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COVID-19 continues to dominate the news. Although restrictions are beginning to ease, we are reminded of the terrible effect it has had on the economy. Now we’re learning more about its impact on so many who have been under stay-at-home orders, and those who have been unable to go to work, school, or otherwise conduct their lives in the same manner they always have. Many are experiencing anxiety and depression as a result, and this is compounded by their uncertainty of what the future may hold.
We keep hearing, “We’re all in this together,” which is quite true. Christadelphians are too, but we are blessed in that the Bible gives us a different outlook. It tells us of God’s intent from the beginning (Isa. 45:18), “For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God Himself that formed the earth and made it; He hath established it, He created it not in vain, He formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.” So mankind is not to be wiped out by this plague.
We know that God made a long series of precious promises to Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, King David, and to His only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. You’ll find many of these in Genesis, but they appear over and over again throughout your entire Bible, including the New Testament. We know that these promises include a resurrection from the dead (Dan. 12:2), “And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.”
We know that His purpose with mankind and the earth is to be worked out over (what to us is) a long period of time, for Daniel was told (12:13), “But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.” When asked by his disciples of that time, Jesus replied (Acts 1:7), “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in His own power.” He also said (Mark 13:32), “But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.” And he warned us (Matt. 25:13), “Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh,” and that chapter ends with the sobering words that, after the judgment, the wicked “shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” In John 10:10 he says, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
The overwhelming witness of the Bible’s fulfilled prophecy assures us that all of God’s purpose will be fulfilled in His time. II Pet. 3:9 guarantees us that, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” Whether the current COVID plague is the precursor to Jesus’ return, we can’t be certain, but it may be. The Scriptures make it clear that “whosoever will” – any of us – can share in that time when all God’s promises will be fulfilled, and many will be welcomed into life eternal in His Kingdom.
This was from our Bible message line. You can hear our weekly message on our Christadelphian Bible Message Line by calling 800 826-2615.
Now that the weather has warmed up, the hours of daylight grow longer. The trees sprout leaves and the flowers bloom. All the sights of Spring remind us of God’s words to Noah just after the Flood: “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” Genesis 8:22 KJV.
Each season we see for ourselves the truth and faithfulness of God’s promise. But this was just part of what God promised Noah. You’ll also remember the promise confirmed by the sign of the rainbow – another regular reminder to us. This is where God said “And I will establish my covenant with you, neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth. And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.” Genesis 9:11-13 KJV.
In fact, God’s Word, the Bible, is filled with promises. Some were made just to certain individuals, but many made to all mankind – to us!
God is faithful. He cannot lie, and He always keeps His promises. Some of His promises are unconditional, like those made to Noah about the future of the earth. We all benefit from those promises. But other of His promises are conditional. We can only benefit from them by accepting His conditions and fulfilling His requirements.
There is an amazing thread running right through the Bible tying all these promises together. Consider the promises made to Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3), Isaac (Genesis 26:3-5), and Jacob (Genesis 28:13-15). And we find the thread continues with Moses, Joshua, King David, John the Baptist, and the Lord Jesus Christ. These are some of the main characters we encounter along this thread.
Following the thread, Christadelphians have found that where God has conditions,they are not difficult and the rewards are great! His Son Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-29 KJV. The familiar verse John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Whosoever – that includes all of us – accepts God’s conditions, will receive the reward of everlasting life that He promised from the foundation of the world.