Some Things No Man Knows …
America has been known for its many advances in knowledge and technology through the years. Certainly with access to the internet, we have access to more knowledge than previous generations. In spite of these facts, there are some things man does not know.
For example, man does not know when Christ will return. Jesus said, “But concerning that day or that hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father” (Mk. 13:32). Though man continues to make predictions about the Lord’s return, he has no idea when Christ will return! Folks have been predicting the return of the Lord almost since the time He ascended to His Father (Mk. 16:19)! No man knows when Christ will return. Our responsibility is to be ready for His return, whenever it may be (Mk. 16:16; I Cor. 15:58)!
In addition to this, man does not know how long he will live. Solomon tells us not to boast of tomorrow (Prov. 27:1). We have no lease on life. Our life is a “vapor” at its longest (Jas. 4:14). Therefore, instead of living like you will never die, live as if today is all we have. Become a Christian before it is too late (II Cor. 6:2; Acts 22:16; Heb. 3:7-8).
Yes, man has learned much while upon this earth. However, there are some “secret things” he will never know (Deut. 29:29). Because of this, let us be satisfied with what God has revealed to us (I Pet. 4:11). Let us be prepared for Christ's return while we have time and opportunity. Let us not squander the time we have upon this earth!
What If You Knew …?
What if you knew the day of your death? Suppose you could know. Would this change you? Would you be in denial that you would really leave this earth on a “set” day? I imagine some would be. Perhaps by knowing, some would spend the rest of their lives trying to extend their life just one more day. I imagine some would accept it and live their lives as if they didn’t know.
But, would we change anything about our lives? Would we “straighten up” and live as the Bible says? Would we howl and cry against God, blaming Him for our death-day? I am positive that there would also be those who would procrastinate doing anything about their lives until the literal last minute!
What if you knew ….. What would you do?
No, we do not know the day of our death. All we can do is prepare. We don’t know if we will live another 10 minutes, 10 years, or 100 years (Prov. 27:1). Therefore, it is written, “Today if you will hear his voice, harden not your hearts” (Heb. 3:7-8). Paul said, “Now is the accepted time ... now is the day of salvation” (II Cor. 6:2). How interesting it is to note the urgency with which the apostles preached and wrote. Perhaps part of their urgency stemmed from the fact that they did not know when they were going to die, either!
All we know is that there is a day coming when we will either leave this world, or the Lord will return to judge the world (I Cor. 15:51-57; I Thess. 4:13-18). We do not know when the Lord is returning, any more than we know when we will die (Matt. 24:36). Sounds to me like we better be prepared for eternity, and do so without delay.
What if you knew ….. What would you do?
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” This short verse defines what faith is. It is “substance” and “evidence.” In other words, faith is foundational and objective. Faith is not a guess or a wish. It is not a fairy tale. Faith is real and will overcome the world (I Jn. 5:4-5)! How strong is YOUR faith? Study Hebrews 11:1 this week. Act now and strengthen your faith.
- Jarrod Jacobs
An Eye-Opening Appeal …
The following is an excerpt from an address by the cardinals in the Roman Church to Pope Pius III. (Note: Pius III lived in 1503.)
“Of all the advice that we can offer, Your Holiness, we must open your eyes well and use all possible force in the matter, namely, to permit the reading of the gospel as little as possible in all the countries under your jurisdiction. Let the very little part of the gospel suffice which is usually read in mass, and let no one be permitted to read more. So long as people will be content with the small amount, your interest will prosper; but as soon as the people want to read more, your interest will fail. The Bible is the book, which more than any other, has raised against us the tumults and tempests by which we have almost perished. In fact, if one compares the teachings of the Bible with what takes places in our churches, he will soon find discord, and will realize that our teachings are often different from the Bible, and oftener still, contrary to it.”
Speaks volumes, doesn’t it?!?
(From: The National Library of Paris, folio No. 1068, Vol. 2, pp 650 and 651.
My Source: The Sower, Vol. 51, No. 5, September/October 2006)
Thought: “When the watchman on the wall can no longer recognize the enemy, the city is as good as lost!”
God has always wanted His people to be watchmen (Isa. 62:6-7). Spiritually, His people today are to be watchmen in the church (Acts 20:31). The watchman is responsible for watching out for the enemy (Satan, I Pet. 5:8) and warning God’s people against his advances (Col. 1:28). Therefore, just as a city is lost when the watchmen fails in his job, so also the church is lost when the watchman is either too ignorant, or too rebellious to recognize Satan, and warn Christians of his devices (II Cor. 2:11).
- Jarrod Jacobs