The words of the Lord Jesus Christ are as great as His unsearchable nature. “God is Love,” and Jesus is the perfect manifestation of that love. “He that loveth Me,” He says, “shall be loved of My Father, and I will love him and will manifest Myself to him.” (Ac.7:55) “But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,” In these words we have the promise and condition of the greatest spiritual inheritance that God in Christ can bestow upon a human soul “that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself,” (II.Cor.5:19).
Jesus’ to us Promise. “I will manifest Myself to him.”The revelation of Himself is the redeemed soul’s greatest consolation.
The purpose of the Holy Ghost in us is to take the things of Christ and show them to us, (Jh.14;26) “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” (Jh.14:26). The Holy Ghost is referred as the Spirit of Truth in (v. 17).
The quickened spirit of man must seek and yearn for God. David of old stated “My soul thirsteth for God,”
What Jesus has donemeets all the needs of a sinner, “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:”(Col.2:10).
There is a completion, or a filling up, in him, so as to leave nothing wanting in us. This is true in respect.
To the wisdom which is needful to guide us. To the atonement to be made for sin; To the merit by which a sinner can be justified;
Let me also say, there is no necessity, therefore, that we should look to the aid of the philosophy of the world, as if there was a defect in the teachings of the Saviour; or to human strength, as if he were unable to save us.
We are completed in him:” being “in him” as members of his body, and as quickened by his Spirit; he is our Truth, Wisdom, Righteousness, Sanctification, and Redemption: all our instruction, acceptance, holiness, deliverance, liberty, victory, and happiness, are derived from him by faith,
Philip may have been liking in knowledge, but he was surely honest when he said: “Shew us the Father and it sufficeth us” (v.8). Let me see and know the true God and then I shall be satisfied.
He had not yet understood that to see Jesus Christ was to see the Father, Who is the Almighty God. (v.9).
This is the true God and eternal life. To meet this deep spiritual need in Philip, Christ manifested Himselfto him. What a revelation this must have been to Philip “And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.” (Jh.20:28).
This manifestation of the Lord is not all to gather outward, or external; it is the coming of the Divine life and character in fresh and fuller power into the inner man, “Christ in you the hope Glory” (Col.1:27).
The indwelling presence of God is the most central, the most solemn and influential reality with which the Christian has to do.
The craving of a pure heart is to see God. In times of sorrow, loneliness, weariness, fruitlessness, and failure, our real need is expressed in one word, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Jesus eagerly desires to manifest himself as the Healer of all diseases, the Source of all fruitfulness, and the Victor in every fight, (Ro.8:37) “ Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”
Whenever and wherever He manifests Himself, results worthy of Himself will be accomplished.
When He showed Himself after His passion it was “by many infallible proofs.”
Although the two men on the way to Emmaus knew Him not when He appeared, yet did He make their “hearts burn” within them while He talked to them.”
When He manifested Himself to Mary, there followed confession and commission (Jh.20:16,17).
When He manifested Himself to His unbelieving disciples, He first rebuked them (Mk.16.14), then when He had showed them His hands and His feet they were glad,and He breathed on them, saying, “Receive ye the Holy Ghost”(Jh.20.20,22). What a promise he gave his disciples.
The result of His appearing to doubting Thomas was confession and worship (John 20:26,28).
His appearing to the disciples by the sea shore turned their failure into great success (Jh. 21).
Three times did the Lord manifest Himself to the Apostle Paul for the purpose of encouraging him in His service (Ac.23:11; 18. 9, 10; 27. 23, 24).
To the suffering and dying Stephen He revealed Himself as the glorified One (Ac.7:55).
In the light of all this let us seek to grasp the significance and preciousness of this promise.“He that loveth Me I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him.”
To Saul (Ac.9:5) And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
The manifestation of Himself to us is His infinitely gracious way of meeting and satisfying our every need, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” (Ja.4:7,8).
The Condition of his promises He “He that loveth Me.” This promise of Christ is for ever true, and this simple condition is for ever availing. Christ will manifest Himself to those who love Him.
It is possible to be wise and scholarly, faithful and enthusiastic, and yet destitute of that deep joy
and satisfaction which comes through the manifestation of Himself to the loving heart, “And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad.” (Ac.26:24).
Thank God, this greatest of all blessings is not promised to the learned, or the laborious, but to the Ioving. “Lovest thou Me ?” was our Lord’s pressing question after manifesting Himself to His disciples by the sea of Galilee.
The heart must become very sensitive that would receive and retain the image of Jesus Christ as revealed by the Holy Spirit, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;” (I.Jh.1:1).
It is love, not knowledge, that creates capacity for Christ. Intense loving is more pleasing to Him than deep thinking.
He who loves the Lord with all his heart will live in the continual vision of His comforting presence and matchless glory, ”Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus” (Ac.4:13).
The condition is love; but the real proof of love is the keeping of His words or teaching. “He that hath My
words and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me. If a man love Me, he will keep My words. He that loveth Me no keepeth not My words” (v.3,24).
The soul in which that love is perfected will be honoured with the unveiling of Jesus Christ. It was Peter who states in (Mt.16:16), “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
It was to John, the most loving of His disciples, that the book of “The Revelation of Jesus Christ” was given “What you see, put in a book, and send it to the seven churches;” (Rev.1:11). The love of God can only
be perfected in that heart where love answers to love,
In these days of intellectual and moral activity, let us be diligent to keep our hearts right with God, otherwise there will be no manifestation of himself as the sum of all power, and blessing, and success. (Rev.1:8). “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty“