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Motto Verse 2015

By Tom Martin

Did you manage to hear this Sunday morning’s sermon on our motto verse (passage) for this year? We are focussing on Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3:14-21 – his response to the mind-boggling truths that he has written about in the previous three chapters.  One blogger has just drawn my attention to some words from Spurgeon which complement these verses.  Spurgeon is commenting not on Ephesians but on 2 Peter 3:18 but the sense is similar.  May these words be a helpful challenge to us all to grow in the knowledge of Jesus.

 

“May God the Holy Spirit enable you to “grow in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour.” He who grows not in the knowledge of Jesus, refuses to be blessed. To know him is “life eternal,” and to advance in the knowledge of him is to increase in happiness. He who does not long to know more of Christ, knows nothing of him yet. Whoever hath sipped this wine will thirst for more, for although Christ doth satisfy, yet it is such a satisfaction, that the appetite is not cloyed, but whetted. If you know the love of Jesus—as the hart panteth for the water-brooks, so will you pant after deeper draughts of his love. If you do not desire to know him better, then you love him not, for love always cries, “Nearer, nearer.” Absence from Christ is hell; but the presence of Jesus is heaven.

 

Rest not then content without an increasing acquaintance with Jesus. Seek to know more of him in his divine nature, in his human relationship, in his finished work, in his death, in his resurrection, in his present glorious intercession, and in his future royal advent. Abide hard by the Cross, and search the mystery of his wounds. An increase of love to Jesus, and a more perfect apprehension of his love to us is one of the best tests of growth in grace.”

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