Steven A. Bush - June 10, 2018
Big Changes Are Coming!
Regarding believers who've died in Christ, Paul writes in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17: "For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever." (ESV) Peter also writes to reassure believers regarding the return of Christ. 2 Peter 3:13-14 says: "But according to His promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by Him without spot or blemish, and at peace." (ESV) We find ourselves between the advents of Christ, His first coming and His return. We're instructed to not wait lazily or apathetically but rather patiently, actively, purposefully, expectantly and with peace. The Bible is clear: big changes are coming! Even as our earthly bodies grow increasingly unworthy of our spirits, this world is headed for an epic transformational makeover. The misery-free new heaven and earth will be comprised of resurrected saints with bodies made to last forever! It will be like the Garden of Eden on steroids! Therefore encourage one another with these words!