Finding Purpose In Life.

question-mark-1829459_1920Why am I here? What’s the purpose of my existence? These are legitimate questions. Not surprising, there are no shortage of literature on the subject—both Christian and secular. If you enter most Christian bookshops, the most popular titles on the shelves are those offering one motivation or the other on how to succeed in life, find your purpose, gain financial independence, become the best of your self or live your best life now. These titles are popular because the human heart craves for meaning and purpose in life. Indeed, there is purpose and meaning for our existence. We are not on earth by a cosmic accident or chance. There is a reason for our existence. No life is without a purpose.

Succinctly, the Westminster Shorter Catechism summarises this purpose as “to glorify God and enjoy Him forever”  (WSC Q&A1). We were created by God and the only meaning we can find is in Him. St. Augustine, in his confessions said “You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless, until they can find rest in you.” Unfortunately, many pursue what they call meaning and purpose differently from “glorifying God and enjoying him forever”. They seek rest for their restless hearts in different places — places which can’t satisfy. On the contrary, believers finds their life in Christ.

Jesus, at a point in His ministry, lost some disciples because He had said things which the Bible says they found as “hard saying”(John 6:60). These hard sayings made them walk away. Truly, there are many who will not accept truth and will walk away. When they walked away, Jesus turned to the remaining and asked “Do you want to go away as well?” (John 6:67). Simon Peter, speaking for the twelve responded,

Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed , and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God (John 6:68).

Every believer must come to this point of acknowledging the all sufficiency of Christ for our life. In the words, “Lord, to whom shall we go?” Peter proclaims the Lordship of Christ and His exclusivity to eternal life. Beside Christ, there is no life in anyone else (Acts 4:12). Christ is life. He is the origin and ‘sustainer’ of every life. “All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men” (John 1:3-4).

In Psalms 73:25, David declared words similar to Peter’s: “Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you”. This is a picture of a life which owes its existence and meaning to God. In praise, after God answered her prayer and she bore Samuel, Hannah similarly declared: “There is none holy like the LORD: for there is none besides [Him]; there is no rock like our God”(1Samuel 2:2)

To Peter and the other disciples, Christ was their sufficiency: “we have believed , and have come to know…” he said. What have they believed? That Christ is the Holy One of God. Most importantly, the believer must come to a point of faith and acknowledgement of the centrality of Christ to who they are — “The Holy One of God”; the only mediator between God and man; The one from whom we derive our existence and meaning!

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Perseverance Of The Saints: Assurance Of Salvation

fb_img_1475583156578There is what is called doctrines of grace amongst those who hold to Reformed Theology or Calvinism. Reformed Theology or Calvinism is nothing strange. Just as some describe themselves as Pentecostals or Charismatics, Reformed Theology or Calvinism is a branch of Christianity with specific beliefs from Scripture.

The doctrines of grace is acronised as TULIP: “Reformed Christians believe that all five of the doctrines of grace are derived directly from the Scripture and that the acronym TULIP accurately describes the Bible’s teaching on soteriology—the doctrine of salvation”[1]TULIP as an acronym represents: Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace And Perseverance of the Saints. A study of what these represents can begin from here.

Here is a brief explanation of the last letter of TULIP–P which is the focus of this article.

Perseverance of the Saints – The particular people God has elected and drawn to Himself through the Holy Spirit will persevere in faith. None of those whom God has elected will be lost; they are eternally secure in Him (John 10:27–29; Romans 8:29–30; Ephesians 1:3–14). Some Reformed theologians prefer to use the term “Preservation of the Saints” as they believe that this choice of words more accurately describes how God is directly responsible for the preservation of His elect. It is clear in Scripture that Christ continues to intercede for His people (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25). This continues to provide believers with the assurance that those that belong to Christ are eternally His. [2]

Now, when I first became convinced of Reformed Theology, one of the doctrines of grace I grasped quickly was the last letter P–Perseverance/Preservation  of The Saints. Some nickname it “Once Saved Always Saved” with a smirk of negativity though. Why I so quickly grasped it could probably be because I have had my own battles with doubt about my salvation and was desperately seeking for assurance to know I was indeed saved. What a joy to discover I couldn’t lose my salvation if indeed I was saved.

Assurance of salvation is the believer’s right and every believer must be “…the more diligent to confirm [their] calling and election” (1Peter 1:10). That said, it is crucial we don’t give ourselves and others false assurances of salvation if indeed we are not saved. The basis of assurance is for those “who are in Christ Jesus”. It is not for those outside Christ. For those in Christ, there is no condemnation. “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1). So first things first. A sinner must be saved before they can have any assurance of salvation. Though when saved, they might have seasons of doubt.

