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We Were Like Them that Dream

March 1, 2007

Acts 2:44-47  “And all that believed were together, and had all things common;  And sold their popsessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.  And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,  Praising God, and having favour with all the people.  And the Lord added unto the church daily such as should be saved.”

This has to be one of the most incredible times in all of history.  The Holy Ghost had been given and the church was endued with power from on high.  These saints; three thousand of which were added unto the church on the day of Pentecost, were focused on the Lord Jesus Christ and completely sold out to him.  For them, it was a small thing to sell their posessions and have all things common as the things of this world simply couldn’t compete with the joy and peace that God gives.  They had their heart in heavenly places and counted the treasures of this life as dung as they looked to an eternity with Jesus.  There are two misconceptions associated with this passage of scripture which are as follows:

( 1 )  Some consider the commonality of physical goods to a form of communism.  Such is not the case at all.  The people “had” all things common and distributed to all who lacked.  In communism, the government owns everything and labels it “the peoples.” 

( 2 ) Some will observe how various cults will drain their victims of finances and durable goods as they pull them deeper into a network of deception.  This doesn’t fit either as these early saints simply loved the Lord Jesus, and loved the folks around them.  We tend to place too much emphasis on the “heaping to ourselves” of physical elements which pass away. 

As you draw ever closer to the Lord Jesus Christ, the things of this world naturally lose their standing.  (an observation of the obvious)  For example, one may pursue a particular career path, but that career simply doesn’t mean the same to them as it does to one for whom “it’s who they are.”  We have such a great salvation, that words fail to adequately describe it.  We have a personal relationship with Jesus who is with us every moment of every day and will never leave us hanging in the face of adversity.  Because of this great salvation through Jesus Christ, we have an inheritance incorruptible; a world without end which is so incredible that it resides beyond the boundaries of the most vivid imagination.  Thus we are truly “in the world but not of the world.”  It’s where we are, but it’s not who we are. 

II Corinthians 5:1  “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”

A dwelling that will never pass away in a city where God will be the light thereof.  I don’t believe that any of us can fully grasp the significance of this as we really have nothing to compare it to.  This life on earth is but a fraction of time compared to eternity; in fact it’s even less.  One cannot even place it into a fractional statement.  In other words, if we see the number 1/4, we know that it’s referring to something that is a quarter of a whole.  If we see the number 1/100, we know that it’s but a hundredth of a whole.  But to fathom the phrase of “1/infinity” is to go beyond the farthest reaches of all that is.  There’s simply no comparison between a life on earth of seventy to a hundred years under the best of circumstances and “forever.”   This is why it’s amazing that we allow ourselves to get so wrapped up in this present reality.  (all of us do it to one degree or another) 

II Corinthians 5:2  “For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:”

Many of us write about the world to come because that’s where our heart is.  We have been saved from an eternity of torment because Jesus Christ paid for our sins with his own innocent blood.  We long for the moment when we shall forever be with him; never to pass this way again.  Like the apostle Paul, we are “betwixt” desiring to be with Christ which is far better than anything in this life, and yet desiring that those around us would come to Jesus.  Always striving to be ready to give answer to any who ask of the hope that is in us.   

I was thinking about this last night as I pulled into the driveway.  I was looking out across the field thinking of the days events; how nothing notable seemed to have taken place when Psalm 118:24 came to mind.  Each day that comes and goes is one more day in which more souls will have come to Jesus.  This is “very notable” as names were added to the book of life and the angels rejoice in this more than anything that we may have done.  As much as I long to be in the realm of “time no longer” I’m also grateful for each day because of the souls which are not ready for time to expire.   Souls for whom eternal life is “theirs for the asking” if they will only come to Jesus in all sincerety and accept him as Savior and Lord.  True repentance

There will be a moment in time which will not have a moment in time following it.  This is a simple truth; that time is drawing ever closer to its demise.  A great and terrible day; great for those who are in Christ as this is our blessed hope.  A terrible day for those who rejected the gift of salvation that Jesus came into the world to purchase with his own blood.  I pray that we would all be diligent in tending to the task at hand.  As I write this, I know of many areas in my own life where increased diligence is needed and so in a way, this is a post aimed at myself.   These are indeed serious times.  (As though there has ever been an unserious time.  Hmm.  I never thought of it like this) 

I need to wrap this up as I have several things to get done this morning.  I pray that we would be continuously focused on that which is to come.  If we grasp that which is to come, we’ll be all the more diligent in tending to the task at hand; that of reaching out to those around us with the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Without a doubt, our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.

Romans 8:24-25  “For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope:  for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?  But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.”

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9 comments

  1. Good morning Timbob!
    Matters of the kingdom have indeed always been serious. But there is something about the end of days, as time draws to a close, and the final chapter of earthly existence and humanity wraps up that has significance.
    The last awakening of mankind amidst the greatest darkness and deception ever, and the final harvest of souls.

