The ability to carry on with the Christian life originates from Jesus Christ. Since Christ died for us and delivered us from transgression, we are therefore liberated from the control of sin. Christ gives us the strength and the comprehension to live as per God's will. Thusly, we would now be able to anticipate Christ's arrival with anticipation and expectation.
In verses 11-12:
The teaching of grace and salvation of the Gospel is for all people, regardless of their ethnic origin or the color of their skin (Ephesians 3:2). The Gospel teaches us to deny sin and to live righteously, for we are no longer under the law but grace (Romans 6:12-14). It instructs us to abandon sin, and to have no more to do with it. We are to deny wickedness and common desires, put off the old conversation (Ephesians 4:22), and the lust of the flesh and the pride of life (1 John 2:16).
We are to live soberly, righteously, and godly. We do this by caring and doing good for one another (1 Corinthians 10:24 & 12:25) and doing what is right for God (1 Corinthians 10:31). Whatever we do in and out of the church building or within the church body should be for the glory and honor of God (Ephesians 4:12).
In verse 13:
We must look to God in Christ, as the object of our hope and worship. In doing so, we look for the glories of another world, that heavenly home. At, and in, the glorious appearing of Christ, the blessed hope of Christians will be complete, to bring us to holiness. Christ’s first appearing was in payment for justice, His second will be in His glory and majesty (Hebrews 9:28). Christ is our hope (1 Timothy 1:1) and without Him man would be miserable (1 Corinthians 15:19).
In verses 14-15:
Christ loved us and gave Himself for us; and what we must do is to love and surrender ourselves to Him. Redemption from sin and purification go together and make a peculiar people for God. We are free from guilt and condemnation. Christ purchased our salvation by giving himself as a ransom (1 Timothy 2:6) and sanctified us (John 10:17-19). Christ suffered for our sins (1 Peter 3:18) by making Himself to be sin that we might be made righteous (2 Corinthians 5:21).
We should speak only of and from God’s Word, not our own (1 Peter 4:11). Having an opinion is one thing, but what does the Word of God, the Holy Bible, say about any subject. Granted, one person may interpret the Word differently from someone else, but we should look at the basics of the Gospel.
Paul told Titus to not only teach the Scriptures but to live them as well. therefore, we are also to teach, to encourage, and to give corrections. How are we to teach the Word?
Albeit good teachings happen in study halls and little gatherings, but a large part of the teaching that Paul alludes to should be done in the “classroom” of the individual and family connections.
Obadiah is the shortest book of the Bible. It is titled The Vision of Obadiah as it prophesies the judgment to fall on the nation of Edom. The Edomites were descendants of Esau which made them related to the children of Israel (Genesis 25:19-27:45). Because of Edom's defiance of God, their pride, and how they treated Judah, disaster would come unto them.
In verse 3:
Edom was the southern neighbor of Judah, and its capital was Petra, which was a city cut into the cliff of a solid rock. It was considered impenetrable due to the only way in was through a narrow canyon. The Edomites were proud of how secure they felt in their city, their self-sufficiency, their wealth, their allies, and their wisdom, but this would cause them to be brought down. They only fooled themselves.
Those that have a favorable opinion of themselves are adept to think that others appreciate them as well; but they will be mistaken. God can make low those that have amplified and lifted up themselves. What Edom says in the pride of their heart, talks with their very own certainty quality, and a hatred of God's decisions, as though the intensity of the Almighty could not overwhelm them.
Pride of heart is the disposition of an existence that announces its capacity to live without God. Pride is and will always destroy Christians which will make them of no use for the service of God. They are all in it for the show. Remember the Pharisee and the Publican. The Pharisee was showing off, look at what I am not, look at what I do, and look at what I have (Luke 18:11). Satan was proud and it was his downfall (Isaiah 14:13-15). Nebuchadnezzar was proud and look at what happened to him (Daniel 4:30-32).
In verse 4:
The Bible declares the route to self-destruction is pride (Proverbs 16:18). The judgment on Edom was to bring about justice. To anyone that believes “who shall bring me down?” God’s reply is, “I will.” Just like the way the nation of Edom and the city of Petra fell, people with pride in their hearts will fall. Humility is more secure than pride.
In Proverbs 6:16-19, These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
What is the first one? Pride!
