First Timothy chapter one verse 17 in spite of the technical difficulty we may be having at the moment, Paul writes to Timothy and as he is writing to Timothy, he says this beginning in verse 12 and I think Christ Jesus, our Lord who has enabled me because he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry. Let’s, let’s begin by noticing that Paul’s discussion is writing to this young preacher,
writing to this young man to tell him of the blessing that he’s received and the ministry that he’s received and that they, he’s received that by the grace of God because God allowed him to be there. He didn’t merit it. He didn’t earn it. It wasn’t by birth and it wasn’t by lineage. It wasn’t by tribe and it wasn’t by the the majesty or the glory or the the education that he had.
It was because God chose him and because God permitted him to be placed in this position to have this ministry. He says, although verse 13 I was formally a blasphemer, a persecutor and insolent man, but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. Paul says, there was a time when I was persecuting the church. There was a time when I was opposing God,
but I was ignorant about what I was doing. I did it in unbelief. Now, there’s an interesting point there. There. Here is an example of an individual who’s opposing God and is ignorant concerning God. Now, it’s an interesting point because Paul will later state and we’ll discuss even throughout this lesson that the reality was he was without excuse in his ignorance,
and yet he was ignorant and Paul will often tell individuals because of what God has revealed, that they will be held accountable and that they are without excuse. And yet he obtained this grace. The grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant with faith and love, which are in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners of whom I am.
Chief Paul is an individual that we often look to as a great preacher, as a great apostle. It’s a great writer of the new Testament, and yet he says of himself, I am the chief of sinners. I am the lowest of the low because of his past. However, for this reason, I obtained mercy that in me first, Jesus Christ,
Mike shell, all long suffering as a pattern to those who are going to believe on him for everlasting life. Paul says, if you want to find an example of God’s long suffering, if you want to show someone an example of God’s long suffering and giving mercy and grace to someone who didn’t deserve it, who he could have just as easily have killed instead of granting him grace and mercy,
use me. That’s why God did what he did. He granted he showed his long suffering that through his actions toward me, that I might be a pattern for those who were seeking after everlasting life. If anyone comes to God and says, you know what, I’ve just done too many wrong things. I’ve just been to insulin. I’ve just been too abusive.
I’ve just been too much of a persecutor. I’ve done too much. God says, look at Paul. I forgave him, but look at his faithfulness. Look at what he suffered. Look at what he endured for my sake. Yeah, And remember that was the cost. He says then verse 17 now too King. We discussed that this morning, our lesson this morning was on Christ the King and this context,
this passage is speaking of Christ now to the King, eternal immortal, invisible. Three words here used to describe Christ, three words backed up by other places in scripture that define and describe Christ as King. Now in the context of eternal, there are going to be far more passages than we have time to go through, and even the number of ones that I put up on the screen,
we won’t get to all of them and notice all of them. Otherwise we won’t have time for the final two words. But hopefully if you have a pen and a piece of paper, you can jot down a few of these as we go through them, especially those that we don’t get to and spend some time in your own study noticing all of the ladies that God describes the E turn ality of Christ in his being and in his kingship.
But as we get into this, the first thing we want to do is notice what this word eternal is. The word for eternal is the word from which we get our word eon. It is the word that means age. It is sometimes translated to mean world. It sometimes translated to mean age and yet it also carries with it this idea of forever and ever or forever more.
So the context is always going to to wrap this words idea and give it its definition. That’s why it’s important. Whenever you’re reading through scripture and you know a little bit about a word in the original language, it’s always important to interpret it by the context it’s in. Let’s begin in Luke chapter one as we notice this idea of eternal in relationship to Christ and Christ as King.
Let’s begin in Luke chapter one in verse 30 then the angel said to her, to Mary, do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God and behold you will conceive in your room and bring forth a son and shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the son of the highest and the Lord God will give him the throne of his father David,
and he will reign over the house of Jacob. And here’s that word Ian. For forever and of his kingdom there will be no, and the angel tells Mary the one who you are going to give birth to, the one who you will give birth to through the Holy spirit. The one who will be conceived in you by the Holy spirit is Jesus.
