Today’s readings.. (Job 40), (Malachi 2), (Revelation 19,20),
An abundance of challenging and inspiring thoughts occur in our minds as we complete our readings for the year. In Revelation we read, “Behold, I am making all things new.” [21 v.5] and as part of this wonderful future is the promise, “The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.” [v.7] Son? Those in the kingdom we will be “equal to angels” [Luke 20 v.36] and the ultimate purpose of God will occur when, literally, “there is no male and female, for … all (will be) one in Christ Jesus.” [Gal. 3 v.28]
Back in Revelation we are told the fate of those who fail to qualify at the end of Christs millennial reign when all sin and death will be removed! They will experience “the second death.” We read, “as for the cowardly, the faithless … the sexually immoral … and all liars, their portion will be … the second death” [[ch. 21 v.8] All of these will be among those who will face the final judgement, and who have failed to live a Christ-like life.
Paul warned his and our generation in writing to Timothy, “the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith … through the insincerity of liars…” [1 Tim 4 v.1,2] All those who believe “the truth” must speak the truth at all times, see Ephes. 4 v.25.
What a heritage awaits “the one who conquers’ – and the foundation for doing this is laid now is living a life which “conquers” the flesh, and one vital part in this is to “speak (and write) the truth” at all times.
We completed reading Job today – and “the truth” was his aim in life and Job is comforted at last with seeing the reality of God – and how utterly humbling this is! He says, “I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself …” [42 v.5,6]
Job is blessed because he had spoken of God “what is right” [v.7] One day – how soon (?) – we will say to our Lord ”now my eye sees you”! Can we ‘picture’ our feelings!? Difficult – no, impossible!
We recall Isaiah’s reaction [6 v.5] to seeing “the Lord sitting upon a throne … (and Isaiah) “said Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King” Can we imagine Isaiah’s feelings? And ours – when we have this experience! How soon now?