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"And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, 'Behold the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.'" -Revelation 21:3-4
One day we will dwell in the house of our true Father. He promises to make His home with us, to dwell with us, to care for us to the fullest measure. Today, in our fallen and tattered state, God stoops to wipe our tears in our moment of sadness and kiss our foreheads when we need comfort, because we are His beloved children. At the beginning of eternity our Father will wipe away suffering altogether - forever. All of our wounds will be mended completely and finally; the former things will pass away. God's creation, purchased through the cross of Christ, will be restored and we will shed heartache and pain to forever commune with our loving God.
"Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire..." -Revelation 20:14
There will be an end to death. This side of eternity death stands as a certainty for us all. It has been said, "Nobody makes it out alive." But death has a conquerer - Jesus Christ. Death will be destroyed and cast off for all eternity by our Lord. Take heart, believer, our Lord is faithful to fulfill His promises. We vacillate mightily here on earth in our feelings on death. In our youth we are often found scoffing at death. In our age, or in tragedy, we cower - fearing that death has overtaken us. At the end of time, death is overtaken, judged, cast into the lake of fire, conquered once and for all. We who are God's saints will have the final triumph over death with our Lord.
"And I saw the dead both small and great standing before God and books were opened. And another book was opened which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by things which were written in the books." -Revelation 20:12
There has been some speculation as to the contents of these books. What do they contain? How can I make sure I'm found in the Book of Life? Will my works be enough? While we do not know the specifics of these volumes, we do know God's Word, The Book, says that all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags before our holy God.* And, by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.** AND, all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.*** AND, no man comes to the Father but by Me.**** We are saved by God's grace through our belief. As it is written, He who through faith is righteous shall live.***** Our belief, our faith, is the ONLY WORK that counts towards our righteousness. That is the work God is looking for. All else flows from that.
Anthony is the Pastor of Living Water Christian Fellowship.