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We have come to the place in the Song that has kept it out of Sunday School for a hundred years. But today, we will boldly go where no Sunday School teacher has gone before. [slight exaggeration there]

Your stature is like a palm tree, 
and your breasts are like its clusters.
I say I will climb the palm tree and lay hold of its fruit.

Song of Songs 7:7-8 ESV

Let’s clear the air here. Solomon uses the “B” word liberally here in chapter 7. When we looked at this back in chapter 4, I said that Solomon speaks of breasts in two ways. In chapter 4 He speaks of their beauty. The beauty of Christ is described in the fact that He the embodiment of both Grace and Truth, His life is a marriage of both mercy and justice.

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. - John 1:14 ESV

Lovingkindness and truth have met together; Righteousness and peace have kissed each other. - Psalm 85:10 NASB

Notice I did not say grace and truth are in balance in the life of Christ. I’ve heard many speak of a Christian life in balance, but I don’t think that’s what is called for. Jesus is not 1/2 full of grace and 1/2 full of truth. He doesn’t temper His grace with truth, or visa versa. He is full of grace and He is full of truth.

Today Solomon speaks of breasts and their role in nurture.

We said last week that the palm tree grows where few can grow - reaches deep into the earth to find sustenance and then produces fruit that offers that same life to others.

Our Bride has walked through trials and temptations, and has learned how to stay connected to the Vine even in the desert times of life. She has learned the truth in Christ’s promise dwell with and in us, come what may.

I hear many quote the promises of the Lord to always be with us and in us, but have you ever notice that every one of these promises (that I have found anyway) is in the context of our going?

Christ famously promises His presence with us to the end of the age:

and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. - Matthew 28:20 NASB

But notice, this is the Great Commission - He is promising His presence with us ‘as we go.’

John 14 gives us another great example of this. In Verse 12 tells us that believers will do greater works than He did during His earthly ministry. In verse 13 and 14 He promises to do anything we ask in His name. This is all followed by some of the clearest declarations of His promise His presence in us and with us in verses 16 – 31. There we see a promise that Father, Son and Holy Spirit will be with and in the believer’s life as we follow Him and partner with Him.

So it is in the Song. Our bride has come to a place in her life where she is ministering, even when His presence is not felt. Her very life is an evangelistic tool in His hands. Her passion for Him demonstrates how wonderful it is to be in relationship with the Groom.

He promises to go up and take hold, and I take this to mean that Jesus will support the fruit of Her life and ministry. He will not let her stand alone as she supplies those around her with the fruit borne in her life.

This is a great promise for us as we take what He has done in us, and bring it to the world around us.

Lord, Help me to be a palm in the spiritual desert of this day. Allow me to be a source for others who are starving and dehydrated. Let it be said of me that rivers of living water flow out of his inner most being. I thank You that You are the source of all life, and You give it freely to those who come to You.

Ben NelsonThanks for stopping by today.

Stay connected to the vine.

Ben

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Through Ezekiel God promised

"Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. "Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. "I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances. - Ezekiel 36:25-27

Christianity is no ‘religion of the mind.’ It’s not made up of ideas and dogmas. It is God coming and living – dwelling – in flesh.

It’s not man cleaning himself up and trying to be good enough to get back into God’s good graces.

It’s not making sure your good deeds out weigh your bad deeds on some celestial scale.

It’s an act of God

It’s God who cleans you

God who breaks the hold idols have in your life

God who takes out the heart of stone

God who put in a heart of flesh

God who put’s His own Spirit in you.

8 from the mouth of 4 prophets God repeated that we would be His people and He would be our God.

And check out this one:

"My dwelling place also will be with them; and I will be their God, and they will be My people. - Ezekiel 37:27

Jesus links all this directly to us when He tells the disciples in John 14:

Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.” - John 14:23

That “abode” is dwelling place – it is the noun form of the verb to dwell. This statement Jesus makes in John 14 is a direct reference to Ezekiel 37

Do you see it?

This is the crux of the Christian life. This is what sets Christianity apart from all other religions. INCARNATION – Christ in you.

In this last conversation Jesus has with the disciples before He goes to the cross He told them that He, Jesus Himself, and the Father – God the Father – the almighty King of the Angel Armies, and the Holy Spirit would all be moving into you as you surrender your life to Him.

You are a dwelling place – a home – for the God who created all things.

Paul said it this way – Christ in you, the hope of Glory – Colossians 1:27

Nora and Papa BenThanks for stopping by.

Have a blessed week.

Ben

 

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Old Historical Church With Large Bell Tower In Europe In The Evening At Sunset

The Creator of all things came to earth as a man. Lived a sinless life. Took the penalty for our sin – not just physical death on the cross – He drinks the cup of the Father’s wrath. He died, was buried, and rose from the dead. The sin He bore for us He left in the grave. He appeared to Mary, the disciples, and over 500 at one time. Then He was taken up into heaven on a cloud.

Before He ascended He did something that changed everything. Check this out:

So Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit.” - John 20:21-22

A few days earlier He had promised them:

Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him."- John 14:23

And in His high priestly prayer in John 17 he prayed this prayer:

I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me. - John 17:20-21

You see, when Jesus breathed on them saying “Receive the Holy Spirit” it was like the moving van of heaven pulled up in front of each of them, and Almighty God moved in. They became a dwelling place for the Most High God. For the first time since the Garden of Eden, the breach between God and man was mended.

That’s a place to shout!

Ben NelsonThanks for coming by,

I'm in a shoutin' mood today.

Ben

 

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Grunge Wood Interior

Yesterday we looked at John 1:18 and the fact that Jesus is an ‘explanation of God.’ Today, I simply want to state that it is the “hope of Glory” that we become further explanations of God.

No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him. - John 1:18 NASB

The Father’s intent in pouring out His Holy Spirit to abide in us, and His invitation for us to abide in Him (was it an invitation or a command – I guess an invitation from the King of kings and Lord of lords would pretty much play out as a command anyway) was to the end that we would be the Body of Christ to this world – a further explanation of Him. When folks look at us they should see the light that was placed in us by Jesus.

He said

Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. - Matthew 5:16 NASB

So – to restate what I said yesterday:

You see, In Christ, you are God explained.

Do they wonder about God’s purpose?
In Christ, you are a demonstration of what moves God.

Do you wonder about God’s passions?
In Christ, you are a demonstration of God’s passions.

Do you wonder about God’s priorities?
In Christ, you are a demonstration of God’s priorities.

Do you wonder about God’s plans?
In Christ, you are God’s plan.

Jesus is the Word made flesh – the Word in a body.

He is still the Word in a body, and you are that body – the body of Christ – not longer in one place but broken and distributed – cast upon the water – floating hither and yon, as an explanation of the Father to all of His creation.

You are a letter – a personal message from the Father – written in flesh and blood and sent to the world you live in. [Tweet This]

Lord, help me to shine – Help me to be bright enough so folks can read the letter written by your hand on the papyrus of my life.

BN Writers Page 150Thanks for coming by today.

Walk in the light.

Ben

 

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