|HE HAD AN ANSWER TO EVERY TEST
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If you’ve read many of my Conquest articles,
you surely know that I don’t believe we should let them keep us from obeying the Lord. Yes, Hebrews 13:7 says, "Obey
them that have the rule over you," and Hebrews 2:13 says, "Submit yourselves to every ordnance of man," but
I agree with Acts 5:29, where Peter and the other apostles answered priests and officers, "We ought to obey God rather
than men." And I go with Joshua 24:15, who said, "Choose ye this day whom ye will serve."
And I add, "Who’s the greater power among
all these." And I answer, "Almighty God, and the others can bite the dust of which God made them."
In Acts 4:19, Peter and John also answered a council of
rulers and elders and teachers of religious law, saying, "Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you
more than unto God, judge ye."
And remember Acts 5:17 through 19, when apostles were put in prison and during the night, "an angel of the Lord opened
the prison doors, and brought them forth." And they were found "standing in the temple and teaching." And
so I ask, who’s side were they on.
There’s a price to pay for siding with the Lord. In Acts 7:58, Stephen was stoned to death. But even with that death,
God had a hand, because in the next chapter, Acts 8:1, a man named Saul was consenting unto his death, but hearing Stephen
say as he died, "Lord lay not this sin to their charge," something hit him where it really hurts; in his heart and
soul. And Saul, later re-named Paul, became one of God’s greatest missionary, who wrote much of our New Testament after
giving his heart to the Lord. Read all about that in Acts, chapter nine.
And when the smoke clears around your wondering who to obey, man or God, there’s no question.
God’s Son, Jesus Christ, is the answer.
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I’ve noticed that some of my Conquest articles have taken on a new complexion since my wife
went to her new home. I don’t feel the same about passing from this life to the next. I like to use the
term “The Promise” that the Lord gives to everyone…that Christians will immediately be with loved
ones who’ve gone on, when our turn comes.
King David used that consolation we see in 2nd Samuel 12:23,
after his son by Bathsheba died; “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” And of course Jesus
showed the same comfort to us, as He hung on the Cross, when he told the thief hanging beside Him, who had become a believer
there, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
I’ve written about that in an earlier article, but for those of you who didn’t see it, I’ll give
my interpretation of those words by Christ. “Today” means now…assuring us that we won’t be
put in a waiting area until some time in the future. And “shalt thou be with me” means that He will go to
the same place with this person who’s dying at His side.
And the Bible clearly shows that the word “Paradise” and
“Heaven” are the same place. Revelation 2:7 is enough to convince us: “He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which
is in the paradise of God.” And the tree of life serves double duty, also indicating that we’ll eat the
best of foods in Heaven.
The only ones who
should fear death, are those of you who haven’t given your heart to the Lord. I beg you to take care of that,
at this very moment. It’s the only time you’re guaranteed.