Sunday, December 11, 2011
Flawless change - to everlasting life and beyond...
'The more things change, the more they stay the same' - not sure who's the first person who said that; but its a sentence that somewhat explains our tragic flaw; our inability (or fear) to change.
The more you get to know people you realise its kind of everyone's flaw; staying exactly the same, for as long as possible. Standing perfectly still feels better, safer somehow; and if you're suffering, at least the pain is familiar. Because if you took that leap of faith, went outside the box, did something unexpected, who knows what other pain might be waiting out there; chances are it could be even worse.
So you maintain the status quo, you choose the road already travelled, and it doesn't seem that bad; not as far as flaws go... you're not a hopeless addict, you're not killing anyone - except maybe just yourself a little.
When you finally do change, it doesn't happen as an earthquake or massive explosion, or all of a sudden you're this totally different person; its smaller than that. Its the kind of thing most people won't even notice; unless they looked really, really close... - which many hardly ever do!
But you notice it, inside you, that change feels like a world of difference (and you hope that it is); that this is the person you get to be forever (at least in this life), that you never have to change again...
It is written...
'1Cor:15:52: In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.'
'1Co 15:52 In a second, in the shutting of an eye, at the sound of the last horn: for at that sound the dead will come again, free for ever from the power of death, and we will be changed.'
All the saints should not die, but all would be changed.
In the gospel, many truths, before hidden in mystery, are exposed. Death never shall appear in the regions to which our Lord will send His risen saints.
Sin gives death all its hurtful power. The sting of death is sin; but Christ, by dying, has freed us from this sting; He has made atonement for sin, He has obtained remission of it. The strength of sin is the law. No one can withstand its demands, endure its curse; which leads to terror and anguish.
Consequently; death is terrible to the unbelieving and the impenitent. Death may seize a believer, but it cannot hold him in its power.
Believers must be steadfast, firm in the faith, unmovable in the hope and expectation of this great privilege, of being raised incorruptible and immortal. Attend to the work of the Lord, always happy in the Lord's service, and obey the Lord's commands.
May Christ give us increased faith, that we may not only be safe, but joyful and triumphant.