Posts Tagged ‘second coming’

15
Dec

THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY

   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Spiritual Gifts

Following up on the statement he had just made in verse 11, regarding not acting childishly anymore, Paul continues to illustrate his point: “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known” (1 Corinthians 13:12).

Glass was a rather new invention in Paul’s day, and it was far from perfect. Light passed through but it was difficult to identify many details through it. Paul says that seeing the truth is like looking through a frosted glass; you can see the light, but we only see dimly. That’s the way it is now, Paul says. Very limited vision when it comes to God’s Kingdom.

However, there will come a day, he is saying, when we will see face to face. Do you think he;’s talking about seeing the Bible face to face? No, he’s talking abou the day Jesus, that which is perfect, returns and we get to see Him face to face. What a day that will be!

Now, today, I know in part, Paul says, but THEN I will understand all mysteries just as God knows every secret about me today. When the Lord returns all our questions will be answered. Right now, we have plenty of questions (and we need spiritual gifts to give us a partial insight), but one day I will understand all those mysteries of the Kingdom.

There is an old chorus that says: “What a Day that will be; When my Jesus I shall see;
When I look upon His face; the One Who saved me by His grace.
When He takes me by the hand, and leads me to the Promised Land.
What a Day, glorious day, that will be”

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2
Mar

THE END IS NEAR

   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

A priest and a pastor from the local churches were standing by the side of the road pounding a sign into the ground, which read: ‘The End is Near! Turn Yourself Around Now Before its Too Late!”

As a car sped past them, the driver yelled, “Leave us alone, you religious nuts!” From the curve they heard screeching tires and a big splash.

The priest turned to the pastor and asked, “Do you think the sign should just say, ‘Bridge Out’?”

Perhaps the end is near and the church just isn’t speaking clear enough. Perhaps there’s a better way to say it.

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24
Feb

THE ULTIMATE REUNION

   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

The headline in Newsweek magazine called it “the ultimate reunion”. A reunion of war veterans? A banquet in honor of our country’s living ex-presidents? No, it was nothing of the kind – just a rumor that the surviving members of the popular music group the Beatles and Yoko Ono, widow of deceased Beatle John Lennon, were “thinking of doing something together again.”

I recall the drug abuse and decayed morals of the cultural revolution the Beatles were part of, and I found little excitement in such a reunion. But there is another reunion that grabs my attention, and I doubt if Newsweek will give it much attention.

I’m referring to the ultimate reunion when Jesus returns to gather the whole family of God together. Dead believers will be raised first (1 Thessalonians 4:16), then, along with believers living everywhere on earth, we will all be united with our Lord to enjoy forever the splendor of His presence (v. 17).

Now,

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19
Feb

CARL HENRY’S OBSERVATIONS

   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

American Theologian Carl Henry made three observations about our world:

1. The barbarians have come. Evil forces have entered the gates and are tearing down the values Christians embrace as true and good. Many thoughtful people believe that we are witnessing the moral collapse of Western civilization, and they are afraid.

2. Jesus is coming. Christians have lived for 20 centuries with the hope that they will witness the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. The barbarians may have won a battle, but they will not win the war.

3. The church doesn’t know whether its coming or going. Many of those who claim to know God deny Him by their words and actions. A great number of Christians believe that the hands on the clock of history are nearing the midnight hour, but they don’t know just how close.

Let’s get our eyes off the barbarians, keep looking for the coming of our Lord, and live for Him today. “The grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men” (Titus 2:11).

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31
Jul

LEFT BEHIND

   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

We had a bee infestation a week ago. In a small Pin Oak tree that I had planted, a mass of honey bees took up a nest. They were swarming all over each other in a mass larger than a basketball. The top of the tree swayed over almost to the ground. Our grand-kids were visiting and we had to keep them out of that part of the yard.

Two days later the swarm was gone, all but a small mass about two inches in diameter. They’ve been in that spot for about a week now. So, Anita called the County Extension office to see if there might be a bee keeper who might want them. She was advised to just let them alone and they’ll either die or leave on their own; they were no threat. The agent told us that the Queen bee had been there initially, and the others followed. When the queen left, all the others followed her.

These remaining were bees that were out of the tree when the queen left. They were lost and didn’t know where to go. That reminds me that there will be a time when Jesus comes back for His own. Then those who are left behind will have to function on the earth in very difficult circumstances. And I don’t want to be alive on the earth in those days! Don’t be left behind.

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