When we are saved, we must bear fruit. Yet, we  don’t have to look at ourselves for assurance of salvation. Our human emotion is too frail and a bad barometer for measuring our assurance of salvation. What must be done? Look to God in His word. Seek and dig the word of God for your assurance because it is in God’s world we are told we are sinners and how we need to be saved and possess salvation.

Regardless of your feelings of doubt about your salvation, if you are truly saved, be assured “that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6). If you have it, that is, if you are saved, you can’t lose it. The believer is eternally secure.

Notes

1: https://www.google.com.gh/amp/s/gotquestions.org/amp/doctrines-of-grace.ht

2: ibid

Recommended reading

1: Five Points Towards A Deeper Experience of God’s Grace by John Piper

2: Chosen By God by R.C. Sproul

3: Chosen For Eternity by John MacArthur

4: For Calvinism by Michael Horton

Other resources can be accessed from monergism.com a reliable place for Reformed resources

Four Thoughts To Ponder In A New Month

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It seems like yesterday when we entered the year 2016 and so soon September is here with us. That was fast.

Now thank we all our God
with heart and hands and voices,
who wondrous things has done,
in whom his world rejoices;
who from our mothers’ arms
has blessed us on our way
with countless gifts of love,
and still is ours today.¹

You made resolutions when we entered 2016,didn’t you? You may pause to ask “How well have I fared with my resolutions?”A new month presents us with an opportunity to make amends in particular areas of our lives. It was the Apostle Paul who wrote “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?— unless indeed you fail to meet the test!” (2Corinthians 13:5). Self-examination and evaluation is crucial in this life and the life after here.  At the end of our lives this side of eternity, we will be called to account before God. Our life here therefore matters for eternity.

As we go through this new month, let us glean a few lessons from Ecclesiastes 12:1-7 which I trust will be valuable.

1. Seek God

Remember your Creator in the days of your youth…”(v.1a)

There are those who will do everything else but commit their lives to live and obey God. They don’t seek Him. Don’t be one of them. The days of your youth as used here by Solomon I believe indicates the days of strength, wellness and ability. Comfort and “good days” have the ability to blind us to spiritual realities  and we must guard against this. Jesus tells us to “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness” (Matthew 6:33).

Solomon contrasts “the good days of strength (the days of your youth)” with the evil day when you have lost your strength: “…before the evil days come…” (Ecclesiastes 12:1a). There is a correlation between how we live our lives and what place God has in our lives in moments of prosperity, good health and comfort. The tendency to forget there is a creator is high. Thus, Solomon’s call to “Remember your Creator ”is appropriate as we go through the rest of the year.

2: Make Wise Use Of Time.

“…before  the evil days come and the years draw near”(v.1b).

A transition from from youthful strength, opportunities and abilities will be gone one day. These won’t always be available. This obviously includes opportunity to live in submission and obedience to God. It is said that, “time waits for no man” and it is true. J. Oswald Sanders in his book,  Spiritual Leadership, wrote that “Each moment of the day is a gift from God that deserves care, for by any measure, our time is short and the work is great. Minutes and hours wisely used translate into an abundant life—  living a God pleasing life”. We will be held accountable for how we lived our lives and what we spent our time on.“Look carefully then”, Paul said “how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil”.(Eph 5:15-16). Moses prayed: “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom”(Ps. 90:12KJV).

Will you make that your prayer?

3: Death, A Reality of Life

“…man is going to his eternal home, and the mourners go about the streets— before the silver cord is snapped , or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher is shattered
at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern, and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it” (vv.5-7)

We see death clearly spoken of here. Death is inevitable. We will all die, because “… it is appointed unto men once to die….” (Hebrews 9: 27). Death is a reality of life. Not only is death a reality, death points us to the brevity of life.“All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls” (1Peter 1:24). Once we are born, we will die. Scripture tells us there is  “A time to be born, and a time to die….” (Ecclesiastes 3:2). Every passing month and year brings us closer to the end of our days here on earth. We don’t get a notification when death will knock at our door. Death will not wait for you to accomplish your projects, dreams and desires. You are not too busy to die. You don’t have the luxury of postponing your death.

Have you considered the state of your soul? “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts”(Hebrews 3:15).

4: Eternity–eternal life or damnation–Beckons.

“…man is going to his eternal home… and the spirit returns to God who gave it (vv5-7).

