Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Celebrating the New Year -- Taking note of Christ's words, "Behold, I come quickly!"

Will you make it to the new year? And, if you do;
will you live to the end of the new year? Are
you prepared to meet your Maker? Do you have
the faith necessary to please God? Hebrews 11:6.
Or, are you one of those duped by a false
representation of the Christian Religion that says
everything is okay because because you are one
of God's creation?
“Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters….” [Isaiah 55:1]

Faithful Christians celebrate this new New Year with a thoughtful and resolute awareness of their one true love – that, being, the presence of their Lord, and Christ. No greater and faithful friend can a person have, than to possess Creator, Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!


To the non Christian, there isn't any experience that genuinely incorporates the future with lasting hope. All that remains in this life, is the “ticking away,” measured in minutes, hours, days, and years – and, finally, the “end.” Those who do not embrace the Lord of Life cannot experience everlasting life once this earthly (temporal) life is soon, expended. Matthew 7:13-29 ; Matthew 25:31-46

In the last book of the Christian Scriptures, there is recorded the Savior, Lord Christ’s, pointed promise to return to the earth in which he was born:

“Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.” Revelation 3:11

“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.” Revelation 22:12

He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! Revelation 22:20


Who is this “Christ” who promises to “quickly” return?

With every Christmas holiday Season, Christians celebrate the birth of Christ – the true God, being born into human flesh. [Luke 1:26-56 ; Luke 2:1-39] He came to our world, in order to live the perfect [sinless] life we humans can never live, and then to suffer and die a sacrificial death for all human sin, thereby making it possible for the [individual] forgiveness of sin for every human being. [1 Timothy 1:15 ; John 3:14-21] This was accomplished on a Roman Cross. The work of Christ makes it possible for a just and sinless God to turn His anger, wrath and eternal punishment away from forgiven sinners so that they might qualify for “life” everlasting [heaven] rather than “death” everlasting [hell] in the hereafter. Mark 16:15-16 ; 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10 


The Scripture declares that a person is made right
with God because of His unmerited favor (grace).
But,it is through "faith," in which that is effected
Ephesians 2:8-9 
Now, just because God provided His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ to atone [pay] for the world's sins; that does not translate into every human soul becoming part of God's heavenly family. Why? Because "faith" is involved. And, the Scripture says that without faith it is impossible to please God. [Hebrews 11:6] Faith is the God-gifted spiritual quality which causes a human soul to truly believe. It takes God-given faith to believe that your sins have offended God and His Ten Commandment standards. It takes divine faith to realize that you are a damnable sinner (headed for a just sentence and punishment of a forever hell). It takes God-given faith for you to grasp the Savior Christ, who died for your sins of thought, word, deed; sins of commission and omission. It takes God-granted faith to believe in Christ as your present and eternal deliverer from your present entanglements of sin and its future forever punishments in a God-forsaken hellish eternity.

When Christ comes back to earth, He will come as Judge


Human history (contrary to the “modern” calendar accounting) is divided into two parts – “B.C.” (before Christ) and “A.D.” (“Anno Domini,” Latin for “in the year of our Lord").

Please Reference: “What is the meaning of BC and AD (B.C. and A.D.)?” -- gotquestions.org


Recorded in the Christian New Testament Scriptures, we have readily available, Christ’s promise to return to earth as the triumphant King of Kings. He will not come as an infant as he once came as God, “incarnate” -- born as a human baby – but Christ will return as Judge of all. [Matthew 25:1f] For those who believe in Christ, it will be a glorious and triumphant time and event. For those who have rejected Christ and have not believed in Him, it will be their day of reckoning and eternal sentencing to a place of just and forever punishment in hell. John 3:18 ; 2 Thessalonians 1:8 ; Matthew 25:30

Jesus Christ will come, “quickly”


We humans measure time by our limited human understanding. Time, to us only consists of measured lengths, defined as seconds, minutes, hours, days, months and years. The Triune God, who created time and space is not limited to that same time and space. The Scriptures tell that time is “relative” with the Lord – one day, is, as a thousand; and, a thousand, as a day. 2 Peter 3:8

When Christ says that He will come, “quickly,” He will come soon, shortly, and without delay. His second coming to “judge the living and the dead” [The Apostle’s Creed] will be an arrival of sudden surprise. The sinner who has not been clothed with Christ’s righteousness [Matthew 22:1-14 ; Philippians 3:7-15] will be cast into a hereafter of “outer darkness.” [hell] Matthew 25:30

Unrepentant and unbelieving sinners will not
escape divine justice. God has called them to
believe in His Christ. John 3:16. But, if they
refuse; they are condemned - John 3:17;18;19

To you, oh pathetic, (lost) sinner:

To you, oh pathetic, sinner – your forever demise of just sentence and punishment speedily awaits you. Sing, dance, “eat drink and be merry” for all you care. [Ecclesiastes 11:9] But know that your life without Christ in this world will take its forever toll upon your priceless soul! Only in the eternal Christ of human history will you be able to truly and honestly live and genuinely celebrate this New Year. Without Him there is complete vanity and eternal loss to come. 

To you, oh faithful Christian:

The New Year brings continued vigilance. Christians are expected and commanded by the Lord, to await Christ’s return with sobriety and diligence, “making the most of the time, because the days [of the culture] are evil.” [Ephesians 5:15-21] Christians are expected to faithfully “occupy” their time and space until Christ returns. [Luke 19:11-27] Christians are not to relax. Christians are to feed their God-given faith by the continual hearing, reading and studying of the divine written revelation.


Faith to believe dare not be squandered and take for granted. It is by the Word of God that a Christian believer is born from above; and, it is that same Scripture Word which nourishes lasting triumphant faith. Romans 1:16 ; Romans 10:17 ; 2 Timothy 3:14-17 ; Acts 8:26-39 ; 1 Thessalonians 2:14 ; James 1:18

Amen.

Please note: Cheap Grace is a Worthless Substitute for a Faith That Saves - thechristianmessage.org/2012/06/

Related Scriptures [below] -- Intended to be utilized in a simple worship format:

Old Testament Scriptures


Psalm 1:1-6 – The Lord’s judgment upon the the wicked, versus the righteous

Ecclesiastes 11:9 – The utter foolishness of the wicked to live a wanton life without God’s presence, help and mercy

Psalm 46:1f –
God’s present help, whatever, the time

New Testament Scriptures

Matthew 25:1f – Divine Revelation’s description of unpreparedness and preparedness regarding Christ’s Second [Judgment] Coming

Philippians 3:7-15 – How to be properly prepared for Christ’s Second Coming, either that “coming” will be by death or the end of the world when Christ appears the second time

Luke 19:1-10 – Christ came to “seek and to save that which was lost.”

Luke 15:1f – A Gospel chapter of Christ’s parable about the lost and found.

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Of Whom Does the Prophet Speak" -- by Victor Buksbazen -- Isaiah 53:1-12 -- an in-depth view of and the prophecy of Christ, hundred of years before his birth. Isaiah 53:1-12 underscores the truthfulness of Divine Revelation as exemplified in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.

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Pastor (emeritus) Nathan Bickel

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