Light Of The World: Glory Of Heaven: Part One

Reading Time: 16 minutesAlmost everyone in the world can tell a story or two about some crises that seemed to threaten the end for us. We wrestle at various times in our life with the overwhelming powers of darkness and hopelessness. But the Bible warns of a time of trouble that will greatly impact the entire world, all at once. How can you, and all those whom you love prepare for what’s coming on a personal, and more importantly, on the spiritual level? What is the key that will unlock what we need for the time of the end, and ultimately, the end of time? As in all difficulties here on earth, and in our own, personal lives, Jesus is the answer. It doesn’t even matter at that point what the question is; Jesus is, and will be THE answer. He has made a most precious promise for those who are still alive and awaiting His second coming. Jesus promises all such that He will give us strength for the day, no matter what kind of a day we are having:

Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. (Rev 3:10)

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A beautiful home for the soul during times like we see today is gratitude and thankfulness for what Jesus has done; is doing, and what Jesus is to us personally.

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. (Col 3:15)

I have been studying, praying, and writing the whole time, and I am realizing, all too often, that the “time of trouble” we keep hearing about from prophecy pundits is made out to be the center of Bible prophecy, and that the main attraction for Christians is the spiritual prowess in dilineating the means of all the tragic things in the “time of the end” message. The time of trouble is all too often made the center of Bible prophecy when nothing can be further from the truth as it is in Jesus; and this includes what Jesus has done or is doing for us, through us, or in us. “Christ in you, THE hope in glory” (Col 1:27). I seriously don’t understand Christians who have trouble finding testimonies of Jesus in their life to share with others, or even just to assure themselves that yes, “Jesus is there.” (Heb 13:5)

A number of years ago, just before one of my sons were born, we experienced a great trial. Mom was just 5 months pregnant, and one nice summer day, we went to get into our vehicle when her water broke. Right there in the car. Well, as a nurse, I realized the gravity of the situation and I got her to the hospital as fast as I could. When we got there, there was a great flurry of activity to try to save Mom and the baby. I did the only thing I could do and I started calling people from church, including the Pastor, and elders. I was calling them to pray for Mom and the baby. I thought one of them was not going to make it and I was crying so hard that i couldn’t pray. But my fellow Christians help me up, and we prayed right in front of everyone there in the waiting room. I ll\ooked at the Pastor when we were finished for about the third time, I felt at peace, and confident that Mom and the little one would somehow be OK.

I said to the Pastor: “The baby is gonna make it.” He looked at me with a look of doubt in his eyes, so I embraced the Pastor with one of God’s promises that said “God can do anything that we cannot do. And usually, when the water breaks that early during a pregnancy, it is at least game over for the little one. Well, we all had to go home at one point, and when I came in the next day I was completely shocked at the news. Not only was both Mom and baby doing very well, but the doctors had no idea how the water breaking problem had somehow resolved itself, and everything now looked normal! Friends, I would call this an experience with “the power of His resurrection, and fellowship with Him in His suffering!” (Phil 3:10). Oh! What tears of joy there were that day! What an amazing way to experience “the power of God!” The Bible says “we are kept by the power of God,” (1 Pet 1:5). Well, as providence would have it, little Joe was born at the ripe old age of 7 months, and weighing in at just 7 lbs! Today he is a happy, healthy son, and I have the privilege of living close to him, and God has blessed him beyond even what I, as his dad could ever have dreamed of!

Let Your Living Water Flow

“He who believes in Me [who adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Me], as the Scripture has said, ‘From his innermost being will flow continually rivers of living water.'” [Isa 58:11; John 4:14]” (John 7:38, AMP)

I believe that after some Bible study earlier this week, that the much-feared “Loud Cry” is very poorly understood, but that this Loud Cry will be so loud when it does happen that people will not be able to hear anything else. (Esther 4:1, Ezekiel 8:18, Rev 4:18). As we, God’s people, give THAT kind of message, we may even feel very tired, weak, and worn; and yet THAT message, if it is in us, will come out very loud, and most of all, that Loud Cry will be clear as a bell. There will be no confusion the Loud Cry, no matter whats going on, no matter whats going on around us. I believe that there was a type or example of The Loud Cry in the amazing experience with my youngest son who as I am sure you can see is a true miracle child! Was that also a taste of “heaven on earth?”

Surely, if heaven, which begins here on earth, is not our home, not our final resting place, then what can we do as we all hurtle towards the coming storm? (Rev 3:10). Please, realize, that this will be a time of many closed doors. Doors will be closing for believers left right and centre. Yet Jesus is behind every closed door. There is no handle on the side of the door where Jesus stands and knocks. It is entirely up to us to open that door. Jesus wont force or coerce salvation upon us, ever. We need to stop ignoring those closed doors and open them so that we may enter right into the light of

“Christ in us, our hope of glory.” (Col 1:27).

