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Week 50 Soon to Come
September 24, 2013
Soon to Come
Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me,
and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.
- Revelation 22:12
More than two thousand years ago, Jesus Christ came that we may be cleanse of our sins. He died in the cross that we may have life and have it to the full. The first four books of the New Testament tells of his first coming here on Earth. The four gospels which are Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are records of how the Lord walked in the world. His teachings and commandments on how one ought to live his life are written in the chapters that lie between them.
Before the Lord came, predictions by the prophets in the old testament have already been made. It was not hidden from them that a savior would soon come in the world. They have passed away before the Lord came to walk here on Earth. A lot of these predictions accounts for the others and it was only a matter of time before such events would happen. It was shown to them of the events that will come through visions they have witnessed. Knowledge of what tomorrow will bring was given to them. The Lord’s coming here on Earth more than two thousand years ago was not the only one that was made known to them. It was the first of two comings and the second one was revealed in the book of Revelation.
When Paul was still on Earth, he would constantly keep the spirits of his fellow believers up. He would gradually tell them to grow in faith. To be mature Christians is what he intends to see in them. He himself have felt the same way they had and he is aware of what they are going through. He makes it a point to know how they have been doing. He cares for them deeply and his letters tell it so. He would ask about the conditions of the churches in various places where he have been. Reminding them to stay true to the Lord’s teachings, he is one of the apostles that greatly built the Christian faith in those early days. In doing so, he have faced a lot of trials in the mission given to him by the Lord. Though he was once the persecutor against the early Christians, the Lord made a great turnabout in his life and he have faced a lot of hardships since then. Compared to what Paul had gone through, the difficulties by the members of the early churches appears to be just a fraction of his experiences. He was put to jail, stranded as a prisoner in an island, went on a shipwreck, was stoned but brought back to life, whipped horribly, went on days with less food and water to take and a lot more to tell. He have gone through a lot of pain bearing the teachings of the Lord. Yet, in all this, he is the great encourager of his fellow brethren in the Lord. He would encourage them at times when they haven’t been on the right way in previous times.
It was undeniably right that being chosen by the Lord to be an apostle, Paul would be the one to lead his fellow believers all the more into growing in faith. It was a task handed to him along with the elders and it was surely not to be in vain. Knowing that his labor was not in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58), Paul served as an example to the early churches. Revelation 22;12 tells us that as the Lord would someday come once again, along with this is the many blessings he have in store for the many people who are in the mission of his ministry and this relates well to Paul’s letter to the Corinthians. Members of the church who are gladly doing the things the Lord have taught will one day get their reward for their work. Preaching the gospel, feeding the hungry, satisfying the thirst of the those who are thirsty, helping those who are needy, using our talents for his glory and a lot more compromises what we can do though simple as they may sometimes be on sharing the blessings we have experience walking in his word. Trials will be on the road ahead but surely he is with us every step of the way.