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The Redeemed in Eternity
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Repent, the King Comes!
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The Redeemed in Eternity 

"And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.  They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat:  for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. . . . before they call, I will answer; . . . They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the Lord."    (Isaiah 65:21-25) 

The state of the "Redeemed in Eternity" has been surrounded by much superstition.  You will not be a spirit floating on a cloud, with wings, playing on a harp!  Or any thing close to it.  We may know how to play a harp, but God has more in store for us. 

A glorified body will be our flesh.  A perfect language will be our speech.  And God will be our teacher.     
(1 Corinthians 15:42-58;  Zephaniah 3:8-9;  Isaiah 2:3) 

It is written, "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him."    (1 Corinthians 2:7-10) 

You will not spend Eternity in Heaven.  Earth is man's created home.  We may visit Heaven, but Earth is man's home.  And the New Earth will be man's Eternal home

The New Earth will become God's new home also, for it is written,
"Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God."     (Revelation 21:1-7) 

Let us long for the day when we see Him face to face, then truly, we shall know, even as we are known.    (1 Corinthians 12:1-13) 

Celebrations 

You know that Jesus is "Coming Soon," don't you?  Are you ready?  Ready to party!  And what a party it is going to be.  The King of Heaven is going to throw the Biggest Party the Universe has ever seen. 

And I mean
THE BIGGEST & BEST PARTY THE UNIVERSE HAS EVER SEEN EVER. 

The Bible calls it the
"marriage supper of the Lamb."  Jesus said He would not drink fruit of the vine, after the first communion, until He could drink it with His disciples in His "Father's kingdom."  You can bet He is getting mighty thirsty.    (Revelation 19:7-9;  Matthew 26:27-29) 

Come on.  Bring it on Jesus.  I'm ready to party with you.  Break out the party clothes people.  Tune up your singing voices.  We have a Groom, and a Bride to give away!! 

Jesus was a carpenter by trade. When He ascended up to Heaven, He went to build a Place.  He went to build the New Jerusalem.  Every husband wants to build a home for his wife.
     
(Mark 6:3-4;  John 14:1-4;  Revelation 21:1-27) 

What a glorious home.

What a Glorious marriage!
 

Some may take offense, at the thought of a 'party' with Jesus.  Many might not understand the symbolism, and fact, of Jesus Christ's eventual marriage to the church.  The believer may be awed, and humbled, by the truth and meaning of this symbol.     
(Ephesians 5:25-33) 

It should be noted, all do not attend the feast.  Some who are invited, choose to not accept the invitation.  Indeed, some people accept, and then do not bring the properly requested "wedding garment" of a repenting heart.  But many do have oil in their lamps.  Many will hear, "Behold the Bridegroom cometh, go ye out to meet Him."     (Luke 14:15-24;  Matthew 22:1-14, 25:1-13) 

Many have, and will, "wash their robes, and made them white in the blood of the lamb."  Those in the streets will come.  The call will go into the highways and streets, and they will be compelled to come in.     (Revelation 7:13-17;  Luke 14:21-24) 

   Then He will come. 

   Glorious of Glorious. 

   The sky will roll back

   and Jesus will be there

   to claim his bride. 

The Bible says the New Jerusalem comes prepared like a Bride for her Husband.  The "mystery" of the church's marriage to Christ is beyond sinful man's ability to understand.  Oh, to be a guest, and just sit in the corner, there, welcome
.    (Revelation 21:2;  Ephesians 3:1-12) 

And when we are, "as He is," you bet I'm going to crank it up and Celebrate.  "Make a joyful noise" unto the Lord.    (1 John 3:1-3;  Psalm 66:1-20) 

Which one of us will be able to consider the trials of our current life, and compare it?  Who, after relief, wants to remember pain and sorrow?  In this world we may return to our pain, and in sorrow, pray Him to heal us.  After His healing, His gifts, and His presence, who will remember the former things of pain and sorrow?  We will know Him.     (Revelation 21:4-8)

Jesus said, "I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:"  On the appointed day at the appointed hour, Jesus will come, and He "will not tarry."   (Hebrews 8:10-12, 10:35-39)

So let all men everywhere today call upon the Lord to come quickly, and shorten the times upon us.  It is not time to celebrate yet.  It is time to wait and watch, so that day does not come on us unaware.  It is time to work, for it is still day.  Though night may come upon us, we will not be afraid.     
(Luke 21:34-36;  Psalm 91:4-5;  John 9:4)

"For the Lord is not slack (slow) 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."     (2 Peter 3:9) 

"If God be for us, who can be against us?"    (Romans 8:31) 

Jesus said:  "I go to prepare a place for you."    (John 14:1-4) 

"If any man thirst let him come unto me, and drink."    (John 7:37-38; Revelation 21:6-7) 

". . . he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:"    (John 11:25-26) 

That is cause for celebration, even right now.

