Practical Proverbial, from 1 Timothy, 26 February 2019

In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you…  1 Timothy 6:13 (NIV).

Lets’s back up a few steps and break down the verses.   Let’s bask in God’s brilliance.

God…in the sight of God…what does that mean?   When we read Paul’s words, we are in the blessing he spoke over Timothy.  His words remind us of the fact that we are blessed under the watchful eye and love of God almighty, who made us and all things.   When we pray to Him we are blessed.   When we are doing our secret sins, we are in blessing.   When we are ashamed and hurting, we are in the sight of God, receiving His blessing.   His blessing and sight cover all of us all the time.   His sight is the lighthouse beacon to lead us out of the fog of those secret sins.   And His sight is shining, warm love, not harsh light.

In the sight of God, who gives life to everything:   It is the God who sees us, He who breathed life into everything that lives.   Us, animals, plants, even microbes:   everything that lives is alive because God willed it so.   He breathed life especially to man, His very good creation.   Paul’s words remind us that the God who sees us is the God who chose to give us life, to not just create us but to make us alive.  It wasn’t a random act of nature (itself not random but created) but was, instead, the deliberate choice of the great I AM who saw His magnificent universe as incomplete until He breathed life into you, me, and billions of other very good souls.

Most important, Paul mentions that we are in the sight of God the Father and God the Son, Christ Jesus.   He news-reports the reminder that Jesus confessed His Kingship to Pilate, His earthly judge, the earthly authority to whom He would submit.  The only person with whom Jesus conferred personally while He was being tried was the conflicted man who would give into temptation and condemn Him.   Think of it:   He who created everything by speaking, who as God and man together, who could read Pilate’s mind and heart, this same Jesus reasoned with him, spoke with him as a peer instead of as a subject.   Jesus testified, told Pilate the straight scoop, the news.   And Pilate still condemned Him.

That Jesus, that God who gives all life to all creatures, who sees everything inside and out, is the One who sees, loves, and saves you and I today.   He offered it to Pilate.   He created the world in six days.  He gave life to you and me.  He is.

For further reading:   John 18:33-37, 2 Timothy 4:1, 1 Timothy 6:13-21.

Magnificent living Jesus, thank You for seeing me, for blessing me, for all You do.

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