Friday, June 10, 2011

In Your Patience Possess Ye Your Souls

The day the disciples asked Jesus ‘What shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the age’ he spoke a short, but powerful, little sentence that forever loomed large in beautifully summarizing what WE (MANKIND) MUST DO to obtain eternal life; “In your patience possess ye your souls” (Luke 21:19).  The word ‘patience’ was translated from the Greek word ‘hypomonē’ meaning: persevere, endurance.  And the word ‘possess’ was translated from the Greek word ‘ktaomai’ meaning: to get, gain, or obtain.  In other words, for us to gain (or obtain) eternal life for our soul, we must first endure (or persevere) here on Earth.  But HOW do we do that?  What did Christ mean by this admonition?

Thankfully, Christ explained his words through John the Revelator, inspiring him to write: “HERE is the PATIENCE of the saints: HERE are they that KEEP the COMMANDMENTS of GOD, and the faith (love) of Jesus” (The Revelation 14:12).  Oh, my!  It’s the 10 Love Commandments, again!!!  Friend, a believer's ‘patience’ is demonstrated by them ‘continuing to think, speak, and do the deeds of love' which is to obey the 10 Love Commandments.  So Jesus was saying, "In your (keeping of the 10 Love Commandments) possess ye your souls" meaning if we prove we have repented of our sins by continuing to do good, we will one day reap eternal life for our soul.

Not surprisingly, Paul wrote this very same thing: “Who (Jesus) will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by PATIENT CONTINUANCE in WELL DOING seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil … but glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good … for not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the DOERS of the law shall be justified” (Romans 2:6-13).  Really, could it be any clearer?

Friend, if you still have willful sin in your heart (which is pride manifested by greed and sexual immorality) I’m begging you to clean it up!  For there’s heaven to gain or hell to pay in your future.  And it’s your choice!  This earthly house of cards (age of sin) is coming down, for God’s end game is already in full swing.  There’s glistening streams in babbling brooks where birds sing continual lullabies, or there’s rock walls in blackened pits where sinners scream in continual agony.  Where do you want to spend eternity?  It’s your choice!  In your patience possess ye your souls.

Lord, help us ALL to love continually,


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