Source Of Joy:
Source of joy is very important in the life of believers. This is because the source of joy has been misconstrued. Many believers perhaps cannot really say for sure that they understand their source of joy. Before we accentuates further on this topic, it’s important we get to know the scriptural few of it. What does the scripture have to say as regards to the topic the source of joy? Well, let’s see from the quotations below and verify their stipulations.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
In the above verse, the list of the fruit of the Spirit that was mentioned, Joy comes next to love. This makes joy the product of the Spirit or the fruit of the Spirit. These fruit in the verse above is the output of a man that his spirit has been recreated in Christ. This fruit can be traceable to salvation because it’s a man that has obtain salvation that can produce joy. Joy therefore cannot be found in the spirit of a man that has not been saved. Source of joy is traceable to the existence of the Spirit of God in a man in Christ.
Let’s see another verse below in order for us to buttress and confirm that joy comes from salvation.
“Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.”
“Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.”
Source of Joy Is Salvation:
Furthermore, in the verses above, it states that “with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation”. Here again joy is linked to salvation. Mark the word “the redeemed of the LORD” meaning the people that God has delivered. In other words, the redeemed are those who have receive salvation. It says they come with singing unto Zion and everlasting joy shall be upon their head. The reason for everlasting joy to be upon their head is because they have been saved from captivity.
For proper understanding of the source of joy, the following verses below consolidate the fact that joy is a product of salvation. Let’s see what the book of Isaiah has for us below.
“Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem: for the LORD hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem.”
Nehemiah has this to say below;
“Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”
According Nehemiah 8:10, the people of Israel were sorrowful in a moment they were supposed to be joyful. Then Nehemiah reminded them of the joy of the Lord, that it should be their strength. The Joy of the Lord is that gladness that emanates from the inner being of an individual which is not dependent of the outer surrounding. It means that joy is not controlled by outer events. Simply put, joy is inside outside not outside inside.
Salvation Is The Only Thing That Ignites Joy In Heaven:
The verses that depicted that the source of joy is linked to salvation are also expressed in the Gospels and New Testament Epistles. Let’s see some of the verses in the gospel and the epistles below.
“When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.”
The above verse indicates that comes from the birth of Jesus Christ who is the source of salvation to all mankind. Those who saw the star were filled with exceeding great joy! Let’s see how the gospel of Luke puts it.
“But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, thou shalt call his name John. And thou shalt have joy and gladness; many shall rejoice at his birth.”
“Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.”
“I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.”
The Gospels And Epistles Support This Fact:
The gospel of Luke says it clearly that people should rejoice because their names are in heaven. (they have obtain salvation). And that heaven also rejoice because people obtain salvation. So these explain better that the source of joy is salvation. Let’s see how Apostle Peter puts it in one of his epistles.
“Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.”
1 Peter 1:18
Those who have obtain salvation (believers) are always rejoicing with unspeakable joy and full of glory. The product of salvation is nothing but joy. And this joy is termed unspeakable. The NIV bible calls it inexpressible, meaning it is indescribable, that someone that someone cannot really and absolutely explain. This is because an outside force cannot dictate it but a force that has taken residence in the life of the one that has received salvation. Salvation is the only thing that ignites joy in heaven and in the earth. If anyone lacks joy it implies that he or she has not been saved.
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