Leslie M. John

“Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?” John 14:9

We love our Lord, not because we are able to see him physically, but because of our belief in him. In 1 John 4:19 we read that ‘We love him, because he first loved us’.

Our savior, as described in Song of Solomon 5th Chapter, is ‘altogher lovely’ and ‘ white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten thousand’. Yet, it is not the beauty or the physical appearance of our Lord that makes us to love him but because he has shown his love toward us by shedding his precious blood for our sake in order that we may not be condemned but be saved. This was the way for our redemption from our sin.

He is the way, the truth and the life. There is no one, except Jesus, who can save us from the eternal damnation. That is the reason why after having been saved we ‘rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory’.

We have received salvation of our souls by faith in him and the efficacy of his blood shed for us, rather than any works associated with law. Our salvation is not by any good works that we do or have done, but it is by believing in him through faith. The Old Testament prophets have enquired about this salvation.

They prophesied about the grace and about the salvation that will be available through the only begotten Son of God. They prophesied about the sufferings of Jesus and the glory that he would have thereafter. Although they prophesied about these things, yet these were reserved for us to hear about and believe.

The angels desired to look into these things, but it was for us to have that privilege to hear and believe. The gospel of Jesus Christ is preached unto us, and it is great privilege for those who hear the good news about Jesus Christ to accept his sacrifice on the cross for our sake.

Peter asks us to gird up the loins of our minds, be sober and hope for the grace that is to be brought unto us at the revelation of Jesus Christ. He asks us to follow Jesus who was holy and be as obedient children. We should neither lust nor live in fashion with an idea of attracting the other gender into lustful thoughts. Our conversation should bring glory and honor unto our Lord Jesus. (1 Peter 1:8-17)