Monday, October 3, 2022

A Study on Miracles

 



 Introduction

There is a continuous misconception of what miracles are, what their purpose is, and whether or not there are miracles even today. In this article, we’ll address all three of these. In an upcoming series, I’m going to address miracles in scriptures that didn’t have faith around it.

 

What is a Miracle?

The definition from the 1828 Webster’s Dictionary: 1. Literally a wonder, or wonderful thing. 2. In theology, an event or effect contrary to the constitution or establishment of things, or a deviation of the known laws of nature; a supernatural event. Miracles can only be brought by Almighty power, as when Christ healed lepers saying, “I will, be thou clean,” or calmed the tempest, “Peace, be still”

 

Examples of Miracles


There are numerous miracles found in scripture and I’ll share just a few to give you an idea of those events. Not every miracle involved healing or resurrection. As listed above, Jesus calmed the tempest in Mark 4:39, Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.

Jesus also fed the five thousand in Matthew 14:15-21, with five loaves of bread and two fish. But technically, it was more than five thousand as listed in verse 21, Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

The apostles, men who were with Jesus, had obtained the power of spiritual gifts, from the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4). This power was promised to them, by Jesus, in Mark 9:1. Even Paul and Barnabas spoke about the miracles and wonders they performed in Acts 15:12.

However, not everyone had the power of the Holy Spirit and some who did, had them temporarily. The household of Cornelius is a perfect example of this in Acts 10.

The Purpose of Miracles

All too often, people believe that miracles were the focal point of any service. You can see that today in the so-called Faith Healing services. I’ll address that in just a moment.

Even the disciples were focusing too much on the miracles they were performing during the limited commission. Jesus refocuses their minds (Luke 10:17-20).

Validation. The miracles were done to prove that these men (the apostles) were with Jesus and had seen his resurrection (Acts 1:21-22). Paul was numbered with them as he states in 1 Corinthians 15:8, Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.


Pre-cursor.
The miracles were also done as an attention getter as they then preached the gospel to those who were in attendance. The healing of the lame man in Acts 3 by Peter and John does just this. If the miracle was to be the center of attention, they wouldn’t have addressed those in the temple (vs. 12-26). They would have remained at the gate and allowed people to simply marvel at what was done.

As Jesus states in Mark 16:20, And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen. It was never about the miracles but the message.

Temporary. The miracles or spiritual gifts was never a permanent thing and Paul discusses this in 1 Cor. 13:8-13. He says in verse 10, But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.

The majority of the religious worlds believe that “the perfect” Paul is referring to is Jesus, when he returns in the Second Coming. In fact, Paul is talking about when the bible is made complete, then there is no longer a need for the spiritual gifts. James says, But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does (James 1:25). To say that it's Jesus would then suggest that the bible is not perfect.

When the scriptures were completed, then there was no longer a need for gifts of healing, prophecy, tongues, etc. Everything we need in found in the scriptures (2 Tim. 3:16-17).

 

Are There Miracles Today?

Paul said that the miracles or spiritual gifts would cease and, by the end of the first century, that came to pass. Even Zechariah speaks of this in Zech. 13.

Those who claim to have spiritual gifts today are deceivers and do it either for glory or money. There are some who have openly admitted that they are frauds, but it doesn’t stop them for performing their “healings”. It also doesn’t stop people from flocking to them looking for help.

In April 2020, at the start of the worldwide pandemic, it was announced that all faith healing services were cancelled because of the Corona Virus. How can this be? If they can really heal people, as they claim, wouldn’t they be part of the first responders?

If this isn’t proof enough, that miracles aren’t around today, then I don’t know what is. If you’ve read the bible, and believe it to be God’s word, then you know that the miracles were never intended to continue on. For more information, please read Paul’s discussion on the spiritual gifts in 1 Corinthians 12-14.

 

Conclusion

We do not say that there is no such thing as miracles. We simply believe, as the bible teaches, that miracles were only temporary and used as a tool to get the attention of those observing so that the gospel can be taught. As Paul writes in Romans 1:16, For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.

Thursday, September 29, 2022

What is God's view of Cremation?

 


Since we've been talking about the afterlife for most of this year, I found this article that talks about the subject of cremation.

Monday, September 26, 2022

You Faced a Temptation

 


Things You will Never do in Heaven, Conclusion

 

Introduction

There are times when we face the same temptation time and time again; always seeming to fail and we ask ourselves, “Why is God allowing me such a difficult temptation to get the better of me?” The apostle Paul contradicts this statement in 1 Corinthians 10:13, No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. Notice what he says towards the end of the verse, “make the way of escape…” Sometimes we don’t see the escape or, rather, we don’t look for it.

