Monday, January 04 2016
You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is of the heart. II Corinthians 3:2,3
Ever hear the expression, "Someone's reading your mail?" Well, the truth is, everyone is reading your mail because if you are a born again believer, you are an epistle of Christ, a letter written by God! The Ten Commandments were written on tablets of stone by the finger of the living God, but we as living stones are made a letter for all to read what God has done in us and through us!
Throughout scripture believers are described as vessels, clay pots, and stones, to name a few but all describe what the hands of God do to transform them into His image. Some are broken, marred, scorched, bruised or crushed, but all have to undergo the immense pressure of the Creator's skillful hands in order to create a beautiful letter for all the world to read! The stylus was a pointed implement used by the ancients for writing on wax and the Latin word for it was spike, reminding us of the spikes driven into the hands and feet of the Lord Jesus. The stylus of God writes on the tablets of our hearts.
The epistle of Christ begins in our hearts and then begins to transform our entire body and lifestyle as it is written by the things we suffer for Him. Transformation begins with the inner man and then the letter is seen in the outward manifestation of the divine love letter that God is writing in us, showing the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit who validates the Word of God.
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1,2
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin