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Life Support

September 2

"When CHRIST, WHO is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with HIM in glory.”   Colossians 3:4

"… that end is the epitome of ‘death warmed over’."

 

The great discipline of the Christian life is the forward lean!  I'll have us recall that it was the face, not the backside of Moses, which shone with the glory of GOD.  “And now, little children, abide in HIM; that, when HE shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before HIM at HIS coming.”  To be settled in the fact of one day meeting our JUDGE holds tremendous sobriety over our day to day affairs.  “He that hath the SON hath life; and he that hath not the SON OF GOD hath not life.”  There are those who seek to live apart from HIM; but that end is the epitome of ‘death warmed over’.  Those having rejected new birth in CHRIST, even those in the ICU's of the deeply religious, are a pitiful lot with their tubes of human effort as the sole means of soul support.  “JESUS said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in ME, though he were dead, yet shall he live:”  The hopelessness that we see all around us is not clinical, but spiritual; very real, and firmly rooted in the subliminal starkness of a CHRIST-less eternity.

 “As for me, I will behold THY face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with THY likeness.”  There must be present in every child of HIS, an incessant childlike anticipation; a readiness, and a sanctified anxiety, to greet HIM at the conclusion of the very next breath.  “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the LORD in the air: and so shall we ever be with the LORD.”  If HE is our life, HE has to be all of which we are mindful, the heartbeat of who we are.  GOD, in HIS grace, has offered us the escape of one day appearing “before HIM” to be judged for sin; and has instead offered HIMSELF that we might appear “with HIM” in glory.  This blessed truth will have a motivational effect in the person who has truly met the MOTIVATOR.  "For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away."  Force your faith upon HIM, and mind the MASTER, before WHOM you'll appear with in glory sooner than you think.       

“Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great GOD and our SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST;”


For Love of Country
 Increase Mather  (1639-1723)
(President of Harvard, Colonial leader)
"To submit and resign their charter would be inconsistent with the main end of their fathers' coming to New England ... [Although resistance would provoke] great sufferings, [it was] better to suffer than sin.  Let them trust in the GOD of their fathers, which is better than to put confidence in princes.  And if they suffer, because they dare not comply with the wills of men against the will of GOD, they suffer in a good cause."

(in response to King Charles II demand to return the charter of Massachusetts)

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