Repent, the King Comes! 

When John the Baptist began his mission, he came crying
"Repent," One is coming who is the King, the Messiah.      (Matthew 3:1-17;  Mark 1:1-11;  Luke 3:1-22;  John 1:1-37) 

When Jesus began His personal mission on this Earth, He came saying, "Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."      (Matthew 4:17) 

Repent!    Who, me?    From what?      I never do anything wrong. 

Repent!    But how?      I've already been baptized? 

Repent!    When?          Tonight?        Before I go to bed? 
                   Or should I repent in church next week? 

Repent!    What does "Repent"  mean anyway?
                    I am sorry, for a long time, even about things I didn't do? 
                    Cut me some slack, okay? 

Repent!    Well there was that time last week,
                   when I screamed at that jerk on the road. 

Repent!    And I guess I did spank the kid a little hard last night.     
                   No broken bones, he needed it,
                    and besides I'm under  so much stress. 

Repent!    I read the Bible every day. 
                   I know God is on my side. 

Repent!    The devil made me do it. 

Repent!    But it is so hard to do the right thing all the time.
                  I just get carried away with the moment. 

Repent!    That's the problem, I don't always do what I should. 
                   Lord help me to be what you would have me be. 
                    Lord help me to do what you would have me do. 

  "Create in me a clean heart O God;  and renew a right spirit within me." 

Repent!            Forgive me Lord for I have sinned. 

 
"Lord I believe; help thou my unbelief."     I praise thee Lord, for You only are Holy. 
         
(Psalm 51:10; Mark 9:24)

The Bible teaches, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"  Who among us is all we could have been.  Which one of us human beings can say they have never done wrong.  We have a sinful nature, inherited from our fathers and mothers, as they inherited it from their parents.     (Romans 3:23;  1 Corinthians 2:14)   

It is this sin in our nature only God can remove. We must be willing for him to remove it.  Lust is unlawful desire.  "Then when lust hath conceived (when a man wants something he should not have), it bringeth forth sin:"  Sin is the act of doing what is not spiritually lawful.  The Bible says, "sin is the transgression of the law."     (James 1:15-27;  1 John 3:4) 

"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."     (Romans 6:23) 

Only the sinless, only begotten Son of God, can forgive a man his sins.  Only the Sinless Son of God has life in Himself, for He is One with The Father.  Only the Sinless Son of God gave His life away.  Only the Sinless Son of God, being sinless, could take His life up again and ascend to The Father, to stand on the right hand of The Father.  Only the Sinless Son of God, can judge, justify, and pardon a man or a woman, because He lived the life we live, and feels the things we feel, with understanding.  Only the Sinless Son of God can reunite us with The Father. 
     
(Acts 7:55;  John 10:17-18;  Hebrews 4:14-16;  Luke 10:21-24) 

It is only God who can give a man a clean heart, a heart that loves Him,  because He first loved us.  And He loved us so much He paid a death penalty for us who deserve the sentence.  The whole race deserves that sentence. "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"   
        (1 John 4:19;  Romans 3:10-31) 

Jesus Christ, who had no sin, and so deserved no death, died.  Because he did not deserve the death, He was made alive again, to be our Savior.  He has life, and will give it to as many as will accept it. 

Instead of destroying the human race, God has decided to glorify some individuals.  God will save some of human kind. 

Saved from what?   Saved from the logical result of rebellion against God, namely separation from God.  The Bible says,
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom:" "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God."  "If we neglect so great a salvation how then shall we escape?"     (Proverbs 9:10;  Hebrews 10:31, 2:3 paraphrase) 

"Repent, . . . and be baptized . . . for the remission of sins . . ."  was the message of the apostles.  Baptism by immersion is the symbol we have been given to publicly show our dependence on Jesus and His sacrifice.      (Acts 2:38) 

Through baptism we show the old man of sin dead and buried.  It is the Holy Spirit which leads us to repentance.  From this spirit of repentance, this baptism of the heart, we die to ourselves.  We desire to do no more wrong. We then desire to do the right things He would have us do.  The new man is reborn into a new spirit, heart, and promise.  The promise is He will make all things new for the believer; a new body, a new heart, a new home, a new relationship with God.
       
(Romans 6:4-8, 6:1-23;  Revelation 21:5) 

"(. . . behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)"    Now is the time to Repent.  How often do our resolutions crumble?  How many times have we said, "I will never do that again.  I'll make it up to them as soon as I can."      (2 Corinthians 6:1-4) 

Repent is defined as to feel sorry for ones actions, or to regret something so much as to change ones mind.  This definition is not enough to describe true spiritual repentance. 