In Heaven, there won’t be any temptations to concern ourselves. Since it is considered the Christian’s sabbath, we will enjoy an eternity of rest.

 

Definition of Temptation

The 1828 Webster’s Dictionary gives this definition—Solicitation of the passions; enticements to evil proceeding from the prospect of pleasure or advantage.

One or the great examples of temptation can be found in Matthew chapter 4 in which Satan tempts our Lord and Savior on three different occasions. As an answer to each temptation, Jesus sites scripture by first saying, “It is written” (vss. 4, 7, 10). This was the best way of escape that Paul was talking about in his letter to the congregation in Corinth.

 

Temptation is NOT Sinful

This may sound like an odd statement, but it is, in fact, true. James discusses this, But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren (James 1:14-16). What this means is, you can be tempted all day long and, as long as you don’t give in to the temptation, it is not considered sin. Backing up to verse 12, James says, Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

 


Everyone is tempted differently

We all have our weaknesses in life. Some are more challenging than others. When we have a temptation that is bound to overtake us, we should look at vices that we don’t have a problem with and figure why it doesn’t affect us and try to use that in assistance to that which is a constant issue.

For example, if one drinks alcohol, but is not tempted to gamble, then you should look at why gambling is not a problem and apply that towards alcohol.

Remember, we have Jesus as our example (1 Pet. 2:21-22). Just because He was deity, doesn’t mean He wasn’t tempted. Yes, He was sinless, and it was through discipline that help make Him that way. As we stated, Jesus used scripture to combat temptation and we should too!

 

Conclusion

As we strive to go to Heaven, we must remember that temptation is around us daily. As Christians, Satan always tries harder to make us sin as he wants us back. He’s a sore loser and wants to take as many souls to Hell with him as he can. Don’t become one of his own again.



Series Conclusion

There are many more things that we will never do again in Heaven, and we should be very grateful that they will no longer be a concern for us. Heaven is an eternity of rest, and all these things will not be a part of it.


Thursday, September 22, 2022

Are Gospel Meetings Out-dated?



Written by Joe R. Price

Are gospel meetings advantageous in today’s world?  Some brethren say gospel meetings are not useful in today’s world.  The basic reason for a gospel meeting is to arrange meetings where the gospel can be heard.  Is it no longer beneficial to make such arrangements?  Is it no longer helpful to attend such meetings and invite others to come?  The lost can hear the saving gospel and Christians can be edified in the truth (2 Tim. 4:1-5; Eph. 4:11-16; 2 Tim. 2:15).  Still, some Christians complain against having gospel meetings.  As you consider these typical criticisms of gospel meetings see if you detect the common thread running through each one.

1. Gospel meetings are outdated and ineffective in the modern world.  This attitude leaves the impression that the gospel must be dressed up in some new way if it is to have any impact upon the lives of sinners today.  This simply is not true.  God's word is powerful and persuasive and able to convert the lost and strengthen the saved – today (Rom. 1:16; Heb. 4:12; Psa. 19:7-11).  Some suggest the only way to reach souls for Christ today is to first develop personal friendships (so-called “friendship evangelism”); gospel preaching is not enough.  Certainly friends need the gospel, and a friend is more likely to talk with you about the gospel than is a complete stranger.  Still, it was not friendship that persuaded about 3,000 souls on the day of Pentecost to believe and be saved.  It was the power of the word of God (Acts 2:40-41).  The gospel, when preached, continues to save those who believe and obey it (1 Cor. 1:21).

2. A week is too long and too tiring.  This is usually said by the Christian who has already decided he will not come to every worship service.  Yes, to participate in any week-long activity requires a certain amount of dedication and energy.  That usually means we will get tired.  But, is this the best attitude we can develop when it comes to gospel preaching?  Can you imagine Cornelius saying to Peter, “Now therefore, we are all present before God, to hear all the things commanded you by God” – just make it quick (Acts 10:33)?  If this had been Jesus’ attitude toward His work of redeeming sinners would He have endured the cross or said, “That’s too demanding!”?

3. Only brethren come to gospel meetings.  This is not true.  The lost are saved as a result of gospel meetings.  I have seen it and perhaps you have, too.  Maybe this criticism hides a more troubling picture:  perhaps the lost do not come because we do not invite them and bring them to hear the gospel (cf. Jno. 1:46).  But, what if only Christians come?  That does not nullify the good that is done when saints assemble (Heb. 10:24-25).

