~ 3 Great Truths From 3 Onlys ~
Only Leaves (all that man gives to God) ~ “And seeing a fig tree by the road, He [The Messiah] came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, ‘Let no fruit grow on you ever again.’ Immediately the fig tree withered away” (Matthew 21:19). This is a picture of all that man tries to do for God—refusing to accept that God has done it all for man! This first only illustrates man’s empty profession.
Only Jesus (what God gives to man) ~ “While he [Peter] was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!’ And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid. But Jesus came and touched them and said, ‘Arise, and do not be afraid.’ When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only” (Matthew 17:5-8). A picture of the only acceptable gift of man to God—trusting His provision! The second only is God’s priceless possession.
Only Believe (God’s one way of salvation) ~ “While He [The Messiah] was still speaking, someone came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying to him, ‘Your daughter is dead. Do not trouble the Teacher.’ But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, ‘Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well’ (Luke 8:49-50). A picture of a larger picture—man can be made well spiritually which is far more important than physical health. The third only illustrated the believer’s joyful confession.
~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW
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