Monday, January 1, 2018

He Brought You Out

All scripture references, unless otherwise noted, are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible. 
The Bible says in Deuteronomy 6:20-23"And when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What mean the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD our God hath commanded you?  Then thou shalt say unto thy son, We were Pharaoh's bondmen in Egypt; and the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand: And the LORD shewed signs and wonders, great and sore, upon Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his household, before our eyes: And he brought us out from thence, that he might bring us in, to give us the land which he sware unto our fathers." The Lord, speaking through Moses to Israel said, "he brought us out...that he might bring us in,..." He didn't bring Israel out of Egypt to lose them.

So it is with the church!  He didn't find us only to lose us.  God didn't save us so He could leave us in the wilderness of sin. The Apostle Peter said in 2nd Peter 3:9"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." He wants to save us more than we probably want to be saved. But the apostle went on to say in 2nd Peter 3:10-13, "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.  Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness." (BTW the word in verse 11, "conversation," isn't what you say but what you do)

Are you looking for that day? I am. I have lived my life since I found the Lord Jesus with the hope of His return. I have always thought He would probably come back in my lifetime.  I am now 76 years of age. Maybe I will leave this world before he comes back. You might say that is easy for you to  say. Let me say that I have not lived those years error free. I could wish I had. The Apostle John said in 1st John 2:1b-2, "...And if any man sin, (notice that he didn't say when any man sins) ...we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:  And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world."  My trust is in the Lord Jesus and His righteousness alone. The Bible says in Jeremiah 17:7, "Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is." Furthermore the Apostle Paul said in Romans 8:24-25, "For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it."

The Lord Jesus didn't bring you and I out of sin to leave us to our own designs and desires. Are you looking for His return? He brought us out, not just to fellowship with the church, but to bring us into heaven itself.  Are you living in a way that pleases the Lord Jesus? Are you looking, "...for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness."  Is your hope in the soon return of the Lord Jesus? I hope so. There is a chorus that we used to sing in church, "It Will Be Worth It All." It goes something like this;
     It will be worth it all when we see Jesus
     Life's trials will seem so small when we see Christ.
     One glimpse of His dear face all sorrows will erase,
     So bravely run this race til we see Christ.

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