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Paul Tripp reminds us that God has given us power in Christ where once we were impotent:

“For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.” (Colossians 2:9–10, ESV)  

You’re not left alone – the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily. What an amazing reality! This means that you’re the temple where the God of glory and grace now lives.

Husbands and wives, you can move toward your spouse and work on your marriage. On your own, you would ruin your marriage, but because the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, you can love your spouse sacrificially. Parents, you can move towards your children with patience and raise them in faith. On your own, you would ruin your children, but because the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, you can raise them with wisdom.

Whoever you are, and whatever God has called you to, move forward with courage and faith, because the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily. You don’t have to live in timidity as a believer.

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“I cannot work my soul to save, for that my Lord has done;
but I will work like any slave for love of God’s dear Son.”

–Unknown source

 

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1438197_37913195“Christ Jesus will, in a most magnificent manner, descend from heaven with all the holy angels. The man in Christ Jesus is now in the heaven of heavens, he has been there since his ascension, being there enthroned in glory, but when the appointed time for the Day of Judgement shall have come, notice of it will be given in those happy regions. Christ will descend to the earth attended with all those glorious heavenly hosts, in a most solemn, awful and glorious manner.

Christ will thus descend into our air, to such a distance from the surface of the earth, that everyone, when all shall be gathered together, shall see him. Christ will make his appearance suddenly, and to the great surprise of the inhabitants of the earth. It is therefore compared to a cry at midnight, by which men are wakened in a great surprise.”

–Jonathan Edwards

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