14th November 2012

We Know The End Of The Story

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
Luke 12:42 (NRSV)

I was having a conversation with a lady recently while adding milk to my coffee in Starbucks. She laughingly told me that her children always read the last page of their books first, to find out how it ends; then they read the story! I thought about that for a while and decided that—well yes—God does that! In fact, he let’s his people in on the secret and so we too are privy to his plans for our future, and indeed the future he has in store for all mankind. That just about boggles your mind, doesn’t it?

Isaiah 46:9-10 (MSG) says, “Remember your history, your long rich history. I am God, the only God you’ve had or ever will have—incomparable, irreplaceable—From the very beginning telling you what the ending will be, All along letting you in on what is going to happen, Assuring you, ‘I’m in this for the long haul, I’ll do exactly what I set out to do.’”

Paul echoes this very same message centuries later, telling the Church in Colosse; “I have become its servant (the Church) by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness—the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Colossians 1:25-27 NIV).

Listen to the words of Jesus now as he reveals to his disciples what will happen when he returns as King of Kings, “And He will cause the sheep to stand at His right hand, but the goats at His left. Then the King will say to those at his right hand, Come, you blessed of My Father [you favoured of God and appointed to eternal salvation], inherit (receive as your own) the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. (Matthew 25:33-34 AMP).

So, up ahead is our inheritance and we have been informed that it is a glorious kingdom, that will never fade away, or as Peter calls it in 1 Peter 1:4 (NRSV), “imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,” Why don’t you read this whole section from verses 1 to 12 and experience Peter’s excitement as he wrote these words and murmur as I do; “This is the story of God’s children and we’ve looked at the last page!”

Prayer
Our amazing Father, thank you that you know how to excite us as you reveal the incredible future that’s in store for all those who love you. We cry out for your kingdom to come!
Amen

Study by Cliff Neill 

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