Meditation for 09/17/2019
“Therefore yo do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1st Corinthians 1:7-8)
As previously quoted, Paul stressed an eager waiting for the Lord’s return as the attitude of Christians. Do not be like those who proclaim to be Christians, but do not resemble a true Christian in the way they lead their lives. It is one thing to say you are a Christian, it is a completely different to live as a Christian.
Spirit led leadership was a necessity at that time and still is today. We need leaders who are willing to lead patiently and firmly, as much today as it ever has been.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, we seek spiritual gifts for ourselves and also for those in leadership positions in our churches. We know that everyone has different gifts, but in our waiting for the “Day of the Lord,” we need patience in abundance as we wait for the day of Jesus’ return with the attitude of purposefulness and patience. Give us Your blessed assurance that He is coming and that our wait will not be in vain, that He will return with purpose and the attitude of our Lord and Savior, to change us and the world around us. This we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“God doesn’t send people to Hell, He just honor’s their choice.”
“So Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.” (Hebrews9:28)
Beloved, several events and truths attach to the return of Christ. Judgment follows death. A time of evaluation for determining rewards awaits all believers. A time of eternal punishment awaits unbelievers. Te completion of salvation awaits Christ’s return.
Last Things, Return Promises: (Romans11:25–27)
(I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that yo may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins.”)
Christ’s final return will reveal that God has faithfully accomplished His covenant with Israel, and covenant which promised blessing to the nations. This passage has led to differing interpretations of “all Israel”: 1) universal salvation for all people, Jews, and Gentiles, a view opposed by Paul’s strong insistence on judgment on sinners and salvation by faith alone; 2) the church as spiritual Israel, a view perhaps opposed by the contrast between Gentiles and Israel and by the use of Zion and Jacob; 3) believing Jews led to belief by the Gentiles’ example and showing God has been faithful to His covenant, a view opposed by the historical sequence Israel, Gentiles, Israel; 4) the conversion to faith of the Jewish generation living when Jesus returns, a view which may be the best solution to a difficult problem. That generation will recognize in the returning deliver the one who had been all along their promised Messiah. Thus Christ’s return will accomplish God’s covenant promise to take away Israel’s sins. This achievement is coordinate with the gathering of the full number of he Gentiles into God’s redemptive plan.
Second Thought of the Day:
“For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done.” (Matthew16:27)
Faithful discipleship is motivated by the expectation of Christ’s return. Especially so, when the return is seen to have as one purpose the rewarding of a disciple’s service. Conduct or deeds (Greek – praxis) will be the basis for rewards, no mere professions or verbal claim.
Adding to the majesty of His return will be he accompaniment of the angels. Their presence will not only enhance the glory, but they will serve as God’s agents for the final ingathering. With no distinction made here between the righteous and unrighteous, the indication is that all persons can expect judgment based on their deeds. Only those who have followed Christ in self-denying faith can expect rewards.