Looking around the world in which I live God has made things quite clear to me the darkness that surrounds me. My suggestion for you is stop, not pause, but STOP to observe the darkness that surrounds your existence. The observation has already reduced itself to who I am as a person. What I know to be true is simple: Jesus is my Savior. Jesus is my Lord. I belong to Him. And He has made Himself abundantly clear to me: “But the one united with the Lord is one spirit with him. Flee sexual immorality! “Every sin a person commits is outside of the body”—but the immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:17-20 NET2.
The importance of knowing Who purchased me must not be overlooked nor underestimated. Paul wrote the letter of Colossians to a church that was obviously struggling to know their place in a pagan and dark world. Now, we could write a philosophy concerning Jesus Christ and I could wax eloquently in an attempt to do the same. But why not read about Him in the Book He inspired. Paul writes in Colossians 1:15-20:
- “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation, for all things in heaven and on earth were created in him—all things, whether visible or invisible, whether thrones or dominions, whether principalities or powers—all things were created through him and for him.” vv 15-16.
- “He himself is before all things, and all things are held together in him.” v 17.
- “He is the head of the body, the church, as well as the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he himself may become first in all things.” v 18.
- “ For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in the Son and through him to reconcile all things to himself by making peace through the blood of his cross—through him, whether things on earth or things in heaven.” v 19-20.
Paul’s statement clearly explains WHO this Christ is and he follows these statements with and encourages you and me in this way, “And you were at one time strangers and enemies in your minds as expressed through your evil deeds, but now he has reconciled you by his physical body through death to present you holy, without blemish, and blameless before him— if indeed you remain in the faith, established and firm, without shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard. This gospel has also been preached in all creation under heaven, and I, Paul, have become its servant.” vv 21-23a. Because we know Him as Savior and Lord we have the responsibility to “remain in faith, established and firm, without shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard.” For this reason alone you and I can know full-well that not everyone who calls Jesus “Lord” will enter into His Heaven.
Not long ago we sang this song, “I Know My Redeemer Lives” written by Samuel Medley in 1738;
1. I know that my Redeemer lives;
what comfort this sweet sentence gives!
He lives, He lives, who once was dead;
He lives, my everliving Head.
2. He lives triumphant from the grave,
He lives eternally to save,
He lives all-glorious in the sky,
He lives exalted there on high.
3. He lives to bless me with His love,
He lives to plead for me above,
He lives my hungry soul to feed,
He lives to help in time of need.
4. He lives to grant me rich supply,
He lives to guide me with His eye,
He lives to comfort me when faint,
He lives to hear my soul’s complaint.
5. He lives to silence all my fears,
He lives to wipe away my tears,
He lives to calm my troubled heart,
He lives all blessings to impart.
6. He lives, my kind, wise, heav’nly friend,
He lives and loves me to the end;
He lives, and while He lives, I’ll sing;
He lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King.
7. He lives and grants me daily breath;
He lives and I shall conquer death;
He lives my mansion to prepare;
He lives to bring me safely there.
8. He lives, all glory to His name!
He lives, my Jesus, still the same.
Oh, the sweet joy this sentence gives,
“I know that my Redeemer lives!”
What we do know is simple: Jesus is Lord!!