That will be his name, but he is the one who will be given the throne of David. He will be a King and he will be any Turnell King. But then notice another passage, Matthew chapter six verse 13 as this passage is referencing Christ in prayer to the father, yet it gives an interesting statement here Jesus is teaching his disciples to pray and he says in verse nine in this manner,
therefore pray our father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day, our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors and do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one for yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and they’re,
the reason why that passage is so significant is yes, this is the son speaking to the father. Yes, this is Christ speaking of God the father, and yet it is the glory of the father that will be bestowed upon the son. So there’s a connection here, but then notice his presence. Jesus will tell his in Matthew chapter 28 and in verse 20 as he is preparing to leave this earth,
as he is preparing to ascend back to the father, that he has received all authority. He commands them to go out into teach all nations, to teach them, to baptize them, to teach them, But then he says this, and lo, I am with you always. Even to the end of the eon is the Greek word there. Age Christ is saying,
my presence isn’t going to depart from you. My presence isn’t going away because I am eternal. Then consider also that his blessings, his rewards are eternal. Peter real question. Christ concerning the rewards that will come to those who have given up things in this life who’ve given up homes and wives and families and, and, and, and possessions. And Christ says that they will receive more In this life and in the life to come.
Then they have given up here and now Christ speaks concerning the blessings and the rewards that he has to offer those who are faithful to him not being just in this life but being eternal. What is a King who offers a real Lord that he can’t give? Certainly not the kind of King you want to serve. And yet Christ offers a row ward that is eternal.
Why? Because he is eternal. But then consider as well you have the prophesied nature of Christ. If you turn over to John chapter one John chapter one beginning in verse 67, we have an interesting um, prophecy here. Not from necessarily someone you would expect if, unless you’re familiar with the passage, John chapter one, I’ve got the wrong versus hole.
That’s because it’s supposed to be. Luke chapter one I believe. I think I wrote the wrong book. Yes. Luke chapter one. Sorry for the typo. Luke chapter one beginning in verse 67 you have Zechariah and Zechariah is here speaking. He’s filled with the Holy spirit, verse 67 and he is speaking concerning the things that are to come because John,
his son, who we know is John the Baptist has just been born and he has just been named and Zechariah has just received the ability to speak again, but notice this prophecy now. His father’s Zacharias was filled with the Holy spirit and prophesied saying bless it as the Lord of Israel for he has visited and redeemed his people and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David.
Okay, there’s a Sal. There is salvation coming? There’s a prophesied salvation coming. There’s a redemption coming and it’s coming from the house of David, just as the old Testament said it would as he spoke by the mouth of his Holy prophets who have been since the world began. Yeah. From the beginning of time, since the beginning of the age.
Since the beginning of the world here, Zechariah says, this has been spoken. This isn’t something that happened the way people do with modern day prophecies and three days before it happens. All this is going to happen in three days or a year before this happens. This is no from the foundation of the world. This has been told. You can go to Genesis chapter three and you can read God’s judgment against the serpent and you can see Christ,
the seed of woman as part of that judgment from the foundation of the world. This has been declared, but verse 71 that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us to perform the Mercy’s promise to our fathers and to remember his Holy covenant, the oath which he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us, that we being delivered from the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear in holiness and righteousness before him.
All the days of our lives. And you child will be called the prophet of the highest and you would go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways to give knowledge of salvation to his people and by the remission or by the remission of their sins, through the tender mercy of our God, with which the Dayspring from on high has visited us to give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Zechariah says of John, who has just been born, who has just been named you will be the prophet of the Lord. You will be the profit of the highest, the one who prepares the way of the Lord, who gives knowledge of salvation to his people. The eternal nature of the kingship of Christ is prophesied here. No, this is Zechariah says,
we will serve him our whole life, Right? If we are going to serve the King our whole life, it must be the case that the King’s reign going to extend beyond our life. We see the eternal nature of the King. Well then consider also this kingdom reaches to the Gentiles and the eternal nature also reaches to the Gentiles. Ephesians chapter three beginning in verse four we read this by which when you read,
you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ, which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men as it has now been revealed by the spirit to his Holy apostles and prophets, that the Gentiles should be fellow layers and of the same body and partakers of his promise in Christ through the gospel. So notice the context. Notice what Paul says.
