Friday, February 17, 2012

Faithful and True

Our glimpse of Jesus today is given by the disciple John in Revelation 19:11:  “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True...”  The passage continues to expand more fully our view of the awesome glory of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  The One who is called Faithful & True is mighty and worthy of great reverence.  Yet there is a comforting glory in this title as well.  Faithfulness and Truth are foundational to the character of God; that Jesus is Faithful and True provides security and hope to every believer.

In Deuteronomy, we hear Moses beseech the children of Israel to know that God is faithful in keeping the covenant of love to those who love Him.  The same plea must be heard by hearts today because the deeper we ‘know’ this God-Truth, the more God’s presence will surround us.  God longs for us, His children, to love—to desire—His presence purely because His presence will envelop us with His loving-kindness.  The faithfulness of God to His covenants reveals His character of merciful love.

God’s character also entwines with the truth of His righteousness to unveil God’s strength and power to fulfill His covenant.  Truth empowers love to complete God’s good purposes in the lives of those who love Him.  Love alone tends to indulge wrong desires; love and righteousness refuses to allow the beloved to waste even one moment on temporary pleasures.  Truth demands hearts focus on what is good, holy and right.  Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, is Faithful and True to the character of God.  His reliability is an anchor for our souls!

The One who is Faithful and True assures us that no promise of God will ever fall short.  Our hope—our confident expectation of good from God—rests on Jesus Christ.  Paul reminded Timothy—and us—that Christ’s faithfulness is our security.  Our weaknesses, our waverings, do not compromise His identity.  The One who is Faithful and True provided us with the privilege of drawing near to the Father.  Let us heed the exhortation in Hebrews in reverence for our King of Kings and Lord of Lords:

Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
Hebrews 10:23-24

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