MONDAY, AUGUST 4
Scripture: Hebrews 13:6-8. Colossians 2:8-10
Hebrews 13:6-8 is one of the strongest statements ever made in the New Testament because it is a ‘triple intensive.’ It takes a whole paragraph in the Amplified Bible just to try to capture the impact of one word in Greek – eng-kat-al-ee-po. Jesus said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” And in order to capture the force of that statement, there are three prefixs added to the Greek root, each one doubling the power of the statement. Verse 8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever…” Jesus has not changed! Just as Jesus was a Judge in the Old Testament, Jesus is a Judge in the New Testament. The same Jesus that was present in the judgments of Egypt is present with His church in the last days. If we must prepare for a great end-time conflict, we need to know the Jesus Who was present in Egypt and the anointing that was on Moses. We need to know Who Jesus the Judge is, how He thinks, how He operates and how He acts! Anything less could very well be suicidal in failing to prepare the church for what is ahead. Surely we need to go back and look at some of these principles and pull them out – just in case. What if ‘Rapture Theology’ is a great promise, but slightly off? We all hope we will be raptured. But what if this does not happen on a timeline to escape the terrible tribulation? Doesn’t it make sense to prepare just in case? Colossians 2:8-10 says, “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.” Play-rom-ah is the noun translated fullness in verse 9 while play-ro-oh is the verb translated complete in verse 10. It says the church is the verb of God’s authority! When it comes to verbing, the church is asleep! God wants His children verbing judgment!