WILL THE ACCEPTANCE OF THE GOSPEL BRING BACK JESUS CHRIST?
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Writers Note: Patience is a virtue seen often in the eyes of man. However there is no level of patience not seen by God. So as we wait for nothing we pray for faith and patience. In this we can see Heaven.
Part 19: The Word Calls Out: Longsuffering Is Not Endless
In the name of God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth
Peace be unto you. To the Church and believing Christians everywhere and those that believe in the Bible as the Supreme authority of God’s Laws. For the record and the sign post many people that confess to be Christians are now during these trying times looking to man, materialism and God knows what as additional authorities on how to get to Heaven. Glory be to God our Father and to His Son our Savior Christ Jesus blessed by the Holy Spirit.
Beloved as we continue our discussion we noted that our primary scripture is located at II Peter 3: 9. However now we look to the Prophet Isaiah. The acceptance of the Gospel and the return of Christ is still our major theme. However the Word calls out.
Our primary verse at Isaiah 30 is verse 18. But we will start with verse 1. We also remind you to read and study this entire chapter and how it relates to our over-all discussion.
Isaiah 30: 1 “Woe to the rebellious children, saith the Lord, that take counsel, but not of me: and that cover with a covering, but not of my Spirit, that they may add sin to sin:” (Also see Jeremiah 5: 31)
As we apply this verse to our present conditions we see that time and time again the people (so-called church people) look and depend on man, materialism etc. and not God. Thus as we look out upon the scarred and crooked landscape we see that there is barely a remnant among the church leaders, congregations etc. Most have abandoned the Word and Truth for many things that are ungodly. Thus the Word still calls out and the Lord waits.
Isaiah 30: 18 “And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you; for the Lord is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.”
Brethren we serve a good God. A God that looks not to race, station in life and has no respecter of persons. He is also patient and compassionate and is the maker and giver of love for all of humankind. When the people were chastised it was done in love. Their chastisement was also for their own good. (See Hebrews 12: 5-11 and Revelation 3: 19).
Wait at this place means that God showing through love would render any punishment that the people needed. This also meant the period of captivity. However He would not lose patience with them. As God acted in the realm of a loving parent Isaiah the Prophet declared that all would be blessed and happy that relied and waited on Him.
Now turn back to Isaiah 25: 9 to see where the Jews that waited were grateful and thanked the Lord for blessing them.
Isaiah 25: 9 “With my soul have I desired thee in the night: yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early; for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.”
Here we see the prediction of the state of mind, the joy that would be seen at the end of the captivity. Here see the joy of the Jews at regaining freedom so much so that they thanked and gave credit rightly to the Lord. We will return to II Peter 3. Still looking at verse 9 we will note verse 15
II Peter 3: 15 “And account that the longsuffering of our Lord to salvation: even as our beloved brother Paul also, according to the wisdom given unto him, hath written unto you:
The longsuffering as salvation is the same that is noted at II Peter 3: 9. So again we see that Christians should not worry about the delay in the Lord coming back. However we pose the question that sent the title of this discussion. “Will the acceptance of the Gospel bring back Jesus Christ?”
Peace and Love, Carl A. Patton a willing slave and servant of God our Father writing for the FreedomJournal Press 12 June 2009 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
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