Meditation for 09/30/2019
“He must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets.” (Acts3:21)
History for God’s people should be refreshing, meaningful time. Such joy and meaning will be fully realized when Christ returns at the time the Father chooses to fulfill all His promises.
Christ’s return in power and glory will be to establish a new world order free from evil and disobedience. This restoration is to include the redemption of nature and the perfecting of human society under the kingly rule of Christ as God’s will is done on earth as it is in heaven.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, we do not know when You will send Christ back to restore the earth to perfection of human society, to establish the new world order free of evil and disobedience. What we do know is that this is the time we are to be preparing for the return, whenever it will take place. Now is the time for us to take God and Christ seriously and to prepare ourselves and others for that time. Give us Your guidance and wisdom to live out our faith as Your children, in full compliance, obedience, and faithfulness. This we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“God’s power is often imitated, but never duplicated.”
“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.” (Ephesians 1:13-14)
An important work of the Spirit clearly is to protect God’s people. The metaphor of a seal meant that the contents of the document under it were protected by the power of the official who placed the seal and identified as belonging to the official. Christians are protected by the power of the God and identified as His because He put His Spirit on them as a seal. The Spirit is also a deposit or down payment. A deposit is simply the first payment. The remainder will come later. The gift of the Spirit is God’s first payment to His people. The remainder of His blessings will be given later, in the lift to come. The Spirit’s presence with us is a foretaste of he life to come. God will redeem or fully restore believers in Christ so we perfectly conform to His will. Until then, the Spirit is our lives guarantees we will be redeemed.
Last Things, Humanity Restored: (Ephesians4:11-13)
God’s gift to the church are persons, not formal offices. God is concerned about ordering the church but not about establishing orders of ministry. These persons have been given the ability to fulfill a variety of duties that enable the church to be and do what God intended it to be and do. The leaders are not given to the church to do everything. Leaders are given to the church to equip the members so that all might do the work of ministry together and so build up the body of Christ. All Christians do not have the same calling or function, but all Christians have the same responsibility to be ministers (Romans 15:27; Philemon 13).
Christ exhibited in His person the divine intention for human beings. In God’s new creation we will be made into the likeness of Christ. That will be the glory of redeemed humanity. The restoration to the image of God involves a present process and a future accomplishment.
Second Thought of the Day:
“When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” (Colossians3:4)
Restoration to glory for fallen humanity awaits the return of Christ for its full realization. Moral and spiritual restoration begins with forgiveness, conversion, and new birth, as we die to sin and live with Christ. It continues with sanctification or spiritual growth. It climaxes at the appearance of Christ, when restored humanity shares His glory. Such is the personal hope of each individual Christian.
Christ is the very life of Christians. The Christian believer will be one with Christ in the end, as in the beginning of he Christian journey. The resurrected Christ is at the center of everything the Christian does and is the indwelling power behind each accomplishment of the Christian. This is our guarantee of knowing Him when He returns to complete the establishment of His kingdom. Make sense? I pray so.