Take comfort, Zion

Take comfort, Zion. From Psalm 121:4:

Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.

Does this mean the literal, modern state of Israel? Yes. Does this mean Jews worldwide? Yes. Does this mean Christians, as the New Israel? Absolutely.

So, John Luke, are you saying that all others are not sheltered under the Lord’s wings? Not at all. One need not be a faithful Jew or Christian to do the Lord’s work. At least not in this world.

In the world to come, things will come to a head: each of us will be raised on that last day, and those who had not received Jesus Christ because they had not received the Gospel, yet who had done the Lord’s work, will be given a choice to choose eternal salvation.

Those who have persecuted Zion? I would not wish to be in their shoes at the judgment. It won’t be pretty.

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2 comments

  1. JBDay · · Reply

    In the world to come, things will come to a head: each of us will be raised on that last day, and those who had not received Jesus Christ yet who had done the Lord’s work will be given a choice to choose eternal salvation.

    Oh, really? What about Hebrews 9:27?

    And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment

    That does not leave much wiggle room for second chances. God justifies by grace not works. Works determine degree of reward or punishment at judgement not salvation. It is a gift and not earned by works in this world or after death. There is no warrant in Scripture to believe one has a second chance. As for just doing any good works, Scripture is explicit that works, however good, if not done in faith in Christ are just a waste of time. IF works get you a second chance, how much good works get you that second chance? How can someone determine what is the Lord’s work so he could get the second chance given what God says about human nature left to its own devices? Sounds like a cosmic game of dice to me. God communicated to us in Scripture so we could know, not guess or just stumble on the gift of God by accident.

    Also Hebrews 11:6

    And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

    So people who just do good works but ignore Christ, His blood and grace in this world, ignore the penalty for sin, or who see no need to seek him in this life, or deny Him outright will get a second chance? Is that what you are saying? If that is true then why does Christ command us to share the Gospel? If one in this life hears the Gospel and turns it down, he is condemned. It would be better not to preach the Gospel to anyone for fear of eliciting a decision to reject Christ. What a pointless and potentially damning exercise preaching the Gospel is if a second chance kicks in at judgement.

  2. JBDay, I wrote that post in a hurry.

    I should have clarified that it “those who had not received Jesus Christ because they had not received the Gospel” would be given a chance.

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