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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2015 portends a significant year.

This is not only because of the exciting signs which abound on all sides - for the measure of our expectation of Christ is not altogether based on the current political events, but also on our sensitivity to the “sighs” of the times. It is the realisation of how wretched we feel in this present world, how desperately we long for Christ and his righteous constitution based on divine principles - in contrast to human lust and wrongdoing that are the rule of most people today. It is in the acknowledgement that only Christ can solve personal and international difficulties completely. Knowing this, we “sigh” for the redemption to come - that brings eternal joy and blessing.
Throughout the ages, faithful men and women have remained on the edge of this expectation. They have constantly reminded themselves that, in spite of a long continuing service for the Lord it was not years that separated them from future glory, but merely the “twinkling of an eye.” They anticipated the manifestation of the Son of God not just as a fulfilment of Bible prophecy, but as a fulfilment of their own intense desire and fervent longing.

Such faithful brothers and sisters have never been fooled by the facade of a peaceful and contented world. They have remained watchful to the ugliness and subtleties of sin, the horrific damage it inflicts, its devious appeal to our young people and they “sigh” because of these times. They do not allow darkness and contentment to overwhelm them, but encourage the light of the Truth to reveal the reality of sin in their own lives and to seek the only answer to this problem. They acknowledge that they possess bodies of humiliation and remain positively uncomfortable in a comfortable and secure world (1 Thess. 5:1-5).

Let us not take a sleepy, apathetic view of the times. Our individual and church expectations for 2015 indicate a continuing, difficult challenge from the world for ourselves and our families.
The opening of another year invites us to renewed effort - not merely to a repetition of the past year with its too-well-known faults and failings, but a challenge to achieve better things in the future than we have accomplished in the past. We may rejoice in that rhythm in nature which gives variety and colour to life, and prevents that monotony of existence which would lead to stagnation. If life were mere colourless repetition progress would be impossible, for initiative would be stifled. But the very sound of the “New Year” is instinct with promise: it suggests release from the domination of the past, freedom to try yet once again, and hope for better things. Let us then meet its challenge and press forward toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus!

It is customary at this time to greet one another with “A Happy New Year!” Rarely does it rise beyond a mere convention. To us who are journeying to the Kingdom, something more in keeping with our ideals and aspirations would be more appropriate. May we then join in the apostle’s greeting found at the conclusion of his epistle to the Hebrews: “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

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