THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
“Why is God landing in this enemy-occupied world in disguise and starting a sort of secret society to undermine the devil?
Why is He not landing in force, invading it?
Is it that He is not strong enough?
Well, Christians think He is going to land in force; we do not know when.
But we can guess why He is delaying.
He wants to give us the chance of joining His side freely.
I do not suppose you and I would have thought much of a Frenchman who waited till the Allies were marching into Germany and then announced he was on our side.
God will invade.
But I wonder whether people who ask God to interfere openly and directly in our world quite realise what it will be like when He does. When that happens, it is the end of the world.
When the author walks on to the stage the play is over.
God is going to invade, all right: but what is the good of saying you are on His side then, when you see the whole natural universe melting away like a dream and something else -something it never entered your head to conceive- comes crashing in; something so beautiful to some of us and so terrible to others that none of us will have any choice left?
For this time it will be God without disguise; something so overwhelming that it will strike either irresistible love or irresistible horror into every creature.
It will be too late then to choose your side.
There is no use saying you choose to lie down when it has become impossible to stand up.
That will not be the time for choosing: it will be the time when we discover which side we really have chosen, whether we realised it before or not.
Now, today, this moment, is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us that chance.
It will not last forever. We must take it or leave it.”
? C.S. Lewis, The Case for Christianity
And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations;
and then shall the end come.
In Mark 16:15, Jesus told His disciples to preach the Gospel to "every creature."
That small group of disciples (about 500) did exactly that!
In Colossians 1:6, Paul says the Gospel was preached in "all the world."
And in Colossians 1:23, Paul describes it as having been preached to "every creature."
But the end has NOT yet come!
It has been noted by many scholars that Jesus might have been referring to the "end of the age" of the Jewish nation, which was prophesying and witnessing of Messiah to come.
And that age ended with the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the temple.
But there is yet ANOTHER age to be fulfilled: that of the Gentiles (See Romans 11:25)!
And Jesus promised to be "WITH" all His disciples until the "end" of that age! (See Matthew 28:20)
Christians were (and ARE) persecuted, and chased.
But as they went, they preached!
And, in all likelihood, by the time of John's writing of Revelation (about 95AD), the Gospel had literally reached the entire known world at that time!
Again let me emphasize the purpose of all disciples of Jesus:
to KNOW Christ,
and to LIVE as He would!
And to do those two things, the Christian of today is to preach the "Good News" of Jesus wherever he/she goes!
God will determine "the end!"
Until then we should stay with our primary focus.
The "end" shall not be determined until the "GOSPEL" has done its complete work in the world,
and the last who WILL be saved IS saved.
So, regardless of how big a mess this world is in, KEEP PREACHING JESUS!