A Word to the Wise

“Word to the Wise” posts by Pastor Walter Olsen

Is there a good Biblical definition of those who do not believe in God? In the midst of a lengthy description, the Apostle Paul described such as, “Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes” (Rom. 3:16-18). These three things characterize those who do not believe in God. They turn from God’s standard of righteousness and despise the truth of Christ and salvation. They do not really know the peace of God, though many  may assume they do.

How significant is the birth of Jesus Christ?

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How significant is the birth of Jesus Christ? It is significant beyond what men are able to comprehend! It means the difference between eternal life and death for those who will repent of their sins and believe. Isaiah said, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light: Those who dwelt in the land and shadow of death, upon  them a great light has dawned” (Isa. 9:2).

Can we discern the times we live in?

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Can we discern the times we live in? This is so important because of the plan God has  revealed in the Bible. We don’t have to be ignorant considering what is going on in the world about us or of the Lord’s return. We don’t know dates, but we can know something of God’s overall plan for the ages.

Jesus said, “…when ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is. And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There shall be heat; and it cometh to pass. Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?” (Luke 12:54-56).

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Does one’s character make a difference in the outcome of his life? Yes! Character determines destiny. King Solomon said, “As righteousness leads to life, so he who pursues evil pursues it to his own death” (Prov. 11:19). It must be seen that Godly character comes from the Lord Jesus Christ. One does not have or produce Godly character on his own. Of course, many people are basically good people in that they live socially acceptable lives. They love their families,  are helpful to others, and keep the laws of the land. But that is not the same as righteous character given by God when one trusts Christ as Savior.

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Does the Christian have any special advantage in the time of trouble and turmoil? Yes! In speaking of difficult times, the Apostle Paul said, “But let us, who are the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ. Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him” (I Thess. 5:8-10). Life can be very difficult, but the believer always has the presence and promises of God to sustain him. This is true both for time and eternity.

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Does the Bible predict the violence, deception, and moral decay that we see in the world about us today? Yes, it does. Several passages speak of the departure from God and thus the break down of society. Consider the Apostle Paul’s warning, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful,  unholy, without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof…” (II Tim. 3:1-5).

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Will all people have to give an account to God for their deeds, actions, and decisions during their life time? The Bible says they will. The writer of Hebrews said, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do” (Heb. 4:13). Of course, people may choose not to believe or ignore this truth, but the consequences are the same.