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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

"Nothing...I'm Positive": Our Surety in Christ


"There's got to be a love that's stronger than our fear of everything being out of control." - Derek Webb


The world that we are in today leaves very little room for absolutes. However, the threats around us are constant and very real. Despite all the advancements made technologically, medically or otherwise--the overall mood of the world climate seems to be fixed in a state of upheaval. In a culture that is bombarded with fear and uncertainties about wars, terrorism, genocide, politics, pandemics, famine, crime, love, gender, religion...from Darfur to Iraq to America; it all seems to be the same. The end game to all of it seems so terribly elusive. Our current postmodern mindset only compounds the problem by telling us that there is no such thing as "truth" (at least, that is to say, of the absolute variety). Truth is simply what we make it--at least that's what they'll tell you. In a world where God, the Tooth Fairy and "Science Fiction" are all viable candidates for the salvation of mankind, it's no big wonder as to why we can't seem to find any solutions to the problems that we face in the world, right? After all, if we follow this out to its rational conclusion what can be trustworthy? Everything is convoluted. Who or what can be trusted when lies and betrayal rule the day? Looking inward to ourselves only leaves us wanting and looking to others only sets us up for disappointment and them for failure (yes, even the "good" ones)...

All of these problems can leave even the strongest person of faith distressed and distracted at times. But the Word of God promises us much better. It reminds me of the lyrics of an old hymn by John Kent:

In union with the Lamb
From condemnation free
The saints from everlasting were
And shall forever be

In covenant of old
The sons of God they were
The feeblest lamb in Jesus’ fold
Was blessed in Jesus there

Its bonds shall never break
Though Earth’s old columns bow
The strong, the tempted, & the weak
Are one in Jesus now

When storms or tempests rise
Or sins your peace assail
Your hope in Jesus never dies
‘Tis cast within the veil

Here let the weary rest
Who love the Savior’s name
Though with no sweet enjoyments blessed
This covenant stands the same


It is this that is the Christian's sure foundation and the good news that we share with the lost; no matter how grim things may get in this world, we can be sure of one thing--hope in Christ never fails. Believe on him and you shall be saved. That is saving faith. And because of his faithfulness we can rest assured that whatever may come, nothing can separate us from our eternal life in him. The love of Christ is stronger than death and everything else. Of this, I'm positive (John 6:37, Colossians 3:3-4).

Have no fear...




Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. - Romans 8:35, 37-39 ESV


Solo Christus,

Shon

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