There’s a land that is fairer than day,
And by faith we can see it afar;
For the Father waits over the way
To prepare us a dwelling place there.
In the sweet by and by,
We shall meet on that beautiful shore;
In the sweet by and by,
We shall meet on that beautiful shore.
We shall sing on that beautiful shore
The melodious songs of the blessed;
And our spirits shall sorrow no more,
Not a sigh for the blessing of rest.
To our bountiful Father above,
We will offer our tribute of praise
For the glorious gift of His love
And the blessings that hallow our days.
“…To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours: Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.”
Can you see it afar? In the sweet by and by we shall meet on that beautiful shore. Oh, we shall sing melodious songs of the blessed and our spirits shall sorrow no more! The “already” we share in this great salvation is a living, seeing, hearing, active, faith. You, me, and every person trusting our God through the righteousness of Jesus have received saving uniting precious, precious, precious, faith. This subjective sense of the ability to trust God is supernatural and real—we have hope—a certain, blessed assurance that overflows. Moreover, Paul refers to a mystery that has been disclosed to the saints—God has chosen to make known the glorious riches of this mystery to us who believe; the mystery is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Through saving grace in Christ, you nurture and develop evident fruit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, as your life and mine is lived by the Spirit. And, there is a concurrent ever-increasing joyous expectation and anticipation of glory. The “not yet.” “When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”
Today, in the power of the Spirit we “…offer our tribute of praise for the glorious gift of His love and the blessings that hallow our days.” Rejoice in knowing, “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.” Christ in you is the ground for the certainty of complete salvation in glory where we will sing praises in awe of our triune God; in the presence of the heavenly hosts and the magnificence of God’s creation, we will enjoy the new heavens and earth, the fellowship of the redeemed, and live fully forevermore without pain, suffering, or hindrance.
In light of eternity, new life in Christ, and our divine call to work out this great salvation, we persevere in this life in his strength as we journey toward that final Day. Peter encourages us, “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these [glory and goodness] he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and [having] escape[d] the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” Blum (1981) comments, “These promises of the coming Christological Age enable Christians to participate in the divine nature.” He suggested that participation comes about in two ways. “First, the promises themselves have a purifying effect on the believer’s life.” Second, “conversion entails a definite break with the corruption caused by evil desires.”
We have embraced and believed the promises. John writes, “Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure.” Furthermore, “But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.
I strive to be the light of Christ in this world. In Christ, you do too. Our permanent home far outweighs the temporary pleasures and even many blessings we receive from God as we pilgrimage through this life. I value, very much, my family, brothers, and sisters in the Lord, sharing and helping those in need, practically loving people, praying and watching knowing God hears our prayers and empowers us to endure, mature, and experience him with great joy. This life process is glorifying to God and a reflection of Christ in us. Nonetheless, I am mindful and reminded through various hymns of our ultimate destination to be forever with Christ and to be greatly encouraged by and with the redeemed people of God. That be you!
I’m just a poor wayfaring stranger
Traveling through this world below
There is no sickness, no toil, nor danger
In that bright land to which I go
I know dark clouds will gather ’round me
I know my way is hard and steep
But beauteous fields arise before me
Where God’s redeemed, their vigils keep
I’m going there to see my Mother
She said she’d meet me when I come
O Lord, You know I have no friend like You,
If heaven’s not my home, then, Lord, what will I do?
The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door,
And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.
Sisters are praying together! First Baptist. 1912 Arnold Way, Alpine, 0900.
You are invited to join sisters in Jesus for a time of prayer. Go experience a sweet hour of prayer, indeed. A great opportunity to encourage, listen, share, and engage in intentional prayer before the throne of grace. Thank you, sisters!
Brothers are meeting too! First Baptist! Yes! We are meeting “in person” and on Zoom. 0730.
If your schedule allows, join brothers representing various churches in a sweet hour of prayer. God has been faithful and the prayers of the saints are a great help in the sovereign plan of God. Let’s join to help, love, encourage, and overflow as the Spirit leads our time together in fellowship, sharing, and intentional prayer.
We will welcome our brother and Pastor of First Baptist, Robert Davis.
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 2 Peter 1:1-2
 Colossians 1:26-27
 Ibid. 3:4
 Ephesians 1:13-14
 2 Peter 1:1-4
 Blum, Edwin A. (1981) Expositor’s Bible Commentary. Vol 12. Gaebelein, F.E. (ed.)
 1 John 3:2-3
 Ibid. 3:5-6