Repentance must also have a decision to do right.  Even when ones actions do not come out right, one must desire to do good. 
"Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin."     (James 4:17) 

Repentance has two facets.  There is passive repentance and active repentance.  Passive repentance is the feeling of remorse, the guilt of sin.  Active repentance is the desire to do right.  Passive repentance leads us to beg forgiveness.  Active repentance leads us return that love.

Jesus said,
". . . whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause is in danger of the judgment: . . .  Leave your gift on the altar . . .  Go, first make peace with your brother, then come offer your gift."  Pride feels no need to repent. "Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall."      (Matthew 5:21-24 paraphrase;  Proverbs 16:18) 

In the message to the church of Laodicea Jesus says, ". . . how I wish you were either hot, or cold, since you are lukewarm, I will spit you out."     (Revelation 3:14-19 paraphrase)

Jesus can accept us either hot with duty to God, or cold with the feeling of helplessness and sense of guilt.  Jesus can handle man in either condition. 

But the condition of lukewarm, knows no need, feels no loyalty or sense of duty.  Jesus can not make the pride full man or woman listen.  A man or woman full of pride knows no god but self.

"And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments." "He that saith, I know him and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him." ". . . and his commandments are not grievous."  For His commandment is ". . . that we should love one another."    (1 John 2:1-6;  1 John 5:2-3;  1 John 3:11) 

Many people are painfully aware of their shortcomings.  We all have sins we know and ignore.  We all have sins, which have not made themselves apparent to us.  We are not responsible for things we cannot comprehend.  Many of us have no need for someone to point out our faults.  Instinctively, many people know right from wrong.  And most know when their actions and thoughts are wrong.  Our sins, like David's, are ever before us.  But the heart who feels no need is asleep
.     (Psalms 51:1-19) 

If we have truly repented, and seen our need to be better than we are.  If we truly are sorry for things we have done or not done.  Then our hearts will compel us to seek to do right.  When our heart condemns us, because we see how we still do things we would not do, and don't do things we should do, the truly repentant will try to do better, every time.

The truly repentant will continue to try, until he accepts, the power to succeed, Jesus longs to give him.  The repentant heart will try, until, day of days, He returns to give His ransomed the promise. 

"My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not.  And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:"      (1 John 2:1) 

"The Lord is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, . . ."       (Numbers 14:18-20) 

The truly repentant will see his need and grasp hold of the forgiveness offered by God.  When we see ourselves fall short, by faith we can receive forgiveness.  Only when our hearts feel helpless, do we know God is greater than our hearts, and know how longsuffering the God of mercy is with us.     (1 John 3:18-24;  Numbers 14:18-21) 

Only by comparing ourselves to Jesus do we see how dirty we are.  Only the heart crushed by the greatness of His Love longs for His approval.  We who love Him, want and try to please Him.  Only the heart broken by comparison to Jesus Christ, can begin to understand the fear, mercy, and love of God.  The truly repentant will try to do better, every time. 

Jesus is Coming Soon!

Text of the Day 

"O that there were such an heart in them,
that they would fear me,
and keep all my commandments always,
that it might be well with them,
and with their children 
for ever!"   

Deuteronomy 5:29

The Duty of Man 

The Bible says,
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom:"  "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world."  "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:  Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man."  What does this mean?  What is the Fear of the Lord?  What is being unspotted from the world?   (Psalm 111:10;  James 1:27;
     Ecclesiastes 12:14) 

". . . fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. . . . Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows."
     (Matthew 10:27-31) 

"Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty."      (2 Corinthians 6: 17-18)

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom."  "Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name?  for thou only art holy:  for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest."      (Psalm 111:10;  Revelation 15:4) 

He has the power of life.  He can give it.  He can take it away.  He has made provision for us to receive life.  If we neglect so great a salvation how can we be saved?     (Hebrews 2:3) 

"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.  If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof:  but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever."
      (1 John 2:15-17) 

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."     (John 3:16) 

How can God love the world, and we should not love the world?  Simply, they are different worlds.  God loves the whole ball enough to make it as it should be.  He knows the world as it is, and as it should and will be. 

We know only the systems of this world, and they are passing.  We only know we must live our lives daily, with Jesus as our guide.  Using,
"the fashion of this world"  without becoming wrapped up and preoccupied with, the affairs of daily life.  This world is passing.
     
(1 Corinthians 7:29-31) 

Therefore let us love God and fear Him.  And His promise is that He will give us a new world where dwells righteousness.       (2 Peter 3:13)

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