Tuesday, January 3, 2023

186.  IS THERE ANYTHING THAT WE KNOW "FOR SURE?"

It was on a reminder email to watch an on-line video conference by an investment company concerning present day financial risks, hazards, rewards, etc.  

The presentation was titled: "What We Know For Sure."

Really?  Is that the "For Sure" as in an absolute, a certainty, a 100% level of Infinity (>6) Sigma confidence ... as in "death and taxes?"  The context of the title contained the usual contrasting warnings ... "Investments are not FDIC-insured nor are they deposits of or guaranteed by a bank or any other entity, they may lose value.  Diversification does not guarantee a profit or protect against loss."

Is that what we know "for sure" .... that our physical assets will lose value?  Hmm.  Don't need a Zoom meeting for that.  Jesus made that true observation a long time ago: 

Matthew 6:19 Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal*. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.**

*aka non-fungible greedo crypto, embezzlement, inflation, hackers, scammers

**[Also, where your heart is, there you will put your treasure.]

So, what can we know "for sure?"

The Love of God

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

Rom. 5: 5 And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

Rom. 8:37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The Peace of God

 Phil. 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

The Power of God

Eph. 3:16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

The Grace of God

Rom. 5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.

We Are the Children of God and Heirs of the Promise

Gal. 4:4 But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, 5 to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. 6 Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” 7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.

The Limiting Veil of the Physical Realm is Removed in Christ, and We Are Transformed into His Likeness

2 Cor. 3:16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect a the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

We Are Seated by Christ in the Spiritual Realm

Eph. 2:6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith— and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—

But, how can we say we "know for sure" anything that we cannot see, feel, hear, taste, observe with instrumentation, measure, and evaluate?

Our Faith Is in the Unseen and Eternal

2 Cor. 4:6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.  16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
 
Heb. 11:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

Christians, who proclaim the name of Christ, must show the results their faith in the promises of God - declared to have already been completed in Christ Jesus in the spiritual realm -- as the church is being transformed into the likeness of Jesus Christ (Eph. 4:12-16).  If the church doesn't have the faith do this by demonstrating in the physical world the results of faith in the spiritual realm, who else is there?    

Will the stones have to cry out (Luke 19:40) the foreordained and eternal plan of God?

Rom. 1:16-17.  I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. for in the gospel, a righteousness from God is revealed; a righteousness that is by faith from first to last,  just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith." (Hab. 2:4)

 




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