A Christian Health Check

Philippians 4:13 ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’

In the UK we have the National Health Service which is free at point of need – or at least that was the original intention. It is not entirely free today, but if we are UK citizens and we have paid our National Insurance contributions we are entitled to the benefits of the Service – things like consultations with doctors, treatment in hospital and care in the community.

One of the benefits of the Health Service is a five-yearly ‘health check’ for those between 40 and 74. Now a health check is a good thing; for by it you can know your state of health – how you are fairing. A doctor or nurse will take your blood pressure, examine your medical records, quiz you on what you are able to do, and ask about your lifestyle. Do you drink alcohol? Do you smoke? Do you exercise? etc. From the findings she or he will assess the state of your health, and if any disorders are found, you will be offered remedial treatment which you are free to accept or reject.

Analogies are not always helpful, but a Christian may offer himself for a checkup to ascertain if he is spiritually healthy. I am not suggesting he should go to another person to be examined – not at all. Instead, he may feel he could profit from an examination of himself (2 Corinthians 13:5).

What constitutes a spiritually healthy Christian? Who are the spiritually healthy?

They are disciples of Christ who wholly rely upon Him for absolutely everything. They look to Him for their total provision – their spiritual and physical needs. They believe and trust Him with their lives. They worship and adore Him. Their desire is to serve Him and those whom He loves. They want to live their lives in conformity with His will.

What are the diagnostic tools for determining the state of one’s spiritual life? Not a thermometer, not a stethoscope, not an X-ray machine, but a single tool of many parts: God’s Word the Bible (Hebrews 4:12). His Spirit gives life (John 3:3-8) and His Word measures that life (Psalm 105:19).

How does the Christian measure his state?

He honestly and objectively subjects himself to a questionnaire – not about works done by him, but about his FAITH. Does his faith square up with the Word (Ephesians 2:8, 9)? Is he living and walking in Christ (Colossians 2:6)? Does he love God (Deuteronomy 6:5; 1 Corinthians 8:3)? Does he obey God (John 14:23)? Does he rejoice in God (Isaiah 61:10)? Does he share his faith with others (1 Corinthians 9:16)? Does he make disciples (Matthew 28:19)? Does he love his Christian brothers and sisters (1 John 4:7)? Does he worship God (John 4:24)? Does he *do all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31)?

These are all signs of healthiness. A healthy Christian will put his faith into action. A good tree will bear good fruit (Matthew 7:18), and by abiding in Christ he will bear good fruit (John 15:4, 5).

Ticking check boxes on a questionnaire will not make one healthy. Ultimately, healthiness comes from the Lord (Isaiah 53:5; 1 Peter 2:24) by His Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:6-16). He makes people healthy and whole, and by His grace people are made wholesome to Him (2 Corinthians 2:15). Nevertheless, some indication of one’s healthiness may be ascertained by searching the Scriptures and asking pertinent questions, such as, “How do I match up to the doctrines taught within them?”

To that end, I offer the following Scriptures, all taken from the New Testament. You may like to go through them to check yourself out. Do they apply directly to you?

Romans 5:1 ‘Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 8:5, 6 ‘For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.’

1 Corinthians 8:3 ‘But if anyone loves God, this one is known by Him.’

Philippians 1:9-11 ‘And this I pray, that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.’

Philippians 1:21 ‘For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.’

Philippians 1:29 ‘For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake.’

Philippians 2:4 ‘Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.’

Philippians 2:12, 13 ‘Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.’

Philippians 3:12-14 ‘Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things that are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead. I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.’

Philippians 3:20 ‘For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.’

Philippians 4:4 ‘Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say rejoice!’

Colossians 2:6 ‘As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.’

Colossians 3:2, 3 ‘Set your mind on things above, not on things of the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.’

1 Peter 4:11 ‘If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever, Amen.’

1 John 1: 5, 6 ‘This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.’

1 John 2:3, 4 ‘Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.’

1 John 2:9 ‘He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now.’

1 John 2:15 ‘Do not love the world or the things of the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.’

1 John 3:18, 19 ‘My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and truth. And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him.’

