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The Daily Word of Righteousness
Doing Away With Sin, #10
Later the others also came. "Sir! Sir!" they said. "Open the door for us!" But he replied, "I tell you the truth, I don't know you." (Matthew 25:11,12—NIV)
Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 25:28-30—NIV)
The second assumption is that when the Lord comes He will deliver us from sin. However, notice the above following passages:
When the Lord returns He will not give wisdom to the foolish virgins. Rather, He will prevent their going to Him.
When the Lord returns He will not give diligence to the fearful, lazy servant. Rather, He will remove his talent from him and have him thrown into the outer darkness.
We understand, therefore, that neither physical death nor the coming of the Lord will deliver us from sin.
However, it is true that there is a time when the Lord will come to purify His churches. When that time comes, which will occur, I believe, before His historical coming with His holy angels, He indeed will purify us. But, like salvation and the baptism with the Holy Spirit, we will have to make the effort to cooperate with the Holy Spirit. It is not a case of the Lord waving a wand and we suddenly become righteous. We have to press forward into the deliverance when the hour comes. It is here now, as far as I can tell.
The Future Salvation
Repent, then, and turn to God, so your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, And that he may send the Christ, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus. He must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets. (Acts 3:19-21—NIV)
Times of refreshing come from the Lord. There shall come a period when God will restore all that the Prophets have promised.
Actually, salvation is a program. There are major types of the program of salvation, such as the Tabernacle of the Congregation. The type that we use most frequently consists of the seven feasts of the Lord.
We have been at the fourth feast, Pentecost, during this century. The fifth feast, the Blowing of Trumpets, is now at hand.
Say to the Israelites: "On the first day of the seventh month you are to have a day of rest, a sacred assembly commemorated with trumpet blasts." (Leviticus 23:24—NIV)
Pentecost speaks of the Holy Spirit. The Blowing of Trumpets has to do with the King, Jesus, coming to His churches and waging war against His enemies that dwell in us. I think this is an example of the promised "times of refreshing" that are to come from the Lord.
But does the New Testament speak clearly of a salvation to come at the end of the age? Indeed it does!
And this do, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. (Romans 13:11—NIV)
To be continued.