Christmas Undeserved

Into a world of performance based thinkers came a Babe deserved by no one. Born into darkness, He shed the light of the truth of God’s grace upon a world full of people who were enamored with themselves. So extreme was even the concept of Him that from the time of His birth, men set out to kill Him in order to maintain the status quo:  self-centered ungodliness that ruled men’s souls.

From the very beginning, men pitted themselves against one another. Brother put down brother in a constant battle of unending comparisons. A question raged within them all:  Who among them was better than the others? Who was the “most deserving” of them all?

The question was unanswerable, for men kept toppling each other in attempts to get ahead—to have their own moments of “greatness” at the expense of others. Not a one of them was any “better” than any other, and each one proved so without prompting.

Then along came the Babe who caught the world off guard with His completely Selfless purpose. Born greatest of all men, He grew to do in the flesh the theretofore unthinkable:  He purposefully laid down His every right for the welfare of all. He raised up the undeserving by laying down the life to which He alone had full rights.

His humblest of all sacrifices literally turned men’s wrong thinking right-side out. Shifting their inward self-focus outward in expanded concern for others, His decision defined right thinking.

The Babe will always embody that which mankind needs most:  new birth into an eternity of mercy and grace. Engrained in the body and blood of the Babe, together they manifest perfect love that fully meets all need. Though the Babe is completely undeserved, there He is anyway, eternally offering life in a way that rightly brings us to our knees while lifting Him ever-higher.

“So man will be brought low and mankind humbled, the eyes of the arrogant humbled. But the LORD Almighty will be exalted by his justice, and the holy God will show himself holy by his righteousness.”
(Isaiah 5:15-16)

May we all be blessed with the true humility that accompanies growing awareness of His holiness.

Cathy Scott
Christmas 2015

Holy Spirit

Personal takeaways following completion of The God I Never Knewstudy by Robert Morris:

The Holy Spirit is a Person (Being) of the One and Only Triune God.

  • God (Father-Son-Holy Spirit) is eternally complete in Himself. He is without void…
  • He thinks with total knowledge, feels with total understanding and makes free will decisions with total wisdom. He cannot err ever in thought, word or deed. He is unending perfection…

God (Father-Son-Holy Spirit) is unadulterated, Self-governing good will.

  • He is pure, holy, untainted. He has no dark side. No evil comes from Him because no evil exists in Him. His every thought, word and deed is not only good, but best for all for beyond all time…
  • The totality of His goodness is perfectly perfecting all. In goodness, we are made to be exactly what we are: receptacles in need of continual filling of, by and with His eternal goodness…

God (Father-Son-Holy Spirit) is unqualified, Self-empowering greatness.

  • He is more than capable of enacting the totality of His absolute good will without hindrance…
  • As He so empowers Himself, so is His every word and deed also empowered unfailingly from within…

God (Father-Son-Holy Spirit) is eternal Unity.

  • Always One within Himself, He always has been and always will exist in single minded fellowship. Relationship centered, He has made each of us in His image, His likeness—like Him, able to enjoy ever-perfecting fellowship that He not only has always known, but forever Himself is…
  • He who desired us, planned us and formed us can’t get enough of us. He will never tire of drawing us closer to Him in greater intimacy, holding us closer, increasing our trust in Him…

God (Father-Son-Holy Spirit) is life itself.

  • He gives (offers) life by giving (offering) Himself to one and all: God for us, God with us, God in us…
  • He extends Himself—His life—in various ways that together provide all around more abundant life for all. The more open that we are to receiving more of His life—Him, His Person, His Being, the greater is the reality of His abundance that we come to know personally here and now in this world…

God (Father-Son-Holy Spirit) is ever-victorious.

  • He is always moving forward, never backing down, but righteously building up all that is godly…
  • He is revealing ever more His sovereign dominion over all, even us—His growing Kingdom, as He leads and enables us in the making of our free will decisions to be emptied of ourselves and filled with His Presence, now and forever more…