4. Meetings are just another way for preachers to make money.  This sort of motive judging is sad but true of some Christians.  The gospel preacher should not be made to feel ashamed for receiving financial support for preaching the gospel, but it happens.  Jesus said, “The laborer is worthy of his wages” (Lk. 10:7), and the apostle Paul said, “Even so the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel” (1 Cor. 9:14).  Could it be that some brethren do not wish to support gospel preaching by their presence as well as not supporting it with their giving, even though God has commanded both (1 Cor. 16:2; Heb. 10:25)?

Did you discover the thread running through these objections to gospel meetings?  These complaints show a lack of faith in the power of the word of God to save the lost and convert souls into the image of Christ. They reflect attitudes of selfishness and excuse-making, not faith in the power of Christ and His gospel.  Gospel meetings are not the only scriptural arrangement we can use to teach the lost and encourage the saved.  We understand that.  But, we ought to realize that no scriptural arrangement of spreading the gospel will succeed unless and until we diligently commit ourselves to it, including gospel meetings. 

We should examine our commitment to gospel preaching as our gospel meeting approaches.  Let us use our opportunity to hear the gospel and to help others hear it, too.  Invite your friends, family and strangers.  Invite your brethren in Christ.  Plan to be present, to grow in faithfulness and in service.  Trust the power God’s word has on the lives of good and honest hearts (Lk. 8:15).  God’s word will accomplish His purposes (Isa. 55:11).  Good can and will be done through gospel meetings.


Article originally appeared in the March 5, 2006 edition of The Spirit's Sword.

Monday, September 19, 2022

You Shed a Tear

 


Things You will Never do in Heaven, Part 7

 

Introduction

Boys often grew up in a home in which the father stated that, “Men Don’t Cry; it isn’t a manly thing to do.” Since then, boys (and men) have evolved to where they are able to share their feelings and show their emotions without judgment from their peers.

Tears are shed for many reasons: Death, Sorrow, Sickness, Loss of job, loss of friends (moving away), etc. It’s an emotional release of the body to show the sadness that an individual is feeling. However, in Heaven, there will be no sadness, no sorrow, and no one will shed a tear anymore

 

It’s Okay to Cry

Crying, or weeping (as listed in scriptures) is acceptable. Do not let anyone tell you otherwise. Here are a few examples from the New Testament.

Jesus Wept—John 11:35; considered the shortest verse in scripture. Jesus shed tears when He learned that His friend, Lazarus, had died. Although He knew that was about to raise him from the dead, He still felt that pain of loss. When He saw the others standing around weeping, it broke His heart that He groaned in the spirit and was troubled (Jn. 11:33)

Peter wept bitterly—Jesus had told Peter that he would deny Him three times before the rooster crowed. In Luke 22, it shows a slightly different version of the denial as we pick up the scene in verse 60-62, But Peter said, "Man, I do not know what you are saying!" Immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, "Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times." So Peter went out and wept bitterly.

Even though Peter was told, beforehand, of his denial, it still hurt him greatly to have actually done it. To see The Lord’s eyes gaze upon him, is enough to emotionally hurt anyone.

Paul wept for the brethren—In Acts 20, he spoke to the elders of the church in Ephesus and told them of all that he did in regard to preaching the truth of the gospel. Paul gives this warning in verses 28-31, “Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves. Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears.”

He was so concerned for their well-being that he wept tears; knowing that they would be tested and hoped they would remain faithful. Although he gave them the tools needed, he wasn’t sure who would stay strong and who would give in to temptation.

 

No Tears in Heaven

We sometimes sing the song, No Tears in Heaven, which is also sung at some funeral services. It reminds us of what is written in Revelation 21:4, “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” This is also proof that there is no one in heaven, right now, looking down on this world. I’m sure if that were true, there would be many tears shed over what is transpiring on this planet.

 

Conclusion

Don’t be afraid to express your sorrow with tears but, at the same time, don’t let your sorrow consume you to the point of emotionally crippling yourself. You need to keep moving forward to that home in Heaven.

 

 

Thursday, September 15, 2022

In-house Gospel Meeting

 



 Introduction

Since I became a Christian in September 2001, I’ve learned so much about the bible and the church. One of the more interesting ideas is that of a gospel meeting. A preacher, visiting from another congregation, in another state, comes in (usually for a week) and preaches a lesson every night.

To some, this seems too much. To others, it seems not enough. Overall, it’s the opportunity to hear solid gospel preaching as much as possible.

However, when finances become tight, an in-house gospel meeting will solve both problems quickly.

