Malachi 3:16-17, “Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD and who esteem His name. “They will be Mine,” says the LORD of hosts, “on the day that I prepare My own possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.”
1 John 3:1-3, “See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.”
Look In The Right Place
The last forty years have seen an accelerated effort to contact beings of higher intelligence in outer space. In 1982, Congress funded a computerized radio system that gave scientists access to seventy-four thousand radio channels as they tried to extract meaningful, repetitive signals from the flood of radio waves emitting from human activity in space and on earth. These speculative efforts indicate that, however poorly we understand the meaning of the search, everyone wants a relationship with superior beings. The motivation behind the entire space project rests on the assumption that a higher life form than ours exists and that we would profit from making contact with it.
Christians certainly agree with the scientists. An infinitely advanced Life does exist beyond this one, in a dimension not even the most powerful telescope or radio can ever reach. And we certainly agree that we profit by contact with that infinite Life: Jesus Christ. In fact, we do not merely profit, we become someone altogether different from what we have been before – part of God’s royal household.
Courtesy of Speaker’s Sourcebook of New Illustrations by Virgil Hurley copyright © 1995 by Word, Incorporated. Used by permission.
*Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.
God dwells in His creation and is everywhere indivisibly present in all His works. He is transcendent above all His works even while He is immanent within them. – A.W. Tozer
What can be more foolish than to think that all this rare fabric of heaven and earth could come by chance, when all the skill of art is not able to make an oyster! – Jeremy Taylor
There are enough evidences of supreme skill in the structure of the human hand alone to prove the existence, intelligence and benevolence of God in the face of all the sophistry of infidelity. – A.B. Simpson
Creation in its totality exists as a means to the fulfillment of some specific purpose that terminates on and for the sake of Jesus Christ. – Sam Storms