By Robert Garner
“Joy Unspeakable”, is found in only one Bible Scripture verse. 1Peter 1:8, “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”.
Explaining the Spirit of God, with its human heart-touched emotion of “Joy Unspeakable”, experienced by many Christians is quite difficult. Perhaps this is near impossible (un-utterable) to clarify with the words of men. This is very different than the emotional joy we have for the love of individuals within our family.
Christians who have had this Joy Unspeakable miracle arise in their hearts, which is given by the Holy Spirit, will most likely have it happen during a personal Bible Study of the Scriptures. John 14:26, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said to you”.
Joy Unspeakable erupts with a sudden weeping of tears. At the same time, along comes the perfect conviction of spiritual love, truth, and mercy; found only in Jesus Christ, our LORD, and Savior. This is Christ’s glorious wave of heart-inspired, Joy Unspeakable. These are tears of joy, a conviction of Christ’s perfect work of faith for the salvation of His elect people.
Our personal family tree of individuals within it, we love dearly. That symbolic family tree has broken branches for many of us. Christ’s Sword (His Word, the Gospel) brings various uncomfortable scripture truths. Mathew 10:36,37 “and a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worth of me”.
We begin to see that “Joy Unspeakable”, the perfect love Jesus has for us, is on the highest plane of perfection, unattainable love by mankind. No reference or comparison to the love we have for our family members can compare. 1 John 4:18, “there is no fear in love; perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love”. (Summarizing Isaiah 55:8,9); The Lord saith, “my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways. As the heavens are higher than the earth, my ways and thoughts are higher than yours”.
At various times, Jesus Christ reveals His glorious, Joy Unspeakable presence in our lives through His word in Scripture. Psalm 16:11, “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore”.
We must always be alert to the deception of Satan who can give only short-term power, pride, glory, joy, and treasure of man-made earthly riches. Proverbs 10:7, “the memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot”. Satan comes as a transformed angel of light, a false minister of righteousness (2 Co 11:14,15), to confuse and corrupt the word of God.
Don’t be fooled that Joy Unspeakable, eternal treasures found only in God’s word, can be given by Satan. 1 Co 14:33, “God Almighty is not the author of confusion”. “We have this treasure in earthen vessels (our body), that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us”, 2 Corinthians 4:7. “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”, Luke 12:34.
Only the knowledge of God’s words, and searching the scriptures, make it somewhat possible for Christians to understand “Joy Unspeakable”. Isaiah 26:3, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusteth in thee”.
Reviewing part of the verse again 1 Peter 1:8, “Whom having not seen, ye love, though now ye see him not, yet believing”; how beautiful are the words of God in this verse! All of your hope for eternal life, given by the Spirit of God; conviction of salvation, sudden overwhelming tears of joy, the forgiveness of our sins, and the perfect belief of Christ’s love for you; all in one moment of un-seen spiritual time. “Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God”, 1Thessalonians 1:4.
Romans 8:24,25,26 “For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it? Likewise, the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered”.
1 John 4:19 = “We Love Him, Because He First Loved Us” = “Joy Unspeakable”
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Robert W. Garner and his wife live in Union Mills, Rutherford County, NC. He’s a Christian Bible study researcher/writer/coach allied with other Biblical Scripture investigators unaffiliated with any church denominations. Their Scripture research spans 600 years of Christian Bible languages which include English, Hebrew, and Greek. As God Almighty commands in 1 Corinthians 2:13 we search the scriptures; “not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but what the Holy Ghost teaches; comparing spiritual with spiritual”; which is a scripture with scripture.
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