April 15, 2018

Right Now by Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:00 am by sranderson0103

By Don R. Patton

“for you once were NOT A PEOPLE, but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD; you had NOT RECEIVED MERCY, but now you have RECEIVED MERCY.” (I Peter 2:10)

There are many things awaiting faithful Christians in heaven that are unimaginably wonderful.

“in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.” (II Tim 4:8)

Paul prays that we will gain enough insight now, to begin to appreciate those things.

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,” (Ephesians 1:18)

But –

there are also many wonderful gifts and privileges we have right now.

In the first place, we have the assurance of eternal salvation. Paul quoted a passage, originally given to Israel, that reminds us that children of God are forgiven, saved by the power of the blood of Christ, which reaches backward and forward.

“Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation–” (II Corinthians 6:2)

This is quoted from Isaiah 49:8 where at verse 13 we find…

“Shout for joy, O heavens! And rejoice, O earth! Break forth into joyful shouting, O mountains! For the LORD has comforted His people And will have compassion on His afflicted.”

Faithful Christians, as well as faithful Israel, were assured that they were free from condemnation, and that is true now.

In fact, He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.” (Ephesians 1:4)

Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.” (Romans 5:9)

But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction; (Romans 3:21-22

Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. (I John 3:2-3)

Consider also the fact that, as Christians, we have the assurance that, right now, the Son of God, the creator of the universe (Colossians 1:16) is praying for us. He has entered into heaven

For Christ has entered into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us;” (Hebrews 9:24).

This amazing blessing exists now and will forevermore.

“…Jesus…continues forever, holds His priesthood permanently. Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:24-25)

Hallelujah!

Adapted from an article by Henry Morris

 

 

 

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