Forever, yes, forever, saints in time
Will from the Highest receive the kingdom’s fullness;
All others fail and fall, man’s powers decline,
But in the world God’s grace will grow, and goodness.
Eternal life and immortality
Are theirs, a promise sure and true they hold:
All evil banished, no more troubling sea,
No suffering soul, no sheep outside the fold.
While waiting for their Savior’s call, in patience,
They work and feel the devil’s fullest ire;
They offer to God a spiritual, pleasing fragrance,
By faith and highest hope, in deepest fear.
Bless the Lord for his kindness to his people, for giving each one a place in the body of Christ, for the pleasant joy of belonging to his kingdom, for the hope of our eternal destination as we walk in his ways. We are full of the Lord’s blessing, there is no one like God, who rides through the sky to help, on the clouds of majesty. Praise him, followers of Christ, praise him, sun and moon, praise him, stars above! He is altogether worthy of praise!
SEEK: “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you” Mt 6.33 HCSB.
THINK: Seeking means priority, maximum effort, and defined focus. It implies confidence in God to provide what is necessary, as one dedicates time to the search. The kingdom is to put God above all, first “(1) in importance; (2) in point of time, and (3) in emphasis” (Coffman). Justice is the practice of righteousness, obedience to the divine will. Seek is a strong, intense verb. Continue reading →
Commenting on Acts 19.8, William Baird wrote, “In Acts the kingdom ofGod seems similar to the church (cf. 8:12), but the idea of God’s rule to be consummated in the future is not lacking (cf. 14:22)” IOVC. Indeed it does seems similar, since the church is the present earthly manifestation of the kingdom. Continue reading →
At the heart of discipleship lie right motivations and exclusive service. While pagans choose man and money, disciples seek divine approval and trust in divine providence. The essence of hypocrisy is religion performed for man. God approves discretion and simplicity as marks of true faith. Continue reading →