Thursday, November 7, 2013

Then Comes the End

1Corinthians 15:24-26 - Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. 

Just as there was a beginning there will be an end. Genesis...Revelation. All things in between these two books show us all we need to know about life.

Man was created. He sinned. He died. Death was not supposed to be. So God the Father had to make a provision to allow His creation to once again have life. He stepped down from His heavenly throne to mingle with the ungodly, in the form of a Man, His own Son.

He knew no sin. He remained holy. He lived among the sinners without becoming defiled. He drew men to Him. He spoke the difficult truth in love. Just like God sent the prophets, He also sent Jesus. Many saw Him, believed in Him, followed Him and perpetuated His teachings that thousands of years later this Man, Jesus, could still be reachable by others.

His message was simple. I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (John 14:6). He is the life. Without Him there is no life. We can believe He was just a man or a prophet or just say we know who He is, but we will not share in the life. We must take Him at His Word and believe all that He has shared with us. We must understand that unless we give up our ideas on how life is to be lived and live according to His commands we will not have life. 

God's people struggled with sin and so do we. Religions tell us what they believe is our responsibility to receive a life in heaven. But Jesus says, If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (Matthew 16:24, John 8:12). He asks us not to hold on dearly to the things we believe are giving us a great life on earth. They are the idols that keep us from a relationship with Jesus. He is asking us to put them aside and consider Him first. It means putting Him first. Putting Him first. First. Deny our selfish desires and seek Him. And part of this is picking up a Bible and finding out Who He is, listening to His words, showing an interest in Him. THEN you will have life...abundant life. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. (John 10:10) And there you have it. Right back to that enemy...and death. 

It was prophesied that life will take a downturn in the latter days. I believe we are in the midst of these days. God was prepared for this. He knew at a prescribed time He would have to let all things come to another end, like in the days of Noah. The Son whom He allowed to die for the eternal spiritual lives of those who received His words, will one day return. This time He will return in a warring fashion to defeat the same enemy that Eve faced before she bit that forbidden fruit. All those of the remnant who have chosen to heed His words will come with Him, having refuge in Him. All others, the greater majority, will be cast aside. They will become His last days enemies whom He will defeat, whose lives will end. He will reign forever, His enemies beneath Him, while those who have believed these things will be covered by Him. He will reign forever. 

1Corinthians 15:27a - For “He (God) has put all things under His (Jesus) feet.”

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