Wednesday, October 28, 2015

A Familiar Voice

Encouragement for your daily walk with God

I am currently teaching a series on the Apostles’ Creed at the church I pastor. A couple of weeks ago, we looked at the phrase, “… from thence He shall come to judge the quick [those alive] and the dead.” On that day, the Scripture says, “All in their graves will hear the voice of God’s Son and come out…”

As I pondered that, it stuck me that there is coming a day when everyone will hear the Lord’s voice. Some will hear it for the very first time. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not because He hasn’t spoken, it’s more about they have never listened. It will not be a familiar voice, it will be the voice of a stranger. It’s likely they will hear it that once and never hear it again, as they will be eternally separated from Him. If that’s true, the only voices they will hear from that point forward, will be those that they followed here on earth. How sad!

In contrast, the Saints will hear a familiar voice—like sheep that know their shepherd. They have heard His voice before and opened their heart’s door to Him.

On that final day, the door will open, but it will be different. On that day, He won’t be coming to our house, we will be entering His!

Don’t be so surprised! Indeed, the time is coming when all the dead in their graves will hear the voice of God’s Son, and they will come out. Those who have done good will rise to experience eternal life, and those who have continued in evil will rise to experience judgment.  John 5:28-29

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