Date: August 16, 2015 11:20 PM
Topic: +DEV+ We Shall Not All Sleep
We Shall Not All Sleep
"Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed - in a moment, in the twinkling
of an eye, at the last trumpet..." 1 Corinthians 15:51-52, NKJV
Scripture Focus: Colossians 1:24-29
Some TV shows set out to reveal mysteries and keep us guessing. At the end we are no wiser than at the start! But the Lord actually reveals many real mysteries to His faithful ones.
One of the greatest is in 1 Timothy 3:16: "Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory." The particular mystery in 1 Corinthians begins with "Behold," so we really need to think about the change that is coming. We will be no more subject to decline and decay!
God has promised to show us many other "great and wonderful, hidden, things" or mysteries, which we will not understand without Him (Jeremiah 33:3). Another translation of "hidden" is "fenced off". Amy Carmichael said, "All the green fields of scripture are for all the sheep of His pasture; none is fenced off." His Spirit reveals all these things to His people, and we take great comfort in them.
Insight: That we shall all be changed brings hope as we experience the inevitable consequences of advancing age in our sinful world.
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