What’s in it for us?

Jesus said that when He comes again, he will sit on His throne in heavenly glory and say to the blessed ones, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the Kingdom prepared since the creation of the world.’ 1

#  Our inheritance

  • It is amazing that God planned everything from the beginning.  
  • The first part of the plan was the creation of the physical universe.  He finished it in 6 days and then rested (it was not because He was tired, but because He was finished).
  • The second part of the plan was fulfilled when Jesus died on the Cross and said, ‘It is finished’ 2 and sat down at His Father’s right hand in heaven. 3
  • We want to give attention to the third and final part of God’s magnificent plan, our inheritance (in between there are a few ‘necessary’ events which we want to discuss in future blogs).  
  • Jesus Himself guarantees our inheritance.  Yet, sometimes we wonder what the inheritance will be like?  We live in a hostile world ruled by the devil.  So life is not always that easy for the believer.  Our active enemy sometimes drives us to want to give up.  Take the example of Demas.  Paul reported about him, ‘…for Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone….’ 4  That plainly means he gave up on God. 

#  Peter’s question

  • After Jesus commented on how hard it will be for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God, 5 Peter asked Jesus, ‘We have left everything to follow you!’ 6  He meant, ‘will we be rewarded for that?’ 
  • Jesus answered with a promise,  ‘I tell you the truth, …no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the Gospel, will fail to receive, …in the age to come, eternal life.’ 7  

#  Our reward

It is a consolation when we understand that we will inherit.  We are saved by grace and mercy, so we don’t deserve anything.  Yet our perfect Father is generous and wants to give us an inheritance.  He wants to reward us handsomely for our devotion and loyalty to Him, even if it is all His doing. 

Conclusion

Scripture is not comprehensive when it comes to our inheritance, the coming Kingdom of peace and happiness.  It is because God is concerned that we get there, not what we will get there.  Yet there are clues in the Bible.

References

  1. Matthew 25:31-34  
  2. John 19:30  
  3. Mark 14:62;  Acts 2:34-35  
  4. 2 Timothy 4:9  
  5. Mark 10:24-25  
  6. Mark 10:28  
  7. Mark 10:29

Do you make the mistake to believe the devil’s lies?

The world we live in today generally hates God.  It promotes material success, to live for yourself, do whatever pleases you and that you can disregard the Bible because it is full of mistakes.

Yet truth and reality as Jesus revealed it, includes the invisible world and life after death.  2 Corinthians 4:18b says, ‘…what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.’  In this blog we want to show that we don’t need to believe the devil’s lies about God and Scripture.

#  God has an enemy.

  • Most leaders, kings, presidents and prime ministers throughout history had enemies who tried to topple them and foment unrest.
  • God’s enemy is the devil, Satan, that ancient serpent that leads people astray with lies about the Bible, God and His eternal Kingdom. 1

#  Scripture reveals Satan’s character. 

  • Cain was the first human being who belonged to the devil.  He refused to listen to God, murdered his brother and went out from the presence of God. 2
  • ‘Satan rose up against Israel and incited David….’ 3
  • ‘For we wanted to come to you – certainly I, Paul, did, again and again – but Satan stopped us.’ 4
  • ‘Those who oppose him [the teacher of the truth] he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil [Satan], who has taken them captive to do his will.’ 5

#  Satan’s deceptions in the world

  • The devil has mounted a massive propaganda offensive to keep people away from the truth and convince them that God is an illusion.
  • He promotes other ‘gods’ like aliens and UFO’s, the church of the Jedi, Zen, alternative ‘spiritualities,’ witchcraft, or whatever.
  • He presents an alternative creation account to Genesis 1.  It is the ‘creation account’ of the world.  It explains that all things came from nothing and go to nothing.  Therefore there is nothing to live for since there is nothing after death.  What a massive lie!
  • The devil encourages the activity of atheists and other groups or organisations to hate a God they have never seen.

Conclusion

What we see in the world shows us that there is an invisible spirit who lies about God and Scripture.  People on their own cannot keep a war against the unseen God going for ages.  The world shows us what the Bible tells us, ‘As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.’ 6  The many ‘strange’ ideologies that people embrace should strengthen our faith that the Lord and His Revelation, the wonderful Bible, is truth.

