December 26, 2016
Arden Moe lives.
Arden Moe was my friend. I heard of his death yesterday. I had thought that I would go to the long home first and be there to welcome him. Instead he has gone first and I look forward to his welcome.
Arden disciplined his passions. Isaiah 41:13 “For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not, I will help thee.” With God’s help, Arden believed he could do anything. He considered not the obstacles along the path, arriving at the destination was all that mattered. Determination wore the garments of unwavering calmness and assurance with his face set to achieve.
Arden focused on the Lord Jesus Christ, he recognizes that Jesus is the Lord from heaven and is the Christ, the savior of the world. Arden believed in his heart that God, the Father raised Jesus, the son from the dead acknowledging that Jesus was without sin and as such was the Lord from Heaven. Arden believed and was immediately given life, which heretofore had not existed in the now-believer, Arden. “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.” Life so generated by God makes Him the Father, and the believer, the son by adoption. One so generated is obligated in a father-son relationship as well as the social slave-master relationship. “For ye are bought with a price;” The question now is, “Will the son be a highly-esteemed son, or otherwise?” The highly-esteemed Arden with God’s help believed all thing were possible.
Love is denying oneself for the good of others. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for a friend.” God has commanded that we love one another. Arden followed.
Arden practiced intimate love by the targeting of that love exclusively toward one person for bearing fruit for God. Psalm 127:3 “Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord; and the fruit of the womb is his reward.” Arden focused on the real, the counterfeit became even more worthless.
Arden believed every human saved or unsaved has the freedom to chose, but does not have the freedom of altering the consequences after he has made his choice. Nothing in the physical body, be it hormones or chromosomes remove this freedom of choice, and in turn, the lack of freedom in altering the choice’s consequences.
God permits all the first choice, but he alone makes the consequences sure and certain. One could hardly decide at a crossroads if the destination was not certain when the choice direction was taken. For example, “The wages of sin is death.” We have nothing in the body that makes us chose sin, but if we sin we die. All have sinned, therefore death is universal. What is sin but rebellion against God? One reaches the age of accountability when the doer commits an act he knows is a sin against God. Why is any act a sin? Because God said it was. God knows the consequences of every action or choice. “Fear not; I will help thee.” Choosing God to help is wise because the consequences are sure and good. (See Romans 8:28).
Arden must have had faults, but I didn’t see them. God’s rewards at the judgment seat of Christ is given without error. Arden’s must be numerous.
It is truly a delight to be a member of the same body with Arden, and to think both of us are joint-heirs with Christ. See you later face to face.