Romans 8:22-23 describe our natural existence in these last days. The creation is groaning from the weight of accumulated sin from the fallen world. We face little frustrations and huge human tragedies. As believers we want to walk in the fullness of our redemption. My devotional this morning pointed out that “if we really understand the depth of the Fall and the grip that sin has on this world, we would be surprised that anything good happens at all.”
While that may not be very comforting, the author also pointed out that such moments can lead to greater intimacy with our Lord when we experience the power of the fellowship of His sufferings (Philippians 3:10). I get it—this does give us a powerful perspective of our earthly trials. But then the Spirit reminded me of the power of perspective that comes from understanding the chronos message: comfort, hope, and victory. Here’s what 1 Corinthians 1:4-9 says about our Fellowship of the King.
“ I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus, that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge, even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you, so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”
This is another one of those Day passages that comes alive when we understand the great Days of God’s redemptive Week. Grace is available to us in the form of any gift or empowerment we need to deal with what comes our way. Those gifts are not just meant to “survive” these days but to “thrive” in these days for the sake of others.
So here’s the point I want to add: When we understand the depth of the Cross and the grip His love has on us in this world, we will boldly move by the Spirit.
When the frustrations of being in the world but not of the world start to build up for believers, we need to remember God’s sure Word. Revelation 19:10 declares that the “testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” This sure word of prophecy is confirmed in 2 Peter 1:19.
“And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”
The day that dawns is the Day of the Lord. The morning star is Jesus Christ. The light that shines in a dark place? Well, that is us.
Notice that a specific trait of this light is that we recognize no prophecy in Scripture can be interpreted based on our own ideas or views. It must be interpreted based on what God has already recorded in His Word. That is, the Bible interpreting the Bible and the biblical truths or doctrines being established by two or more passages.
A key Scripture for Levelers is 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11. Take a moment now to read this pivotal passage. We’ll consult it often in our explorations. It just so happens to have the same “color” as the passage above—both picture the Day of the Lord and both highlight the Light of the World.