The Gentiles are fellow heirs. They are per takers in the rewards and in the promise of the gospel of which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God, given to me by the effective working of his power to me who am less than the least of all the saints. This grace was given that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ and the make all see which is the fellowship of the mystery,
which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ. Notice there was a mystery that was hidden unrevealed. It was yet to be declared. It was yet to be revealed and yet it was spoken of. It was told that the Gentiles would have a part in it, and yet there wasn’t a full revelation of what it was that would come to pass according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus,
our Lord in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in him. What is it that is part of the eternal nature of the kingship of Christ? What is it that is part of the eternal nature of Christ? Bringing his promises about in this life that will promise from the world, from the time of world began? It is the presence and boldness of the Gentiles to approach God.
And I suggest to you this afternoon that that’s very good news for all of us sitting here because I don’t think there are any Jews present. Okay? This is good news for all of us. It means we have part in the promises of God and Christ as King, but then you also see Christ in the old Testament. The eternal nature of Christ is that you don’t just see Christ in the new Testament.
You don’t just see Christ after he’s born, but you see Christ in the old Testament, first King, or excuse me, first Chronicles, chapter 10 Paul throughout this chapter will bring forward Christ in the old Testament, but notice a few of the examples. Yeah. Verses one Through four we read more over brethren. I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud,
all passed through the sea, all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. All ate the same spiritual food and all drink the same spiritual drink for they drank of that spiritual rock that followed them. And that rock was Christ. Here he references the giving of water from the rock. He references the manna from heaven. He references the salvation coming through the red sea and he says this Was Christ.
Then verses five through verse nine we read, but with most of them, God was not well pleased for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness. Now these things became our examples to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted and do not become idolaters as they, as some of them were. As it is written, the people sat down to eat and drink and Rose up to play,
nor let us commit sexual immorality as some of them did, and in one day, 23,000 fell and notice this next phrase, no, or let us tell Crying As some of them also Tempted. Wait a minute. You’re telling me that in the old Testament when those Israelites went out and went forth and went into idolatry, that first-generation that proceeded out of the land of Egypt and into the land of Canaan,
but didn’t enter in and turned back and departed from the way have gone and followed after idols and followed after sexual morality and followed after their loss. You’re telling me they tempted Christ. That’s exactly what that passage just said.<inaudible> And were destroyed by serpents. Oh, you remember the time and book of numbers where the serpents were sent among them and it wasn’t until they came out and looked upon the brazen serpent that they would be healed And that one that was lifted up.
Yeah, In the midst of the camp that they had to look upon. That one that was lifted up, looked toward Christ. That’s exactly what Paul says, But then consider as well, you have Christ reign, Christ reign as King being without end. Ephesians chapter one. Yeah, Fijian chapter one beginning in verse 21 Paul as he is speaking here concerning the church and concerning Christ,
verse 20 which he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at the right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion and every name that is named not only in this age but also in that which is to come and he’s put all things under his feet and gave him to be head over all things to the church,
which is his body, the fullness of him that fill us all in all here, Christ is described as one ruling, not only in this age, but in the age to come. His reign is eternal. Chapter two verses six through seven has raised us up together and made us to sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come,
he might show the exceeding riches of his grace and in his kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. Not only is his reign eternal, the benefits of his citizenship are eternal. But then consider revelation chapter 11 revelation chapter 11 and in verse 15 we have this statement, verse 15, Dean of revelation chapter 11. Then the 77 angel sounded, and there were loud voices in heaven saying the kingdom of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ and he shall reign.
Oh, it doesn’t just say he shall reign, does it? It says, and he shall reign for forever and never Christ the King. Eternal. Chapter 22 and in verse one, as the picture of the new heaven and the new earth are presenting chapter 22 in verse one and he showed me a river of uh, excuse me, a pure river of water of life,
clear as crystal, proceeding from where? From the throne of God and of the lamb. Verse five there shall be no night. There may need no lamp nor light of the sun for the Lord. God gives them light and they shall reign or ever and ever. Paul says to the King eternal. It is because he understands the nature of not only the King but of his reign.
