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Looking Forward

Romans 8:19-21 English Standard Version

19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.

Continuing where we left off yesterday, let us focus on this anticipation to which each of us eagerly await.

Do we all wait upon the same thing? Do we all have the same understanding of the coming events? Do we allow our hope to replace God’s promises and the foretelling of things to look for?

It would be nice if we all agreed about what happens next. Some look to signs and wonders. So much has been written about the end times that it is hard to piece it all together in a timeline that makes it all clear.

If we are looking for the freedom that comes with the recreation of creation, then those images must fit everything because it is all creation upon which the future will fall. It will not be just those who have accepted Christ as Lord and Savior who are affected by that future.

This may be the problem with seeing the coming future. We want to see what happens to us and our loved ones without respect to the rest of creation. It all has to fit or our hope is for a future of our own desire.

2 Peter 1:20 English Standard Version (ESV) knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation.

So what do we look for in truth?

His second coming perhaps?

Singular Tense

Isaiah 42:6-8 English Standard Version

“I am the Lord; I have called you[a] in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you; I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations,
to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.
I am the Lord; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols.

Footnotes [a] The Hebrew for you is singular; four times in this verse

The subtitle to Isaiah 42 is The Lord’s Chosen Servant. This is not the collective you as is so often used in bible verses. This is the Messiah that the Lord is talking to here. Seems strange because so often we think about the Lord as the Messiah but at this point the Lord had not come in the likeness of man.

The real danger in the singular you is when man, in his vanity, wants to believe that the Lord is talking to him and that he is called to lead. It sounds insane but how many times in history has that exact thing happened to the destruction of those who have followed a Jim Jones or a David Koresh.

The Lord himself, after He became man, warned us of these types and we may not be done with those who declare ownership of these verses.

Matthew 24:5 English Standard Version (ESV) For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray.

Matthew 24:23 English Standard Version (ESV) Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it.

We all with great anticipation wait on the Lord. When He comes again we will know it of a certainty that will not be convinced with enticing words. At the sound of His voice we will have no choice in answering for He is the Lord of Lords and King of Kings. We will not be able to deny Him.