11th December 2017

Living Between The Times

“…those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away.’’
1 Corinthians 7:31 (NIVUK)

The Bible describes our present world as being evil: “…who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father…” (Galatians 1:4). We should not deceive ourselves that we are living in a good world, although there are many individuals and organisations that are doing good deeds to help alleviate the loss, pain and suffering in this present evil age.

Today we are witnessing several examples of this pain and suffering: The desperate plight of more than 500,000 Rohingya refugees being forced out of Myanmar to Bangladesh, a poor country. The ongoing conflicts in the Middle-East resulting in displaced and traumatised children. A truck filled with explosives destined for a Turkish military base in Somalia, accidentally exploding in the capital city of Mogadishu, killing and maiming hundreds of people. The destruction of Yemen by a rich and well-armed Saudi Arabia. The murder of about 58 people by one man and life-changing injuries to many more attending a music festival in the United States. The evil activities of terrorist organisations such as Isis, Boko Haram, Al-Shabab and Al-Qaeda, etc. The list goes on! Alongside these man-made tragedies, there are natural disasters that cause pain, suffering, destruction and death—hurricanes, earthquakes, floods and forest fires. And, of course, we all experience the pain and suffering of friends and family members going through severe illness.

Jesus Christ came 2000 years ago to live and die for mankind. He is the only hope for our suffering world. He will return to put things right. To end the pain, suffering and unhappiness of humanity. Today, we are living in the “in-between times” of this present evil age “passing away” and when it has “passed away.” Revelation 21:3-4 says, “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Look! God’s dwelling-place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death” or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’”

Prayer
Father in heaven, please speed up the passing away of this present evil age in which we live, hasten the return of Jesus to establish his kingdom and reign here on earth. Enable all of us to be ready as his bride. In his name we pray.
Amen

Study by Sherwin Scott

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About the Author:
Sherwin Scott is a Deacon in the congregation of Grace Communion Church in Lewes.
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Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Lewes
The Priory School
Mountfield Road
LEWES
BN7 2XN

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11:00am

Local Congregational Contact:
Hilary Buck
Email: hilaryjbuck@gmail.com

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