clear that the body of Adam and all those that descended after him, essentially of man before Christ, were of dust (see Genesis 2:7), they were natural bodies, originally good because God made everything good, but became sinful, distorted, ugly, and tainted, primarily because Adam allowed sin to enter into his soul and subsequently into every man thereafter. Though he was made in the image of God, he brought a curse upon himself, which sort of tarnished the essence of who he was and ultimately who he was before God. Therefore, the ‘bodies’ we take on through Jesus Christ, allows us to move back toward (through the continual process of ‘working out our salvation’) to the heavenly essence that God had destined for us. Verse 49 says this: 49And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we[f] bear the likeness of the man from heaven. And thus Jesus Christ came as not only a sacrifice, not only a way for us to be reconciled to the Lord through His blood, but so that He could rise, and we could rise with Him. For us here on this earth, that implies that we enter into a sanctification process, a transforming and renewing process, one where we continue to let the Holy Spirit work in our hearts.
…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. —Philippians 1: 6
This verse in Paul’s letter to the people of Philippi, he is writing from jail to encourage them in their faith, saying that he is praying for them and encouraging in the pursuit of gospel spreading. Thus, his words in verse 6 can be interpreted in two ways, 1.) as a God’s salvation – that it will be perfected in all believers 2.) that ‘work’ we do for the gospel, enduring process of spreading the truth of Christ as savior will carry on triumphantly until Christ’s return.