Chosen To Salvation

With the evil days come feelings of uncertainties in every aspect of life, as the entire world will be spiritually and financially unsettled. The warning words of YAHSHUA should be given attention to and applied in today’s world in order for us to endure and be victorious. Keep awake, YAHSHUA said, watch at all times, praying that you may have the full strength and ability and be accounted worthy to escape all these things that will take place and to stand in the presence of the Son of Man (Luke 21:34-36). “To stand in the presence of the Son of Man” is a term used referring to redemption from the tribulation. Paul echoes, in some ways, the warning of YAHSHUA, when he said, For you are all sons of light and sons of the day; we do not belong either to the night or to darkness. Accordingly then, let us not sleep, as the rest do, but let us keep wide awake and let us be sober…therefore, let us be sober and put on the breastplate of faith and love and for a helmet the hope of salvation (I Thess. 5: 4-9).  

We know that the breastplate covers and protects the vital organs of the body, including the heart, where faith and love reside. It is from this organ and the mind that the soul expresses thoughts and emotions. To be dressed with the breastplate is to be dressed with integrity. Integrity is being wholesome; is being of sound moral principle; unbroken and perfect condition; righteous, honest and sincere (Webster’s dictionary).  To be dressed with the breastplate of love and faith is necessary for our behavior to be interpreted as sons of light, leading others to Christ. The helmet, the hope of salvation, is that piece of the armor that protects the mind. We believe with the heart, yes, but it is from the mind that the heart is fed whatever comes its way. The helmet- the hope of salvation, needs to be applied for us not to lose hope; it is necessary to secure faith and hope in God’s promises. He is the Author, the Consummator, of all things created and the Planner and Finisher of the world’s future.

The world looks for peace; but peace apart from YAHSHUA is false peace. The world will experience true peace only through YAHSHUA. The agreement of Israel’s false peace with the Beast is prophesied in Isaiah 28:14-15: Therefore hear the word of the Lord, you scoffers who rule this people in Jerusalem, Because you have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with Sheol, we have an agreement – when the overflowing scourge passes through, it will not come to us, for we have made lies our refuge, and in falsehood we have taken shelter. This peace will last just for a short time, as it is said in I Thessalonians 5:3: When people are saying, All is well and secure, and, There is peace and safety, then in a moment unforeseen destruction will come upon them as suddenly as labor pains come upon a woman with child; and they shall by no means escape, for there will be no escape. The great Tribulation is an event in the frame of God’s timing to bring judgment upon the earth and upon the wicked people. This has been prophesized from the beginning of times, even by the Patriarch Enoch.

The children of light are not appointed to suffer such judgment, or God’s wrath; they were appointed to salvation through YAHSHUA, Who died for us so that whether we are still alive or are dead, we might live together with him and share His life (vs.- 11-12).  And this is the reason why we must not worry, or lose heart at bad news.  Instead, we must be dressed with the armor of God to encourage the weak, the timid and fainthearted, to exercise patience, to  be tempered,  to be kind and forgiving; rejoicing always in the faith, praying unceasingly, thanking God in everything and circumstances, not quenching the Holy Spirit, not despising instruction or exhortation, or warnings, testing all things, abstaining from evil in whatever form or whatever kind it may be (I Thessalonians 5:12-22). Paul gives these instructions to equip us for readiness while we wait for our redemption.  The works of darkness are for those who are sons of darkness. They will be the ones taken by surprise with no escape in sight; they will be the ones found drunk and sleeping, aloof and indifferent to the warnings, just like in the days of Noah when people were living the way they wanted, ignoring the warnings until God closed the ark’s door and the rain took them by surprise; then that was too late for them, too.

Many people continue perishing in the darkness of their ignorance and being led to their own destruction. For sure there is no dawn for these people, unless we reach out and touch them with the light of truth and free them from the fire of hell and from the Great Tribulation. Solomon commands us to deliver those who are drawn away to death and those who totter to the slaughter; it is a must for us to hold them back [from their doom] (Proverbs 24:11); Save others, Jude warns us, snatching [them out of [the] fire… (Jude 23) and save one person at a time. Someone did for you; now you can do for them, too.

Think About It!

Author: Jacinta da Cruz Rodgers

I have been committed to teaching the truth of the Word of God beginning with Trans World Radio on Bonaire, N.A and Swaziland, Africa (1969-1980), then through churches in the United States in both English and Portuguese and then through ministry in Israel (2005-2006). This ministry continues through local Bible studies and outreach to the world via the internet. I have written a book about my life from that of an orphan in Brazil to missionary in 5 countries. You can find out more on the "Book" page of our blog site.

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