Many Christians have pride in their race, pride of face (social standing), and pride of grace (proud of being saved). Salvation should not make us proud. It is a free gift offered to everyone. Grace is given to those who are humble.
Other Scripture regarding pride:
When we try to run our lives, we put ourselves in the place of God. How many try to run their lives without God, as if they do not need Him? That is pride. That is sin and it is fatal. Do not let pride control us. We must recognize when pride tries to set in and push it back out the door. Pray to God to help us defend against proudness of heart.
2 Timothy 1:8-14
Jesus called but who among us has answered? Have we picked up the Holy telephone or have we left the earthly answering machine on? Have we told the unholy secretary to hold all calls? Or have we responded, “Speak, for thy servant heareth” (1 Samuel 3:10).
Called by God
Call = to command
Here, Paul is in prison and writes to Timothy to tell him that he must resist being ashamed of bearing the testimony of the Lord. Timothy must boldly endure his portion of afflictions for sharing the Gospel.
The Lord promised blessings for those who do suffer.
Timothy needed to remember that, while Paul was in Prison, he was still kept by God’s power and was doing more for Christ’s glory than others who were free. He did not need to let the fear of imprisonment keep him from preaching boldly.
Commissioned by Christ
Commission = authoritative order, a charge
Paul stated that Timothy needs to understand that God’s grace and purpose was the source of his ministry, and that his salvation was not the result of good works. Christians are called to fulfil the holy calling. It does not matter about your status in social circles, your wealth or lack thereof, or your educational background.
Consigned by the Holy Ghost (Spirit)
Consigned = set apart or devote to
We may be in this world, but we are not to be a part of it. We are to let our light shine before others.
Matthew Henry’s Commentary – Thou hadst a soul committed to thee, how was it employed? In the service of sin, or in the service of Christ?
Hosea 10:12-15; 14:1-3
During the declining reign of Jeroboam II of Israel, Hosea was called by God to prophesy to His people. Hosea was given instructions to marry a woman of whoredoms, and God told Hosea that the woman would be unfaithful. Hosea went on to marry Gomer. Children were born, then as God had said, Gomer left Hosea to pursue her sinful desires. However, at some point Hosea finds her, redeems her, and brings her back home in reconciliation.
Hosea depicts God’s persistent love to His people. The book of Hosea demonstrates how the people of Israel were once close to God, but then fall into sin. And although they sinned, God still loved them, but judgment would come unto them. They would be punished for their disobedience. Yet there was mercy. Repentance would bring restoration.
The first three chapters discus Hosea’s wayward wife. Chapter 1 tells us of Hosea’s wife and children. In Chapter 2, we learn of punishment and restoration. In chapter 3, Hosea is reconciled with his wife. The remainder of the book of Hosea is about God’s wayward people. In chapter 4, God charges Israel for its sins. Chapter 5 through part of Chapter 6, regards God’s judgment against Israel. The last part of Chapter 6, God wants Israel’s love.
Israel is described as a crooked bow in Chapter 7. Israel is told that it will reap the whirlwind in Chapter 8. In Chapter 9, Israel wanders aimlessly without God. Chapter 10, Hosea predicts punishment to the people of Israel. Chapter 11 describes God’s fatherly love. God invites His people to return to Him in Chapter 12. And then in Chapter 13, God expresses His anger with Israel. But we finally learn that repentance will bring restoration in Chapter 14.
Today we will focus on seeking the Lord and repentance.
In verses 12-13:
Hosea utilizes examples about fields and crops. He discusses a furrowed field and the ground that is prepared to get seeds. It is not, at this point stony and hard. It has been deliberately arranged and accessible. Are our lives prepared for God to work in them? We can furrow the hard ground of our souls by recognizing our wrongdoings and holding nothing back from God's pardoning and direction.
The Israelites confided in the untruth that military force could guard them. Believers today are capable for succumbing to lies. The individuals who need to lead others off track frequently adhere to these guidelines for compelling lying: make it grand, keep it straightforward, and rehash it regularly. Believers can abstain from succumbing to lies by asking: Am I accepting this because I might gain something personally from it? Am I limiting significant facts? Does it go against an immediate order of Scripture? Are there any scriptural equals to the circumstance I am confronting that would enable me to realize what to accept?
