Peace and the Future
You cannot have a peaceful heart if your expectations about life are inaccurate. When we seek to achieve a calm and contented spirit by asking God to fix all our problems we can be certain our lives will be filled with angst and anxiety. While it may be intuitive to want a peaceful heart by means of a peaceful life, Jesus said that for now inner peace is achieved through knowing that there will be plenty of trouble and trials in this fallen world. Realistic expectations about this period before the establishment of Christ’s kingdom, and confidence that it is indeed on its way, are the keys to biblical fortitude and serenity. After Jesus detailed some of the promises and the problems of the Christian life he concluded by saying: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (Jn.16:33). So while we joyfully anticipate the future reign of Jesus Christ, let us take heart knowing that the current storms of life will one day be quelled and what is right will be finally and forever vindicated. Take heart!
What comes to mind when you consider the word theology? For many people, this word conjures up images of old men with long white beards pontificating on the minor details of God’s attributes. You might think of an “ivory tower” reserved for the select few who have the time and intellect to answers life’s most complex questions.
At its most basic meaning, however, theology simply refers to knowledge of God. As we form beliefs around basic truths revealed in Scripture, they guide our decisions and disposition every moment of the day. Perhaps one of the most practical and comforting biblical doctrines is that of assurance. Is it possible to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are saved?
And to help you draw clear conclusions, I recommend an excellent book called Absolutely Sure. With clarity, author Stephen J. Lawson describes the telltale signs of an authentic follower of Jesus according to Scripture.
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