"I have revealed You to those whom You gave me out of the world.They were Yours, You gave them to Me and they have obeyed Your word. Now they know that everything You have given Me comes from You. For I gave them the words You gave Me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from You, and they believed that You sent Me. John 17:6-8                                          

  The disciples had been given out of the world into Jesus' hands, and He had taught them. He had revealed to them the true nature of God and His eternal plan of salvation. As a result of His teaching, the disciples had obeyed God's word and accepted the message Jesus had given them as coming from the Father.                                                   

  We like these first disciples, often struggle in grasping and applying this fundamental truth to our lives. We find that we need to battle our sinful nature and the opinion of the law, the belief that there must be something we can do, even need to do, in order to have eternal life. We are constantly urged on by Satan in all this. Thank God for the glorious gospel of grace sounded fourth in our Savior's prayer.                                              

Christian friends, The only obedience God requires of us is that we believe.This is His work, not ours. The Father chose us, Jesus saved us, and the Holy Spirit brought us to faith. Once dead, we are now alive in Christ.                                                                                                                               

The gods of this world are empty and vain,                                                        They cannot give peace to one's heart;                                                                    The living and true One deserves all our love                                                     From Him may we never depart.                                                                                      

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY - The infinite God cannot be measured by finite man.    


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