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Past Tense

“Giving thanks unto the Father, who made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light” (Colossians 1:12).
In any language, the past tense notes that something has been done. It is finished. We no longer need to wonder when it will be accomplished, for it already is. In the book of Colossians, Paul used many past tense verbs to talk about our salvation. Beginning with the verse above, we can see that God has already made us meet to be partakers of our inheritance. Next, he delivered us out of the power of darkness and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of his love (1:13). In 1:20 we see that God has made peace for all things through the cross.

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The Promised Coming

 “Knowing this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, saying. ‘Where is the promise of His coming. . . (2 Pet. 3:3). 

Through the study of God’s word, and in our knowledge of the Lord’s promises, we know the physical Jesus is not walking the earth today and will not do so again as He did in giving His life for us. Over the past 2,000 years, there have been so-called sightings and visions, but none proven, yet stories of His return pop up more in the desire to profit or acclaim than in truthful reporting.


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Christian Soldiers

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith” (II Timothy 4:7). 

I recently read Never Surrender by LTG (Ret.) William G. Boykin. He was reared a Christian, and the book deals with his life-long walk with God. He served in the Army Special Forces, and its creed inspired my devotional. We need to understand what being a soldier of Christ means.


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