Let’s Not Forget the Gospel

René Malgo

A new year is here. Perhaps we are anxiously wondering what’s in store for us. The world’s going haywire. The great collapse of the West in all its decadence seems just a matter of time. It’s not just Christians who are seeing the decline of our society. If we lack a common ethical foundation (all morality is merely a matter of opinion—there are no longer absolute precepts, and even gender boundaries become fluid), then the already-fragile pillars of an unsettled society can only collapse. But, who will fill the chaos brought on by the supposedly progressive elite? Who will step into the rift? In most cases it is demagogues, the dictators and tyrants, the big, strong men who take the helm and promise peace and security. One need only think of Hitler after the Weimar Republic.

Will a type of Antichrist again provide for “order” in Europe…or even the Antichrist himself? Whatever may happen and whatever may be in store for us personally, we hold fast to the Word of the Lord. It tells us that His kingdom is not of this world, and that we have received a better and lasting city in heaven. For 2019, let’s write the healing Word of grace, the gospel, on our hearts, and keep it continually in mind:

He, the originator of life, who couldn’t possibly be overcome by decay, the firstfruits of those passed away and firstborn of the dead: He united with our poor, weak, and mortal nature. He equated His body with our lowliness, so that He might transform us into the image of His glory; unite us pure and imperishable with God the Father; lift us up to Him; give us a share in His immortal nature; and make us into a beloved child of God forever and ever. This is the essential thing for us Christians, and not the course of a changeable, lost world headed toward its end.

Christ exalted us humans by becoming human Himself. He defeated death by dying Himself. He removed our sin by becoming sin Himself. He gave us eternal life by resurrecting Himself from the dead. He took us to heaven by ascending to heaven Himself, as our forerunner and advocate. He united us with heaven by sending the Holy Spirit to us from the Father. And He sustains us in this heavenly union, through His entrance for us as our high priest, now and forever.

In this way, His incarnation has connected us fully with God. His obedience made us completely worthy. His blood has completely purified us. His death completely justified us. His resurrection has made us fully alive. His ascension completely paved our way to glory. His giving of the Holy Spirit has completely changed us. And His eternal high priesthood before the Father keeps us completely secure in God’s hand. Let’s never forget it!

This is the mystery of Christ, “which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men.” Namely, that we should be fellow heirs, members of His body and partakers of His promise, as well as children of His Father, companions of His house, citizens of His kingdom, temples of His Spirit, natives of His paradise, indeed, members of His body, through Him (Eph 3:4-6)…That is why we direct the eyes of our hearts to Him alone, and live for Him in all sincerity and confidence of faith. Because, where else should we go? He has the words of eternal life. He is eternal life. Abundance is in Him, not in this world. We live in His grace. We overcome in the love of His Father. And we walk in the communion of His Holy Spirit (2 Cor 13:14).

“Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise god our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen” (Jude 24-25).

Midnight Call - 01/2019

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