The grass therewith, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
On our little plot in the North Carolina mountains, we have four apple trees and about fifty blueberry bushes. We also have two honey bee hives. As Winter finally gave way to Spring, everything bloomed. The aroma of apple blossoms was very pleasant, as was the smell of so many blueberry blossoms. The sight of them was also very pleasant. Seeing the honey bees working these blossoms gave the expectation of good things to come. Now the flowers, all but a few late stragglers, are faded and gone. In the place where each was visited by the bees, is a developing fruit. In the place where no bee visited, there is now nothing. This seasonally repeated spectacle teaches us about many things. Among these lessons is the fact that every flower bloomed, every flower had it’s moment in the sun, and every flower faded. But only the flowers that were visited and pollinated, have a future. Only the pollinated flowers are followed with the result of having genetic material delivered to it. The future of the flower is fruit. In this great phenomenon is written the message that man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. Without this word, there is no future.
Jesus, still in flesh, spoke that he must go away, and that he must come again to you. He departed from flesh and comes again in the power of the Spirit, to build his Father’s house. A disciple , troubled by these things, asked “how will you reveal yourself to us and not to the world?”. The answer:”If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him”. The story related above teaches these truths. What is sown a natural body , is raised a spiritual. There is only one way possible to be with Him where He is, and to see the glory He had with the Father before the world was. Without the Spirit, it is no more possible for me to have a future with Him, than the apple blossom has a future without the work of the bee. The Spirit of Christ, the very word of God in you, is the only hope of glory. The choice is clear. Study the world day by day, and it’s perverse proceedings, and have no future, or, as the Lord said it, “What will it profit you to gain the whole world, and lose your soul?”…or set your affections on things above, commune with the Lord in your heart, believe what He reveals in you, and have a future. He is building His Father’s house.
A Song of degrees. LORD, remember David, and all his afflictions:How he sware unto the LORD, and vowed unto the mighty God of Jacob;Surely I will not come into the tabernacle of my house, nor go up into my bed;I will not give sleep to mine eyes, or slumber to mine eyelids,Until I find out a place for the LORD, an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob.Lo, we heard of it at Ephratah: we found it in the fields of the wood. We will go into his tabernacles: we will worship at his footstool.Arise, O LORD, into thy rest; thou, and the ark of thy strength.Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness; and let thy saints shout for joy.For thy servant David’s sake turn not away the face of thine anointed.The LORD hath sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne.If thy children will keep my covenant and my testimony that I shall teach them, their children shall also sit upon thy throne for evermore.For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation.This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it.I will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread.I will also clothe her priests with salvation: and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.There will I make the horn of David to bud: I have ordained a lamp for mine anointed.His enemies will I clothe with shame: but upon himself shall his crown flourish.
So did David speak, by the Spirit of Christ in him, concerning all that would be accomplished by the one David called LORD. The one who comes to us by the same Spirit, to do all that it was told before, concerning how that He would build the Father’s house.
Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.