In this great and final hour in the history of the Church,
the Glory of Christ is to be fully manifested through His
Body, the Church. However, this cannot be accomplished until
the Church is brought to the place of a completely restored
relationship with its Head, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Above everything else, this means a Church overflowing with
Divine Love. For, true love will lead into an understanding
of and insight into the knowledge, perception and discerning
of God’s purposes so needed in the Church today.
“And this I pray, that your love may abound still more
and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve
the things that are excellent.” Phil 1:9-10a The Greek
word used here for “discernment” indicates a “perceptive
understanding.” This, in turn, leads to the ability
to “try the things that differ,” which is the
literal rendering of verse 10a.
It is very essential in this hour to “have our senses
exercised to discern both good and evil.” Even the Apostle
Paul was apprehensive, lest he should fail God at some point
in the testing process and “become a castaway.”
He was not afraid he would loose his salvation, but rather,
that he would be disapproved, or rejected from the best that
the Lord had for him.
His intense desire and testimony was, “That I may know
Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship
of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if by any
means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not
that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but
I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus
has also laid hold of me” Phil 3:10-12 NKJ.
Therefore, let our love abound. This is the key to essential
knowledge, which is a desire for and insight into God’s
plan and purpose for our lives. “If these things are
yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful
in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” II Peter