Updated: Mar 3, 2022
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Brethren, Are you aware that the Rapture of the Church could happen at any moment?
Are you aware that throughout the ages, many people have been abducted, never to be seen again.
Did you know that the BIBLE also records such an abduction?
Let me share the account with you and get your thoughts on it. Genesis 5:23-24 records it like this: “So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty five years. And Enoch walked with GOD; and he was not, for GOD took him.”
Brethren, GOD took Enoch and the time is also coming when the entire Church of CHRIST will also be taken.
Consider how 1 Corinthians 15:51-54 reveals this astonishing secret, a mystery, which is GOD's hidden agenda.
Consider how it reads: “Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last Trumpet. For the Trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”
Yes, changed into a new BODY!
For this corruptible must put on incorruption and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in VICTORY."
Yes, VICTORY, for we are more than conquerors through CHRIST Who LOVED us, and laid down HIS LIFE for our SALVATION.
If someone were to ask you, Who are you?
My guess is that you would tell a little about yourself and what you do.
You might say, “I’m an electrician” or “I’m a nurse.”
But that’s not who you are, it’s what you do.
Which leads me to this question, If what you do for a living is who you are, who will you be when you stop doing what you do?
Who we really are, Beloved, is found in who we are in CHRIST.
And because we know who we are, and Whom we have Believed, this sense of identity drives our behavior.
Yes, for it's only because we Believe, that we speak, and proclaim the finished work of the Cross of CHRIST.
Our FAITH is behind our behavior.
Yes, because we Believe, we Take up our Cross, and embrace the WORD of the LIVING GOD as our BOSS.
We focus on doing what the LORD our GOD, has sent us to do.
You see, it's our FAITH in our LORD's finished work of the Cross, that has changed you and me, and made us fishers of men.
You see, we know that the WORD of GOD lives, and HE gives us this instruction from 2 Timothy 4:5, saying: “But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an Evangelist, fulfill your Ministry.”
Brethren, Before we Believed, and embraced the WORD of the LIVING GOD as LORD over our lives, we were each born, sons and daughters of darkness.
We each walked in the lusts and desires of the flesh doing the will and desires of the devil.
But what an amazing transformation took place when we Believed the GOSPEL of CHRIST, and embraced the LIGHT of GOD.
The LIGHT Of GOD?
Yes, for Psalm 119:105 reveals this by saying: “YOUR WORD is a Lamp to my feet, and a LIGHT to my path.”
Yes, the LIGHT of GOD is simply the WORD of GOD that gives us instruction from Acts 1:8, saying: “But you shall receive POWER when the HOLY SPIRIT has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to ME in JERUSALEM, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." Yes, when we Believed the GOSPEL, we were each made new people.
A new creation.
Consider how 2 5:17-18 reveals this, saying: “Therefore, if anyone is in CHRIST, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of GOD, Who has reconciled us to HIMSELF through JESUS CHRIST, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.”
Take Matthew, for example.
As a tax collector during the reign of the Roman Empire, his life was driven by greed.
But everything changed the day the LORD showed up and invited Matthew to follow HIM.
Let me share the account with you.
Matthew 9:9-13 reveals it like this: “As JESUS passed on from there, HE saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. And HE said to him, "Follow ME." So he arose and followed HIM. Now it happened as JESUS sat at the table in the house, that behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with HIM and HIS disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to HIS disciples, "Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?" When JESUS heard that, HE said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means: 'I desire MERCY and not sacrifice.' For I did not come to call the RIGHTEOUS, but sinners, to repentance."
Suddenly Matthew had a whole new identity as a follower of CHRIST!
And he wasn’t the only one.
The same exact thing happened to each of us, who embraced the WORD of the LIVING GOD.
In Mathew 4:18-25 we also read about four fishermen, Peter, Andrew, James, and John, who left their nets to follow JESUS CHRIST.
Brethren, JESUS CHRIST is HE Who said: “He who has seen ME has seen the FATHER.”
And Beloved, HE is still looking for followers, and worshipers who will worship HIM in SPIRIT and in TRUTH.
For John 4:23-24 makes it abundantly clear by saying: “But the hour is coming, and now is when the true worshipers will worship the FATHER in SPIRIT and TRUTH; for the FATHER is seeking such to worship HIM. GOD is SPIRIT, and those who worship HIM must worship in SPIRIT and TRUTH.
Do we each know that the WORD of GOD is SPIRIT, and it is LIFE?
Some might say, it's the FATHER who is seeking such to worship HIM, not JESUS!
Well, do you believe the WORD of GOD, JESUS, when HE says: “he who has seen ME, has seen The FATHER?"
And do you also believe what John 6:63 assures us of?
Yes, that GOD's WORD is SPIRIT and LIFE?
Well, by this we know that the WORD that became flesh was GOD the FATHER, who by HIS WORD became flesh.
Thus, 1 Timothy 3:16 makes it absolutely clear, by saying: “And without controversy great is the mystery of Godliness: GOD was manifested in the flesh, JUSTIFIED in The SPIRIT, Seen by Angels,Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Recieved up in GLORY.”
And Beloved, HE has left us here to share HIS story.
You see, HE wants us to make for ourselves Treasure in HEAVEN, and not here on earth.
Because HE has given us a new identity, and wants us to know that we are The BODY of CHRIST.
And knowing that doesn’t mean giving up our career, but it does mean that GOD is first and everything else is in the rear.
We will do our work and all of LIFE according to HIS will, and we will walk in HIS ways, praising the GOD of all our days.
So next time someone asks, Beloved, Who are you?
Consider this answer, I’m a member of The BODY Of CHRIST!🤍🕊
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