Our works – what are they? What do we see as works acceptable to God? What works are in vain? What works were “prepared beforehand for us to do?” (Eph. 2:10) We can heartily “serve the Lord” full of zeal, yet it is all works of flesh that count for nothing and perhaps are even harmful to truly reaching people for Christ.
The world is filled with uncommitted people in these days, and many uncommitted people will come and go in the Church. We must not let this discourage us, but we must remain zealous, diligent, and faithful to Jesus and towards one another in the love of God.
Do we approach each day looking for what God has shown us He is doing, that we should imitate Him? Or do we let distractions and the cares of this world convince us we are created to get what we need—that we are to work for the “good” of ourselves?
The Rapture has been a much-debated concept throughout Church history. What is it exactly? When does it happen? Who does it happen to? Why does it happen? Let’s look at the Scriptural evidence for the Rapture in its context and also see why there is a great deal of evidence to support the pre-Tribulation view.
We are to die to our old nature, to “the flesh,” and we are to live in Christ.
The Rapture is the “blessed hope” which Paul mentioned in Titus 2:13. The reason I find it important to defend the pre-Tribulation Rapture doctrine is because of the fact that it has a purifying and motivating effect on our lives.
In a day when evil abounds and the hearts of men are failing them for fear, the Christian is drawn all the more to see a hope beyond anything this world or this temporal life can offer.
Looking at the New Testament Jewish wedding ceremony (like the wedding that Jesus participated in at Cana) can help us understand this Scriptural context for the Rapture.