Truth Revealed By God
Chapter: Heir of All Things (Pages 156-160)
READ Revelation 1:4-7. Grace and peace to you from the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come; from the sevenfold Spirit before his throne; and from Jesus Christ. He is the faithful witness to these things, the first to rise from the dead, and the ruler of all the kings of the world. All glory to him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by shedding his blood for us. He has made us a Kingdom of priests for God his Father. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen. Look! He comes with the clouds of heaven. And everyone will see him-even those who pierced him. And all the nations of the world will mourn for him. Yes! Amen! (J. NLT)
READ Acts 3:17-23. “Friends, I realize that what you and your leaders did to Jesus was done in ignorance. But God was fulfilling what all the prophets had foretold about the Messiah — that he must suffer these things. Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away. Then times of refreshment will come from the presence of the Lord, and he will AGAIN send you Jesus, your appointed Messiah. For he must remain (hidden) in heaven until the time for the final resurrection of all things, as God promised long ago through his holy prophets. Moses said, “The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from among your own people. Listen carefully to everything he tells you.” Then Moses said, “Anyone who does not listen to that Prophet will be completely cut off from God’s people” (J. NLT).
Here we see that Jesus dwells with the seven-fold Spirit at His throne. These are the seven spirits of God which He has within Him. He has the ability to use these seven spirits concerning different circum- stances to maintain control of His entire cre- ation. We ought to know that these seven spirits are powerful, gentle, vengeful, full of grace, loyal, truthful, and just. They are those spirits by which the earth will be judged. In Acts, we should be particularly aware of the Prophet that Moses has foretold us about who is to come. This Prophet will tell all nations of what is to come and fulfill God’s prophecy. He will be an author of truth and speak with the sword of the spirit. He will come before Jesus to prepare the way, just as John the Baptist in years before. He will, in a way, be “the voice of the one crying out in the wilderness, make straight the paths of the Lord.” This Prophet speaks only what God would have him speak in order to justify His people. This is the judgment that is to come and the resurrection of all things that we so eagerly await at the coming of the Messiah.
Truth Revealed By God
Chapter: Image of God (161-165)
READ 1 Corinthians 4:1-4. So look at Apollos and me as mere servants of Christ who have been put in charge of explaining God’s mys- teries. Now, a person who is put in charge as a manager must be faithful. As for me, it matters very little how I might be evaluated by you or by any human authority. I don’t even trust my own judgment on this point. My conscience is clear, but that doesn’t prove I’m right. It is the Lord himself who will examine and decide (J. NLT).
READ Revelation 11:15-17. Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices shouting in heaven: “The world has now become the Kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign forever and ever.” The twenty-four elders sitting on their thrones before God fell with their faces to the ground and worshipped him. And they said, “We give thanks to you, Lord God, the Almighty, the one who is and who always was, for now you have assumed your great power and have begun to reign” (J. NLT).
READ Isaiah 40:5. Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all the people will see it together. The Lord has spoken!(J. NLT)
READ Isaiah 60:11. The sovereign Lord will show his justice to the nations of the world.
Everyone will praise him! His righteousness will be like a a garden in early spring, with plants springing up everywhere (J. NLT).
READ Matthew 24:32-36. Now learn this lesson from the fig tree. When its branches bud and its leaves begin to sprout, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see all these things, you can know his return is very near, right at the door. I tell you the truth; this generation will not pass from the scene until all these things take place. Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear. However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows (J. NLT).
These scriptures are important for knowing that it is ultimately God who decides our destiny. Not anyone else supersedes or has authority over or beyond God. We have full confidence in knowing that God will use His unconditional love to have mercy on us and to rescue us if we only ask Him for help. We are not to be concerned as to how we are eval- uated by man, but only how we are evaluated by God. We want to be able to claim our good and faithful works that we have done in honor of Him. We also know that God’s reign here on earth could begin at any time and that we are all living in a time where we could very well see the Son of God appear for the second time. We will see His glory revealed just like the plants in the spring time and the flowers that bloom. We know this: the Lord has prom- ised the coming of the Son of God to be when summer is near. This is important pertaining to prophecy.
For Heaven is a place where the peace of Christ dwells…It is only in his presence that we have ever experienced the feeling of being “caught up”..But wherever He is, that peace will prevail and endure forever…Even if it meant giving up all that he had to move to a place where he would be safe and secure, he would do it for his people, who are the Body of Christ…Remember that in the end, his chosen and faithful will follow him wherever he goes…For God knows what is best for His Son…and those that believe and know Christ…It doesn’t take much to create a dwelling place for God…Only His presence and truth…For he knows what you need before you ask…It hurts him to see you in a place of strife and constantly battling…A community of God is a community of creativity and brilliance…Nature at its best is what we were intended to embrace…Sometimes just walking along those small narrow paths alone is where you find your peace and assurance…or walking on the beach…the “footprints in the sand” has always been one of my favorite stories…