References

  1. Revelation 12:9
  2. Genesis 4;1-16; 1 John 3:12
  3. 1 Chronicles 21:1
  4. 1 Thessalonians 2:18
  5. 2 Timothy 2:25-26
  6. Ephesians 2:1-2

The world judges, but God saves.

The world sees things in a different way than God does.  Often what the world describes as serious failures, God loves to save, to confound unbelievers.  Let us look at some examples of people who apparently messed up, but their lives were changed by Jesus.

#  Biblical examples of people who messed up 

  • Abraham.  Twice he used his wife to save his own skin when he was afraid – the servants of the ruler took Sarai into the king’s harem1(God saved her both times). Yet God called Abraham his friend.  He believed God and the promised son was born.
  • Moses.  He was discouraged because his people would not believe he came to save them.  His defence on behalf of an Israelite was a failure, and he had to flee the country to save his life.  In Midian he looked after sheep and had mostly sheep to talk to for 40 years.  Then God called him and he, with the help of God, freed the Israelites from slavery. 2
  • King David.  He was a successful soldier and loved the Lord, but he messed up when he seduced the wife of his trusted soldier, Uriah.  When his attempt to hide it failed, he had her husband killed.  His punishment caused devastation in his family.  He repented and God used him mightily to prepare the temple worship and gather material for the construction of the temple by his son Solomon. 3
  • Paul.  He was the bright Pharisee who killed Christians and thought he did God a favour.  God called him in a somewhat unconventional way, and he did great things in Jesus’ name. 4
  • Peter.  Jesus warned him that he would betray Him.  What did he do?  Betrayed Him three times.  Yet Jesus restored him and he became a powerful witness for His Master. 5

So the list goes on.

#  What about Jesus?

His leaders, the high priest, rabbis and teachers of the law hated Him. 6  The Romans thought Him of so little consequence, they mostly ignored Him.  People saw His apparently frugal life without a house, horse or smart clothes.  He walked on foot and was asked to leave a place more than once. 7  On the Cross it looked as if He had missed His entire calling.

#  What did God do to Jesus?  

Scripture says it all, ‘God has made this Jesus whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.’ 8   The Cross made the difference.  That suffering on our behalf gave Him the honoured position at God’s right hand in glory, honour, majesty, adoration, veneration and praise. 9  He is endowed with all titles and honour that can be given.  Myriads of angels care for Him and billions of people He saved, love and adore Him.  Why?  Because He did what His Father asked Him to do. 10

#  What does the example of Jesus teach us?

The Cross makes the difference.  The Cross produces ‘successes.’  As Jesus is with God, so those who made mistakes and repented, will be with God eternally. 11

#  Remember: The Blood of Jesus has no barriers.

  • The blood of Jesus dripping from the Cross is colour blind, gender blind, status blind.  To understand the wide range of Jesus’ blood, look at the Israelites when God killed the first born of the Egyptians.  They were commanded to smear the blood of a lamb on the doorposts of their houses to escape the death of their first born. 12
  • They were from different tribes, of which Jacob gave different prophecies. 13  The Levites were specially called to care for God’s tabernacle.  There were leaders, elders, young men, old men, women and children.
  • Who was excluded?  Only those who refused to paint the blood on their door frames.  For the rest, they were all saved by the powerful hand of God, led through the Red Sea and to the border of the promised land.

#  Conclusion

The Blood of the Saviour saves all people who want to be saved.  It has no favourites.14  Anyone who applies the blood of Jesus on the doorposts of his or her heart is welcomed in God’s Kingdom.  That is the glory of our King.  He calls the ordinary to serve the Extraordinary.  In that process the ordinary also become extraordinary.

References

  1. Genesis 12:10-20; 20:1-17
  2. Exodus 2-6
  3. 2 Samuel 11; 1 Chronicles 28-29
  4. Acts 8:1-3; 9:1-19
  5. Luke 22:31-34; 54-62
  6. Mark 10:33-34; 11:18
  7. Luke 4:14-30; Mark 5:1-17
  8. Acts 2:36
  9. Acts 7:55-56
  10. Luke 22:42
  11. Revelation 21:3-4; 22:4,9
  12. Exodus 12:12-13
  13. Genesis 49
  14. Romans 2:11