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Reflections on the New Testament: The Book of Acts
“…Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men with the same nature as you, and preach to you that you should turn from these useless things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all things that are in them, who in bygone generations allowed all nations to walk in their own ways. Nevertheless, He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good, gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness,” Acts 14:15-17, NKJV.
It is a little acknowledged fact that God allows the nations to walk in their own way. In so doing, God removes His divine government from them, leaving the nations in a state of spiritual anarchy and moral disintegration. Outside of God, there is but one spiritual force that retains power over the sons of man: namely, evil. If God then removes His government, the government of Satan is all that is left (as long as God’s hand is upon a nation…
WE HAVE ALREADY REACHED—AND indeed nearly passed—the halfway point of 2018! The rate at which time passes would be truly frightening did we not have full confidence in the infinite grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. As it is, the brevity of this life is rather a testament to the lightness of our cross and God’s great mercy in preparing for us an eternity of joy. On the other hand, it may seem a grievance that we are given so little time to minister to the lost—but be assured: the Lord knew His sheep from the beginning and shall not suffer any one of them to perish. Nevertheless, we must redeem the time! This life will run out very quickly, as we well know, and we shall stand before the throne of God. Will we have crowns to cast before Him, or must we enter heaven shamefacedly? Recall this thought to your mind now and again, in the everyday moments when an unjust word nearly escapes your mouth, or your hand is lent begrudgingly to some menial task. It is often these little things that mak…