1 John 5:10-12 ‘He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given His Son. And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; and he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.’

I started this article with the following text:

Philippians 4:13 ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’

If you are in Christ (2 Corinthians 2:14; Ephesians 1:3, 4) He will enable you to do all things that honour Him in accordance with His will.

* Do All to the Glory of God

https://thebiblicalway.blog/2018/01/05/do-all-to-the-glory-of-god/

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The Morning Star

‘“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star (Revelation 22:16).”’

For most of my life I’ve been captivated with sailing vessels. I’m  ashamed to say there was a time when I almost worshipped them! Anything worshipped apart from God is idolatry. John warns us with these words, ‘Little Children, keep yourselves from idols (1 John 5:21).’

Well, the reason why I’ve mentioned my old passion for sailing boats, is because of a particular memory I have of seeing a beautiful yacht with the name, ‘Morning Star’. The name reminded me of Jesus, because it is one of His many names, but one that thrills me. What a beautiful name it is.

You can imagine the wonderful scene an ocean yachtsman may have before the rising of the sun. It is a crystal clear morning and the stars are fading as the dawn brightens. There’s a hint of warmth radiating from beyond the horizon and an orange glow that grows and eventually reddens before revealing a fiery orb, but what is really striking is in the opposite direction, to the west. Hovering in the dark blueness there is a solitary, bright shining star that dazzles and shimmers. This is the Morning Star; dominant, magnificent and glorious, reigning over the earth.

Here we have a picture of our Saviour, Jesus, who is King and Lord of the Universe. He is the One who made the stars (Job 38:4-7; Psalm 136:7-9; 147:4). His Father spoke with Abram and promised One would come from his own body who would be his heir through whom would be born countless descendants as numerous as the stars (Genesis 15:5). Abram believed the LORD and ‘He accounted it to him for righteousness (Genesis 15:1-6).’  He also said, “And in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed (Acts 3:25; Genesis 12:3). That Seed is Jesus Christ, the same Seed who would bruise the head of the serpent (Genesis 3:15).

The final, total crushing of the serpent has yet to come at the end of time as we know it, when Christ will overpower him and cast him into the lake of fire and brimstone (Revelation 20:10). For now the serpent is restrained, yet he has limited power over the dark forces of the earth (Ephesians 2:2) until Jesus’ redemption of the faithful is complete (2 Peter 3:9, 10)  and ,’Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever (Daniel 12:3).

The King’s sons by adoption (Romans 8:14-17; Galatians 4:4-6; Ephesians 1:5) shall be as numerous as the stars (Genesis 15:5; Hebrews 11:12), and ‘the prophetic word is confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts (2 Peter 1:19).’

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Pilgrim’s Progress

Pilgrim’s Progress is one of those classic books that all should read – not just Christians who wish to walk more closely with Jesus (John 12:35), but those who are not born of the Holy Spirit (John 3:3-8) and who do not know Jesus, nor do they have a personal relationship with Him (Luke 13:27). The former may be encouraged in their faith as they read of the difficulties, pitfalls and trials experienced by Christian (James 1:2, 3), who is the main character of the allegory. He carries with him, wherever he goes, a book that utterly changes his life (Romans 12:2; 2 Corinthians 5:17), and it is a guide to the Way (John 14:6) that leads him to the City of God (Revelation 21:2).

The book he carries is the Bible (2 Timothy 3:15, 16), and in real life, by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13), the words within the covers can transform the lives of those who read them. By God’s grace those who are transformed (Ephesians 2:8, 9) like fictional Christian, will find themselves on a non-fictional journey to His Celestial City (Philippians 3:12).

John Bunyan’s allegory opens with a scene that portrays Christian dressed in rags (Isaiah 64:6). He is standing by a path with a book in his hand. On his back he carries a great burden. The rags are an outward representation of his inward, wretched state (Romans 3:23). The burden on his back symbolises the weight upon his conscience regarding his sinful life which he is unable to cast off until he meets Jesus at the cross (John 8:36).