 

The Purpose of a Gospel Meeting

Back in the early days of the church, a gospel meeting gave members of a local congregation the opportunity to bring non-Christian friends, family members, and co-workers to hear a lesson preached. Oftentimes, they’ll refuse to attend on Sunday due to work or other commitments. With a meeting being nightly, through the week, it is hoped that they would have at least one free night to come hear the gospel truth.

Today, most meetings are attended by the local members and brethren, of other congregations, in the area. That is not to say that it doesn’t have it’s share of visitors, but most find more excuses not to attend. When you have to compete against hundreds of cable channels, streaming services, and social media, it can feel bleak at times.

Hearing a visiting preacher give a lesson on a subject you’ve heard before might be more interesting in that they might offer a different angle or example within the lesson. Sometimes, they might breathe “new life” in a subject as the speaker is unknown to you.

It’s not that your own preacher is dull, but hearing a different voice using the same points, sometimes, makes the lesson seem unique. Recently, our located preacher presented a lesson that I, myself, preached to the congregation in 2005. Although the points were the same, the examples and explanation were a little different. But the truth was still preached. Great minds think alike.

 

What is an In-House Gospel Meeting?


This idea was presented to us back in 2003 when we were struggling financially. We, annually, hold two gospel meetings: Spring and Autumn. At this time, we didn’t have the money to fly someone out, so we decided to have an in-house meeting.

For an in-house, the local brethren would a preach a lesson each night and it’s usually based on a theme. For our 2004 meeting, we chose the book of Romans. Each night, a different man of the congregation would give a lesson on a chapter (or chapters) of that book. Other times, we’ve taken one verse like, John 14:6; broken it down, and each preached a lesson from that one verse. We’ve also done the Heroes of Faith and the Sermon on the Mount.

Overall, each night we had solid gospel preaching and that is what makes a meeting successful. As the apostle Paul wrote, I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase (1 Corinthians 3:6-7).

 

Conclusion

As the writer of Hebrews clearly stated, And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching (Hebrews 10:24-25). In other words, whenever the doors to the church building are open for worship, try to make an effort to attend.

 

If You’re in the Area…

Our In-house Gospel Meeting, here in Mesa, AZ, is from September 25-30, 2022. Our theme, this time around, is Speaker’s Choice. 

The gospel meeting is now available online click here




Monday, September 12, 2022

You drove past a Cemetery

 


Things You will Never do in Heaven, Part 6

 

Introduction

Some people might not know the difference between the words, cemetery and graveyard.  But it is simple. A graveyard is one that is connected to church grounds and a cemetery isn’t.

The Greek word for cemetery is, nekrotafeio and it means, “sleeping place”. Which is why you will read the phrase, rested with his fathers in the OT.

Oftentimes, you will drive past a cemetery, or graveyard, in your travels. In Heaven, though, there won’t be a need for cemeteries at all!

 

Bible Examples

In the OT, it tells of Abraham buying a field from the sons of Heth (read Genesis 23). Here he, and many others of the family, were buried (Gen. 49:31; 50:13).

In the NT, we learn of Lazarus; his burial and resurrection (John 11:17-45).

We also learn that Jesus was buried in a borrowed tomb, Now when evening had come, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be given to him. When Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his new tomb which he had hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the door of the tomb, and departed (Matthew 27:57-60).


The Reality of Death

The next time you go into a cemetery, take your bible with you and read this passage aloud, “Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth--those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation” (John 5:28-29). This clearly refutes the notion of “Left Behind” and “The Rapture”.

Upon Jesus’ return, all will be taken up; first the Christians (1 Thess. 4:16-17) and then the rest (Jn. 5:28-29). No one will be overlooked.

Burials are temporary as the soul lives on in Hades (Lk. 16:19-31). The body, itself, no longer has a use but it is burial as a sign of respect. Those who weren’t buried is seen as a judgment by God. See the subject, burial, for more information in the ISBE.

 

Conclusion

Cemeteries are advantageous as those who come together, gathering for one reason. Better to go to the house of mourning Than to go to the house of feasting, For that is the end of all men; And the living will take it to heart. Sorrow is better than laughter, For by a sad countenance the heart is made better. (Ecclesiastes 7:2-3)

Take stock of your own life and make sure you are right with The Lord. Once this life is over, no changes can be made to where you end up.

