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Focus Scripture: 2 Corinthians 12: 11 – 21

Our lives, societies and cultures have not been simple, uncomplicated or easy ever since Adam and Eve were disobedient. Not for us today, not for Paul in the first Century. We may deceive ourselves into believing that certain periods in our past were idyllic, but in fact they were not. Why is that? Primarily, Bonhoeffer’s observation in Ethics, that Adam (man) chose the “knowledge of good and evil” over the “Origin” is accurate. We know from scripture that when we (man) chose “the knowledge of good and evil” over a committed relationship with God, we committed apostasy/adultery. God chose, out of His love for us, to send His Son, Jesus Christ to restore a relationship with us through sacrificial atonement. Our part requires vigilant repentance. We must turn from our path of apostasy through belief (John 3:16) in Jesus Christ. We know that one day (God knows when and even Jesus does not) that God will call His Son to forever restore the relationship (Matthew 24:36). Personally, I recommend reading the entire Twenty-fourth chapter of Matthew.

Our greatest challenge today is understanding and appreciating that the society of our times is ultimately no different than at any other time. Jesus told His disciples (and us) there will be trials and tribulation (John 16:33). While I understand the term “civil war”; I have never appreciated the ironic nature of the term. Here in America, we have a history that tells us that our Civil War started in April of 1861 and concluded in the spring of 1865. Personally, I beg to differ. The opponents, weapons and ammunition have changed but the war continues. It started long before April of 1861 and the war will continue until our Heavenly Father sends His Son to claim His bride. Even then, the war will actually climax and come to its ultimate end (see all of Revelation). The sooner we discern what that really means, the better we can focus on the true fight.

Paul’s fears would be well founded if he returned today. Imagine if Christ returned now. His expectations are higher and justified. This is the return to The Origin; the original, intended relationship with the Living God from the literal dawn of time. Jesus Christ will come for a pure Bride (Matthew 22: 1 – 14). We must encourage and utilize vigilance, discernment and scripture as we navigate our time. “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God” (Matthew 6: 33) and remember the pathway there is narrow (Matthew 7: 13 – 14).

Amen.

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