From reading his precious book he understands he and his family are in danger, because they will die if they remain in the city where they live. He warns his family that they and the other inhabitants will be burned with fire from heaven (Genesis 19:23, 24), but they will not hear his words. They think he is out of his mind, and they do everything they can to persuade him he should return to his senses.

He retires to a field for solitary prayer, meditation and more reading of his book, and there he asks aloud, “What shall I do to be saved (Acts 2:37)?”

In God’s providence, a man nearby, whose name is ‘Evangelist’, asks him, “Why are you so disturbed?” He explains that the book condemns him to death, and he must face judgment (Revelation 20:15), then be executed. Evangelist enquires of him why he stands where he is, instead of taking action?

Christian replies, “Because I do not know where to go.”

Helpful and concerned for Christian’s salvation, Evangelist points to a ‘little gate’ (Matthew 7:13; John 10:9) on the far side of the field, but Christian isn’t sure he can see it. So Evangelist further asks him if he can see a tiny shining light (John 8:12), and he thinks he can. Evangelist tells him to keep his eye on the light because it will lead him directly towards the gate.

In great excitement he runs towards the light which marks the beginning of his intrepid and difficult journey (Matthew 7:14) in quest of the City of God.

You must read the whole book to learn of Christian’s many encounters with mainly evil characters (Ephesians 6:11-13) who set all sorts of traps and present obstacles to prevent him from reaching the Celestial City. In addition to meeting these unsavoury types he comes across others who are like him, one of whom becomes a trusted friend and partner. His name is Faithful.

A most useful aid is the addition of biblical text references where the story points to passages in the Bible. Therefore it is best to have a Bible handy for checking out the texts as you come across them.

Pilgrim’s Progress is available at Amazon UK.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pilgrims-Progress-John-Bunyan/dp/1508482160

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A Christian’s Hope

‘Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed at the last time (1 Peter 1:3).’

About a month ago a Thai youth football team were exploring caves when they became trapped by rising water. There was little hope of finding them, leave alone rescuing them, but they were found and they were rescued by a dedicated team of divers, one of whom lost his life while on the rescue mission.

Many people thought they would never come out alive, especially when they learned of the hazards, which involved taking the boys through exceedingly narrow passageways underwater. Some could not swim and none had any experience of using aqualungs. Hope of a successful outcome was low, but against the odds, all of them were brought out alive, and after recuperating in hospital they were reunited with their families.

These young people needed someone to rescue them and there was little hope they would live, but there were those who thought it would be possible and they pulled out the stops to get the job done. All the time, however, there was the threat of more rain from the monsoon. Doubts were running high. Nothing was certain. There was some hope, but there was no certainty of success.

This is the sort of hope most people have. They hope things will turn out for the best. They don’t know. The desire is there, and even the will and action for bringing about success, but there is still no certainty. Doubts persist, and they adopt the attitude, ‘We’ll wait and see.’ They might even pray to God, asking Him to intervene. With Him on their side, maybe they’ll be OK. They still have their reservations.

Now when Peter wrote 1 Peter 3:1 [see above] he clearly was using the word ‘hope’ in a different sense. He was saying that the Christians he was addressing had a certainty of resurrection, because God had begotten them in Christ who had risen from the dead. They were ‘kept by the power of God through faith for salvation.’ Nothing could be more certain because of Jesus’ resurrection. They too would rise and receive an incorruptible and undefiled inheritance, because of God’s mercy.

In a nutshell, we all start life in a dark cave with no hope of eternal life. We need rescuing by a Saviour who will bring us into His light of salvation (Psalm 21:1), and that Saviour is Jesus. He gave His life to rescue those whom He loves (John 3:16; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 3:18).

The promises of God are certain, and His Word contains many promises of His ‘sure’ hope for those who believe and trust His Son.

Here are a few of them:

‘Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God (Romans 5:1, 2).’

‘Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us (Romans 5:5).’

‘For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope, because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of the corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God (Romans 8:20).’

‘Not only that, but we also who have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance (Romans 8:23-25).’

‘For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Jesus Christ, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 15:4-6)

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13).’

‘For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith (Galatians 5:5).’

