Sometimes by His Holy Spirit, God speaks to us through His Word and sometimes He speaks to us thru music, etc. etc. etc.
The last few days I have been listening to the newest Chris Tomlin CD, Love Ran Red and the opening track ‘Greater’ has been echoing in my mind … pointing me to the Scripture I am sure served as a part of its inspiration. (BTW … Chris Tomlin’s gift as both a praise and worship song writer and leader continues to shine through on this CD).
Consider these words recorded by the apostle John …
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world. YOU ARE FROM GOD, little children, and have overcome them; because GREATER IS HE WHO IS IN YOU than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them. WE ARE FROM GOD; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. 1 John 4:1-6 (NASB)
‘Greater is He who is IN you than he who is in the world’ … oh, if I could but grasp, totally embrace and rest in the assurance of that simple truth. God … Father, Son and Spirit … live IN me … live IN you … live IN every born-again believer. Yet I constantly find myself in the midst of a selfish tripartite tug-of-war between He-who-is-IN-me, he-who-is-in-the world and me.
And yet John captured an even ‘greater’ truth of assurance in the gospel bearing his name …
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. MY FATHER, who has given them to Me, IS GREATER THAN ALL; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I AND THE FATHER ARE ONE. John 10:27-30 (NASB)
Note the absolutes Jesus has revealed here …
- My Father is GREATER than all
- The Father has given Jesus His sheep
- His sheep hear Jesus’ voice
- Jesus knows His sheep
- Jesus will give eternal life to His sheep
- They will NEVER perish
- NO ONE will snatch them out of Jesus’ hand.
- NO ONE is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand
- Jesus and the Father are one
(For those not familiar with the word assurance, a brief description might be helpful: the state of being sure or certain about something, a strong and definite statement that something will happen or that something is true.)
GREATER … indeed!