The Blameless Boast In The Lord

July 25, 2013

Someone emailed me yesterday about how amazing and joyous it is to be spending his evenings fellowshipping with the Lord, separated from the world and belonging wholly to God. I wrote back describing how and why I too find that nothing could be more wonderful.

When we walk with the Lord with a blameless heart, we are eagerly pursuing His voice and will at all times, and we therefore do hear what He is saying to us. (John 10:27) We hear His instructions, His comfort, His counsel, and His teachings. When we submit and obey, when we exalt Him and thank Him for taking time with us, we learn the Truth –that which is His doctrine. (7:17) Then we will know falsehoods when they come, and will not be swayed by persuasions that are not from the Truth. (10:5 // 1 Tim. 4:1) However, those who do “wander from the Truth” (Ja. 5:19) stumble along a path that is leading them to death (same verse), unless someone is able to bring them back. (same verse)

But, for the saint, the one who is God’s servant, warrior, messenger, ambassador, worshipper, friend, and child, we have a great boast. It is a boast in the Lord. As 1 Cor. 1:31 says, “Therefore, as it is written: ‘Let him who boasts boasts in the Lord.'” This is not an arrogant boast, as if we ourselves had done some great thing (v. 26-29), but it is instead a boast of rejoicing in the Lord for all He has done for us through Christ. (v. 30) For by being in Christ Jesus we have been granted God’s wisdom, righteousness, holiness, and redemption. (same verse) This is a fantastic reality for those who believe and move forward in these gifts.

What happens when we, by believing, advance into God’s wisdom, righteousness, holiness, and redemption? We learn and grow. Then, by learning and growing, we come to understand “the deep things of God” (1 Cor. 2:10) –which God reveals to us by His Spirit. (same verse) They are “the secrets of the Kingdom of God” (Luke 8:10) which the Father has hidden from the wise and learned, and revealed to little children. (10:21) These children are those few who have humbled themselves enough to change so that they can enter through that narrow gate into the Kingdom of Heaven. (Mt. 7:13,14 & 18:3,4)

“This is what the LORD says:

‘Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom

or the strong man boast of his strength

or the rich man boast of his riches,

but let him who boasts boast about this:

that he understands and knows Me.'” (Jer. 9:23,24)

So do we hear the correct and righteous boast throughout the land? Or do we hear men boasting in their worldly wisdom, in their strength and power and savvy, in their wealth, and in all the things these bring them? Certainly the unrighteous boasts are what we hear, for little do most people care about understanding and knowing the Lord, let alone to boast in such a thing. Even most “Christians” could care less, as apparent by their lack of spending their time and efforts in the study of Him and His Word.

But when we understand and know the Lord, we understand and know so much! This is our great privilege. For look at what God says in the whole of Jer. 9:24: “‘But let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice, and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,’ declares the LORD.” To know and understand the Lord is to have knowledge into who He is and what He is about. It is to have insight into His desire and will and ways about His execution of kindness, justice, and righteousness in the earth. This is high privilege, a privilege that grows our faith and joy as we continually accept His invitations to join Him in bringing these about.

There are so many more privileges and joys about knowing and understanding God, but by meditating on even a few of them it should certainly make us exceedingly boastful –boastful in the Lord Himself, as well as for all He has done for us and others, especially in helping us to come to understand and know Him. Anything else people boast in is dust in comparison.

with love,

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