‘the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, (Ephesians 1:18).’

‘because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of truth of the gospel, (Colossians 1:5).’

‘To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27).’

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God Speaks and Hears Every Language under the Sun

The Bible has many historical revelations, one of which is God’s intervention at the plain in Shinar where the descendants of Noah built the Tower of Babel. They decided to build a city and a tower whose top would be in the heavens for making a name for themselves (Genesis 11:4). They all spoke one language (v 1) and they were unified (v 6) in their efforts to establish themselves at Shinar.

The LORD was having none of it. He said, ‘“Come, let Us go down and confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of the earth, and they ceased building the city. Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth, and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of the earth (Genesis 11:7-9).’

Google reckons there are roughly 6,500 spoken languages in the world today, which is not surprising, since God did what He said He would! His Word the Bible stands today, because it is His truth (John 17:17; Colossians 1:5; 1Thessalonians), and it tells of a time when the world will be destroyed and replaced with a new one (Revelation 20:1). In it ‘the nations of those who are saved’ (v 24) shall walk in the light of the Lamb (v 23). Since there will be ‘nations’, i.e., people groups living in God’s new world, it could be they will hear others speaking their own language (Acts 2:4, 5), as was the case at Pentecost when the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit (v 4). We don’t know, but it could be a possibility. The Bible doesn’t tell us, and we shouldn’t presume.

At the time of Pentecost God heard the new Christians from different nations (Acts 2:8-12) praying and giving thanks (Acts 3:42; 47), and today God hears and totally understands prayers spoken to Him in every language under the sun. From man’s perspective this is awesome. From God’s perspective nothing is too difficult for Him. Perhaps even more remarkable from man’s viewpoint, God hears all prayers, many of them spoken simultaneously by people living in different parts of the world. More astonishingly, God answers multiple prayers, some instantly, and others in His own time. My brother prayed over a period of forty years for my salvation, and God mercifully answered his prayers when I was fifty years of age. I thank God for giving my brother patience (Galatians 5:22) and perseverance (2 Peter 1:6; Romans 8:25), and for using his prayers.

God’s people today live in different parts of the world where local languages with their dialects are spoken. In New Testament times God gifted certain of His people with the the ability to speak intelligible languages, which were essentially spoken languages native to different regions of the known world (Acts 2:4-12 ). He gifted Paul the Apostle in this way (1 Corinthians 14:18), which must have been of great benefit to him when on his missionary journeys.  He said there was no point in praying in foreign tongues unless what was being said was interpreted so that others could add their ‘amens’ (1 Corinthians 14:6-17, 27).

Paul instructed the Corinthian church to ensure that ‘all’ they did was for edifying the church (1 Corinthians 14:26), and a prayer spoken in an unknown language was of little use in this respect. Paul exhorted them to prophesy, while not forbidding them to speak in tongues (1 Corinthians 14:39).

Essentially, prophesying today is speaking the gospel for believers to hear (1 Corinthians 14:22, 31, 32), and there are numerous ‘people groups’ who have yet to hear the gospel, so that they might worship God (1 Corinthians 14:24, 25). The *Joshua Project has the objective of reaching them with the good news of the Gospel so that they in turn will prophesy by speaking in their own languages – disciples making disciples (Matthew 28:19, 20). This is all within God’s providence and plan. He speaks and hears every language under the sun.

*Joshua Project

https://joshuaproject.net

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Perfection in Christ

‘“And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one. I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me (John 17:22, 23).”’

My wife is a perfectionist, and being a keen gardener she loves tending her plants. She does what she calls ‘de-heading’ her roses. She says that if she clips off roses that have wilted, others will grow to replace them. I don’t doubt what she says is true.

Anyway, the main point I wish to make is that my wife likes ‘her’ garden to be as perfect as possible. Although she is a perfectionist I believe she accepts it can never actually be perfect. To be perfect it would have to be like the original Garden of Eden before the fall of Adam. Because of his disobedience to God, God cursed the ground (Genesis 3:17-19). From that time when God pronounced His curse the earth has never been perfect, and it will eventually be destroyed by Him (2 Peter 3:10), to be replaced with a perfectly new one (Revelation 21:1) which is not subject to the curse.

