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CHANGE IN THE AIR

October 6th, 2014 | By admin

by Tim Hall

The one thing that doesn’t change is that things change – ponder that for a minute! It may not be absolutely true (God, for example, doesn’t change – Malachi 3:6), but as a general observation of life, few will argue with the proposition.

Fall is in the air. The past several months have been warm, sometimes even hot. In a couple of days, weather forecasters are telling us, cold temperatures will arrive in our area, even if only for a couple of days. The weather is one of the most changeable facts of our existence.

Today another change in my life was observed: The home place where my siblings and I were reared officially changed ownership. The community where I could once number dozens (literally) of aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, etc., is now almost entirely devoid of members of that family. Some have passed from this life; others have relocated. Change is now a stark reality for me when I visit Harlan County, Kentucky.

“Time is filled with swift transition” go the opening words of an old hymn I’ve often sung. “Naught of earth unmoved can stand,” it goes on. The older I get, the more sincerely I say “Amen” to those words.

The Bible affirms this fact which is so obvious to the honest: “For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:14). Just a page or two beyond that in your Bible is this statement: “All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away” (1 Peter 1:24). Lovely flowers in the garden will be but a memory in a few weeks. That’s the essence of life – change. For many, that thought causes great despair.

But read on in Peter’s message: “But the word of the Lord endures forever” (1 Peter 1:25). Just as we noted earlier in this essay, God does not change. And would this be a good place to remind ourselves that we are made in God’s image (Genesis 1:27)?

The good news of Jesus Christ includes the promise that a wonderful change awaits those who commit their lives to God. Hear what Paul wrote on this topic: “Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed … For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality” (1 Corinthians 15:51,53). Yes, you read that right: We who are mortal will one day be immortal!

Do you enjoy your present station of life? Brace yourself: you’ll someday have to move on to another station that may not be as enjoyable. Change is a constant – in this life. That’s one more reason to cast your lot with Christ. The changes He offers are nothing but wonderful!

Come to the light God offers! Study His word, the Bible. Worship Him in spirit and truth (John 4:24). Get in touch with us if you’d like to discuss these ideas further.

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Copyright, 2013, Timothy D. Hall. All scripture quotations, unless otherwise noted, are from the New King James Version (Copyright, 1990, Thomas Nelson, Inc.).

THE NATION OF ISRAEL TODAY

September 26th, 2014 | By admin

by Paul Holland 

    Many people believe the Jews will one day convert in mass to Jesus Christ and such will be a sign of the second coming of Christ. So, let’s take a look at what the Scriptures teach about Israel, especially on this side of the cross.

     Matthew wrote his gospel for a Jewish audience. Consider these passages: 3:7-10; 8:5-13; 21:18-22; and 21:33-44. What each of these passages show is that since Israel would not repent in their behavior toward God and believe in Jesus Christ, Whom He sent, they would be cast out of the vineyard of God’s people and that vineyard would be given to a nation producing fruit. There is no hope held out in Matthew – short of repentance toward God and faith in Jesus Christ – for the nation of Israel to be saved.

     The letter of Romans shows clearly that Israel, in mass, refused to accept Jesus and His righteousness as the goal of the Law. Yet, in writing to Christians who were (partly) Jewish, Paul uses their own Scriptures (the Old Testament) to show them that Christ/the Gospel/Christianity/ the Church were the fulfillment of the Old Testament Law of Moses.

     In 2:28-29, Paul writes that it is not physical circumcision (anymore) that matters to God. It is spiritualcircumcision (which happens when we are baptized into Christ for the forgiveness of sins – Colossians 2:11-12) that matters to God, now.

     In 4:10-12, 16 (really, all of chapter 4), Paul shows that Abraham was justified (forgiven of his sins) based on his faithful response to God (recorded in Genesis 15) before (and without) circumcision (which happened in Genesis 17). Thus, we will be saved as Abraham was saved, if we respond to God faithfully (and without physical circumcision).

     So what does this mean for JewsIsraelites?Descendants of Abraham? Romans 9-11 is a trilogy on the relationship of Israel (on this side of the cross) with the God of heaven. Chapter 9 is focused on how God worked through Israel, through His sovereignty, to bring Jesus into the world.

    Chapter 10 is focused on the historical fact that Israel rejected God.  The stubbornness and unrepentant heart of Israel was predicted in the OT. All Israel heard God’s message (10:18, quoting Psa. 19:4). All Israel knewGod’s message (10:19, quoting Deut. 32:21 and 10:20, quoting Isa. 65:1). But what was lacking in Israel but prevalent among the Gentiles was a response of faithful obedience (10:16-17).

    So, chapter 11 is about the fact that everyone must submit to God. God has not universally saved the Israelite nation nor has He universally condemned the Israelite nation. Just because one is an Israelite or Jew does not mean he is automatically condemned. It also means that the Gentiles ought not to be proud and boastful over against the Jew because the Gentile Christian can be cut off just like the Jewish nation was cut off.

    Finally, there are a number of passages which teach that the church of Jesus Christ is the “Israel of God” today: Romans 2:28-29; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 2 Corinthians 3; Galatians 3:28-29; 6:16; Ephesians 2:14; Philippians 3:3; Colossians 2:9-12; James 1:1, 2:2, 5:14; 1 Peter 2:9.

    The nation of Israel living in Palestine today is notGod’s chosen people anymore. Israel served its purpose when it brought Jesus into the world. I seriously question if any “Jew” today can even prove that he/she is a descendant of Abraham!

    As God’s elect in Christ, let us continue in our faith and share His news with the lost.


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