“The Same” ( John 1: 2, KJV ) by Carley Evans

“In the beginning, God creates the heaven and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)

“In the beginning,” writes John, “is the Word, and the Word is with God, and the Word is God.” (John 1:1)

God speaks and the world comes into existence. John confirms the Son of God is the Word. “All things are made by Him, and without Him is not anything made that is made.” (John 1:3)

Paul tells the church at Colosse that the Son of God “is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for by Him are all things created.” (Colossians 1:15-16) The author of Hebrews writes the Son of God is “the brightness of [God’s] glory, and the express image of His person.” (Hebrews 1:3) The Son “upholds all things by the Word of His power.” (Hebrews 1:3)

Jesus Himself says, “He that believeth on Me, believeth not on Me, but on Him that sent Me. And he that seeth Me seeth Him that sent Me.” (John 12:44-45)

And Jesus tells His disciples and us: “But the Comforter, who is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father sends in My Name, He teaches you all things, and brings all things to your remembrance, whatever I say unto you.” (John 14:26)

“The same is in the beginning with God.” (John 1:2)

The Triune God is indirectly referred to in the Word of God; God implies He is “three persons in One” but never that He is a divided God. God is not three little gods in One. Praise be to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

“Never Enough” ( Deuteronomy 13: 4, ESV ) by Carley Evans

“You shall walk after the LORD your God and fear him and keep his commandments and obey his voice, and you shall serve him and hold fast to him.” (Deuteronomy 13:4 ESV)

Hold fast to God.

Obey His voice.

Walk after Him.

Fear Him.

Keep His commandments.

Serve Him.

I notice there are no negatives in Moses’ exhortation. Each suggestion is a positive statement of action. My favorite is “hold fast to Him.”

God is the anchor in my life. He keeps me in place, so to speak. If I drift in one direction — one which does not please Him, He pulls me back to center. I rely on Him. I trust Him.

I am in awe — in holy fear — of Him, of course. He is all-powerful, all-knowing. Yet my fear is tempered by my knowledge that He is all-loving as well. His justice is true. His wrath is satisfied. I need not fear to the point of dread of Him. For, He is my anchor in all things.

His voice is in His Word. I keep His Word in my mind at all times. I refresh my soul, spirit, heart in His Word every day, several times a day. I walk after Him which implies He is in front of me, leading the way. If I go the wrong direction, again He is my anchor and I hold fast to Him. I trust He pulls me back to center.

Keeping His commandments — what are His commandments? To love Him above all else and to love Him completely, with my entire being. And, to love others as I love myself. Only through Him am I able to obey.

Serving Him — Never enough.

“Living And Active” (Hebrews 1: 1 -2, ESV) by Carley Evans

God speaks to us now through His Son, through the Word who was with God at the beginning and “through whom also He created the world.”

Here it is again — Great truths are worth repeating! God speaks to us through His Word, who was made flesh so as to live among us, who also now lives in us as the Holy Spirit.

God once spoke to us through prophets. Now He speaks to us directly through His Son, who is the Word. Having been made flesh and blood, naturally “the Word of God is living and active.” (Hebrews 4: 12)

The Word is “living and abiding.” (1 Peter 1: 23) The Word is alive and permanent. He sits at the right hand of God the Father, always alive and ready to intercede, to say a good Word on our behalf:

“Yes, Father, I know she failed You. Yes, it’s true she did the same thing yesterday. But, remember dear Father, I paid for that failure already. It’s taken off the record. Thank You, Father God for forgiving and once again, forgetting.”