This Life Is A Trial.
It is to determine those who will say yes to Christ Jesus;
Those who will obey His commands.
Many are invited but few are chosen, or say yes. (Matthew 24:14)
It is God's desire that none should perish,
That all would come to repentance and receive the Christ of God.
(2 Peter 3:9)
Today, as in every previous generation, the whole world is on trial.
Christ Jesus said to the saints in the Church of Philadelphia:
Since you have kept my command to endure patiently,
I will also keep you from THE HOUR OF TRIAL
That is going to come upon the whole world
To TEST those who live on the earth.
[I believe that this is a promise from Christ Jesus
That His saints will not go through The Great Tribulation,
But we will all go through trials; personal and corporate.]
I am coming soon.
Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.
HIM WHO OVERCOMES I will make a pillar in the temple of my God.
Never again will he leave it.
I will write on him the Name of My God
And the Name of the City of My God, the New Jerusalem,
Which is coming down out of Heaven from My God;
And I will also write on him My New Name.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
(Revelation 3:10-13 NIV)
Christ Jesus has made it clear in His Word
That there is a world to overcome; a world controlled by the evil one.
It has been the same in every generation.
If your hope is in a better world you will be greatly disillusioned.
There will never be a better world until Christ Jesus returns.
Yet we have the magnificent promises of God to see us through;
To overcome this world, if we maintain our faith in God and His Word.
Those in the Hebrews gallery of faith did!
Those in the Book of Revelation did,
By the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony.
Not loving this life so much as to shrink from death. (Revelation 12:11)
And we can too! There is a great cloud of witnesses cheering us on!