“Listen to me, my people; hear me, my nation: The law will go out from me; my justice will become a light to the nations. My righteousness draws near speedily, my salvation is on the way, and my arm will bring justice to the nations. The islands will look to me and wait in hope for my arm. Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth beneath; the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants die like flies. But my salvation will last forever, my righteousness will never fail. ‘Hear me, you who know what is right, you people who have my law in your hearts: Do not fear the reproach of men or be terrified by their insults. For the moth will eat them up like a garment; the worm will devour them like wood. But my righteousness will last forever, my salvation through all generations.’” (Isaiah51:4–8)
God knew the Israelites in Exile would complain of their impoverished situation. God promised salvation. Salvation will not be complete until it is established forever. God is at work to establish new heavens and a new earth wherein dwells righteousness forever. Then people will no longer suffer ridicule or complain to God. God’s design for His world is eternal justice and righteousness for all people and nations, and He will act in righteousness to establish His salvation. His new creation and people must be in place, before He sends Jesus back, for all must make the choice of accepting Him and His righteousness through His Son, Christ Jesus.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, it may seem like a simple thing, that we must accept Your terms, but in fact, it is a life changing decision that no one can make for anyone else. It is a decision to live our lives, as Jesus modeled for us on this earth. For most, it is a complete turnaround of how we live, how we treat others, how we treat strangers, how we live our lived in service to the One True God. In Jesus’ precious name that we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Most things wrong in your life started by forgetting the things what were right.”
“And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.” (Romans13:11–12)
All that Christ will complete at His return constitutes the meaning of salvation in this passage. In the future completion, salvation is nearer to every believers now than it was when we first believed. This should lead us to love as God desires no according to the world’s darkness.
“These have come so that your faith—-of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—-may be may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” (1st Peter(1:7–9)
The future revealing of Christ will be a time for testing the faith of believers to reveal that which is genuine. The coming of Christ will also mean the realization of faith’s goal, the completing of salvation. The doctrine of last things includes the forward look in anticipation that what has begun as salvation and which presently continues will reach completion.
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“At that time they will see he Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” (Luke 21:27-28)
The final vision of the age to come is told in terms of a new heaven and a new earth. Newness is the ultimate expression of the full accomplishment of redemption. As applied to heaven and earth, the newness means total liberation from the bondage to sin and decay. Whether this is correctly interpreted as being a cosmological change, a spiritual change, or both, the new heaven and earth express an eschatological newness that will be accomplished only the victory of Christ. He new creation is God’s environment provision for the final redemption of humans.