There is an eternal home for all of us. Either we will have eternal life or eternal damnation. As we begin a new month, and as you consider all that has been said in the previous points, bear in mind our life here is only temporal. Eternity awaits all of us and whether we will be in heaven or hell depends on what we do with God’s offer of eternal life. We are all sinners and until we come to faith in Christ, we are eternally separated from God. Don’t just embrace a new month, embrace also God’s gift of eternal life through faith in Christ:

For God so loved the world , that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).

1:http://www.hymnary.org/text/now_thank_we_all_our_god

Welcome: The Door Is Open

 

But immediately a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit heard of him and came and fell down at his feet. Now the woman was a Gentile, a Syrophoenician by birth. And she begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. And he said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs. (Mark 7:25-27)

The text records a woman who approached Jesus to ask for a miracle on behalf of her daughter. Now, if Jesus indeed “went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil”(Acts 10:38), isn’t it startling, the response He gave to the woman? “She begged him”…yet, we see Jesus responding in a seemingly derogatory manner. But was He being offensive?

There are two perspectives to approach this incident.

Firstly, in Mark 7:24, Jesus had entered a hideout, away from the crowd, probably to rest with His disciples from the rigours of public ministry. We get a hint about this when we look back one Chapter: “And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat (Mark 6:31).

Image result for open church doorUnfortunately, Jesus and His disciples didn’t get the needed rest. The Bible says the people run ahead of them to their destination. When Jesus and His team got to their desired resting place, a crowd was waiting for them. So instead of resting, Jesus “…began to teach them many things”(Mark 6:34). After attending to the crowd and other ministry needs, Jesus sought another opportunity to rest: “And from there he arose and went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon.  And he entered a house and did not want anyone to know, yet he could not be hidden.(Mark 7:24).  It is on this background the woman enters the narrative: “But immediately…

If you can envisage the frustration of Jesus and His team, you can empathise with them. After losing their first opportunity for rest, they were on the verge of been deprived this also. His statement to the woman could therefore be viewed as He saying; “let me attend first to myself and my disciples, then I will attend to you later. It is not right to give time I have set aside for myself and my disciples and attend to you”

It appears Jesus was apathetic to the woman and her possessed daughter.

But looking at the text from the second perspective, one fact of the gospel emerges; by faith, sinners can come to God through Christ for salvation. Salvation is for whoever will put their trust in Christ: “For God so loved the world , that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16).

Now, there was a time in God’s redemptive history when non-Jews were outside of the covenant family of God. To the Jews, anyone apart from a Jew was a “nonentity”. David called Goliath an “uncircumcised philistine” in 1Samuel 17:26. In John 4:22, Jesus, talking to a Samaritan woman, made a statement worth noting here: “…salvation is of the Jews”. Jesus’ earthly ministry was first confined to the Jews. But in the scheme of God’s redemptive plan, salvation will be extended to other persons outside of what Paul calls “commonwealth of Israel” (Ephesians 2:12).

We see clearly, the Bible was specific in telling us who this woman was. She was a Greek, a non-Jew, one separated from the covenant family of God. She didn’t qualify to receive anything from Christ. But Jesus’ strong words didn’t put her off. She didn’t get offended, rather, in faith, she answered “…Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children’s crumbs”(v28). That caught Jesus’ attention. “And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter” (v29). Jesus praised the woman’s faith and granted her request.

The message is simple for today’s Bible reader; the door of salvation is opened for anyone who will believe and approach Christ in faith. When Christ died, “the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom” (Matthew 27:51) signifying an open access to God for people from “all tribes and languages” (Revelation 7:9).

In Christ, there is neither Jew, Greek, Roman or Gentile….

But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us”(Ephesians 2:13-14).

 

Christians Believe In An Afterlife:Heaven And Hell

When people become successful in any field of endeavour, their words and lives carry influence. When they speak, people listen; whether they are right or wrong.

Recently, former CEO of UT Bank, Mr. Prince Kofi Amoabeng has been in the news for views he expressed in an interview granted an Accra-based radio station. Among some of the views he expressed is his unbelief in an afterlife — heaven and hell. Mr Amoabeng is a successful man, no doubt about that. He carries influence. It is for this very reason I am writing this article. Because of his influence, his words can mislead people who look up to him.

He is quoted to have said:

…although [I] was a Christian who believed in God, the concept of the afterlife was difficult for him to accept…“I believe in God, I believe there is a creator; if you don’t like, call it nature but for me as a Christian, it’s God. “…I go to church once in a long while, when there is a wedding or a funeral. I don’t believe in the afterlife, I believe that you have to do what is right and that your heaven and earth is here, I don’t think there is anything anywhere.”

