We Cannot Destroy the Earth

That is a very bold statement! And it is not intended to undermine the genuine worldwide concerns about the future of our planet.

So how do we know?

God has a purpose with the earth:

For thus says the LORD, who created the heavens, who is God, who formed the earth and made it, who has established it, who did not create it in vain, who formed it to be inhabited: “I am the LORD, and there is no other”.

Isaiah 45:18

His purpose is to fill it with His glory:

…but truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.

Numbers 14:21

So how will our imminent survival crisis be averted?

Jesus has promised to return to set up God’s kingdom on earth. He will give eternal life to his true followers, raising those who had died. They will be with him on a transformed and glorified earth. People will not be allowed to destroy the earth.

Your wrath has come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints, and those who fear Your name, small and great, and should destroy those who destroy the earth.

Revelation 11:18

We all have a duty to care for this planet that God created for us. We should be concerned about what is happening to it. But our over-riding priority should be to revere God and to prepare for His kingdom. As Jesus told his followers:  ‘seek first the kingdom of God’.

Matthew 6:33

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No fuel

The last week has seen a huge drain on petrol and diesel supplies across the UK, as shortage of delivery drivers has led to people struggling to buy fuel.

Jesus told a story of some people who ran out of fuel. He told a parable about 10 young women who were waiting to be attendants an evening wedding celebration. But some were wise. They made sure they had spare fuel for their lamps. The bridegroom was delayed, arriving at midnight. The lamps of the foolish ones had gone out. They had to try to find somewhere to buy fuel. When they returned, the door to the marriage feast was shut. The wise ones were all inside, enjoying the wedding celebrations.

The point of the parable is that we need to be ready for the coming of the Lord Jesus. He is the bridegroom and true believers are his bride. The oil for our lamps is the word of God. We don’t have to queue for it; we don’t need our credit cards. It is free for all who want to be like lights shining in a dark world, prepared for the coming of their Lord. By reading God’s word every day, we can be sure our lights will not go out.

You can read the parable in Matthew 25:1-13

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Gaining Immortality

Emma Raducanu’s tennis victory was stunning. It certainly makes history. One newspaper described her as having ‘gained immortality’.

No doubt she will be revered and remembered for a very long time. This is not, however, immortality.

Immortality means living for ever; and this also requires being unable to do wrong – unable to sin. Like God, in fact. And only God has immortality as a natural characteristic.

…the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords,who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power.

1 Timothy 6: 15-16

Only one member of the human race has gained immortality: Jesus Christ.

knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him.

Romans 6:9

Everyone else who has died remains dead. But the amazing gospel message is that God also offers us immortality and a nature like His.

… have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4).

This is the reward of Jesus’ true followers when he returns to the earth.

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming.

1 Corinthians 15:22-23

While Emma may be famous for a very long time, none of us has yet ‘gained immortality’. But we can have it in the future if we really want it and become a real disciple of Jesus Christ: now.