In this present age no one is perfect (Romans 3:23), apart from God and those whom He has perfected in heaven. To achieve sinless perfection for His people Jesus had to come to the earth and die on a cross at Calvary. He willingly gave Himself to die and suffer in the place of sinners (Mark 14:36). Unlike the repeated, ineffectual animal sacrifices required under the Mosaic Covenant, Jesus’ once for all sacrifice of Himself for instituting the New Covenant in His blood (Matthew 26:28; Hebrews 12:24), was sufficient and effective for the total redemption of the elect.

Like for like, Man for man, He had to die and suffer the torments of hell in the place of those whose sins have been forgiven. When His Father looks upon them He sees them as He sees His Son – perfect, holy, sinless (Hebrews 8:12) and without blemish. However, they are best described as redeemed saints, who, in actual fact, will not be fully perfected until the second coming of Jesus when He will give them their new reconstituted, spiritual bodies just like His. Then they will see Him as He is (1 John 3:2), in all His glory.

Jesus is perfect. He has no blemish whatsoever. He is holy and just, forgiving those whom He loves, both old and young, rich and poor; indeed, all men and women, who have been born of the Spirit of God – irrespective of nationality and nature (Colossians 3:10, 11).

They are perfected in Him (John 17:23).

To God be the glory, great things He hath done.

1

To God be the glory, great things He hath done,

So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,

Who yielded His life our redemption to win,

And opened the life-gate that all may go in.

 

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,

  Let the earth hear His voice;

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,

  Let the people rejoice;

Oh, come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,

  And give Him the glory; great things He hath done.

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Oh, perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,

To every believer the promise of God;

The vilest offender who truly believes,

That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.

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Great things He hath taught us, great things He hath done,

And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;

But purer, and higher, and greater will be

Our wonder, our transport when Jesus we see.

Finally:

‘But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away (1 Corinthians 13:10).’

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Victory in Christ

‘Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor corruption inherit incorruption (1 Corinthians 15:50).’

‘So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

“O Death where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?”

The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:54-57).’

There are times when Christians feel anything but victorious, and this is the work of the devil (2 Timothy 2:26). He does all he can to weigh us down, to accuse us, to make us despondent (1 Peter 5:8). His time is short, and he knows it. Hence he intensifies his attacks.

Fellow Christians are having all sorts of trials and tribulations. Some of them seem minor by comparison to those of Christians in foreign lands who find themselves in perilous, dangerous situations where even their *lives are threatened.

In spite of these things we have eternal hope (Titus 1:1, 2; 3:7) in Jesus who was raised from the dead. To the world, His victory may seem hollow, but they do not understand or believe (1 Corinthians 1:18). They do not know the power of resurrection in their own lives. They do not have the indwelling Spirit (Romans 8:9) which testifies to new life in Him (v 11; 2 Corinthians 1:22). They do not have assurance of salvation from sin, death and hell. They do not have the testimony: ‘And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life (1 John 5:11, 12).’

John went on to write, ‘These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you will continue to believe in the name of the Son of God (v 13).’

These are words of encouragement for the Christian, and stern warnings to those who reject Jesus.

Victory is sure for the believer (1 John 5:3—5), because Jesus has risen from the dead. ‘He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once,’ by Cephas, James and all the apostles (1 Corinthians 15:6-7). He ascended into heaven (Acts 1:9) and sits at the right hand of His Father (Colossians 3:1), and from there He will return to earth (Acts 1:11) for the final vanquishing of the devil, whom He will cast into the lake of fire and brimstone (Revelation 20:10) to join the beast and the false prophet (Revelation 19:19, 20), where they ‘will be tormented day and night forever and ever (Revelation 20:10).’

No longer will death reign, for it will be swallowed up in victory (1 Corinthians 15:54, 55) through our Lord Jesus Christ, and those in Him will reign (2 Timothy 2:10-12) in immortality with Him.

‘So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

“O Death where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory (1 Corinthians 15:54, 55)?”

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