“If anyone does not love the Lord—-a curse be on him. Come O Lord, ”Come, O Lord” (Greek – maranatha) is a transliteration of an Aramaic word. The world could mean, “Our Lord is come” and thus be a confession of the incarnation,” (1st Corinthians16:22)
”Come, O Lord” (Greek – maranatha) is a transliteration of an Aramaic word. The world could mean, “Our Lord is come” and thus be a confession of the incarnation.
However, the preceding context of warning suggests the world expresses a desire for the second coming. As such, it expresses the deep longing for Christ’s return, but a sad recognition that His coming will mean eternal judgment for believers and unbelievers.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, The verse is harsh, yet it is no harsher than what unbelievers will face upon Judgment Day, beloved. God has more patience than we can ever hope to have; yet, Hew waits patiently waiting for all of His creation to come to Him. No one knows when, not even Jesus knew that information, but God will send Him back in all of His glory to fully restore His creation and Judgment will occur. Abba you are merciful and forgiving and will to take us all back, but when Jesus returns, it will then too late. Now is the time, today is the day, accept God through our Savior Jesus Christ, and have your name placed in the Lamb’s Book. It is in Jesus’ precious name that we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Want to give God a laugh? Tell Him your plan!”
“If you do not want to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you 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.” (Romans11:25-27)
Christ’s final return will reveal that God has faithfully accomplished His covenant with Israel, a covenant which promised blessing to the nations (Galatians 12:3). This passage has led to differing interpretation 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 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 deliverer 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 the Gentiles into God’s redemptive plan.
These questions I love to talk with fellow believers and fellow clergy, but I’m will to tell you that in this moment of time, I know God has, does, and can change His mind according to His plan. I place my self, my family and friends and all of their family and friends in His hands. When Jesus returns for the second and final time, God will show us a few wrinkles that we haven’t even thought of. Jesus will be returning to take us all home, for some really harsh times are coming, but I believe in His words and promises to us who follow Jesus in our daily lives, and we will be with Him in the kingdom, together.
“Just as man is destined to die once, and after hat to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not the bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.” (Hebrews 9:27–28)
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. The completion of salvation awaits Christ’s return.
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 believers of Christ, who have lived their lived as a follower of Jesus Christ will, and should expect rewards, by the expectation of His return. Especially so, when the return is seen to have as one purpose the rewarding of a believers service. Just remember, we are not to accept Christ and then act like it is a secret to be kept; instead, it is to be proclaimed in our homes, our communities, and the world around us. We are supposed to work to expand Christ’s kingdom, not keep it under wraps. (Matthew 5:12)
Conduct or deeds (Greek – praxis) will be the basis for rewards, not mere professions or verbal claims (Matthew 7:21). Adding to the majesty of His return will be the accompaniment of the angels. Their presence will not only enhance the gory, but they will serve as God’s agents for the final ingathering (Matthew 24:31). 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 (Matthew 16:24).