The topic for this week is Light Of The World: Glory Of Heaven. We all need to pray in the coming days:

“Oh gentle Shepherd, hear my cry and lead me home.”

Of a truth, we are all born in weakness and raised in power. This weekly is dealing with a special branch of divine power called “the power of His resurrection.”

“That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;” (Phil 3:10)

In Col 3:12-17 Paul offers a strategy to help us live for God day by day:

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(1) Imitate Christ’s compassionate, forgiving attitude (Col 3:12-13)
(2) let love guide your life (Col 3:14)
(3) let the peace of Christ rule in your heart (Col 3:15)
(4) always be thankful (Col 3:15)
(5) keep God’s Word in you at all times (Col 3:16)
(6) live as Jesus Christ’s representative (Col 3:17)

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2 Tim 1:7)

One of the biggest reasons why I have this kind of hope is because I have looked at all the many scars I have from burns to 50% of my body years ago and I weep when I look at pictures of myself before I was burned, before the scars. But those scars have become my passport. They show how I met Jesus and what my hope in Him is now. I can tell you the place. Where His wonderful grace. Took away my fears and reserved my place. When we become one with Christ by trusting in him, we experience that very power that raised him from the dead! That same mighty power will help us live morally renewed and regenerated lives. But before we can walk in newness of life, we must “die to sin.” Just as the Resurrection gives us Christ’s power to live for him, his crucifixion marks the death of our old sinful nature. We can’t know the victory of the Resurrection without personally applying the Crucifixion. (Gal 6:14)

The resurrection of Jesus gives me the kind of hope that is believable, the kind of hope that I can hang on to because I don’t know how Jesus will do all that, but I do know very well now, Jesus has promised, and THAT kind of heaven does begin here on earth. The resurrection of Jesus is the demonstration of THAT power that we need today for the coming storms of anti-Christ. (Rev 3:10). The Bible says that
“to all who received Him, GAVE HE POWER to always be the sons and daughters of God! (see John 1:12)

Wow! What a statement!

Lets take a brief look at the doctrine of the resurrection so that I can explain myself better:

By His death on the cross Jesus triumphed over the forces of evil. He who subjugated the demonic spirits during His earthly ministry has broken their power and made certain their ultimate doom. Jesus’ victory gives us victory over the evil forces that still seek to control us, as we walk with Him in peace, joy, and assurance of His love. Now the Holy Spirit dwells within us and empowers us. Continually committed to Jesus as our Saviour and Lord, we are set free from the burden of our past deeds. No longer do we live in the darkness, fear of evil powers, ignorance, and meaninglessness of our former way of life. In this new freedom in Jesus, we are called to grow into the likeness of His character, communing with Him daily in prayer, feeding on His Word, meditating on it and on His providence, singing His praises, gathering together for worship, and participating in the mission of the Church. As we give ourselves in loving service to those around us and in witnessing to His salvation, His constant presence with us through the Spirit transforms every moment and every task into a spiritual experience.-Fundamental Beliefs, 11

The wages of sin is death. But God, who alone is immortal, will grant eternal life to His redeemed. Until that day death is going to happen to everyone who is not living when Jesus returns (Heb 9:27) for all people who received Him as both Saviour and Lord. When Christ, who is our life, appears, the resurrected righteous and the living righteous will be glorified and caught up to meet their Lord in the air. (1 Thes 4:8-12). The second resurrection, the resurrection of the unrighteous, will take place a thousand years later.-Fundamental Beliefs, 26

The Final Delusion:

In the past, and I am sure as in the present, in our personal lives, the manifestations of spiritualism were confined to the realm of the occult, or New Age circles; but in more recent times spiritualism has taken on a “Christian” appearance so that it might deceive the Christian world better. In professing to accept Christ and the Bible, spiritualism has become an extremely dangerous enemy to believers. Its effects are subtle and deceptive. Through the influence of spiritualism “the Bible is interpreted in a manner that is pleasing to the un-renewed heart, and used to convince people that there are no requirements to change or transform ourselves from the “old” version or the transformation of our minds; yet all the while the Bible’s solemn and vital truths are made of no effect. Love is dwelt upon as the chief attribute of God, but it is degraded to a cheap, weak sentimentalism, making little distinction between good and evil. (Ezekiel 22:26,Heb 5:14) God’s justice, His denunciations of sin, the requirements of His holy law, are all neatly kept out of sight. Many people will be taught to regard the Decalogue as a dead letter. Pleasing, bewitching fables will captivate the senses of millions leaving no stone un-turned and it will lead many people to reject the Bible as the foundation and final arbiter of their faith. Through this means right and wrong become relative and allegedly “wrong;” resulting in each person, or situation, or culture falsifying the dictated norm as to what is “truth.” In essence each person, or group of people becomes a god, fulfilling Satan’s promise that “ye shall be as gods” (Gen 3:5, KJV).

