David wrote, “He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully” (Psalm 24:4).
Hands. Those who draw near to God must have “clean hands.” What monarch would have servants with filthy hands to wait at his table (cf, Mt. 15:2)? Clean hands refers to outward, practical holiness (Job 9:30; Psa. 18:20; Isa. 58:711). To wash in water with Pilate is nothing (Mt. 27:24), but to wash in innocency is all-important (Psa. 26:6). Continue reading “The Great Physician’s Final Check-Up”
We are eternal beings. Since our physical lives here on this earth will soon end, we should consider where our eternal destiny will be. “What is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:14). “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the Judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27). These two appointments cannot be canceled. Continue reading “Our Eternal Destiny, by Ron Boatwright”
Have you ever been robbed? In December of 1989, just before Christmas, I returned home from college one afternoon to find our back door standing wide open. It had been kicked in by thieves who had robbed our home and the home of my aunt and uncle down the road. All of our Christmas presents and many valuable things had been stolen from us. We were devastated. Needless to say, the burglars did not give us any warning that they were coming.
That’s just how the Bible describes the second coming of Christ in judgment. Continue reading “Like a Thief in the Night”