We read also in the book of Hebrews "And this
word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those
things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that
those things which cannot be shaken may remain."
(6)
God is speaking here to the shaking of earthly and
temporal things which do not glorify Christ so that the
divine restoration may be made complete. This
scripture can also be read in a personal sense in that
the Holy Spirit will shake those things in our lives that
do not serve His purpose
(7), that interfere with His
Plan and do not further the 'preaching of the gospel to
all nations'.
(8) Our faith is also to be refined and
perfected "That the trial of your faith, being much
more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be
tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour
and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:"
(9) The
empha-
sis here is that man's idols (and they can be many and
varied) will be shaken while his faith will be
baked or
'
fired' in order to remove the impurities. The church
should not be surprised if a
shaking and baking is
yet to come before she (the church) is ready to come
out of the bride-in-waiting chambers and be received
by her groom, Christ Jesus. Our hope is anchored in
the hollow of God's right-hand which holds His
promise set out in 1 John 2:25, i.e.,
eternal life.
A noted theologian once remarked that he shared the
gospel wherever he traveled, and sometimes he even
used words
.(1)  A person's manifest behavior,
character and observable lifestyle speak volumes
regarding his/her personal value system, scared beliefs
and allegiance to God's righteous-holy
commandments. A hardened polarity between
Christian biblical absolutes
(2) and contemporary
pop-culture humanistic relativism
(3) is now not only
evident across the breadth of our social structure, it
has become established as the norm. Ostensibly, there
is really nothing left which is considered sacrosanct,
inviolable, or 'off-limits' to mans sordid appetites and
indulgences. Every day the Ten Commandments
(2) are
portrayed as being easily violated through a myriad of
media and commercial television broadcast venues.
What once was considered to be 'evil' is now
common place and that which was touted as 'good' is
now often judged to be passé or relegated to the
background. Sordid values are blatant in many
contemporary political platforms while burgeoning
permissive immorality is awash on the decks of
society. Human life has now reached a point of
diminished value, whether it be for the unwanted
unborn, chronically disabled, elderly and even the
disenfranchised.
Do not let any of your loved ones perish because you
are
too busy or distracted to witness for their
salvation, do not neglect the unsaved in your
community and do not deny the work of God by
withholding His tithe, gifts and/or offerings. Don't
become
half-baked or 'shaken and not stirred' by
the unrighteousness and lawlessness that now
abounds. Guard against being caught up in the
expanding laissez-faire attitude toward tomorrow
being promulgated by certain social-progressive
government entities, the secular media and from some
corners of the far-left religious community. The
things
of man will be brought into proper perspective as the
Divine Restoration rapidly approaches.        JDH/AMA  
God spoke to such a time and set of conditions as
these in the book of Isaiah, "Woe unto them that call
evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light,
and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and
sweet for bitter!".
(3) "Be not deceived; God is not
mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he
also reap."
(4) We read in Eph. 5:27 that Christ will "...
present it (His church) to himself a glorious church, not
having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it
should be holy and without blemish". Do we see the
church today being without spot, wrinkle or blemish?
If we do then the Hope of Glory
(5) can surely come at
any moment; yet if not, then that which stands in the
way of her (church) perfection will need to be removed.
(1) St. Francis of Assisi    (2) Exo. 20:1-17    (3) Isa. 5:20    (4) Gal. 6:7   (5) Col. 1:27    (6) Heb. 12:27    (7) Eph. 1:10    (8) Matt. 24:14   
(9) 1 Pet. 1:7
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