EARTH SPASM, CONSCIENCE CHASM:
AND RENEWAL OF LIFE
It is Late! but not TOO LATE ...
Rev. Dr. Robert E. Donaldson
The earth will not cease to spasm before there is found ruling, Christ Jesus, the royal avenue to God, who from heaven sent Him.
The ground will still move while we are here, but not under our feet, for there, for the Christian, is the Rock which is immovable (cf. Matthew 7, I Corinthians 10).
It will, however, for you who abide in Christ, mean that you do not needlessly share its dotage, associate with its judgement, malign or detach from your Maker or reach the spiritual scrap heap, when the drama for man comes crashing to its finishing line. 'Renewal of life' is an alternative not to the removal of the earth in summary stages, ending when the righteousness of Christ has been fully exhibited in royal manner (as in Psalm 2, 72, Isaiah 65, Micah 4, Isaiah 2). It is an alternative to SHARING in that judgment, participating in it as worthy of its nature.
Disassemblage in disaster is the lot of the physical universe (Matthew 24:35, II Peter 3, Isaiah 51:6), and those who love 'nature' more than God, their thoughts more than His declared will, face everlasting destruction, amidst eternal shame (Daniel 12, Matthew 18:8, 25:41,46, John 3:36, Mark 9). Romans 1:17ff. shows in some detail the kind of calamity which such disfaith constitutes.
The earth, then, will still go if you stay, as Isaiah 51:6 makes so clear; for it is the salvation which is everlasting, and the righteousness which is God's very own, which is attributed to His people through the miracle of the atonement, which endures. You however as a Christian become a SPIRITUAL child of that God who IS Spirit, and who as man showed with marvellous clarity what HE means by making you a child of God, bothering even to be resurrected to exhibit as in a laboratory, what the God of all power and comfort has for the man He chose to make this individual way, when the case is closed, and the books open! (Revelation 20).
Meanwhile, conscience cannot dismiss your errors, because you find the truth; but in all truth, He has covered the case on the Cross for due cancellation, where applicable. It is applicable to applicants who receive His word, His saving work, His covenant indeed Himself, by faith. Hence
This takes POWER, and the Gospel is still the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes (Romans ).
This has the added advantage that it brings peace founded upon truth, secured by mercy. Moreover, what receives this peace is no longer a confined debtor to God, but a liberated life, ebullient in grace, from the God in whom it is now sourced.
As to this earth, its final spasms have long preludes as the Gospel writers show, of increasing magnitude, rather like the sounds which give indication of a coming earthquake to those sensitive to these things; and these are now all but complete (cf. Answers to Questions Ch. 5). Similarly, the chasm of conscience has no bottom, and is fit and ready for descent on an increasing scale, and so it manifests itself in this earth; but the rock of Christ, who has taken the fall for all who belong to Him, this does not move at all.
Why look for the living among the dead ? Christ is not found there, among the relics of human honour, greed, self-satisfaction, proud works to prod God into acceptance, the scheming of wry intellect, presumptuous hopes, cynical indifference founded in turn on unwilling minds fleeing the truth. Cancer may be unpleasant; to ignore it makes it more so. So with sin.
He is found where life is, is meek and lowly, and is its very Prince.
As we cover aspects of the case, as this world writhes in its terminal schemes, sallies and horror, bear in mind that cures without life are full dress-rehearsals for your burial. Come now: don't be late! The Master has come and He is calling for you!
On the other hand, for the Christian, it is good to reflect on the sanctity of truth as you watch God at work, fulfilling His word, while in patience, He calls to men.
As the earth wretches, the
consciences of men give ever new readings from the disappearing spiritual
bathyscope, and the spume of false spiritual surges seeks to ravish the earth,
false prophets, promises and protestations, we shall seek in this volume to
compare, contrast, comprehend, survey and understand in the light of the word
of God, the work of God and point to the way of God for man. When it is lost,
it is always fitting to show it!
Technical Journal 16 (1) 2002
The Purpose of Life on Earth
It is not
obscure, to fumble,
not dim, to see faintly,
but manifest, avoidable only by deadly zeal
of Divine Proceedings
and the Special Significance of
LESSONS FROM THE
OF THE PEOPLE AND PROPHETS OF THE LORD
and in the MEANING of DIVINE INTERVENTION
IMAGES, REALITY and SURREALITY
Images, their Cultivation, Uses and Abuses
Local TV late
Local TV late July, 2002
Quartet and Forty Winks
Spiritually Drowsy Jousting with Jews
I Will Meditate on the splendour of thy majesty
SWEET is the
MEDITATION on the IMMOVABLE,
since it is also WONDERFUL
THE COHESIVE CHARACTER OF LOVE, REPENTANCE, RESPONSIBILITY IN THE WORD OF GOD, UNIQUE IN THEIR COVERAGE OF THE REALITIES OF MAN
only do His words interpret man fully and accurately but they provide
a depth of dimension wholly unequalled,
showing its divinely delivered grandeur to mind and spirit alike!
THE PEACOCK'S TALE, AND THE DREAM OF DAPHNE
How to make inventions of
mind, without having to lift a finger,
or get any results, outside the mind!