Monday, August 23, 2010

Glorious Day

When I read the Bible, I can't get away from this reminder. The writers just keep coming back to it over and over. In different ways they just repeat, "Don't forget the Last Day." It's like Jesus keeps saying, "Remember I'm coming back. And live in expectation." I was reminded again of that even as we celebrated his death this morning through the Eucharist with our church staff. Paul reminds us in I Corinthians 11:26 that we announce the Lord's death "until He comes again."

That's exactly what Peter gets at in verse 12 of I Peter 2. Jesus' second coming is the backdrop to Peter's ethical instruction in the previous verses. He's saying, "Live this way among unbelievers and your hope will be vindicated when Jesus returns and "judges the world."

Both of these are small references of what seems to be squeezing through the cracks of the epistles until like Paul, he can't stand it anymore and just has to spend a whole chapter (I Corinthians 15) to talk about the Resurrection the hope this gives us for our present work: "Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever in vain (15:58)."

So, for Mondays I'd hope this is something of an encouragement to anyone who feels the "grind" of labor. There is a day coming when Jesus will demonstrate to the world that all work and labor and perseverance in this world as Christians was not for nothing. There will be fruits for every seed we bury and a resurrection for every death we die.

1 comment:

Steve Finnell said...

IS GOD'S WORD TRUSTWORTHY?

Is God's word trustworthy or is it filled with falsehoods and mistranslations? Jesus admonished the Sadducees for not understanding the Scriptures. (Matthew 22:29) Why would Jesus hold the Sadducees accountable for understanding the Scriptures is if God's written word can not be trusted to be accurate?


Men believe that God created the heavens and the earth, however, they do not believe God is smart enough to give men a Bible that is without errors.


Believers in Christ agree the God parted the Red Sea so the Israelites could flee to safety, however, many proclaim God cannot preserve the Scriptures without errors.


Those who believe in God admit that He destroyed the world by a great floods, saving only Noah and the inhabitants of the ark, however, they deny that God has the power to insure that the Bible has been translated infallibly.


Christians believe that Jesus was resurrected from the dead by the power of God, however, they doubt that God can give us a Bible that is trustworthy, without error, the truth and nothing but the truth.


How ironic, that the same people the claim that the Bible has been mistranslated, not trustworthy or needs additional revelation to be completed; but put their complete trust in Bible commentaries, creed books, catechisms, statements of faith, books about the Bible, and so-called books of new revelations from God.


HOW COULD IT BE POSSIBLE FOR A GOD WHO IS OMNIPOTENT, OMNISCIENT, AND OMNIPRESENT TO BE UNABLE TO GIVE US AN INERRANT BIBLE?


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