 

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Dead in this Life

 


Written by Chris Bates 

Introduction

In Romans 6, the apostle Paul discusses that when you became a Christian, sin shouldn’t be a part of your life anymore. As he states in verse 1 and 2, What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. We who died to sin, how shall we any longer live therein? (ASV)

But there are those who want to continue a life of sin even after becoming a Christian. They can’t fully let go of the old man of sin (Eph. 4:22) and are thus “dead” while yet alive. When writing to Timothy, Paul described certain among the widows as being “dead” (spiritually dead in sin) while yet quite alive physically (1 Tim. 5:6) because they were living in “wanton pleasure.” Not just widows among Christians but even all Christians, should they live in wanton pleasure, are “dead” while they live, or we might say, “dead in this life.”

Living a life of sin is most certainly not the “high calling” of God by which He calls us through the gospel (Phil. 2:12 cf. 2 Thess. 2:14). Let’s consider the possibility of being “dead in this life.”

 

We Are Dead in This Life…

…When We Choose A Way That “Seems” Right

In Proverbs 14:12 we learn, There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. All have the divine responsibility to choose the path in which they are going to follow in life. But the paths of sin lead to death, both spiritually in the here and now, as well as in regards to eternity (Isa. 59:1 & 2 cf. Mt. 7:13 & 14).

Israel was admonished by Joshua to make a choice. He charged them in Joshua 24:15, “if it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve – whether the gods which your fathers served which are beyond the river, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” We can make the same choice as did Joshua of old. Or we can make the opposite choice and remain “dead in this life.”


…If We Have A Love For This World

As the apostle writes, Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world--the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life--is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. (1 John 2:15-17)

 

…If We Hate Our Brother

Again, John writes in 1 John 4:19-21, We love Him because He first loved us. If someone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.

This is the same thing that Jesus told his disciples, and us, in John 13:34-35, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

 

…If We Suffer as Ungodly People

As the apostle Peter writes in 1 Peter 4:14-15, If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people's matters.

However, there is value to suffering, for the cause of Christ, as Christians which can be found in these passages: 1 Pet. 4:16; Acts 14:22; 2 Tim. 3:12; Phil. 1:29 & 30.

 

…When We Are Dead to Sin But Alive In Christ

In contrast to the previous deaths discussed in this article, this is a “death” we welcome while at the same time being alive, because it is descriptive of those who have obeyed the gospel to put on the new man in Christ and have put off the old man of sin; Rom. 6:1-7 

 

Conclusion

We can be dead in this life by reason of being dead in sin, and thus living in the constant danger of losing our soul when this life is over, or we can live as “dead” in this life by reason of being dead to sin because our sins have been forgiven and we are alive in Christ. If we are “dead in this life” to sin, then we will live eternally with Christ.

Monday, September 5, 2022

You Saw an Elderly Person

 


Things You will Never do in Heaven, Part 5

 

Introduction

Everybody, at one time or another, has heard someone say to them, “Age is just a number.” Maybe you’ve even said this yourself. But do you really believe it? They’ll believe it until it does matter; like when you reach the age of retirement then, it matters!

In Heaven, age doesn’t matter because it is irrelevant. We are clothed with immortality (1 Cor. 15:53).

 

Outward and Inward


Growing old is just a natural part of life. But not everyone gets the opportunity to grow old. As we’ve discussed before, long-term illnesses and diseases will shorten our lifespan to where they don’t get to enjoy their twilight years.

For those who do reach those “golden years,” remember this encouragement by the apostle Paul, Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).

This mortal body that we have is but temporary and was designed that way from the beginning. Even someone like Methuselah, who lived to be 969 (Gen. 5:27), knew that he would, eventually, die.

It’s what we do with our lives between birth and death that is most important and significant. If we live for Christ (Phil. 1:21) then we can have that hope of immortal life in Heaven. If not, then we have that immortal life in Hell. Either way, we will continue to exist once our mortal body has expired.

 

Never Grow Old

We sometimes sing the song, “Never Grow Old” which features the words,

‘Tis a beautiful home of the soul;

built by Jesus on high,

where we never shall die,

‘Tis a land where we never grow old.

 

What a wonderful sentiment to know that when this mortal life is over, we won’t have to see our aging face and body again. We won’t see others as they get old as well because we’ll all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory” (1 Corinthians 15:52-54).

 

Conclusion

Take each day as it comes and don’t concern yourself too much with getting older. Remember, this life is temporary, and it is our desire to live eternally in the heavens with Our Father and His Son, Our Lord, Jesus the Christ.

Make each day count and live for Jesus. If you need help with this, please comment below. Start your walk with God today!

 

Thursday, September 1, 2022

The Churches of Christ Salute You



Today's article is from Joe Price, a gospel preacher from the Mt. Baker church of Christ in Washington. He discusses the subject of the Name of the church 



To contact Joe, check out his website: Bible Answers