Not Out of This World

John 17:15 – “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.” (NIV 1978)

My Musings – We do not have to live secluded lives just because the world is a dark place. God has given us protection so that the darkness will not overcome us. Rather He sends us out into the world so that we can help dispel the darkness.

My Advice – Live a life that reflects Christ. Be noticeably different from those around you because you have Jesus as Savior.

But Take Heart!

John 16:33 – “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (NIV 1978)

My Musings – We have to live in this world, so we will (not may) have trouble. But as believers, we are also in Christ so we can have peace. Why is this possible? Because Christ has overcome the world and if we are in Him we are overcomers too.

My Advice – Do not be surprised when problems arise. Jesus warns that they will come. But He also promises that you can have peace despite the troubles. If you do not have peace it is either because you are out of fellowship with Him or you are not trusting Him enough. Take care of these, and you will get the peace.

The Parousia

THE PAROUSIAI saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. (Revelation 19:11-16)

The Rider on the White Horse – This passage portrays the physical second coming prophesied in Acts 1:9–11. The full preterist view, claiming that Christ already came in spirit and power in the judgment of Jerusalem in 70 AD and that there is no future second advent, are hard to justify when viewing this scene.(1)

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Not A Blank Check

John 15:7 – “If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.” (NIV 1978)

My Musings – This is no blank check to ask for things out of greed or that are otherwise self-serving. If we remain in Him and His words remain in us, we will be so closely in step with Him that the things that we ask for will be His will.

My Advice – This is the “secret” to being successful by God’s standards (and there can be no better standard). You would be wise to follow the advice that Jesus gave.

Except Through Him

John 14:6Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (NIV 1978)

My Musings – If there is more than one way to God, Jesus is a liar. If there is more than one way to God, Jesus is not one of them.

My Advice – Never let anyone tell you that there are many paths to God. There is only one and His name is Jesus. Correct them firmly but gently and explain why it cannot be. There is no need to be argumentative or try to convince them. Your job (responsibility) is to proclaim the truth (in love). It is the Holy Spirit’s job to convict of the truth. It is the other person’s job to accept or reject the truth.

What’s Stopping You?

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Ephesians 2:10For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (NIV 1984)

My Musings – God solved the ultimate when He sent His Son to die for us.  That is His workmanship.  Now we are new creations with work to do that God has prepared for us.  That is our workmanship.  How are we doing?

My Advice – This week, only for myself.

Wedding Supper of the Lamb

WEDDING SUPPER OF THE LAMBand his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.) Then the angel said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’” And he added, “These are the true words of God.” At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “Do not do it! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” (Revelation 19:7b-10)

The Wedding – Bible scholars have long debated whether the wedding will take place in Heaven or on earth. While the difference may not seem that important (the focus is the event itself, not necessarily the location), the interpretive problem might be resolved by comparing the wedding described here to weddings in the first century. A wedding normally included three stages: Continue reading “Wedding Supper of the Lamb”