The names of Jesus in the book of Revelation – Part 25
If God can oversee the forces of nature, surely He can see us through the trials we face.
• A life without Jesus, our Creator can produce a bitter, lonely, and hopeless old age. “Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, before the difficult days come, and the years draw near when you say, “I have no pleasure in them” (Eccl 12:1)
A life without God (Jesus—the Creator) can produce a bitter, lonely, and hopeless old age.
A life centred on God is fulfilling; it will make the “difficult days—when disabilities, sickness, and handicaps cause barriers to enjoying life—satisfying because of the hope of eternal life.
Being young is exciting. But the excitement of youth can become a barrier to closeness with God, if it makes young people focus on passing pleasures instead of eternal values.
Make your strength available to God, when it is still yours—during your youthful years. Don’t waste it on evil or meaningless activities that become bad habits and make you callous. Seek God now.
Read Eccl 12:1-7. “Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth.” (vi) “Remember” in the Bible always implies action; e.g., when God “remembered” Abraham (Gen 19:29), He became involved in his life for his good. Therefore, remembering our Creator means acting in the way He intended us to act when He created us.
He has given us life and the opportunities that come with youth. We can ‘remember’ God only by the help of the Holy Spirit, as we “put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness” (Eph 4:24); and we must do so before death comes. Vv. 3-7 give a dramatic picture of the ageing process of the physical body, leading to death.
We can be comforted, however, by the fact that the inner person can still be “renewed day by day” (2 Cor 4:16)
• Jesus is God our Creator. His understanding is beyond comprehension
“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary.
His understanding is unsearchable.” (Is 40:28). See Romans 11:33-36.
The doxology that ends this section of Roman is the natural outpouring of Paul’s praise to God, whose wisdom and knowledge brought about his great plan for the salvation of both Jews and Gentiles.
The Spirit of God that was “hovering over the face of the waters” (Gen 1:2) is the Spirit of Jesus. “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being” (Gen 2:7)
“God is Spirit” (Jn 4:24)
“It is the Spirit that gives life” (Jn 6:63; cf Gen 2:7)
“Now the Lord [Jesus] is the Spirit” (2 Cor 3:17)
• Jesus Christ is God
• The God of creation in Gen 1:1 is Jesus
• All the Words verbal pronouncements released by God during the creation narrative in Gen 1-2:7 were released by Jesus
• The breath of God that brought life into man in Gen 2:7 was the breath of Jesus (Jn 20:22)
• The writing of the whole Bible—the Scripture, was inspired by the Holy Spirit, which is the Spirit of Jesus.
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