The Neglected Possession

Norbert Lieth

The apostle Peter once wrote to Christians, “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts” (2 Pet 1:19).

In Canada, there is a law that stipulates that if you don’t lay claim to a property for more than three years, it will fall to the state. It’s truly a pity if someone does not assert a claim to a possession; lets land go to waste; leaves some other valuable thing untouched; or fails to use an object or move into a beautiful house to occupy it, if he’s actually able to.

Christianity possesses the prophetic Word of the Bible, but neglects to be concerned with it; or, though it is called for time and time again in the Scriptures, be occupied with it. We mustn’t lose sight of the goal of the great day of our Lord. It should illuminate our hearts. We should study in order to understand it better and better. We should diligently look into it until it becomes light in our hearts.

The glorification of His church is also connected with the return of Christ. This theme extends throughout the whole New Testament. It repeatedly points to what we actually possess in Christ. Virtually every New Testament book refers to prophecies of the Second Coming of Jesus. Someone once said there are over 300 such statements. They are less dogmatic treatises, but rather have much more to do with our practical life of faith.

God’s Word points us to prophecy in order to comfort, admonish, examine our positions on our faith, and spur us on to a holy life. In addition, the church should have knowledge of what to expect and what lies ahead in God’s plan for the history of salvation. He wants us to know the great end goal and be properly oriented, in order to pass on that orientation.

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Himself led extensive discourses with His disciples on the great theme of biblical prophecy. Through it, Paul, the apostle to the nations, received deep insights from God and went on to explain the true meaning of our glorious hope. The other apostles also proclaimed the prophetic Word as the epitome of our expectation and inspiration for our spiritual life.

And finally, the last book of the Bible, Revelation, is purely prophecy of the future. It describes as a whole the Second Coming of the Lord; the connected surrounding circumstances; the consequences for Israel and the world of nations; and finally, the appearance of the glorious Kingdom of the Messiah and the creation of a new heaven and new earth.

God has given us much; let’s not neglect it.

Midnight Call - 09/2018

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