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11/28/2017

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Looking Forward


"But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness"  (2 Pet.3:13).

We cannot overemphasize that New Testament teachings about the end of the world, the return of the Lord, and the age to come are not so subtle reminders of the kind of life a Christian ought to live. I believe this to be very important; The New Testament does not speculate on the details of when and how the Lord will bring the world to an end, nor does it encourage Christians to do so... In 2 Pet.3:11-12, Peter tells his readers that the heavens would pass away and the elements destroyed, but follows with this important question; "What kind of people ought you to be?"  The apostle Paul wrote about the return of the Lord in I Thess.4:3-5; 11.. In it, he didn't speculate about the time the Lord would return; there was no mention of a battle of Armageddon, an antichrist, or an earthly kingdom of God... Those of such a mind will entertain the masses with uncertain matters, but for Paul, it came to this; "But since we are of the day, let us be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation"  (I Thess.5:8). The end of the age is not about speculative schemes, but rather a call for godly living in this world. To me, this is of the greatest importance; Christians should know that God will provide His people with a place to live... Life in the world to come will be no disembodied, ghost-like existence... Read I Cor.15:42-43 to get a fuller explanation of life in the world to came. As we see in today's verse, it will be a place where righteousness reigns, and it is not really profitable to say more... Christians ought to anticipate the new age because they have found God to be a friend and Savior in this one. Thus, we ought to be looking forward....

Have a wonderful day.... Do good and give God the credit....     Love                               mark                                    Phil.4:11

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