Tuesday, October 10, 2023

The Last Word

The Last Word 
by David Brenneman 

"he said to them, “Take to your heart all the words with which I am warning you today, which you shall command your sons to observe carefully, even all the words of this law. For it is not an idle word for you; indeed it is your life. And by this word you will prolong your days in the land, which you are about to cross the Jordan to possess.” ‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭32:46‭-‬47‬ ‭NASB1995‬‬

The last words of Moses to the people are what you just read.  It was right after a new song that the Lord Jesus Christ taught him to teach to the people.  What was interesting to me was seeing some hints at the future Church within it. 

In this Church Age in which we find ourselves, indeed it has come about.  The nation of Israel is indeed jealous of those who are not a nation.  In some ways this idea was talked about by Paul.  

What got me thinking in that last spoken word of Moses was thinking that these people were just told outright that the Lord already knew they were going to still turn against Him. Thus the reason for this song.  A perpetual reminder of where they went wrong...so that they would be without excuse.  Sounds familiar. 

Jesus had it written thousands of years later the very same thing.  That every knee will bow and every tongue would confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.  That every single person will be without excuse.  

There will be no human beings in any of human history who will be able to provide a single reason for refusing salvation in Christ Jesus. 

Self-re-creation into a person's new identity that's born of the lies of this world will not make a single bit of difference.

This world is full of the lies of secular psychology.  Full of the lies taught in public schools concerning world history and gender identity.  All these lies are corrected at death.  

Regardless of how you may think, act or do in this world today, when you die, everyone's theology is corrected. 

From the most eminent of the Apostles 2,000 plus years ago to the most Godly of all men teaching from a pulpit or any other such venue to those single people or heads of households...everyone's understanding of God, of His Christ, will be corrected.  Reading your Bible you see it clearly that Jesus gets the last word. 

To steal a phrase used by Pastor Alistair Begg concerning the thief on the cross...I wonder how it did shake out concerning those in the Old Testament after they died.

When indeed those who ended up in Sheol and those who ended up in Hades.  Some to peace and rest in the one, others to the beginning of everlasting torment until the final judgment day at the end of human history.  

How did it shake out when Moses saw people showing up on both sides of that place.  The people he knew or only thought he knew.  Then my mind goes further to David...of Daniel.  Of any and all those in the Old Testament.  It all changed when Jesus went down there to bring all who were with Abraham up with Him to Heaven.  But how did it shake out?  How did those reunions go?  Was it awkward?  Was it joyful?  Was it astonishment?

Strange train of thought?  Consider today. 
How can that be compared to today's world?

Consider...those who die today falsely believing they are going to Heaven. 
Consider...those who die today falsely believing they are going to Hell. 

Consider...those who are under demonic influence teaching millions to take a path that's certainly not of the God of the Bible. 

Consider those who do find themselves walking into Heaven with those there astonished that they made it.

It's written in the Bible that believing alone isn't enough.  James 2:19 "You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.".  

We're also told that our righteousness should exceed that of the Pharisees and Sadducees.  We're told that coming to Christ isn't just some ticket keeping us from the ravages of Hell. 

Jesus Christ was crucified, died a horrible death after tremendous beatings, arose from the dead to provide a way to not only be saved, but to bring us into a right standing a right relationship with Jesus Christ.  He made a way where there was no way for you to truly get to know Him. To know His love. To know His forgiveness. 

Jesus made promises...many of which the Believer understands and experiences today and every day they live.  

We face adversaries in this world because of our relationship with Jesus.  

We are promised that He will return again.  A very very popular message is going out by Dr. David Jeremiah in the last month about the "Great Disappearance".  I, personally, keep a document on every work computer that I use that explains what has happened after the Rapture of the Church has taken place.  

Nothing is left in the prophetic time-line.  All that remains is whomever is to be that last person who will say yes to the free gift of salvation.   My personal opinion is it will be a bookend of sorts to the thief on the cross.  Wouldn't surprise me in the least if it's a death row inmate about to die.

Jesus wants you to take His word seriously.  He wants you to be the light in this world, showing others how to find salvation in Him. 

Do you believe any of His Word? You either believe all of it or you really believe none of it.  The Bible is a package deal.  The whole thing is God's own truth.   

Are you living your today as if today were when Jesus is coming back?  Are you ready to step into eternity?  In the time it took you to read all this, thousands of people have died in probably unexpected ways.  People thought they were getting up for a drink fell dead to the ground.  People in bed fell asleep and didn't wake up.  People in a hospital refusing to be resuscitated.  People trying to rush across a crowded street to be hit by a vehicle.  People thinking they are secure in their homes and a stray object enters and strikes them dead.   

You and I do not know the day nor the hour of the return of Jesus Christ.  We likewise are very foolish if we aren't living life in the way the Spirit is trying to teach us to live.  Foolish to believe that we can plan out a day without considering that it could be today.  

Jesus has the last word. His words created this universe in which we live. 
His words finalized the defeat of Satan. 
His words will call His Church to come home. 

The company you work for will quickly forget you and move on.  Those whom you consider acquaintances will as well.  Those who are family will mourn.  But what you have done for Jesus will matter and endure.  

It's time to get your house in order. 
It's time to really believe that what Jesus said that is what He will do. 
It's time to really walk the walk.

Jesus gets the last word. 

All NASB 1995 and NASB Scripture Excerpts used by permission. (C) Lockman Foundation.

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