Black Spirituality Religion : An Unshakeable Destiny

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  1. TheWitness

    TheWitness Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    What do you see when you look ahead_past your years on this earth_to eternity? The writer of Hebrews clearly saw the shape of eternity in a vision of all history rushing to a conclusion in the "kingdom which cannot be shaken" (Heb.12:28), the glorious kingdom of God.
    In many ways,the Book of Hebrews pays tribute to the awesome display of God's power through out history. The book begins by acknowledging the various forms by which God has communicated His truth in the past (Heb1:1) and goes on to praise Jesus for working to provide us salvation both in His life and in His death.
    Throughout Hebrews, the author compares Jesus' work to the events recorded in the Old Testament and compares the awesome experience of God's presence on Mount Sinai with what Christians can look forward to in God's eternal kingdom. The Israelites at Mount Sinai were frightened, they begged God to conceal Himself in some way.Even Moses confessed terror. But the author of Hebrews describes Christians as heading toward "Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem"(Heb.12:22).There, we will be in a great company of angels and believers, praising God. This life on earth will fade in the background as all believers join in praising God for His gracious provision of salvation. Everything will pale in comparison to this glorious future with our Savior.
    Yet this kingdom of God will arrive in an unexpected fashion. According to the description in Hebrews 12:25-27, the present world is made up of "shakeable" things_such as earthly power, wealth, and fame. Thus at the end times, God will shake the entire world. After this great "shaking" only those who belong to God's kingdom will remain.
    We live in a world that is dominated by earthly power. World leaders and political systems threaten one another and vie for domination. But all these structures are transitory; they are shakeable. Throughout history, kingdoms and countries have risen to power, only to crumble under the weight of their own blunders..Sometimes even Christians have been tempted to try establishing God's kingdom with earthly power, only to see their efforts fall apart in their own hands.
    Yet God's Word and His kingdom will stand forever. Belief in Jesus Christ's saving work on the Cross makes us citizens of God's kingdom(Col.1:13,14).We have no need to fear any shaking that may come to this world, for we are on our way to the one unshakeable kingdom. In light of this, how should we live? The author of Hebrews clearly and concisely answers this question:"Let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire"(Heb.12:28,29). For we have come to the ultimate goal of all of history:"You have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels,.....to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the Mediator"(Heb.12:22-24).
     
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    Beautifully put, and wonderfully stated. Indeed, the Mediator has spoken of these things that we may have a glimpse by His Words of what's to come and to stand forever.

    The Father's Kingdom is certainly unshakable, as He is, and like He is, will be forever coming. To be apart, we must do as the Son taught us, and commanded us, keep the commandments of the, and have faith in the One who's blood was spilled for our sake, and Who was resurrected from the dead to come into His Glory and to bring us to ours.

    His salvation here on earth certainly lifts the Spirit, and is such a blessing upon us, so in Heaven, where the Holy One sits and the Anointed Son at His right hand sits, how much more will this be recognized?:) Joy and blessings!

    Praise to the Father, honor to the Holy Son as with the Most High, the Great GLORY!
     
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