If Mr. Amoabeng indeed spoke these words, then it is obvious, judging from what it means to be a Christian that his claims to be a Christian can be questioned. He can be moral. He can be philanthropic. He can be a successful business man, but if what he believes contradicts with the Bible, then his beliefs are in error. Now to guard myself against subjectively denying Mr. Amoabeng’s confession of Christianity, let me walk through his own words to point out that his Christian faith is questionable.

1: Christians Believe In An AfterLife.

I don’t believe in the afterlife, I believe that you have to do what is right and that your heaven and earth is here, I don’t think there is anything anywhere.

I do sympathise with Mr. Amoabeng when he was quoted to have said  “the concept of the afterlife was difficult for him to accept.” He is certainly not alone in this struggle. Christians do struggle with various aspects of the faith. But our struggles doesn’t define the truth. The truth must rather resolve our struggles. Our struggles therefore doesn’t permit us to doubt or call into question what the bible clearly teaches.

“Afterlife” is a core, foundational, fundamental christian doctrine. Without it, Christianity crumbles.  Christianity without an afterlife– eternal life and damnation — is a contradiction. Christians believe in an afterlife. It is safe to say that anyone who doesn’t believe in an afterlife is not a Christian. The Bible explicitly teaches about the afterlife. “And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment (Hebrews 9:27).  Denying an afterlife is not a problem of modern humankind. It dates back to first century Christianity. Paul addressed this issue which strikes at the core of Christianity. There were those who denied the resurrection and Paul wrote to address this.

Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.(1Corinthians 15:12-19).

This is one of the many places in the Bible an afterlife is addressed. In verse 19, Paul addressed the assertion or belief that “your heaven and earth is here”. The Bible doesn’t teach that at all. Paul says “If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied”. If all of our hopes as Christians is for the here and now, then clearly we are to be pitied because we have believed in a lie. When Jesus spoke about faith in Him for eternal life, an afterlife was explicit(John 3:16). “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

“eternal life” clearly teaches a life after death. Whether we believe it or not, the Bible teaches an afterlife where we get to spend life in eternity with God in heaven or in hell separated from God for our sins.

2: Belief In God Doesn’t Make A Christian.

 I believe in God, I believe there is a creator; if you don’t like, call it nature but for me as a Christian, it’s God”.

A Christian must of necessity believe in God. But believing in God and the existence of a Creator makes nobody a Christian. If believing in God makes a Christian, then the devil is a Christian: “You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe— and shudder!”(James 2:19).

3: Church Attendance/Membership Doesn’t Make A Christian

I go to church once in a long while, when there is a wedding or a funeral

This doesn’t even qualify to be termed “church attendance”. Attending a wedding or funeral is not the same as church attendance. More so, attending “once in a long while”. Attending church or holding church membership doesn’t mean a person is a Christian. People grow up in church, they sit on boards and committees, but they are far away from the kingdom. If regular church attendance doesn’t necessarily make a Christian, how much more casual attendance?

Now that said, church attendance for a Christian is also a command and where a person attends occassionaly, we have cause to question their faith. I admit people find themselves in situations where they might miss church once a while, but whatever situation necessitates this, a person must quickly find ways to resolve it. Church attendance is biblical and a command. You cannot be a Christian and habitually miss church. Christianity is communal and christian faithfulness, maturity and growth occurs in the context of Christian fellowship. Not to love the association of fellow believers will be a sure sign we are not regenerated(Hebrews 10:23-25, Acts 2:42-44).vbme0568

In matters of faith, we allow the Bible to speak and not what “celebrities” or influential people in society say. An afterlife is a reality explicitly taught by Scriptures and anyone who denys it has no right to be called a Christian. When we die, we either spend eternity with God in heaven or we are banished away from Him into the lake of unquenchable fire-hell- for our sins-

 

Christ Our Passover Lamb: The Significance of The Lord’s Supper

John 6:52-58

The Lord’s supper–Holy Communion–is one of the important sacraments or ordinances of Christianity. It was instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ Himself hence its name the Lord’s supper. Indeed, if Jesus commands or ordains a celebration, it must be important.

Before I examine its significance, let me foremost attempt to explain what it is and its origins. The Lord’s Supper predates the New Testament. It takes its origin from the Passover, “the most sacred feast of the Jewish religious year.” The story is told in Exodus twelve of God visiting ten plagues on the land of Egypt and through Moses, He delivered the Israelites from bondage. On the night of  the tenth plague, God, through Moses, commanded the Israelites to observe certain “rites” which will quarantine them from the death of every male firstborn about to sweep across the land of Egypt.

Moses instructed:

Go and select lambs for yourselves  according to your clans, and kill the Passover lamb. Take a bunch of hyssop and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and touch the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood that is in the basin. None of you shall go out of the door of his house until the morning. For the LORD will pass through to strike the Egyptians, and when he sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the LORD will pass over the door and will not allow the destroyer to enter your houses to strike you.”(Exodus 12:21-23).

