“God’s Secret Purpose: To Bring Us To Full Glory” ( 1 Corinthians 2: 14, NEB ) by Carley Evans


“A man who is unspiritual refuses what belongs to the Spirit of God; it is folly to him; he cannot grasp it, because it needs to be judged in the light of the Spirit.”

Paul is essentially telling us that without the Spirit of God, it is impossible for man — who is born in a fallen, unspiritual state — to grasp “what belongs to the Spirit of God.” The things of God are “folly” to man; “he cannot grasp [them.]” Man does not and cannot seek God, or comprehend God’s wisdom or purposes.

On the other hand,”a man gifted with the Spirit can judge the worth of everything.” (1 Corinthians 2: 15) Because we are gifted with the Spirit of God, Paul says, “we possess the mind of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 2: 16)

And, with the mind of Christ, we understand that “divine folly is wiser than the wisdom of man, and divine weakness stronger than man’s strength.” (1 Corinthians 1: 25) Paul says, “I speak God’s hidden wisdom, His secret purpose framed from the very beginning to bring us to our full glory. The powers that rule the world do not know it; if they did, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, in the words of Scripture, ‘Things beyond our seeing, things beyond our hearing, things beyond our imagining, all prepared by God for those who love Him’, these it is that God reveals to us through His Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 2: 7 – 10)

“In Accord With God’s Will” (1 John 5: 14, NEB) by Carley Evans


“We can approach God with confidence for this reason: if we make requests which accord with His will He listens to us; and if we know that our requests are heard, we know also that the things we ask for are ours.”

Lazarus falls ill.

Martha sends a message to Jesus, telling Him that His friend, Lazarus is sick. Jesus knows that “this illness will not end in death; [but] has come for the glory of God.” (John 10: 4) Therefore, He deliberately waits two days.

Lazarus dies.

Mary stays at home. Martha seeks Jesus, saying: “If You had been here, sir, my brother would not have died. Even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will grant You.”

Jesus promises Lazarus will rise again.

Martha tells Mary that Jesus is looking for her.

Mary – who Jesus forgives much, so that she loves much — comes to the place where Jesus is. When she sees Him, she falls at His feet and testifies: “O sir, if you had only been here my brother would not have died.” Mary and her companions are weeping.

Jesus weeps.

Jesus says, “Do I not tell you that if you have faith you see the glory of God?” (John 11: 41)

The stone is rolled away, and Jesus raises His dead friend with a “great cry: ‘Lazarus, come forth.’ ”

The confidence Mary and Martha show in Jesus’ ability and willingness to save Lazarus from death is valid. They are correct — if Jesus comes while Lazarus is ill, then Lazarus does not die. But Jesus waits, confident Himself that Lazarus’ death and subsequent resurrection is “for [the] good [of Mary and Martha and others] and for the good of [their] faith.” (John 11: 15)

Jesus knows they are to “see the glory of God” which is indeed “in accord with God’s will.”

“Access By Faith Into This Grace” (Psalm 86: 5, ESV) by Carley Evans


David sings, “Be gracious to me, O Lord, for to You do I cry all the day. Gladden the soul of Your servant, for to You, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.” (Psalm 86: 3 – 4)

“Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace.” (Psalm 86: 6)

“For You, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon You.”

David relies on the grace of God. David trusts in God’s abounding and steadfast love available to “all who call upon [Him].” David knows God is “good and forgiving.”

Paul writes, “Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through Him we obtain access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” (Romans 5: 1 – 2) “For by grace you are saved through faith. And this is not of your own doing; it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2: 8)

Peter exhorts, “Set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 1: 13)

Paul and Peter, along with David know and proclaim that God’s grace is sufficient. Our hope rests on God’s gift which is His “steadfast love” and His “good and forgiving” nature. Let us rejoice. I say it again: Rejoice and be grateful.

“The Exact Imprint Of God’s Nature” (John 1: 1 – 2, ESV; 14, The Message) by Carley Evans


The Word is God at the beginning. The Word is with God at the beginning. God and the Word are one at the beginning — then and now and forever.

“The Word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighborhood.” The Word came to earth as a baby. The Word grew up into a young man. John, the disciple beloved of Him, writes: “We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, generous inside and out, true from start to finish.” (John 1: 14, The Message)

The Word — God’s Son, Jesus Christ — “is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature, and He upholds the universe by the Word of His power.” (Hebrews 1: 3, ESV)

“This is the message we have heard from Him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1: 5, ESV) No darkness is found in Jesus Christ, but only Light. He is the Light of the world. David sings, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?” (Psalm 27: 1, ESV)
Isaiah writes, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwell in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined.” (Isaiah 9: 2, ESV)

We stand in the Light of the world. We know the Word of God.

“For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His Name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and of peace there will be no end. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.” (Isaiah 9: 6 – 7, ESV)

“United With Jesus” (1 Corinthians 1: 4 – 5, ESV) by Carley Evans


God’s grace is given us in Christ Jesus. In Him, we are “enriched…in all speech and all knowledge.” Because of Jesus in us, we “are not lacking in any spiritual gift.” (1 Corinthians 1: 7) He “will sustain [us] to the end;” and we will be found “guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 1: 8)

Paul is telling us that we are enriched by the grace of God; we have all the spiritual giftings we require; we are sustained by Christ for all time; and we are without guilt before His Father’s throne on the day of judgment.

Think on these truths; and know you are standing on the mountain of transfiguration united with Jesus in all His glory.

“Called And Confirmed To His Glory” (1 Peter 5: 8 – 10, ESV) by Carley Evans


Peter exhorts us to “be sober-minded.” He tells us to “be watchful.” We are to watch out for our “adversary the devil [who] prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” Peter expects us to “resist him, firm in [our] faith.” We are able to remain firm in this faith because we know “that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by [our] brotherhood throughout the world.” “And after [we] have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called [us] to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself… Restore, Confirm, Strengthen, and Establish [us].” Peter says we are called by God Himself to His eternal glory in Christ. Because God calls us, He also restores us, putting us back into a state of holiness as before the fall. God also confirms us, admitting and verifying us a full members of His body. God strengthens us, making us grow as His children. Finally He establishes us, bringing us into a full existence as His own, keeping us on a firm foundation, and recognizing us as belonging only and wholly to Him. Resist the adversary. Tell him to whom you belong; show him God’s seal of ownership.

“By The Mercies Of God” (Romans 12: 1, ESV) by Carley Evans


Paul reminds us that God’s mind, riches, wisdom, knowledge, judgments, and ways are unknown, unsearchable, inscrutable. Paul says, “for from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen.” (Romans 11: 36)

Paul therefore appeals to us “by the mercies of God, to present [our] bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God, which is [our] spiritual worship.”

In presenting our bodies to God, we also renew our minds so that we may be able to discern “what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12: 2) We renew our minds through the Word of God which the Holy Spirit reveals to us as we meditate upon it, explore it, study it, pray it.

We are able to present ourselves to God as gifts because of His mercies. “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2: 10)

Paul therefore urges us “to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which [we] have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4: 1 – 3)