You might also consider as well that he is the one who brings forth the Gentiles into this kingdom. We might also notice that he’s the one who made the worlds. He is the creator from the very beginning. John chapter one verses one and two all things were made through him and without him was not anything made that was made. Yeah, Hebrews chapter one makes it clear that the one through whom God now speaks is the one through whom he made the worlds in.
All things are upheld by the word of his power. All of these passages make it clear that Christ is not only eternal in his reign but has been here from me. Turnitin. Okay. Jesus said it this way before Abraham was, I am Well then consider as well that his throne is eternal. Over and Hebrews chapter one Hebrews chapter one and in verse eight you have a prophecy from the old Testament,
from the book of Psalms and Psalms chapter 45 here applied to Christ correctly applied to Christ in the new Testament with clarity concerning what it is that the Psalmus writer meant. In Hebrews chapter one in verse eight we read, but to the son, he says, your throne, O God is forever and ever a Sceptre of righteousness is the Sceptre of your kingdom.
There’s an interesting statement there because the ones speaking is the Lord. The Lord is speaking and saying to the Lord, your throne, Oh God is forever. Jehovah is speaking to someone else. He’s speaking To the second person in the Godhead and he’s describing his throne as eternal, but then consider as well and Hebrews chapter five that his priesthood is eternal. I understand we’re focusing on his kingship,
but in interesting value proposition here. His priesthood is eternal and his kingship is eternal and he is a King and a priest after the order of is a deck. Hebrews chapter five and in verse six we read and he says, he also says in another place, you are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. That comes from Psalms 110 again,
he reiterated that and Hebrews chapter seven verse 17 we read this, he testifies you are a priest forever according to the<inaudible>, as if we hadn’t quite gotten the point yet. Verse 21 for they have become priests without an old, but he is with an old by him who said to him, the Lord is warning will not relent. You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
Why in the world is the Hebrew writer hammering this so many times Because there was never a priest in Israel Who was the King Because there was never a King in Israel who was a priest and every priest in Israel died And yet the King, the priest, Christ would be King forever. Not like the lineage of Aaron, but very much different from that,
but consider also the runner. He is our four runner into eternity. Hebrews chapter six beginning in verse 19 we read this hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, which enters the presence behind the veil. A few things that are important as we get to the next verse, the veil is death. There’s a hope that we have that enters beyond death that has gone ahead of us,
that anchor that we can cast through this life into eternity and have assurance of what is to come. And verse 20 we read where the four runner has entered for us. Even Jesus having become high priest forever according to the order of milk as a Dak Hebrew writer says, Christ is our anchor. He’s gone before us, and that hope that we have in Christ is a hope that is assured that enters beyond death and gives us confidence of what is to come.
But then consider also that Hebrew writer says that the, that Christ is the same. Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. He’s unchanging. He’s not going to depart. He’s not going to leave us behind. He’s not going to neglect us. He is not going to forsake us. He is the lamb, the lamb that was slain and is alive again.
Revelation chapter five verse 13 he is the lamb that was slain and yet revelation chapter one verses 13 through 18 says this, revelation chapter one verse 13 says, and in the midst of the seven lampstands one like the son of man clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band, his head and his hair were white like wool,
as white as snow. And his eyes like the flame of fire. His feet were like fine. Brass is refined by a furnace and his voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand, seven stars out of his mouth when a sharp twoedged sword and his countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. And when I saw him,
I fell at his feet as dead, but he laid his right hand on me saying to me, do not be afraid. I am the first and the last I am he who lives and was dead and behold, I am alive forever more. Amen. And I have the keys of Haiti’s and death. Write the things which you have seen in the things which are and the things which will take place after this.
