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About-Him.Com Devotional 12-14-2013

Thoughts on the Life That Awaits Us

My elder brother, Bis. David A Spooner,  passed away this week after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was just a few weeks shy of his 87th birthday. He started ministry shortly after WW2 and was a faithful servant of the Lord until the very end. Oh that we all can say that, when it comes our time to stand before the Lord (Ps. 42:10).  

I think of the apostle Paul, who at the end of his journey could confidently say that he had fought a good fight and had kept the faith. He was confident that as soon as he left the shell of his mortal body, he would be ushered into the presence of the Lord. He also knew that a crown of righteousness was waiting for him and not for him only, but for all those who loved and looked expectantly for our Lord's appearing.  

2 Timothy 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.  

2 Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, [I say], and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

I remember some of the foolish things we did in our youth, such as riding a motorcycle at 100 miles an hour over loose gravel on an asphalt road. Aren't we glad that our guardian angels have no speed limits? How many times has God kept us and delivered us from our foolishness? Heaven only knows. Of course I remember the many church services when the altar was an integral part of the service and also the after services where we would play and sing endlessly.  Every now and then we would do some tag team preaching. Those were the good old days. However we can't stay in the past.  Sadly the day came that we had to part ways as we both labored for the kingdom of God. Those days were nice but we look forward to the eternal day when we will be once again joined together  in the presence of our Savior at the throne of God.  

I believe that the same angels who rejoiced in heaven when my brother repented and accepted the Lord as his Savior (Lu. 15:10), were likewise rejoicing as he finished the course that had been set before him.  

Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 15:49-57 that this old body with all of its fragilities, faults and failures is not the body with which we will  enter into the kingdom of God. Our spiritual man became a new creation when we came to Christ (2:Co. 5:17; Ga. 6:15) and we look forward to the time that our total being is changed into the likeness of our Lord. When we see Jesus, our mortality will put on immortality, our corruption will be changed into incorruption and we will be eternally changed. All because of Jesus who tasted and abolished death for every person by His death, burial and resurrection  (2 Ti. 1:10; He. 2:9). Thank God for his promise that He would pass over us when He sees the blood (Ex. 12:13) . Thank God that Jesus presented His blood in heaven as a covering for our every sin, fault or failure (He. 12:24; 1 Pe. 1:20).  Without that, none of us will be able to stand in His presence.  

1 Corinthians 15:49  And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
50  Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54  So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
55  O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
56  The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
57  But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

The apostle John tells us that we don't know all that awaits us or what type of body we will have but we can be assured that when we see Jesus we will be like Him for we will see Him where He is.  

1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.  

Paul tells us in Philippians that our vile body will be fashions like the glorious body of Jesus.  

Philippians 3:21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

 Can we say with the psalmist of old that we will be satisfied when we see Jesus and awake bearing His likeness.  

Psalms 17:15 As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.   
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