God, the Comforter

Scripture is our sole source of revelation about the wonderful eternal God.  In Scripture He reveals His plan: to have a people of His very own.  But, it is not a joy ride on a gondola while we eat Swiss chocolates.  Especially at the end of time, it will not be easy.  Jesus predicted, 

‘Then you [followers of Jesus] will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.  At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.’  Matthew 24:9-11

It seems there is a rising tide of persecution against Jesus’ people.  Why does God allow it?  It would be much easier to be spared all the ‘bad’ things.  Yet it is part of God’s plan, 

‘In this [the coming salvation, verse 4-5] you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.  These have come so that your faith – of greater worth than gold, that perishes even though refined by fire, may be proved to be genuine and may result in praise, glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed.’ 1 Peter 1:7  

  • Our faith is worth more than gold and it will lead us to an eternal new home of gold, the New Jerusalem:

‘The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass.’  Revelation 21:18

  • The length, width and height of the city is about 2,200 kilometers or 1,400 miles.  It is a perfect cube of gold.  

God warns us that we will be tested.  

  • It is necessary because loyalty is very important where God is the eternal King.  Nobody will ever try to usurp His throne again.  The devil tried it, but failed.  
  • God’s desire is that we pass the tests and have refined faith that will take us to the eternal city of gold.  Tested faith is truly worth more than the gold of this life. 

Conclusion

Jesus will not leave nor forsake us.  He gave us the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, who is the One who will help us, guide us and teach us how to remain faithful. 

Author: Gerard and Alida

As you can see in the photo, there are two of us. We live and work together 24/7, studying and enjoying our grandchildren. Our passion is to know and understand what will happen after death. Is there a way to provide for and invest in that?

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