In verses 14-15:
Hosea was telling the people of Israel that their fate would be like that of the city of Beth-arbel when it was attacked by Shalman. Israel put its trust in military might as opposed to in God, and therefore, it would be decimated by military force. The king of Israel, who had driven the people into worshiping idols, would be the first to fall. Divine judgment is at times quick; however, it is in every case sure.
The people could come back to God by requesting that He remove their transgressions. The equivalent is valid for us: we can implore Hosea's supplication and realize our sins are pardoned on the grounds that Christ died for them on the cross (John 3:16). Absolution starts when we see the ruinous tendency of transgression and the uselessness of existence without God. At that point we should concede we cannot save ourselves; our lone expectation is in God's benevolence. When we demand pardoning, we should realize that we do not merit it and along these lines cannot demand it. Our petition must be for God's adoration and benevolence, not for His judgment. Even though we cannot demand absolution, we can be sure we have gotten it, since God is generous and cherishing and wants to reestablish us to Himself, similarly as He needed to reestablish Israel.
For whom is now the time to seek the Lord? Everyone needs to seek the Lord, those in government, parliament, government officials of both city, state, and nation. People of our communities, our businesses, our churches, and even ourselves; we all need to seek the Lord.
For what reason is it time to seek the Lord? Believers need to be urgent, in season and out of season. Sinners need to give heed to what they have heard. The time for planting is passing us by and the time for harvest is ready but there are not enough workers in the field. The time that we have for seeking the Lord will soon end.
Do not put off until tomorrow what needs to be done today, for tomorrow may never come.
1 Timothy 1:12-20
What is it to have mercy? What is it to have guilt? No doubt we have at some point felt that we are no longer to be forgiven for some sin or transgression. But then there is something called faith.
In verses 12-13:
Is it not wonderful to know that Christ has reached down and forgiven us from our sins, and then to call us into a ministry, no matter what that ministry is? Look at Paul and what he was before he came to know Christ as his Savior. He denounced the teachings of Christ and he hunted down Christians then killed them.
Were any of us just as guilty? Some of us undoubtedly have felt that we were beyond the reach of forgiveness. If God can forgive Paul for all he did and can forgive all the others before and after him, should we not see that God can forgive us as well? (2 Corinthians 3:5-6; Philippians 4:13; Colossians 1:25; Luke 23:34; Acts 8:3 & 26:9; 1 Corinthians 15:9)
In verses 14-15:
How many times have we felt that our faith was still lacking in substance? Maybe we have felt that we still are not where we should be in our walk with God. That is when we should continually and fervently look to Jesus to strengthen our faith. He is always there for us and will supply all our needs.
Notice how Paul talks of God’s abundant grace? God’s “flooding” grace is the only thing that could ever cover the offenses of Paul’s life. And that came from the shed blood of Christ on the Cross of Calvary. Paul continues in stating that the divine grace of God was what it took to save the chief of sinners, which is what he called himself. (Luke 7:47 & 19:10; Romans 5:8 & 5:20; 2 Timothy 1:13)
In verses 16-17:
Here Paul is offering praise to God for how God demonstrated His perfect patience. Paul understood that the sole purpose of Christ coming was for the redemption of all men. With Christ redeeming Paul, he viewed it as a validation to everyone who doubted his conversion, that this invitation was to all of mankind.
Christ indicated His “longsuffering” with Paul; therefore, Paul would be a guide to all men that believed in Christ of how they should live. Next Paul proclaims God’s supremacy who is the King eternal, immortal, invisible and the only wise God.
God is neither upgraded or enhanced, nor discolored or tarnished, nor restricted or limited by time and He rises above time. God is worthy of all honor, glory, and praise forever more. (Ephesians 2:7; 1 Timothy 6:15-16)
In verses 18-20:
Paul valued the gift of prophecy which gave messages of encouragement and warning to the church. Timothy was to be set apart as a pastor is today. He must have felt encouraged by those that prophesied his abilities and gifts. We all have gifts and abilities to use in the service of the Lord. If we begin to feel discouraged in our walk and work, seek guidance from other believers and never forget to pray to God for reassurance.
