Word of the Month

What wealth!

June 2004

In his letter to the Romans, Apostle Paul demonstrated the twofold dimension of this divine wealth: "Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!" (c.f. Romans 11:33).

Where does the wisdom of the soul come from? Very simply but irrefutably from the fear of God. And the fear of God develops in our souls because the Holy Spirit can work within us in such a way that God's love rules, leads, and guides us. Thus it is divine wisdom to love God, our heavenly Father, with all our hearts, with all our souls, with all our minds, and with all our strength, and our neighbour as ourselves. If we live according to these words we fulfil the highest and greatest commandment. The Son of God said that all commandments, the entire law, and all the words of the prophets are dependent on this.

It is wisdom to make use of the time of grace in which we live in order to reach the promised goal. Offering brings blessing. To know this and to practise it is to be rich in divine wisdom. Following until the end - until the day when we will enter eternal glory - is also wisdom. And it is also wisdom to recognise and grasp the grace and gifts in the apostolate of Jesus Christ and in the ministerial body of the church of Christ. This is how deep the wealth of God is.

The knowledge of God is no less a part of this. It grows from our faith. Where there is no faith there can be no true knowledge! And it is because faith comes through the word of preaching, as Apostle Paul stated, that the services are so significant and valuable (c.f. Romans 10:17). Our faith cannot simply be a theory. It must be something that we practise in order to draw strength, joy, blessing, and the substance needed for ripening out.

If we grasp this divine wealth and love the Lord and His work, we will experience how deep this wealth is. All earthly treasures and goods pale in comparison to this. Let us remember Jesus' admonition: "But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal." (Matthew 6:20). Let us therefore strive after true wealth and let us esteem our childhood in God. Then we will receive the heavenly inheritance that Apostle Peter called incorruptible and undefiled, which will not fade away (c.f. 1 Peter 1:4).

(From a service by the chief apostle)