Friday, November 27, 2020

Knowing the Fullness of God’s Love

Look at this wonderful prayer request: “to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God”.[1]  

“to know” means by personal experience.

“love” means the most self-giving heart that can only seek out what is ultimately best for the beloved.

“of Christ” calls us to Jesus as the image of God who makes this love known to us, the Word of God who reveals this love as fully as we could ever know it because the same love is in the Son as we find in the Father.

“that surpasses knowledge” means that the love we can know by personal experience is beyond our capacity to ever fully explain or understand even while we enjoy it in its radiant glory.

“that you may be filled” speaks of what will happen to God’s children as the result of knowing the love of Christ.

“with all the fullness of God” means that, when we know the love of God, we know what makes God who he is, hence knowing God as love would fill us with his fullness.

How could mere creatures and churches be “filled with all the fullness of God”?

The way a child’s little bucket at the seashore can contain the fullness of what sea water is, even while never containing all the sea water there is.

We can never contain God in a speck-of-dust receptacle like a human life, or even in the dust-pile of the whole of humanity. However, God’s children as individuals and in family gatherings (churches) can be filled with the fullness of who and what God is, which is love!

Which would fulfill Jesus’ prophecy that the world would know we are his disciples by… (drum roll please…) OUR LOVE![2]


© 2020 Monte Vigh ~ Box 517, Merritt, BC, V1K 1B8


Unless otherwise noted, Scriptures are from the English Standard Version (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.)




[1] Ephesians 3:19

[2] John 13:35

Friday, November 20, 2020

The Greatest Reset

I keep hearing that there is a whole whack of elitists trying to use C19 as a good time to push a new economic order on the world. Will the little pawns succeed? Who knows!

However, I do know that, for every bad thing I hear about in the world, and even every good thing I hear about in the world, there is something that is “better by far” than what any Worldling imagines is their best thing ever.

And so, what could possibly be “better by far” than a chess game in which the elite think that their “great reset” move will give them checkmate over God’s plans?

Answer: “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—".[1]

The “greatest reset” ever is when someone dead in their sins is “made alive together with Christ.” This greatest reset happened in thousands of people within weeks of Jesus’ death and resurrection. It happened in the ugliness of the Roman Empire of that first century, and every wave of persecution by every evil tyrant ever since.

Will a great reset stop Jesus’ greatest reset? Absolutely not.

How do I know?

Because of what Jesus said, of course.

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. I and the Father are one.”[2]


© 2020 Monte Vigh ~ Box 517, Merritt, BC, V1K 1B8


Unless otherwise noted, Scriptures are from the English Standard Version (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.)


[1] Ephesians 2:4-5

[2] John 10:27-30

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Home Church Video: Noah’s Faith Against the World’s Wickedness

Jesus prophesied that the last days would be characterized by such an increase in wickedness that the love of most people would grow cold. We are seeing both of those in our day. For those willing to admit it, Jesus is right once again.

How, then, do we keep from falling prey to coldness of heart that neither sins by relying on ourselves or by running with the world?

The answer is that a genuine faith-attachment to God gives us everything we need to walk with him in newness of life instead of walking with the world in the curse of sin and death.

In this home church message we take another look at the life of Noah, this time from the perspective of a faith that can stand against any world condition, even the one that was so terrible that it brought on the worldwide flood. Noah wasn’t heroic for having such a faith; he was just someone who walked with God and absolutely preferred what God was like over what the world was like.

And, since God is the same God as Noah served, it doesn’t matter how much things look like “the days of Noah,” the righteous can still live by faith.



© 2020 Monte Vigh ~ Box 517, Merritt, BC, V1K 1B8





Saturday, November 14, 2020

The Immaturity of the Auto-Correct Option

This might sound strange, but my spelling and grammar auto-correct wouldn’t work on my prayer-journaling document no matter what a tried (but is now working on my sharing document!), and I suddenly realized that it was a lesson in maturity.

We can get used to grace covering us in everything so that we treat justification as always making us right with God even while we know we aren’t being right with him. It can develop an attitude of entitlement that relates to life as though it is always God’s job to make sure that what we are doing comes across as righteous, rather than us living out our responsibility to get it right, so to speak.

What I realized (as I was being forced to do my own fixing) was that my increased participation in correcting myself was working to improve my skills. It wasn’t making me a better person, or even a better writer. It was simply improving my skill at typing so that I had to BECOME a better typist rather than being lazy and lackadaisical[1] about my typing because the grace of auto-correct took care of my weaknesses.

I know the lessons are obvious, but it brings me back to the many accounts of how the people of faith made mistakes in judgment because they hit something they were not handling by faith. Noah got drunk after the post-flood reestablishment of agriculture brought in its new crops. Abram lied about who Sarai was to him. Moses killed the Egyptian slave-driver. David sinned with Bathsheba. Solomon married foreign women who led Israel into idolatry. Even Peter sinned after his Spirit-filled attachment to God by later separating himself from the Gentile Christians.

The point to me is that, while we can take comfort from the fact that the exemplary faith of these people was in the context that they were just real people like ourselves, there is also a challenge from their sins, mistakes and failures to learn to type!

On one side, the grace of justification settles our terrified little hearts that we will not be cast off for our abundance of sins because where sin abounds, grace abounds all the more.[2]

On the other side, the grace of sanctification calls our imperfect hearts to grow up. We require our own experiences of spending time with Jesus so we know what it is like to be like him. We need to let ourselves join God’s self-correcting work by making corrections ourselves.

And all of this while the glory of glorification awaits us at the finish line telling us that our no-works-required justification and our get-with-the-program sanctification will not fail to bring us to the grand finale of God’s work of making us like Jesus once and for all because it has been the Triune’s work from before the beginning.[3]

The Apostle Paul has already written the conclusion for my post, so here it is:

“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.”[4]

If you are facing something today that feels like God requiring your participation where his grace had previously seemed to cover a weakness or sin, work out “your own” part in your sanctification with a fear-and-trembling response to God graciously working into you the very things that please him.

By the end of the day, you should feel like you have grown up that little bit more to be like your Firstborn Brother, our Lord Jesus Christ. It might even feel a bit like that description of “being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another” that is characteristic of God’s work.[5]


© 2020 Monte Vigh ~ Box 517, Merritt, BC, V1K 1B8


Unless otherwise noted, Scriptures are from the English Standard Version (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.)


[1] Yup, needed spell-check on that one!

[2] Romans 5:20 in the encouraging context of Romans 5

[3] Philippians 1:6

[4] Philippians 2:12-13

[5] II Corinthians 3:18

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Home Church Video: Noah's Faith in a Faithless Family

Everyone is affected by their families. Many people are wounded by their families. Some people are traumatized by what family members have been capable of doing to them. Our family experiences can easily affect both what we believe about God and how we attach to him.

While many people associate Noah with the building of an ark to ride-out a worldwide flood, his example as far more universal than that. He was a man who knew God with a faith that remained attached to his heavenly Father in a real and personal way no matter what anyone in his family chose to do.

In this first look at the way Noah lived “by faith”, we are invited to know God as he did, and to run the race set before us by our own faith in God no matter whether our families are cheering us on with loving encouragement, or deriding us for not being as disconnected from God as themselves.


© 2020 Monte Vigh ~ Box 517, Merritt, BC, V1K 1B8