We must hold fast to our faith in Christ and do what is right by Him. If we intentionally ignore our conscience, it hardens our hearts. God will speak to us as we walk with Him, just as others have done in the Bible. We must walk closely with God; it will give us the capacity to understand right from wrong and keep our conscience clear. (2 Corinthians 10:4; 1 Timothy 6:12; 1 Corinthians 5:5)
The Apostle Paul realized that he would have fairly died if the Lord's grace and mercy had not been abundant to him who was dead in transgression, by working love and faith into his heart by Christ’s death on the cross. No more genuine words have been verbally expressed that the Son of God came eagerly and intentionally to spare non-believers. The ministry is a war against sin, under the direction and guidance of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who is the Captain of our salvation. We should always be upright and true in our actions and behaviors regarding all aspects of our lives.
What does it mean to lament? To lament means to feel sorrow, to mourn, to have a passionate expression of intense grief.
Jeremiah authored the book of Lamentations sometime after the fall of Jerusalem. His first book, Jeremiah, predicted Jerusalem’s destruction. Jeremiah was known as the “weeping prophet” and the “prophet of a broken heart,” for he cried for Jerusalem. What caused his grief? The people had rejected God. God had made them, loved them, and continually looked after them and blessed them, yet they still turned their backs on Him. This broke Jeremiah’s heart. He knew that the people’s selfish and sinful ways would bring suffering and exile. Jeremiah had compassion and he understood why God’s heart was broken.
In chapter 1, it tells why Jeremiah mourns for Jerusalem. In chapter two, discusses the angriness of God toward sin. In chapter three, speaks on the hope during times of sorrow. In chapter four, states that God has satisfied His anger. And finally, in chapter five, Jeremiah prays for reconditioning.
But today we will look at a few passages of Scripture in the book of Jeremiah.
Jerusalem had sinned against God and the Lord is righteous. Here Jerusalem justifies its punishment from the Lord by admitting its sin. It also mentions how its young people were taken into slavery by the conquering nation, Babylon.
Man does not want to hear about God’s anger to sin. Humanity only wants to hear about the love of God. The question should be, how do we feel about our sin and God being angry with us for our sin? Is it right for believers to sit and cry out for justice when the believer is the one that caused the punishment? Too often tele-evangelist and ministers of today all want to profess about the good and the bounty and the prosperity of God but do any of them preach on and against sin? (Deuteronomy 28:32 & 41; 1 Samuel 12:14-15; Psalm 119:75; Jeremiah 12:1)
Undoubtedly Jeremiah cried so much that he could not see. He probably had a headache. His insides churned from the stress. His whole body was wrecked. Jeremiah was sincere and sympathetic. His intense grief was due to the agony and desolation that he saw his people go through. The ‘bowels’ is thought to be the center of emotion, which is probably due to watching the children starve on the city streets.
What sinfulness have we witnessed that has caused us to have similar compassion and sorrow that Jeremiah felt for Jerusalem? Does it grieve us to see sin running rampant through our communities, our state, our nation, or our world? How do you think God feels knowing that He has provided and given so much and yet the world still turns its back on Him? (Job 16:13; Jeremiah 4:19; Lamentations 2:19)
Here we see that Jeremiah saw a ray of hope amongst all the turmoil, God’s compassions fail not. If we ask, God will respond with help. If we ask for forgiveness with a true penitent heart, He will forgive us. There is no sin too great for God’s compassion. God is also faithful. He promised judgment for disobedience, and that is what happened. But God also promises to restore and to bless.
Jeremiah saw the mercies of God because Jerusalem was not totally expended. If Jerusalem had received what they truly deserved, Jerusalem would be no more. Remember Sodom and Gomorrah? Where are they now? The prophets had all said that God would judge them for their sin, to which He has done so but has not destroyed them. A remnant of the faithful have remained.
What about our nation? Will God judge America? Has God judged America? Has God judged us for our sins as a people? (Psalm 78:38; Jeremiah 3:12; Malachi 3:6; Psalm 73:26)
To enter the Temple or to worship God, one could not be unclean or polluted. The priests and prophets were to be careful in maintaining their ceremonial purity. That way they would be clean to perform their duties in the Temple. Unfortunately, many of them had succumbed to sin and evil. They had given the wrong example to the people and had led them into sin, which caused Jerusalem’s collapse. The Priest and prophets did not tell the truth to the people. They were guilty. If we do not present the Word of God today, we are also guilty.
