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What is the Gospel for today? part six
How then shall we live?
Isaiah 25:9--"They will say on that day, 'Look! This is our God, for whom we have waited—and he has saved us! This is the Lord, for whom we have waited; let’s be glad and rejoice in his salvation!'"
How then shall we live? In anxious anticipation and wondrous waiting. In my lifetime I have learned so much about being a patient person through the many challenges that come with having an Autistic child. Through God's Word, and God using His timing, my patience is developed at a much higher rate. If I remain steadfast on my path, I will be ever mindful, through patient waiting, for the glorious Day of the Lord.
Zephaniah 3:8--"Therefore, wait for me, says the Lord, wait for the day when I rise up as a witness, when I decide to gather nations, to collect kingdoms, to pour out my indignation upon them, all the heat of my anger. In the fire of my jealousy, all the earth will be devoured."
In this verse, the Lord is beseeching us to wait; but, He also promises destruction to those who are not "ready".
Yes, groaning. Our spirits groan as we must wait for the Day of the Lord and the resurrection of our bodies. We then gain our inheritance as sons and daughters through the resurrection and of Christ and His redeeming of our own selves.
Romans 8:23--"And it’s not only the creation. We ourselves who have the Spirit as the first crop of the harvest also groan inside as we wait to be adopted and for our bodies to be set free."
In our waiting, we must remember that the redemption of our bodies is a personal issue for each person. At the final judgment, Father will have no need for any one person to speak on the behalf of another person. Each of us will individually account for our own actions. And so we wait diligently, with patience, for the Day of our Lord...it will come, He has promised us.
1 Corinthians 4:5--"So don’t judge anything before the right time—wait until the Lord comes. He will bring things that are hidden in the dark to light, and he will make people’s motivations public. Then there will be recognition for each person from God."
Where is our citizenship?
Let's talk words for a moment...I am a citizen of the planet Earth. Ok, this one is pretty simple. Let's get a little more specific...I am a citizen of the Northern Hemisphere. No. Okay, there's more. I am a citizen of North America. I'm getting closer. I am a citizen of the United States of America. We're almost there. I am a citizen of the state of Oklahoma. We're almost there. I am a citizen of Sallisaw. But, what I find even more amazing is where my true citizenship lies. I AM A CITIZEN OF HEAVEN!
Philippians 3:20--"Our citizenship is in heaven. We look forward to a savior that comes from there—the Lord Jesus Christ."
Because of Jesus, the Christ, I have a citizenship of a place like no other. Personally, I can't wait to get there. My only wish is to be able to praise Jesus at His feet; but, look at the following scriptures that describe Heaven.
Revelation 21:10-27--"He took me in a Spirit-inspired trance to a great, high mountain, and he showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. The city had God’s glory. Its brilliance was like a priceless jewel, like jasper that was as clear as crystal. It had a great high wall with twelve gates. By the gates were twelve angels, and on the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel’s sons. There were three gates on the east, three gates on the north, three gates on the south, and three gates on the west. The city wall had twelve foundations, and on them were the twelve names of the Lamb’s twelve apostles. The angel who spoke to me had a gold measuring rod with which to measure the city, its gates, and its wall. Now the city was laid out as a square. Its length was the same as its width. He measured the city with the rod, and it was fifteen hundred miles. Or twelve thousand stades Its length and width and height were equal. He also measured the thickness of its wall. It was two hundred sixteen feet Or one hundred forty-four pechon (cubits) thick, as a person—or rather, an angel—measures things. The wall was built of jasper, and the city was pure gold, like pure glass. The city wall’s foundations were decorated with every kind of jewel. The first foundation was jasper, the second was sapphire, the third was chalcedony, and the fourth was emerald. The fifth was sardonyx, the sixth was carnelian, the seventh was chrysolite, and the eighth was beryl. The ninth was topaz, the tenth was chrysoprase, the eleventh was jacinth, and the twelfth was amethyst. The twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was made from a single pearl. And the city’s main street was pure gold, as transparent as glass. I didn’t see a temple in the city, because its temple is the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb. The city doesn’t need the sun or the moon to shine on it, because God’s glory is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. Its gates will never be shut by day, and there will be no night there. They will bring the glory and honor of the nations into it. Nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is vile and deceitful, but only those who are registered in the Lamb’s scroll of life. "
Can you imagine such glorious riches we have waiting for us in Heaven. And there we have the operative word..."wait".
CEB (Contemporary English Bible)
The CEB (Contemporary English Bible) was a notion that saw fruition by Barclay Newman in 1985. He wanted to study the Bible's language and how English was read and heard. He wanted a Bible that was designed to be read on a lower reading level than other Bible translations.
There were three principles adhered to when the translation was being edited:
- It had to be understood with full clarity without stumbling over the words and phrases.
- It must be understood by anyone who had difficulty with "Bible language".
- It had to be understood by everyone.
These three principles aided in giving simplified language to the Bible, language that was more up-to-date and more modern. The ideas remain the same in their contexts; however, a lot of paraphrasing was used. Again, this was done to make the language more up-to-date and modern.
The New Testament was published in 1991, and the Old Testament was released in 1995.