These instructions, God commanded will become a memorial to be observed in future generations.“This day shall be for you a memorial day, and you shall keep it as a feast to the LORD; throughout your generations, as a statute forever, you shall keep it as  in future generations.” And when your children say to you, ‘What do you mean by this service?’ you shall say, ‘It is the sacrifice of the LORD’s Passover, for he passed over the houses of the people of Israel in Egypt, when he struck the Egyptians but spared our houses.’” “And the people bowed their heads and worshiped.” (Exodus 12:14, 26-27).

Now, what the Passover lamb without blemish, sacrificed and its blood smeared on the door post was to the Israelites in the Exodus from Egypt, Christ is to the New Testament believer in our Exodus and pilgrimage in the world. He is our passover lamb. He is our sin bearer. The punishment for our sins was laid upon Him so the Father will “passover” His wrath upon us who have come to saving faith through His Sovereign Grace.

When John the Baptist, saw Jesus, he exclaimed “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (Jn 2:29).  On the road to Emmaus, when Jesus appeared to the two disciples, we see Christ represented in the Old Testament: “Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?”And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.”(Luke 24:26-27).

The historian and New Testament writer, Luke gives us an apt comparison of the Lord’s supper to the Passover when he recorded the events leading to the institution of the Lord’s supper:

Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. So Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat it.”…And when the hour came, he reclined at table, and the apostles with him. And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves. For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.(Luke 14:7-20).

Succinctly, we see the significance of the Lord’s supper in the aforementioned Scriptures. Let me at this point share four points I believe are some of the importance of the Lord’s Supper.

1: It is An Act Of Obedience

The Lord’s Supper is a command from The Lord and it must be obeyed. When we partake in Holy Communion, we are obeying a charge Christ gave to His disciples and all who will come to saving faith in Him. From vs 7 of Luke 14, we see Christ sending His disciples to “Go and prepare the Passover”. That is a command. “Go”. Then in vs 19, we see another imperative “Do this”. Paul also tells us “I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you”(1 Cor 11:23). Here we see clearly the communion is a charge from God that ought to be kept. If you you or your church doesn’t partake in the Lord’s supper, you are being disobedient

2: It Celebrates God’s Work Of Salvation

“Do this in remembrance of me”. Does Christ occupy your thoughts as a believer? Do you meditate on what great sacrifice He wrought on your behalf? If you don’t as a believer, you must begin to. Ponder on this great sacrifice!

We must approach the Lord’s supper with reverence and awe of God’s Sovereign Grace in our salvation. He sent His only begotten Son to die in our place. He gave His body and blood to save us from the wrath of God. He took our place. He bore in His body the punishment due us for our sins. “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” “he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.(2Cor 5:21, Isa 53:5)

But why did He die in our place? “because of the great love with which he loved us…”(Eph 2:3). God’s work of salvation in our lives must always lead us to worship. Note the response of the Israelites in Exodus 12:27  towards God’s Great deliverance: “the people bowed their heads and worshiped”. We owe our salvation exclusively to the Sovereign Grace of God. And that must cause our hearts to break forth in worship. Isn’t it so beautiful? “The people bowed their heads and worshiped”

3: It Creates An Anticipation of  Eternity With Christ.

“Do this in remembrance of me.”…”For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes”(Luke 14:18-19).

Recently, during a family devotion, we were struck by how little we set our affection on eternity. The words of Charles Spurgeon from the devotional Morning By Morning on that day pierced our hearts with conviction. He spoke so fondly about eternity we were left with the question of  whether we indeed ever anticipate heaven in our Christian journey the way it has been described by Spurgeon:

O Christian, anticipate heaven for a few years. Within a very little time you will be rid of all your trials and your troubles. Your eyes now suffused with tears shall weep no longer. You will gaze in ineffable rapture upon the splendor of Him who sits upon the throne. Better still, you shall sit upon His throne. The triumph of His glory shall be shared by you; His crown, His joy, His paradise-these will be yours, and you will be co-heir with Him who is the heir of all things.

4: It Engenders Holy Living.

This flows naturally from the previous point. An anticipation of heaven and being in the presence of our Saviour must be a motivation for personal holiness. Apostle John excellently explained this.

Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.(1Jn 3:2-3).

It will be incompatible to be expecting the second coming Christ and live our lives in willful sin. Paul warns us to examine ourselves before coming to the Lord’s table.

I believe there are more than four points of significance to the Lord’s Supper and further study will bring out more.