“The End of  All Things”

 
Pastor David C. Franklin
 
August 8, 2020
 
Peter spoke these words and many more for believers who were under constant persecution. Yet He did not have a fatalistic view and a perspective of living life with no hope. He knew of the churches present and future circumstances and promises in Christ and so should we. Though we can see, smell, taste, sense and are a witness to those who are lost and are advancing in serious iniquity this should not be a new thing to the believer nor should it deter us or put us in a depressive state. We know that Jesus said persecutions would come because of those who believe in Him and fervently serve Him but be of good cheer He has overcome this present darkness and we are in Christ.
 
1 Peter 4:7-9 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
7 But the end and culmination of all things has now come near; keep sound minded and self-restrained and alert therefore for [the practice of] prayer.
8 Above all things have intense and unfailing love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins [forgives and [a]disregards the offenses of others].
9 Practice hospitality to one another (those of the household of faith). [Be hospitable, be a lover of strangers, with brotherly affection for the unknown guests, the foreigners, the poor, and all others who come your way who are of Christ’s body.] And [in each instance] do it ungrudgingly (cordially and graciously, without complaining but as representing Him).
 
James 5:7-9 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC
7 So be patient, brethren, [as you wait] till the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits expectantly for the precious harvest from the land. [See how] he keeps up his patient [vigil] over it until it receives the early and late rains.
8 So you also must be patient. Establish your hearts [strengthen and confirm them in the final certainty], for the coming of the Lord is very near.
9 Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you [yourselves] may not be judged. Look! The Judge is [already] standing at the very door.
 
Since we know this present ever approaching time of Christ is upon us we must endeavor to be sober-minded, letting the light of Christ shine in and through us, always hopeful in Christ, standing rock hard in His faith, vigilant, filled with His hope, set-apart giving our lives fully to God, not succumbing to a fleshly nature, not leaning to our own understanding, being honest and sincere in our relationships loving like Christ did endeavoring and persevering in doing the will of the Father always guided by the Holy Spirit who we are sealed with. Then you will find your hearts and minds clear and stable living in the foundations of Christ.
 
Above all we should be dedicating ourselves in fervent prayer, with thanksgiving, being still to hear the voice of our Lord knowing that the time is short and every promise of God is yes and amen in Him and to those who love and are obedient to the truth of His Word.