Friends, if ever there was a warning message; it is now. Before us is “‘the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth'” (Rev 3:10).

According to Bible prophecy, Satan is about to use great signs, wonders, and miracles in his final effort to deceive the world. (Mat 24:24). Speaking of this masterful delusion, John The Revelator said, “I saw three unclean spirits like frogs. They are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty” (Rev 16:13-14; Rev 13:13-14). Only those who are kept by the power of God, (1 Pet 1:5) having their minds fortified with the truths of Scripture, accepting it as their only authority, will be able to escape. All others have no protection and will be swept away by this delusion.

This “power of God” that we are kept by is exactly what Paul was referring to when he stated:

“That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; (Phil 3:10)

This is exactly where “heaven on earth” takes root. And THAT hope in THAT kind of “resurrection power” is what anchors us in THE Hope!

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The power of His resurrection refers us to “The wide-reaching and conquering force and efficacy which render death inert (2 Tim 1:10) and draw “the sting of death” (1 Corinthians 15). And the fellowship of His sufferings.—The apostle has no desire to go by any other way to his glory than that by which his Lord went — “per crucem ad lucem.” Being made comformable unto His death.—R.V. “becoming conformed.” The original is one word where we have three, “being made conformable,” taking that lowly guise which will agree with the bearing of Him who “took the form of a servant.” “The agony of Gethsemane, not less than the agony of Calvary, will be reproduced, however faintly, in the faithful servant of Christ.” (Lightfoot). [exerpted from Preacher’s Homiletical, Bible Commentary notes]

Experiencing “the power of His resurrection” is in this life the very idea of having this “power,” having that very same “power” which brought Jesus back to life, as the “power” by which we are saved, and brought to His life, and by which we share our personal experiences with Christ via personal testimonies. (see 1 John 1:1-3)

Another Christian doctrine which speaks well to this idea of “fellowship in His sufferings” can be considered in what is called “Growing In Christ:”

By His death on the cross Jesus triumphed over the forces of evil. He who subjugated the demonic spirits during His earthly ministry has broken their power and made certain their ultimate doom. Jesus’ victory gives us victory over the evil forces that still seek to control us, as we walk with Him in peace, joy, and assurance of His love. Now the Holy Spirit dwells within us and empowers us. Continually committed to Jesus as our Saviour and Lord, we are set free from the burden of our past deeds. No longer do we live in the darkness, fear of evil powers, ignorance, and meaninglessness of our former way of life. In this new freedom in Jesus, we are called to grow into the likeness of His character, communing with Him daily in prayer, feeding on His Word, meditating on it and on His providence, singing His praises, gathering together for worship, and participating in the mission of the Church. As we give ourselves in loving service to those around us and in witnessing to His salvation, His constant presence with us through the Spirit transforms every moment and every task into a spiritual experience.-Fundamental Beliefs, 11

Christ, by giving up His life on the cross, crushed the power of Satan, “disarmed principalities and powers,” and “made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it” (Col 2:15). On the cross “the battle had been won. His [Christ’s] right hand His holy arm had gotten Him the victory. As a Conqueror He planted His banner on the eternal heights. All heaven triumphed in the Saviour’s victory. Satan was defeated, and knew that his kingdom was lost.”

The resurrection of Jesus was and is the Cornerstone on which our eternal life could be granted to us. Jesus Himself was resurrected, and the Bible spells out for us just why the resurrection is so important:

Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. (1 Cor 15:12-17).

The bodily resurrection of Christ is the center of the Christian faith. Because Christ rose from the dead, as he promised, we know that what he said is true and that he is God. The Resurrection affirms the truthfulness of Jesus’ life and words. The Resurrection confirms Jesus’ unique authority to say, “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25). Because he rose, we have certainty that our sins are forgiven. Because he rose, he lives and represents us before God. Because he rose and defeated death, we know we also will be raised. Christ’s resurrection guaranteed both his promise to us and his authority to make that promise. We must take him at his word and believe. Sometimes we just need to sit down in the quiet and think about some of the promises to us in the Word of God. The apostle Paul encouraged this when he wrote, “Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all” (1 Timothy 4:15).

One such promise appears in the book of James,

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).

There are three major points to be made by this amazing promise in James 4:7 and all together we see therein the perfect modelling of “the power of His resurrection” as Jesus nurtures in His people today:

First, the devil is a real being at whose feet we rightly may lay blame for many problems and heartaches we encounter in our lives. As you know, it is common when people face problems and heartaches to hear them blame God, but it is uncommon to hear them blame the devil. About the devil, the Bible says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world”
(1 Peter 5:8-9). The devil is not just described as a lion but as a roaring loin. A lion roars when he is hungry, and the devil is always “hungry” for the destruction he can cause to people’s lives.

