Thursday, September 29, 2016

In That Day...It Shall Come to Pass

Isaiah 10:12 - Therefore it shall come to pass, when the LORD has performed all His work...

So many prophecies, so many truths, so many promises. Just in a couple chapters of Isaiah (10-11) we are told just what will happen in that day. What day? When God reveals His glory to the world. When all His work is finally performed. When He is about to reign in righteousness for all to see. When vengeance is His. When the righteous will be avenged. When arrogance will be punished. When remnant believers will be returned to the LORD to live finally in peace and reign with Him on earth. When burdens will be removed. When all the earth will praise the LORD and call upon His name. 

Those who remain faithful to God will undergo troubles in this world for their testimonies and belief in Him. They will be persecuted for their beliefs. Those who believe what the Word says and take it to heart. Look at the long line of martyrs for the Word of God. Those killed for calling themselves Christians in non-Christian countries, and maybe even here some day. Look at those who have been scoffed, thrown into prison, killed. Hmmm, didn't Jesus go through that? Didn't He say that would happen? Remember the word that I said to you ... If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. ... (‭‭John‬ ‭15:20‬)

Those who remain faithful to the end will receive the prize, scripture tells us. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. (‭‭2Timothy‬ ‭4:7-8‬)  I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians‬ ‭3:14‬)

Believe me, there is only one way to life in this world. It is through Jesus Christ. No one else. No good works without Him first. One way, truth and life. A church, denomination, pastor or priest, family member (including Jesus' mother), or anyone given special status by earthly men. One way, as Jesus Himself has said. And it's never too late to learn of and accept the truth. 

Just before these verses in Isaiah, there is the greatest of all truths: that For all this His anger is not turned away, but His hand is stretched out still. (Isaiah 5:25, 9:12,17,21, 10:4, to name a few)  This means there's still time. Still time to know the Lord, admit our weaknesses. Still time to receive Christ as Savior and Lord. Still time to set aside arrogance and pride in believing we can go it alone without Jesus. Still time to realize believing our own goodness, which we do not have, will secure our salvation without relying on God's grace. 

Still time! Because as God says, has prophesied, has promised: In that shall come to pass. It will come to pass! Today is a good day to present yourself humbly before the Lord, ask for forgiveness for all unrighteousness. He says come, by faith, not seeing, and If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1John‬ ‭1:9‬)

John‬ ‭14:6‬ ‭- Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

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