    I wonder if in such a time there will be a similar season of christian community like we read about in Acts. It has always been intriguing to me, something special I think could be quite awesome if it were by and of the Lord.

    Have a blessed day Timbob in all you do! I always enjoy your posts.

    Susan


  2. What a stirring post Timbob!

    Every generation has its end of days and while I understand and in so many ways pray that we are indeed in these last moments of the last days, where the Lord Jesus will shortly be arriving, I also realize that whether he comes soon or not, there remains much that needs to be accomplished here in the earth through each one of us who are blessed to be called by His Holy and Righteous name.

    I pray that doesn’t come across wrong. Let me know if it does.

    I want to no longer fear the realities of these days pf the days that lay just ahead of us all. I want to genuinely embrace that they are our days, the days for which we have been chosen and called forth in the Lord Jesus Christ.

    I believe that each one of us were chosen for such a time as this, so we may, even as Esther, and Paul and so many others before us, lay hold of that for which the Lord Jesus Christ, has laid hold of us!

    Yes, Lord Jesus, may we, by your mercy and grace, lay hold of that for which you have laid hold of our hearts and lives, for your greater glory, honor and praise, forever and ever more!

    And Yet, there remains the hearts cry…. Eve So, come Lord Jesus! – The longing for His appearing.

    We live in eternity now and yet not fully. We yearn for the fullness of that eternity now in Christ Jesus, yet there remains so much to do and so many to be reached out to and touched with the life and Word of the Living God as revealed in and through the Lord Jesus Christ!

    May we live in that in between place of eternity now and yet, not fully, well, bringing in all things and at all times, greater glory, honor and praise to the Lord Jesus Christ!

    Blessings in Christ Jesus!


  3. Amen. Walk with your feet on the ground and your head in Heaven.


  4. “…The barbarian invasion is taking place even right now. They are coming from the four corners of the earth and they are numbered among the unlikely. From the moment Jesus walked among us, the invasion began. And just as with those who crossed paths with him here on earth, those who are most religious will be most offended and indignent. Barbarians are not welcome among the civilised and are feared among the domesticated. The way of Jesus is far too savage for their sensibilities. A sacrifice of God’s son, the way of the cross, the call to die to ourselves all lack the dignity of a refined faith. Why insist on such a barbaric way? Why a reckless call to awaken the barbarian faith within us? At the risk of endangering this great civilisation we come to know as Christianity? Because Jesus did not suffer and die that we could build for ourselves havens but so that we might expand the kingdom of his love because invisible kingdoms are at war for the hearts and lives of every human being who walks on the face of this earth and times of war require barbarians who are willing to risk life itself for the freedom of others. The irony, of course, is that barbarians are driven away in times of peace. They only disrupt our communities, traditions, and sensibilities. It is only the most desperate of times, times of war or conflict that these outcasts are welcomed or even invited to return…” -edwin raphael mcmanus, “The Barbarian Way”-


  5. Amen Timbob.

    Thanks,

    Steve.

    http://newpsalms.wordpress.com/


  6. Jesus intended that the 21st century church would model itself after the church of the Book of Acts. Sadly there’s little sign of that today. Many are slumbering. I sense that the Lord will allow a great shaking to come upon the church, individually and collectively, that will awaken us from our deep sleep.

    Ephesians 5:14 “For this reason it says, “Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you.”


  7. I think one of the biggest problems with today’s church is the same as the problems we see in Acts. The problem: churches grow without growing. They are content to fill churches that looks like stadiums where many find it impossible to grow due to the size of the church. More importantly, like the church in Acts, They have settled into their own little Jerusalem, and aren’t spreading the word.

    When a church gets to 5,000 people there is no reason they shouldn’t be taking some of those folks and planting churches elsewhere- where God’s word is needed.


  8. John 14:1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me”.


  9. The outpouring of the Spirit in the days of the apostles was the “former rain,” and glorious was the result. But the latter rain will be more abundant. What is the promise to those living in these days?–“Turn you to the stronghold, ye prisoners of hope; even today do I declare that I will render double unto thee.” “Ask ye of the Lord rain in the time of the latter rain; so the Lord shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field. God has a work for His people to do for the world, and if they will work in harmony with one another and with heaven, He will demonstrate His power in their behalf as He did for His first disciples on the day of Pentecost. As Christ was glorified on the day of Pentecost so will He again be glorified in the closing work of the gospel, when He shall prepare a people to stand the final test, in the closing conflict of the great controversy. The great work of the gospel is not to close with less manifestation of the power of God than marked its opening. The prophecies which were fulfilled in the outpouring of the former rain at the opening of the gospel, are again to be fulfilled in the latter rain at its close. . . And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Rom. 13:11, 12.



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