37 “For yet a little while,
And He who is coming will come and will not tarry.
38 Now the just shall live by faith;
But if anyone draws back,
My soul has no pleasure in him.”
39 But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.
I am so thankful for the promise of Christ’s return! From the day of His ascension and the promise of His return, the church of Jesus Christ has longed for Him to come back and to lead us to the Father. We long for our King to take over His earth and to reign as King on the throne of David. We long to see Satan defeated and righteousness as the ruling Constitution.
In this passage we see that the Lord is coming back for them who remain in faith. We are justified by faith and Ephesians 2:8 tells us that God gives us the faith to be justified. Once we become people of faith we are to maintain that faith. Faith is like an investment for when it is well taken care of it grows but when it is abused it diminishes.
The writer of Hebrews defines this well and lets us all know that when we draw back from our faith the soul of God does not have pleasure in us, that is, He is not well-pleased. Hebrews 11:6 tells us that without faith we cannot please God therefore when we do live by faith ever investing it into greater actions by faith then God is pleased with us. There is nothing greater in this life than the smile of God upon our lives.
In verse 39 we learn that we, the people of faith in God, those justified by faith, are not of those who draw back to perdition or to destruction. We are not going to be destroyed with those who have no faith. On the contrary, we are those who believe and the object of our belief is our salvation. Hallelujah! What a Savior. He gives us the faith to believe, we invest that faith in Him, our faith increases and with that increase of faith comes an increase in our eternal confidence. Our souls are saved. My friends, I will be going to two funerals this week. The body dies. The soul lives. Those who by faith become followers of Jesus Christ and throughout their lives invest that faith into greater acts of trust will know that this faith of theirs will result in the salvation of their souls.
No wonder Paul could write, “We sorrow not as those who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again then we also believe that God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.”
It is a heavy week for our church. We have lost a dear friend and a faithful servant of Jesus Christ. Nancy Hall went to be with Jesus Sunday evening around 6:00. Her funeral will be this Friday at Calvary Church in their south chapel. There will be a wake from 10:00-1:00 with the service at 1:00. The ladies of our church, Grace for Life Bible Church, have been asked to provide cookies and bars for up to 200 guests. If you can help with this please send me an email or a text letting me know how many you can bring. I have been asked to bring the gospel message at the funeral. Pray for this to be a time when God will be exalted and any there without Christ to be drawn to Him.
Have a great day in the Lord,