Yeah. Christ appears to John and John sees his appearance and John falls down as dead and Christ lifts him up and says, do not be afraid on the first and the last. I’m the one who lives and who died and who is alive forevermore. Christ the King. Is he turtle? Well, then we come to this word immortal. You might think if you were looking at this from an English perspective,
that he terminal in immortal. That’s kind of the same thing. That’s not now when you go back to the original meaning of this word, because the original meaning of this world word doesn’t mean never dies. The original meaning of this word in the in the Greek language was incorruptible without quite literally not corrupted. The idea of this word is not only is God not going to die,
not only is Christ not going to die, not only is his, he is King not going to die, he is without corruption in his life. First Kings chapter, excuse me, I do that again. First Corinthians, first Corinthians chapter three and in verse 17 if anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is Holy,
which temple you are, the word defiled. There is the positive form of the word not corrupted. In first Timothy chapter one so first it’d be chapter one verse 17 you have in the Greek language, if you put an a in front of something, an alpha in front of something, it turns it into a negative. It means not this. So in this passage,
the word defiled is the word for corruption. First Timothy, chapter one verse 17 is not corrupted, not corruptible. Chapter 15 verse 33 of Corinthians. Paul uses this phrase inside this context of the resurrection and he, it’s very interesting that it’s here. We’re going to see some of the interesting aspects of this in just a moment, but inside a discussion of the resurrection,
he says this to these church, these brethren at Corinth, he says, verse 33 do not be conceived. Evil companions, corrupt good habits. Paul’s says that your way of life can be corrupted and it’s interesting. He uses this word that he’s going to use the negative form of and just a few verses. He says, your life can be corrupted by evil influences,
and by the way, the context is evil influences in the church. He’s talking about brethren teaching false doctrines. He’s talking about those brethren that are denying the resurrection. He’s not talking about evil influences in the world. He’s not talking about don’t spend your time with those who are committing fornication and adultery and unseemly things. He’s telling these brethren, you stay away from Christians who are teaching what is faults because they’re evil communication way of life will corrupt yours,
but then notice as well going to the use of the word incorruption. This same word that we have translated in first Timothy chapter one verse 17 as immortal. Romans chapter one verse 23 says, professing to be wise, verse 22 they became fools and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible men and birds and four footed animals and creeping things.
He’s talking about the idolatry of the Gentiles. He’s talking about the history of these pagan people who have taken the image of God. They’ve taken the idea of God, the glory of God, the declaration of God, and they’ve made him like a corruptible creature. They fashioned it with corruptible things. They fashioned images as corruptible individuals or creatures or animals and such like to represent God.
Paul says, you can’t take the image of God who is incorruptible and create an image that looks like him made out of that which is corruptible, but then notice also the crown of the King is referenced as that which is incorruptible. In first Corinthians chapter nine verse 25 we read this. You do not run, excuse me. You did not know. Verse 24 those who run in a race all run,
but one receives the prize run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown. Quite often during the days of the races that Paul is referencing, the crown would be made of of limbs and and, and uh, and leaves and that type of thing.
It was a full crown. It would die in just a matter of days. And yet he says, but we, for an imperishable crown, Again, we’re reminded that the reward of Christ, much like the existence of Christ is eternal. It is in corruptible, but then consider also Peter says, using this same imagery, this same word, he uses it to reference our inheritance.
In first Peter chapter one and in verse four he says to an inheritance, he’s speaking about the resurrection, Christ from the dead to an inheritance, incorruptible and undefiled. And that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you. We place our whole bar trust, our expectation of our inheritance in a Christ who is eternal. And his reward will not disappear,
Right? It will not be moth eaten, it will not be stolen. It is in corruptible. But then again, we are also reminded that the seed with which we are born into eternal life is also incorruptible first. First Peter chapter one verse 22 sends you a purified your souls in obeying the truth through the spirit in sincere love of the brethren love one another fervently with a pure heart,
having been born again, not of corruptible seed but of incorruptible through the word of God which lives and abides forever. Now I mentioned this morning as we read row revelation chapter 19 and we read concerning the one who had a name that no one knew and we read concerning the one who was on the white horse and we read his name is The word Of God And then we’re reminded of John chapter one where we read that in the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God.
