Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Tick tock tick tock…

These days when someone makes this sound I visualise the crocodile in the Peter Pan movie. It swallowed a clock and its eyebrow would raise alternatively with each tick tock.

I just joined Leong Tien Fook’s course on the “Exposition on the Book of Hebrews: The Defence of the Christian Hope”. Both Henry and I are attending this course together which is a miracle itself. Praise the Lord! We have nine more weeks to go and I pray that my mother in law will be able to baby sit our children in peace.

Tien Fook gave an interesting statement that now that Jesus has paid the price for our sins, the world can come to an end anytime and if Christ had not come yet, the world will NOT end any time! But now that Chirst has paid the price for us, the world can end anytime. So much for scientists predicting how long the earth can last for! Christ' death for our redemption has trigerred the “bomb” and time is shortened. Tick tock tick tock. Wow! Why?

It’s because the saints in the old testament, before Christ came, offered sacrifices to God as atonement for their sins, so that their sins may be forgiven. Hebrews 10:3,4 says “But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins because it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins”. Therefore, the sacrifices they made were like made using their credit card. God forgave the old testament saints’ sins on credit knowing it will be paid for in the future.

If the world ended BEFORE Christ came, this credit would not be paid for and God will be an unrighteous God! In Romans 3:25,26 it is written “God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice because in his forbearance he has left the sins committed beforehand unpunished – He did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies (make us right with God) those who have faith in Jesus”.

Tien Fook helped us understand the urgency in God’s word that time has been shortened as is written in Hebrews 1:2 “but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son”. God has spoken to us in these last days. We are in these last days. God has spoken to us! How awesome is that!These last days is between the first coming of Christ to the second coming of Christ. We are in the days of fulfillment. The last days are about the coming of Christ. He himself is the promised one! Through the person of fulfillment comes the final revelation. There will be no more revelation after this. It’s already revealed in the book of Revelations of the new heavens and new earth. That is already eternity – FINAL.

Therefore, Tien Fook reminded us that for this reason, in 1 Corinthians 7:25-35 God wants our undistracted devotion to the Lord. Paul explains it does not matter if you are married or not, that is not the issue. Do not let problems in life distract you or promotions or possessions. Do not be engrossed in them (material things) for we are in the last days..tick tock tick tock…

PS: The course is at First Baptist Church Every Thursdays (except 18 March) 9 more weeks 7.45pm to 10.45pm (RM130) Not sure if registration is still open...

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