Second, James said, “Resist the devil.” This is to me what is truly so amazing. For all his desire and drive, for all his prowess and power, the devil can be resisted. We’ve heard it a hundred times from those who have quit cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, profanity, pornography, and philandering. The Bible says it and observation shows it: the devil can be resisted! The sentence that precedes this promise holds the key: “submit yourselves therefore to God.” Now, you have the most powerful and benevolent Being in the universe standing with you. Christians have Christ with them always (Matthew 28:20). He “will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). Do you know the next verse after that says, “So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me” (v. 6)? Paul is there quoting Psalm 118:6-7 which says, “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? The Lord taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me.”

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Third, the devil won’t just slip away; he will “flee” from you! Strong’s concordance has the meaning of the word “flee” here as “apparently a primary verb; to run away (literally or figuratively); by implication, to shun; by analogy, to vanish.” In order to receive such an impressive promise, surely we remain motivated to “resist the devil.” [taken from an article by Gary McDade, called A TRULY AMAZING PROMISE].

Sometime ago, I read a quote by one Christian writer that has really impacted me, both then and now:

“Unless we understand the importance of the moments that are swiftly passing into eternity, and make ready to stand in the great day of God, we shall be unfaithful stewards. The watchman is to know the time of night. Everything is now clothed with a solemnity that all who believe the truth for this time should realize. They should act in reference to the day of God. The judgments of God are about to fall upon the world, and we need to be preparing for that great day.”

Have you ever felt alone, hopeless, discouraged or depressed? Are you facing a difficult situation? The Bible is filled with lessons for making it through such difficult times, and in experiencing in person “the power of His resurrection” in our life today. Read Mark 9:14-29.

Who are the characters in the story? Mark 9:14. What are some of the thoughts or feelings that could have prevented the father from reaching out for help here? In Mark 9:18, the disciples did genuinely try to help the father and son but they could not. There will be moments when the people we look to for wisdom, help, or support, may not have all the answers we need. Fortunately, the father did not mistake the disciple’s inability to help, to mean that Jesus could not help. And right here is where we all can experience this “power of His resurrection,” where we must depend on Christ alone. The lesson here for me is that when attempts to fix a problem fail, or reaching out doesn’t seem to be helpful, trust God’s wisdom and love for you and keep reaching out. Just keep doing what you do know is right. Jesus will take care of you. Look at where the father turned to when the disciples couldn’t help him:

“And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.” (Mark 9:17-18). The father turned to Jesus and received just what was needed for the hour of power, for the power of His resurrection today:

Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him. And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead. But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose. (Mark 9:23-27).

Again the Prince of life and the prince of the powers of darkness had met on the field of battle,—Christ in fulfillment of His mission to “preach deliverance to the captives, to set at liberty them that are bruised” (Luke 4:18), and Satan seeking to hold his victim under his control. Angels of light and the hosts of evil angels, unseen, were pressing near to behold the conflict. For a moment, Jesus permitted the evil spirit to display his power, that the beholders might comprehend the deliverance about to be wrought.” Experiencing the “power of His resurrection” in this life is essential to standing before Jesus at the resurrection where we shall all see Jesus coming in the clouds of heaven, in great glory, and beaming in great, heavenly light. We will see His Light in our clouds, and in those clouds of the second coming of Jesus:

I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. (Dan 7:13)And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. (Mark 14:62)

In this week’s study we have looked briefly at ‘the power of His resurrection in this life: “Light Of The World: Glory Of Heaven: Part 1.”

Stay tuned next week for “Light Of The World: Glory Of Heaven: Part 2” where we will look at what the Bible says about the second coming of Jesus, and of the resurrection of the dead, along with those still living when He returns on the clouds of heaven. Jesus says that we will all be raised TOGETHER! Now that is truly “Light In The Clouds.” Jesus is the light of the world. (John 8:12). And Jesus is the glory of heaven! (Acts 7:55, Rev 11:13 5:13).

Friends, come to Jesus just as you are, today. Experience that “power of His resurrection” for yourself and share it with your loved ones. That same power that brings Jesus back for the resurrection, that same power that raised our Lord from the dead, from the tomb, that same power is our’s today, that we may have a new life tomorrow…(Ezekiel 11:19, John 3:3, Rom 8:1, 2 Cor 5:17). The very good news today is that Jesus was treated as we deserve that we might be treated as He deserved. Surely then, this means that Jesus IS Light Of The World: Glory Of Heaven! Jesus can and will be the Light in your clouds: today. Praise His holy name.

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