There were some prophets, like Jeremiah, who spoke the truth. But some people paid no attention and were judged. Have we presented the Truth of the Word? (Jeremiah 2:30, 26:8-9, 45:5, 52:24-27; Deuteronomy 28:28-29; Isaiah 9:14-16, 29:10, 56:10, 59:9-10; Leviticus 13:45-46)
Although we have sinned and deserve punishment, God is still the same God. Jeremiah prayed for mercy and grace. He prayed for forgiveness. He asks God to revive renew and revive the people spiritually so that God would be with them. God had rejected them, and God had been angry with them. But God has provided forgiveness, all we need to do is ask. (Psalm 13:1, 44:24, 45:6; Jeremiah 31:18)
2 Thessalonians 3:6-15
What is Laziness? It is being unwilling to work or being idle. Here is where Paul admonishes the church against laziness.
There were a few people falsely teaching the Thessalonian church that being as Christ was returning soon, people should stop working, lay aside any responsibilities, quit planning for the future, and just sit back and wait. Be that as it may, their absence of action just drove them into transgression. The church then had to start supporting this type of people which was burdensome and was wasting time. They sat around idly instead of helping other people, and they became ‘busybodies. They may have thought that they were living spiritually by not working, however Paul advised them to be mindful and return to work.
Being prepared for Christ does not mean that we sit on our stool of do nothing, it implies that we should be obeying Him in each everyday issue. Since we realize Christ is coming, we should live so that our confidence and our day-by-day practice will satisfy Him when He returns for us (2 Corinthians 5:9-10, James 1:22, James 4:17, 2 Peter 3:14).
In verses 6-10:
Notice how Paul starts this passage with a command to the people? He does not sugar-coat it. This is a serious situation. He is stating that believers need to be careful with the people that they are associated with. Bad habits start to rub off onto others. Good people can be influenced by others if they are not always on their guard.
Paul is referring to lazy people. Have we ever witnessed any lazy people within our church congregation? I have a sermon titled “A Pound of Tators” from the book of Luke, chapter 19, where I discuss the Tator Family. Here are a few of its members:
The last member, Speck Tator, is the lazy one. How many of them are there in our church? We read on how Paul states that if people don not work, they should not eat. We can take that two ways, one way is the natural. People who are physically able but are too lazy to do an honest day’s work, should not be supported by others (welfare, government assistance). The other is spiritual. People that are too lazy to work in the church in some form or fashion. It may not be a high-profile position within the church. There is plenty to do behind the scenes.
There comes a time for relaxation and recreation. We must have that balance of work, stress, and down-time. Take time for leisure activities but do not get lazy. We must make good use of our time for the Lord. Rest when needed but work as required (1 Thessalonians 5:14, 1 Thessalonians 2:9, 1 Thessalonians 4:11).
In verses 11-15:
A lazy individual who does not employ themselves in the service of the Lord winds up investing energy doing less supportive exercises, such as gossiping. That is the thing that a “busybody” or a 'snoop' does, they gossip or tattle, and that is what tears church members down. These sorts of people are not keen on getting the Gospel message out for God. They make aggravations of themselves and start mischief inside the congregation body. On the off chance that we discover our noses in different people groups business, we might be underutilized in the work of the Lord.
We should abstain from interacting with troublemakers in the church, other than to witness to them. Unfortunately, some believers may entertain socially with the “busybodies” just so the “busybodies” will not talk bad about them. We all have met these types of people, the ones that complain and decide to put their two-cents worth opinions into and about everything, grasping for attention and just wanting to stir something up.
Paul is instructing the church to cease and desist from supporting people with persistent laziness. Do not condone acting in a cruel manner towards them, but in brotherly love two or more should confront those believers that have sinned against the church (Matthew 18:15-17). That way, reconciliation can be made between the unruly person and the church (1 Thessalonians 4:1, 1 Thessalonians 5:14).
Christians should be working to further the Kingdom, not just sitting back, and watching the world go by. Do not be a lazy Christian or a lazy church. Whatever task we have been called to do, assigned to do, or asked to do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto man (Colossians 3:23).
Jeremiah 39:6-18, (15-18)
Jeremiah was to have God by his side through all of his difficulties. There are special rewards for God’s faithful people. However, it is possible that they might not be received during this life.
