Bible Truth Restored

Bible Truth Restored

If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.           1 Peter 4:11

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“Now” is the only time we have. “Now” is the accepted time; “now is the day of salvation.” Salvation is not some sudden transformation to be effected when the Lord returns. It is something to be worked out daily by God and man. “Now is the day of salvation.” “Now” in the truest sense. Yesterday can be repented of and tomorrow is in God’s hand out of reach, but today is salvation’s opportunity and we should both discern and seize it.

We need to know the difference between time and judgement too. Mordecai knew it and persuaded Esther to look at it in the same way. Together they united time and judgement and brought about a great deliverance. Haman had time, but he knew neither the eternal purpose nor the Jews’ part in it. He found himself fighting against God, and his time ran out. When time and true judgement work together they are an unbreakable force; when they are in opposition they bring ruin.

Furthermore, when we are in time with God’s purpose we can commit our times to Him. “My times are in your hand,” declared the Psalmist (Ps 31 v 15), and it can be true for us also. If we have the pattern we can leave the amount of thread to God. To change the figure, if we sow the seed we can commit the harvest to Him:

“Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord till He come and rain righteousness upon you.” (Hos 10 v 12)

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