Thursday, January 15, 2009
Realities of Redemption
“Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away. (Isaiah 51:11)
Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!!
It is with unspeakable honor and privilege that we can rejoice to be called the redeemed of the Lord! If the knowledge of our redemption is the only thing that we ever receive from God this side of heaven, then it is reason to shout and worship him every day of our lives!
Our future is heaven and not hell, and our path gets brighter and brighter with each passing day! (Proverbs 4:18) God has chosen us, we have not chosen him (John 15:16), and he has given us his name, the name of Jesus! What a wonderful privilege! We have “power of attorney,” if you will, to enforce all the ordinances of heaven here in the earth! (Matthew 6:10, 16:19, Mark 13:34) We have authority over all the works of the enemy (Luke 10:19), and the power to set others free!
While the world plunges deeper into darkness, despair and hopelessness, we have a glorious future! Our loved ones in Christ that have gone on before us will be waiting to greet us when we leave this present world, and our flesh will “return to the days of our youth!” (Job 33:25) God will create a new earth untouched by the curse, and there will be no more pain, and He will wipe away all tears from our eyes (Revelation 21:4-5, 22:3). There will be no more Democrats or Republicans, for Jesus himself will “sit upon the throne of David,” ruling in righteous judgment throughout eternity! (Luke 1:32-33) Praise God!
These are not simply pleasant words, for God has not only spoken them in his Word, the Bible, but he has emphasized them by saying “these words are faithful and true!” (Revelation 21:5) Now is not a sad time for the church! But rather the time to “lift up our heads, for our redemption draweth nigh!” (Luke 21:28)
Sometimes we can get so caught up in the cares and distractions of this life that we forget the realities of our redemption! The Holy Spirit, through the Apostle Paul, said that the sufferings of this present world were “not even worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us!” (Romans 8:18)
God has reserved the ages to come in order to pour out upon us all the fullness of his exceeding riches and kindness, for he will be no longer be limited by our flesh, and the natural, fallen state of our present world! (Ephesians 2:7)
God, our Father, is the source of everything good (James 1:17), and every good thing that we have experienced in this life is but a minute foretaste of what God has in store for us in the age to come!