June 9

Proverbs 22-24, Psalm 5

We read in Proverbs 23:17-18, “Do not let your heart envy sinners, But be zealous for the fear of the Lord all the day; For surely there is a hereafter, And your hope will not be cut off.”  Without an afterlife there would be no justice, for in this world sometimes evil doers seem to triumph.  When sharing with others, many (especially many of my Jewish friends and patients) seem to take the position that we overemphasize the afterlife.  They have said though talked of frequently in the New Testament, it is not really discussed in the Old Testament.  But there are many mentions of an afterlife in the Hebrew Scriptures, another one is in Daniel 12:2, “And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, Some to everlasting life, Some to shame and everlasting contempt.”

Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:19, “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.”  This is why both Paul and also us should be able to live life to its fullest. For when we see our lives as either living daily to glorify Him and one day entering His glory after we die, all fear is gone. In Philippians 1:21, Paul states, “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”

Many question the fairness of eternity, pointing out those who have never heard the gospel message.  In Proverbs 24:11-12, he writes, “Deliver those who are drawn toward death, And hold back those stumbling to the slaughter.  If you say, “Surely we did not know this,” Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?”  For nations like ours the gospel message is readily available to any with an ear to hear.  In many other closed and persecuted nations, the people report seeing visions and dreams of Christ.  We know in Philippians 2:10, “that at the. Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on the earth, and of those under the earth”.  The only question is how we will bow that knee. If willingly in submission, then we will see salvation before the judgment seat of Christ in 2 Corinthians 5:9-11.  If we bow are knee reluctantly in defiance, then the outcome will be hell before the great white throne in Revelation 20:11-15.  Things are heating up in the world.  Events are resulting in a multitude of unexpected deaths.  Will we take on the commission issued by Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20 offering others the hope of the gospel message before it is too late.

Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley:

Aaron Salvato