Three things remain…
September 29th, 2019
It’s hard to believe that summer is over, and we are almost ready to break into the final quarter of 2019. Soon, it will be 2020 and for me personally a year that I never really had conceived of me seeing.
I never really considered it. It wasn’t that I thought my time on earth would be finished by this point. It is more likely that in the back of my mind I was maybe thinking that surely Jesus would have come for His bride by this time, given the sin and corruption level of the world around us.
Virtually every prophecy has been fulfilled that needs to be completed before the King of Kings returns on a blazing white horse, of the likes, we have never seen before.
Understand, I’m not disappointed. There is no doubt in my mind, nor should it be in yours, Jesus is returning. That day scripture tells us will come upon us like a thief in the night. In other words, no one will have predicted it. Before we realize what is taking place, the faithful will rise to meet Jesus, leaving the world below, in a state of total manic chaos.
This world is temporal. It wasn’t designed for the long run. This point in space time was created by God so as to meet and secure His people for himself. When that is complete, this all goes away.
Few things will remain other than the faithful and those who have refused the gift. To each community, the reward or punishment, God judges fairly, therefore there will be no ambiguity with His decision. He’s the perfect judge. In His court there is no evidence missed or injustice that escapes his scrutiny.
But something else we have in this world remains beyond this monumental event.
Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13 (NLT)
Faith, Hope, and Love
These are the everlasting attributes that remain throughout time.
It’s said, ‘you can’t take it with you’, but the truth is that you can. If we have faith, hope and love; these will be with us when we abide with the Lord in Heaven, or for that matter the ‘new earth’.
What is even more interesting about these three is that they are a microcosm of our salvation.
God’s love for us was expressed in all that He has done for us including sending His Son to die in our place. Jesus became our sacrifice because He loved us so much that the cost was worth it to Him. The sacrifice and pain, in Jesus’ eyes, was worth having a relationship with us. Not for a little while, instead a love relationship which would last forever.
Because of that love, the byproduct is the hope we have in Jesus. The hope we have that as sons and daughters of God we look forward to that eternal relationship. We are or we should be living in that relationship, right now. Our relationship with God is like that love, everlasting.
Then there is faith. Faith is the basis of all of this. Jesus could have died on the cross for us, three days later arose from the dead, victorious over sin and death. And without faith, it would be for naught.
For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift — not from works, so that no one can boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9 (CSB)
That faith element is critical to our salvation, for without it, there is no grace applied. It has been purchased for us, but it is only by faith in Jesus that we can accept that grace. Without grace, there is no hope.
As for love, again, the everlasting love that God spills out on us can’t be duplicated or even produced in a reasonable facsimile.
No one has greater love than this: to lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.
John 15:13-14 (CSB)
Jesus pointed out that there was no greater love that ‘man’ can have than to lay down one’s life for another. The key here is this is no greater love that mankind can have, but when you take the same demonstration of love and it is God in the position of giving up His life, that moves the bar beyond what any human can express in love.
So, you see, “Faith, Hope, and Love” are a microcosm of salvation. All the elements and attributes of salvation are enclosed in them, and they are eternal, just as our salvation is.
Focus in on the forever things in the short time we have remaining here. We spread these by being an obedient disciple of Jesus. Spreading His Good News to all we have the opportunity to share with.
In His Grace!