Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. Ecclesiastes 12:13.
In the day when everyone shall be rewarded according as his work has been, how will transgressors appear in their own sight as for a few moments they are permitted to see the record of their life as they have chosen to make it, regardless of the law which through the eternal ages will govern the universe? They will then see what God desired them to do. They will realize that they should have used their blood-bought privileges in behalf of truth and righteousness. They will see that instead of placing their talents and influence on the side of rebellion, thus strengthening the forces of the enemy, they should have devoted their powers to being and doing good….
In the day of judgment men will see what they might have become through the power of Christ. They will see the robbery that they have practiced toward God. They will realize that they have apostatized from their Creator. They will see the good they might have done but did not do. They utterly refused to be made better. The efforts put forth in their behalf were in vain. They knew the claims of God, but they refused to comply with the conditions laid down in His Word. By their own choice they were united with demons. The power given them to use in God’s service they used in the service of self. They made self their god, refusing to submit to any other control. They deceived themselves, and made themselves contemptible in the sight of God….
In the day of judgment all this opens up before the impenitent. Scene after scene passes before them. As plainly as in the light of the noonday sun, they all see what they might have been had they cooperated with God instead of opposing Him. The picture cannot be changed. Their cases are forever decided. They must perish with the one whose ways and works they followed.
A flash of light will come to all lost souls. They will see clearly the mystery of godliness, which during their lifetime they despised and hated. And the fallen angels, endowed with higher intelligence than man, will realize what they have done in using their powers to lead human beings to choose deception and falsehood. All who have united with the deceiver, all who have learned his ways and practiced his deceptions, must perish with him…. The Lord Jesus looks pityingly upon them and says, “Depart.” At that time Zechariah, chapters 3 and 4, will be understood.—Manuscript 37, July 8, 1900, “The Revelations of the Judgment.”
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—-Pray for my ankle surgery coming up. Please pray it is scheduled promptly and that Jesus would guide the hands of the surgeon. Victoria
—-Please pray for an unspoken request. Please pray for Wisdom from the Lord and that He will show us what to do. J and R
—-Please pray for my sister Sherlette who has been admitted to the hospital.She received a stroke. Arlene
—-Please pray for my family. Shephanie
Bread is a staple of life. Everyone, no matter what country they live in or what form it is in, likes bread—everyone, that is, except Eileen. She is the only person I have ever met that does not like bread. When she was a little girl, I was greatly concerned about this as we were poor and did not always have money to buy the food needed to get the proper nutrition. Bread is nutritious so she needed to eat bread. One day when she was about seven, I was attempting to get her to eat all of her slice of bread. That particular day, Eileen had managed to choke down everything except the crusts. She absolutely refused to eat them. I explained to her that the crust was the most nutritious part of the bread and that was why she needed to eat it.
Ron interrupted, “Don’t lie to that child!” I was shocked. I had not lied to her. I really believed what I was telling her. Ron asked how could the crust have more nutrition than the rest of the bread since it was just the oven-browned part of the loaf. I thought for a minute and realized that he was right. Then I explained to him that my grandmother had always told me that when I was a child, and I had believed her, without thinking it through.
How many times, we do the same in our spiritual life. How often we believe what our parents or grandparents have taught us, instead of searching the Scriptures for ourselves to see what is written therein. How easy it is to believe what our pastor preaches without comparing it with a “Thus saith the Lord.” John advises, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1
Paul spoke of the importance of comparing all things by the One Great Standard, “though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” Gal 1:8 Think of it! Paul is telling us that even if an angel were to come to us and give us a message, we are still to compare it with the truths of God’s Word. In the book of Acts, the Bereans were commended for doing just that. When Paul preached the gospel message to them, they listened carefully and compared what they heard with the Scriptures. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” Acts 17:11 So should we.
Peter illustrates it thus, “we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” 2 Peter 1:16-21 Think of it! Peter is speaking here of the experience that he, along with James and John had on the Mount of Transfiguration. (Matt 17:1-5) After reminding his readers of this experience, Peter tells them that the Scriptures are even more sure than what we see, even more reliable than what we hear, even more trustworthy than what we experience. God’s Word does not change. It stands fast forever. It is the sure foundation and we must build our life on it. We can safely trust His Word. We can rely on the truths of God’s Word no matter what is happening around us.
David says, “For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. All his commandments are sure. They stand fast for ever and ever.” Ps 119:89,160,105; 111:7,8
May we “study to show [ourselves] approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Tim 2:15 May we compare all things by the Scriptures, keeping those things we are told or read that are true and rejecting what is false. May we hide God’s Holy Word deep within our heart, meditating upon His Holy Word, that we will not sin against the One Who loves us so. (Ps 119:9-11)