Jeremiah had been God’s spokesman to Judah for forty years, during the last five kings. He continually urged the people to repent and to act, but nobody would listen to him or do anything. He was not a successful man by the world’s standards, like those who have fortune and fame. He did not gain material success, yet he continued his mission. He had been assaulted, thrown in jail, and compelled to leave his home. The only ones that showed him any respect were the Babylonians.
In chapter thirty-seven, during Zedekiah’s reign as king, Jeremiah was thrown in prison. In chapter thirty-eight, Jeremiah was then thrown into a well but was finally rescued from the well by Ebed-melech, (38:7-13) who was a eunuch serving in the king’s house, under the command of Zedekiah. At the same time, the Babylonians are coming to Jerusalem. Zedekiah approaches Jeremiah to inquire about a word from the Lord. Jeremiah tries to tell Zedekiah what to do to save his life and the life of the people. Unfortunately, Zedekiah would not listen.
In verses 6-8:
In chapter thirty-nine, Nebuchadnezzar captures Jerusalem. He has the sons of Zedekiah killed and has Zedekiah’s eyes put out (Jeremiah 24:8-10, Jeremiah 34:18-21, Jeremiah 52:10-11).
In verses 9-10:
The king’s house is burned as well as the houses of the people. then the walls of Jerusalem are broken down. The captain of the guard is carrying away the captive to Babylon, as was there policy for conquered lands. The Babylonians would carry the rich and powerful back to Babylon as slaves, but they would leave the poor in charge of the land that they conquered. This would then in turn leave the conquered people to be loyal subjects (2 Kings 25:9-12, Jeremiah 52:12-16).
In verses 11-14:
The king of the Babylonians, Nebuchadnezzar, gives a command concerning Jeremiah. The Babylonians were superstitious and believed in fortune tellers and magicians. So, they had somewhat of a respect for Jeremiah the prophet. Being as he was in prison, they assumed he was a traitor to his own people. They probably heard how he prophesied about the Babylonian victory, so they freed him and gave him protection. The guard captain took him out of the prison and sent him home so he could be with his own people, free. Jeremiah had concern for the people, was respected, was saved, and freed by his faith. Zedekiah had only concern for himself not his people, therefore, he was ridiculed and imprisoned (Job 5:15-16, Jeremiah 15:20-21, Jeremiah 15:20-21, 2 Kings 22:12-14, Jeremiah 40:1-6).
In verses 15-18:
God tells Jeremiah to go speak with Ebed-melech. Jeremiah is to tell him that the Lord will deliver him because he put his trust in the Lord. Ebed-melech had put his life in jeopardy to save Jeremiah. God had protected him from the Babylonians during Jerusalem’s takeover (Psalm 50:14-15, Jeremiah 17:7-8, Psalm 41:1-2).
God does not guarantee His faithful an escape from persecution. But He does promise that He will be with them and strengthen them so that they can endure (2 Corinthians 1:3-7). As we serve, we should realize that our service is for God, not for man’s approval. Our faithfulness will be rewarded.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
What happens when we die physically? Do our bodies remain in the ground? What about our souls?
Prophetic truth has a utilitarian reason. It is to condemn the hearts of sinners. It is to empower Christians to holiness, and to provide hope and solace to Christians in the hour of death. This letter was composed to urge Christians to live purified lives while they await the return of Christ.
Why had such a large number of believers died and what might befall them when Christ returned was the question that the Thessalonians asked Paul. Paul needed to clarify that passing was not the end. He writes to explain that they should not feel hopeless. All people grieve and feel sorrow with the passing of a loved one, but we do not have to feel as unbelievers feel. At the point when Christ returns, all Christians will be brought together, alive or dead, and will never have to endure suffering or die a physical death ever again.
Do we believe that Jesus was raised from the dead? As Christians, we should believe Christ arose. And as He is risen, so will we rise from the dead. We must remember that there are three deaths, the physical, the spiritual, and the eternal.
The physical death is to be absent from the body. The body ceases to function. Many believers have and will see a physical death. Spiritual death is of a carnal mind, being separated from God. This is a non-believer's position. The eternal death is to be eternally separated from God.
Paul wrote to invite Christians to comfort and energize each other when a friend or family member passes on. The love that should unite Christians in this life is the love that will join believers at Christ's return.
Each Christian who has died since the hour of Christ until the exact instant He seeks His congregation will be revived. It does not make a difference what condition that body is in; it will be raised and be as He is. Those of us who remain living will be raptured after the dead in Christ have been restored.
