The stranger suggested that they drop their net on the other side of the boat, which they did, and to their great surprise it was quickly filled with fish. A similar miracle had occurred when Jesus first called them to follow him, so they knew that this again was Jesus on the shore. Peter swam ashore in haste to meet and fellowship with the Master. They ate a meal together there on the shore, and after that Jesus entered into a very personal conversation with Peter. On the night before the crucifixion Peter had assured Jesus that even though others might forsake him, he would not, that he would gladly die for him.
Peter sincerely meant this. But Jesus knew something which Peter did not as yet even suspect. He knew that when the test came, Peter would deny him. And Peter was assured that Jesus still knew every thought and intention of his heart. Nor was Peter ashamed to have Jesus know what was in his heart. This was the important consideration for Peter. You know every motive and emotion that is there. Knowing this, you know that I love you more than I love life itself.
Proverbs 16 NET - The intentions of the heart belong to a - Bible Gateway
And it is as true of him as it is of Jehovah that all our thoughts, and the very intents of our hearts, are open and naked before him. In fact, he knows and understands us better than we do ourselves. This would be a terrifying thought if we did not know that he is sympathetic and compassionate, and understanding of our imperfect, fallen flesh. On the Isle of Patmos the resurrected and glorified Jesus communicated with the Apostle John, presenting to him the marvelous visions recorded in the Book of Revelation.
These seven churches, we believe, are also symbolic of seven stages in the development of the professed Christian church throughout the Gospel Age. However, it is also evident that many of the conditions described in these seven churches, and certainly the promises made to each of them, are true of all.
To the angel of the church in Thyatira, the. He who knows everything about his people, who understands every innermost thought and intention, could say to these faithful brethren that they had increased in their works, charity, service, faith, and patience, and that the last was more than the first!
How we long to be worthy of such a commendation as this! If we were enthusiastic at the beginning of our journey, why, with the faithful leadings of the Lord throughout our life, should we not have that love continually increase, filling and controlling us more and more completely as the days go by? As we have noted, the promises given through the angels of the seven churches apply to true believers.
Are we among those so described? We want to be worthy of hearing the words, that we have not defiled our garments, and that we will walk with him in white, because this means that we will have attained that goal, and are like our Lord, our Exemplar. They will experience the ineffable joy of hearing the Lord confess their names before his Father, and before his angels.
Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, … which is New Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: It is through this feasting that we have learned to know Jesus so intimately. To manage your subscription, visit your Bible Gateway account settings. Upgrade, and get the most out of your new account. Try it free for 30 days. Proverbs 15 Proverbs Enrich your faith and grow in spiritual maturity with the incredible Bible study and devotional books listed below.
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