A Message for this… Mess Age
DID you know that a serious crime is committed every eighteen seconds and each day 36 persons are feloniously slain and 255 the victims of assault or rape?
Did you know that there are three bars for every school? There are two liquor outlets for every church one to every 75 families in the United States.
We in America and Canada appear to be living in an age of materialism and superficial contentment. But underneath, as we look for reality, we find that this is an hour of fear, uncertainty and turmoil. Certainly this is a “mess” age.
St. Paul referred to these days as “perilous times” II Timothy 3 and predicted disaster as the end.
But St. Paul also knew the one and only remedy, for in II Timothy 4 he wrote, “Preach the word (of God).” Herein is the message for the “mess” age… yes, it is God’s message to men in this “mess” age.
It is a Message of Love for an Age of Hate
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” John 3:16 “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” Romans 5:8. “Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you…Hereby perceive we the love of God, because He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren” I John 3:13-16.
It is a Message of Peace for an Age of War
“And ye shall hear or wars and rumors of wars; see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet” Matthew 24:6. “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” Romans 5:1. “The works of the flesh are. . . adultery. . . fornication. . . uncleanness. . . lasciviousness… idolatry… witchcraft… hatred… variance… emulations… wrath… strife… seditions… heresies… envyings… murders… drunkenness… revellings… They which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace” Galatians 5:19-22.
It is a Message of Hope for an Age of Despair
“That being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life” Titus 3:7 “Christ in you, the hope of glory” Colossians 1:27 “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ… Weare troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexbut not in despair” II Corinthians 4:6-8.
It is a Message of Faith for an Age of Doubt
“To Him (Christ) give all the prophets witness, that through His Name whosoever believeth in Him shall receive remission of sin” Acts 10:43. Jesus said, “If ye have faith and doubt not, ye shall not only do this… but… ‘Whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive” Matthew 21:21,22. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast” Ephesians 2:8,9
A. Reid Jepson