In the concluding part of our series on "Biblical Scars", today we shall focus on two more types of the same...
Supernal and Sublime...
"'What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man
imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him'--these things
God has revealed to us through the Spirit." (1 Cor. 2:9-10 ESV).
One of the supernal and sublime glories which doubtless await those who
carried the "Scar of the Cross" (in their hearts) in their sincere walk
with the Lord would be another "Eternal scar of glory" in their
foreheads. Let the Scripture take over at this stage...
"...and His Name will be on their foreheads" (Rev. 22:4
When one considers that His Name is matchless (Phil
2:9), one would get a faint idea of the glories awaiting him/her at
the "other end of the Horizon". No wonder Paul says, when comparing our
present "sufferings" with the stored-up "glories": "For I consider
that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with
the glory that is to be revealed to us." (Rom. 8:18 ESV)
Scary and Shirk...
In the last days, the False Prophet, at the behest of the "King"
(Anti-Christ) will insist that everyone bear a "scar" on their hand or
forehead. In our day of microchips, this actually seems like a plausible
thing! In so doing, they are nose-thumbing, so to speak, the Scriptural
instruction and the compliance thereof (Ex
13:9 TLB) expected of God's people during the Biblical times.
Those who "wear that scary (spiritually-speaking that is) scar", without
shirking it, will come directly under the scanner of God's wrath (Rev.
16). Talk about "out of the frying pan, into the fire!"
For all those reading this piece, a gentle--albeit firm--warning...If
you have not accepted Christ yet as your Saviour, and if the results of
His saving grace (recorded in
Acts 9:31) seen in His people (who personify "the fear of the Lord
and the comfort of the Holy Spirit") do not apply to you, then
now is the time for you to take that "leap of faith" (2
Cor 6:2). Please do not delay. I would urge
you to pray this prayer of confession sincerely and immediately:
"Heavenly Father, I am a sinner by birth and choice. I believe Your
Son Jesus as the Scriptures foretold came into this World and died an
atoning death for my sins. I accept Him as my Lord and Saviour, this
very moment. Release that Heavenly comfort of the Holy Spirit into my
heart, as proof of your forgiveness of all my sins and the birth of a
new life in me. In Jesus' Name I Pray. Amen".
This Writer who prayed this prayer 33 years ago, and by His grace is
"walking in the fear and in the comfort of His Holy Spirit" thence, is
always available to clarify all of your Biblical queries, especially on
all the signs which are all around us pointing towards the inevitable
imminent second coming of Christ. Please reply to this email and ask for
my address. I will be happy to respond to you...Until the rapture, that
Prayer: Father, it is my earnest prayer that if there are any
readers of this piece to whom Acts 9:31 does not apply, please stir-up
their hearts to make the confessional prayer immediately to accept Your
Son as their Saviour. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
An unworthy servant
J and SM Ministries
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