And we come here to first Peter chapter one verses 22 and 23 and we read that we have been born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible through the word of God which lives and by AIDS forever. God says, my word will never pass away. My word will never be corrupted, and it is that seed which gives life, but then go back with me if you will,
to that context. In first Corinthians chapter 15 first Corinthians chapter 15 We find the remainder of this discussion. I mentioned verse 33 he’s talking about a corrupting influence. He’s talking about a corruption that will change their way of life from those who are within the body of Christ teaching that which is false. He says, verse 42 so also is the resurrection of the dead.
The body is sown in corruption, but it is raised in incorruption. He says, now as he’s talking about the resurrection, not only theirs is there going to be one, but the body that is resurrected is immortal. It is without corruption. Then notice verse 50 now I say now this, I say, brethren, that the flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God.
Nor does corruption inherit incorruption. The reason the body is changed, the reason why any eternity we won’t be as we are now is because this body is corruptible. This body can be defiled, this body can perish, can decay, but that body will not, and corruption cannot inherit incorruption versus 53 and 54 for this corruptible must put on incorruption and this mortal must put on immortality.
So when this corruptible is put on incorruption and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass. The saying that is written, death is swallowed up in victory. So we have the King whose eternal, we have the King who will change us from being corruptible, decaying, departing, dying to incorruptible. But then we also have invisible.
This is simply a word that means not visible, not seen, not observable. And yet it’s interesting that Paul uses the word invisible to reference Christ Price was the one who said to his disciples in John chapter 14 if you’ve seen me, you’ve seen the father and yet it is through the manifestation of Christ that we see the father, that we understand the father,
and yet at the present time when Paul is writing this, Christ can’t be seen. Christ has ascended into heaven and is no longer visible. That is with the natural eyes, but turn to Romans chapter one Romans chapter one verses 18 through 20 we have in this context about paganism, about those who departed from the truth and their of God. This these words for the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness because what may be known of God is manifest in them for God has shown it to them.
Notice there’s something that can be known. There’s something that even in the old Testament could be known about God and was manifest was made known to them. Verse 20 for since the creation of the world, his invisible attributes are clearly seen. Now, wait a minute. How can his invisible attributes be clearly seen? How is it that God who cannot be seen has the ability to clearly be seen?
Paul, what do you mean? Notice what he says. For since the creation of the world, his invisible attributes are clearly seen being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead so that they are without, Excuse me. Paul says, you can know that God exists. You can see he who is invisible by the deeds that he’s done by the works that he has manifested by the creation that he has given us,
but then consider as well that Christ revealed the father turned to collage in chapter one we already mentioned John chapter 14 verse nine but Colossians chapter one We read beginning in verse 12 giving thanks to the father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the son of his love.
Notice, here’s the King. Here’s the kingdom in whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the first born over all creation. For by him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether Thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through him and for him.
And he is before all things and in him all things consist. We see Christ And yet we don’t. He is visible by his deeds. He is visible by his power. He is visible by his nature. He is visible by his salvation. He is visible by his redemption. He is visible by our forgiveness, Okay. And yet he is invisible.
Peter writes to those in the first century and speaks to Them about the one who though they’ve never seen him yet, they love him. Jesus Christ, the King, eternal, immortal, invisible. And yet Moses were told, and Hebrews chapter 11 and verse 27 for suc, the house of Pharaoh for suck the sin that was around him to be numbered among the people of God As seeing him who was invisible.
Moses was one who saw God. He saw God as a choice to serve God or to serve the flesh, to serve God or to serve sin, to be obedient to God and suffer or to live in pleasure and yet not know God. The King eternal, immortal, invisible is the one to whom we owe honor, glory, praise, worship, salvation,
redemption. And who has promised us and inheritance that is incorruptible, undefiled, and that fades not away. So the question for us is, what will we do with the King? What will we do with his eternal nature? We can’t run away from him. We can outlive him. We can’t die and hope that we’ll just go out of existence. We have a judgment to face and he is King and he is judge,
and yet he has promised us a home. Do you have the assurance of that home today? Do you have the assurance of hope? The assurance steadfast then enters within the veil that when this life is over, that home awaits. There’s a King reigning and he’s waiting for you to come home. If you have need of the invitation, the invitation is open.
Why not come now as we stand and as we sing.