Vibrant, ageless, timeless… all who resent truth simply don’t understand it.
Proverbs 8 speaks profoundly about Wisdom. She speaks in the first person and recounts her experience in creation until now. She was there with God in the beginning. The Universe was created with Wisdom as a full contributor, as alive then as she is now.
“The Lord possessed me at the beginning of His way,
Before His works of old.
23 I have been established from everlasting,
From the beginning, before there was ever an earth.
24 When there were no depths I was brought forth,
When there were no fountains abounding with water.
25 Before the mountains were settled,
Before the hills, I was brought forth;
26 While as yet He had not made the earth or the fields,
Or the primal dust of the world.
27 When He prepared the heavens, I was there,
When He drew a circle on the face of the deep,
28 When He established the clouds above,
When He strengthened the fountains of the deep,
29 When He assigned to the sea its limit,
So that the waters would not transgress His command,
When He marked out the foundations of the earth,
30 Then I was beside Him as a master craftsman;
And I was daily His delight,
Rejoicing always before Him,
31 Rejoicing in His inhabited world,
And my delight was with the sons of men. – Proverbs 8:22-31
And this is the beauty of The Truth:
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” – John 14:6
In my Scripture study today, I studied 1 John 1:4-10, then 1 John 2:1-11 and 1 John 2:24-27.
This whole chapter reiterates again and again that those who do not love, do not know God.
“8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” 1 John 4:8-11
This is the standard by which we can understand if we really know God or not. Are we exemplifying love?
That being said, John speaks that truth clearly when He stipulates:
4 He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. 6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. 1 John 2:4-6
There is no better evidence that we know Jesus Christ than that we have His attributes and walk as He walked. You become like what you spend the most time engaged in.
Jesus should be the most important focus of our lives.
By Camille Weston
A writer and research theologian at Christian Designs