Tue, March 21, 2017
Made for Two Worlds
. . . The Advent established:. . .
Fifth, the human race will not be exterminated. That which was God seized upon that which was man. ''God of the substance of His Father, begotten before all ages; Man of the substance of His mother, born in the world. Perfect God and perfect Man . . . who, although He be God and man, yet He is not two but one Christ.'' God did not visit the race to rescue it; in Christ He took human nature unto Himself, and now He is one of us.
For this reason we may be certain that mankind will not be wiped out by a nuclear explosion or turned into subhuman monsters by the effects of radiation on the human genetic processes. Christ did not take upon Himself the nature of a race soon to be extinct.
Sixth, this world is not the end. Christ spoke with cheerful certainty of the world to come. He reported on things He had seen and heard in heaven and told of the many mansions awaiting us. We are made for two worlds and as surely as we now inhabit the one we shall also inhabit the other.
Seventh, death will some day be abolished and life and immortality hold sway. ''For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil,'' and what more terrible work has the devil accomplished than to bring sin to the world and death by sin? But life is now made manifest by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
''He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.''
Bernard of Cluny wrote of the world to come: ''I know not, oh, I know not what joys await us there; what radiancy of glory, what bliss beyond compare.'' The end of sin and death. Life in Christ. All because Christ came that first Christmas morning!
In one world and made for another one. Father, now I can see that other world but dimly but by faith I know that it is coming. Thank You!