We will all meet Christ in the air. What a meeting it will be! As Paul had given comfort to the Thessalonians with the resurrection promise, so should we give each other that same comfort of the great hope.
Isaiah's perspective on God in the initial four verses gives us a feeling of God's significance, power, and mystery. Isaiah's case of perceiving his sin before God urges us to admit our own wrongdoings.
The image of absolution, that Isaiah gives, advises us that we are pardoned as well. At the point when we perceive how incredible God is, how guilty we are, and the degree of His absolution, we get the strength to accomplish His work. How does our idea of the significance of God match Isaiah’s?
In verses 1-4:
The seraphim are angelic beings made by God. This is the only spot in the Bible where they are referenced. Here they work as God's operators in commissioning Isaiah. Isaiah could comprehend them when they addressed him and when they praised God. Since they drifted above God's throne, they may have been God's attendants. They were striking and amazing creatures, and their singing shook the Temple.
In verse 5:
The Common Man:
To be common is to be unclean, unworthy, no hope, sinful, deceitful, low in ranking, impure, and/or guilty. Listening in to the recognition of the holy messengers, Isaiah acknowledges he was common and unclean before God, with no hope for matching God's standard of blessedness.
Were we not all common before accepting Christ as our personal Savior? Are our lives so important that we are to be placed upon some high pedestal above all other people?
In verses 6-7:
The Cleansed Man:
To be set apart, free from blemish, rid of corruption & impurities, or free of guilt. At the point when his lips were contacted with a burning coal, he was informed that his sins were pardoned. It was not the coal that purged him, yet God. Were any ofus holy before we met God? Were we not all dirty with sin? Are any of us still stained with sin? Should we not seek cleansing?
Church Hymnal, page 368, Nothing But The Blood,
What can wash away my sins, nothing but the blood of Jesus.
What can make me whole again, nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Oh, precious is the flow, that makes me white as snow.
No other fount I know, nothing but the blood of Jesus.
In verse 8:
The Called Man:
To be summoned, an invitation, a command, or a divine vocation. Accordingly, he submitted himself altogether to the service of God. Regardless of how troublesome his assignment would be, he stated, 'here am I, send me'. The difficult purifying procedure was vital before Isaiah could satisfy the undertaking to which God was calling him. Has God called us for a purpose, to do a task, to do a specific job? Have we acknowledged that calling? Have we responded to that calling?
Before we acknowledge God's call to represent Him to people around us, we should be purged as Isaiah was. Letting God decontaminate us might be excruciating; however, we should be refined with the goal that we can genuinely be a spokesperson for God, who is holy and pure.
In verse 11:
The Continual Man:
To be constant, perpetual, unfailing repetition to endure. How long must I endure? How long must I work? We are to continually work until the task is complete. Have we gotten lazy and quit working? Have we given up? Have we said to ourselves that the job is too hard? Do we have the strength and the fortitude to continue? If not, then why not? Have we asked Christ to give us the strength? Have we not asked for His guidance?
God disclosed to Isaiah that the individuals would listen, yet they would not learn from his message on the grounds that their hearts had hardened past repenting, God's understanding with their incessant resistance was at long last depleted, and his judgment was to desert them to their wickedness. For what reason did God send Isaiah if He knew the individuals wouldn't listen?
Although the country itself would not apologize and would harvest judgment; a few people would listen. In verse 13, God clarifies His plan for a remainder of steadfast followers. Indeed, even in judgment God is kind. We can attain consolation from God's promise to save His people. If we are dedicated to Him, we can make certain of His benevolence.
When might people listen to God? Simply after they had reached the end and had no place to tum yet to God. This would happen when the land was wrecked by attacking armed forces and the people taken into imprisonment. The 'tenth' alludes either to the people who stayed in the land after captivity, or the people who came back from Babylon to rebuild the land. Each gathering was about a tenth of the total populace. When will we listen to God speak to us?
Must we experience disasters before we will listen to God's words like to Judah? Consider what God might be saying to you and obey Him before it is too late.
Church Hymnal, page 157, Trust and Obey.
When we walk with the Lord
In the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will,
He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey,
For there’s no other way,
To be happy in Jesus,
But to trust and obey.