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Meditation Moment - HEAVEN

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HEAVEN

Revelation 21

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.  I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.  John gets to take a look into heaven, then he describes it to us.  He said the Holy City is like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. The feeling is when you see a bride walking down the isle you are seeing the purest beauty the world can boast.

John also says, God will wipe away our tears.  When you think of a place where there will be no reason to cry, ever, doesn’t it make you want to go there?

There will be no more death.  Can you imagine no more funerals and no more cemeteries.  The hardest thing in this world is to say good-bye, but those words will never be spoken in heaven.

In verses 11 thru 22 he describes what heaven will look like in a way we can understand.  He mentions the foundation, the size, the walls, gates, precious stones, streets as pure gold.  He said there will be no need for the sun or moon, there will be no night.  Nothing impure or no one who does bad things will be there.

That is a wonderful place to look forward to.  We can spend eternity there if we have prepared for our journey while here on earth.  We must have secured the companionship of the Lord by obeying him. We can do that by hearing the word and believing it, repenting of our sins, confessing Christ and being baptized into his death to walk in a new life. (Rom ch. 6)  “Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” (Rev. 2:10)

 

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Meditation Moment - PERILS TO THE SOUL

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PERILS TO THE SOUL

Unless you are in the insurance profession the word “peril” is a word you probably do not use often.  Merriam-Webster defines the word peril as “exposure to the risk of being injured, destroyed or lost.”  Paul warned Timothy (2 Tim. 3-4) that perilous times were coming and while many of these perils are obvious there are some perils that we may unintentionally overlook:

1.  Doctrines of Men.  “now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith” (3:8).  The Egyptian magicians resisted Moses by imitating his works.  Satan is the great imitator. What God does, he counterfeits, forcing us to distinguish between truth and error.

2.  Prejudice.  “But they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was” (3:9).  One who judges before he knows the facts is prejudiced.  Some students searched the Scriptures and rejected the truth, while the Bereans searched the same passages and received the truth (read John 5:39; Acts 17:11). How can the same act (studying the Bible) produce such different results?  The first group was prejudiced; the other, honest.

3.  Desire to Please Men.  Paul warns Timothy that God will judge him (2 Tim 4:1), and therefore he must continue to tell people what they need to hear, whether they like it or not (vs 2).  One of Timothy’s greatest problems would be the “itching ears” of those who demand something besides the truth (3-4).

4.  Ignorance of God’s Word.  Paul reminded Timothy that “knowledge of the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation” would be his guide to avoiding the perilous times ahead (3:15).  God’s word may not always be pleasing to our ears, but if we will allow it, God’s word will correct us when we have wandered off onto a perilous
path that exposes us to the risk of being “injured, destroyed or lost”.

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211 Powell Street, Glenville WV
Noel Roberts - Phone 304.462.8136

Meditation Moment - THE BLOOD OF CHRIST

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THE BLOOD OF CHRIST

We teach and sing about the precious blood of the Son of God.  Some of the songs we sing are “There is Power in the Blood,” “Are You Washed in the Blood” and “There is a Fountain Filled With Blood.”  It is so generally understood that we are washed in the blood of Christ in order to be saved that only an infidel would dispute it.

When our Lord was instituting the Lord’s Supper, He said, “This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for remission of sins.” (Matt. 26:29)  In speaking of the dedication of the New Testament with the blood of Christ, Paul said: “And without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” ((Heb. 9:22)  “…Unto him that loved us and washed us from our sins in his own blood.”  (Rev. 1:5)  These verses and many more teach us that if we ever stand redeemed at last in the presence of God it will be by the merit of Christs’ shed blood and because we have washed our robes in that blood.

Acts 20:28 says, “…to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.”  Jesus bought the church with his own blood and we are added to the church when we have been washed in the blood at the time we are baptized. (Acts 2:41-47)  We are saved by the grace and mercy of God. (Titus 2:11-15)  Titus 3:15 says,  “He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.  He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior.”  There is no power in the water, but the power is in the command to be baptized in water. (Acts 8:37-38 & Acts 10:47-48)  We daily walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son cleanses us from all sin. (I John 1:7)

Glenville Church of Christ
211 Powell Street, Glenville WV
Noel Roberts - Phone 304.462.8136

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