February Readings #15


Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from Scripture
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Peter’s great declaration in Matt. 16, is the very foundation of all true
Christianity: Jesus is the Christ, God’s exclusive Messiah, God’s only Son. He
alone can ransom the lost, atone for sin, die in the place of guilty sinners, bear
the wrath of God due us, and rise again that we might be declared righteous.
These things belong to Jesus and Him alone. What a glorious Savior! Then note
Jesus’ words to Peter at the end of verse 18. Yes, this confession is indeed that
Rock upon which we are built – But He is not content to leave us imagining that
this is but a temporary or a merely temporal – thing. Here, knowing (as the next
few verses reveal) that He will soon be going to Jerusalem to ascend His rough
hewn Throne at Calvary – He wants to make sure His disciples then and we today
know something of supreme importance. Of transcendent importance in the very
deepest sense of that word. This Church, this assembly, built upon this confession
of Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, is of such a nature that even the gates of
Hell cannot prevail against it. In other words, He wants us to know that His
salvation, His Kingdom, His Lordship, extends beyond the grave. Not even death
can impact it. Those who are His in this life, are His in the next. What He has
wrought for us here, does not end here, but goes on through all eternity. Every
human institution, every human accomplishment, every human endeavor ends at
the grave. Every last one. But not the Kingdom of our Christ. His is a Kingdom
without end. Death not only cannot thwart it, it can only become a gateway for us
to enter into it more fully. “If in this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of
all people most to be pitied.” (1 Cor. 15:9) But it is not so. Our hope extends
beyond the grave and to all eternity. Indeed, our weeping may endure for a night
– but JOY, eternal joy, everlasting joy, unassailable joy – comes in the morning!

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