Meditation

Meditation for 09/05/2019

“What I mean, brothers, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they had none; those who mourn, as if they did not; those who are happy, as if they were not; those who buy something as if it were not theirs to keep; those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away.” (1st Corinthians 7:29-31)

Some interpreters believe Paul referred to the time until the second coming. Thus Paul would have meant that the necessary prelude for the age to come if the passing away of the world in its present form. In it s place will dawn the new age. Each generation must live in the conviction that time is short. Whether the point of termination be death or Christ’s return, the time is short for all persons. Others believe Paul saw an immediate threat of sever persecution and recommended waiting until the “crisis” (verse26) passed to participate in life’s normal activities.

This age anticipates an age to come. The idea of two ages is rooted in the prophetic message of the Old Testament but finds clear expression in the New Testament. The present age is characterized by the presence of evil and the activity of Satan. Christ’s victory was achieved in this age but will be fully revealed in the age to come through the Church. Believes live in this age with already participate in the age to come through Christ. Persecution believers can look to rewards in both ages. Christian conduct should not be pattered after that of this age. Christ’s power and authority are greater than anyone else’s in either age. Persons must be committed to the values of one age or the other. You cannot be committed to both.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, no matter what you base your beliefs on, one must always consider that time is short for us all. We must live this way, because we don’t know when the end will come. Only Abba knows for sure. Therefore, we must always assume the end could come at any time and act appropriately. Jesus knows He will return, but not the when. Abba, we will live in expectancy that Your will be done and is right for us at all times. You have given us Your Word and the Holy Spirit, along with Your Son, our Savior. We commit this day, to use them all and to be obedient to You alone. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Trials are part of God’s school of faith!”

KNOWING GOD:

“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that you may know him better. I pray that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every present age but also in the one to come.” (Ephesians 1:17-21)

Beloved, “God of our Lord Jesus Christ” is a title showing the unique relationship of the divine Person to Jesus Christ. Revelation has one purpose—-to let us know God better. Such knowledge means relationship to a Person, not accumulation of facts. The Holy Spirit is the immediate source of such revelation. The Spirit leads us to a relationship with God through His Son, our Savior. The redeeming grace of God is as much a disclosure of His power as it is of his love. The same power that brought Jesus from the dead—could there be a greater display of power?—is available to the believer in Christ, both in time and eternity. Believers participate in two ages, the present age and the one to come. The exalted authority of Christ spans both ages. He brings the powers of the age to come into the present age.

I AM:

Last Things, Last Days: (Hebrews 6:4-5)

The Holy Spirit works to convict sinners and lead them to repentance and faith. He also works in the lives of Christians to convict us of sin and to lead us to spiritual growth and maturity. The message here is you cannot stand still, one must decide for or against Christ. Otherwise you will fall away from Christ. The present experience of salvation involves a foretaste of the powers of the age to come. Aspects of the eschatological (end times) future have been brought into time. Eternal life is a present reality (John 5:24); the kingdom of God has come near (Mark 1:14-15); and the age to come has overlapped this present age through the coming of Christ and the powers and provisions He brings to believers.

Second Thought of the Day:

“I tell you the truth,” Jesus replied, ‘no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and he gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields and with them, persecutions and in the age to come, eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” (Mark 10:29-31)

Jesus indicated the existence of two ages. One is the present age of history with its opportunities and rewards. The age to come lies beyond the historical order but can be experienced or entered within the present age. The life of he age to come is eternal life. A believer in Jesus possesses eternal life already (John 5:24).

In that sense, the age to come has broken in upon the present age. Even so, the future will bring full and final enjoyment of eternal life in the coming age. God’s evaluation of persons may prove quite different from our earthly expectations. Our Lord promises that the abundance of he reward will outshine any sacrifice we make to win others to Christ (Romans 8:18). If we do not serve Jesus selflessly, we may be the “first” that shall be “last” as our Lord warned us.

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