Grace and Peace to You – Being Prepared!
I would like to do a bit of a historical reconnaissance and go back in history and tell you a story about an attack that happened on 7 December 1941, and that is the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour. It was an attack that not only obliterated the American naval fleet and most of Pearl Harbour but, it was also an attack that seems to me, in my opinion, that is filled with much irony: the Americans were prepared and unprepared all at the same time
THE BIBLE GIVES CONTINUOUS WARNINGS OF BEING PREPARED AT ALL TIMES AND NOT FINDING ONE’S SELF UNPREPARED INSTEAD!
The Bible gives so many warnings about “Being prepared” to Christians and, again, the great irony of it all is that there are just so many supposed Christians who THINK THAT THEY ARE PREPARED BUT, SADLY are, in fact, and, according to Scripture, absolutely unprepared and, therefore, the consequences thereof are very dark and terrible indeed. It is very similar to the saga of Pearl Harbour but, according to Scripture, it will be exponentially worse!
NOAH, THE HERALD OF RIGHTEOUSNESS – REPENT AND BE PREPARED
Genesis 6:9 calls Noah “a righteous man”. Therefore, not only was Noah righteous before God but also preached the righteousness of God. And, if Noah preached the righteousness of God then he would have also preached truth and repentance.
You see, preaching righteousness is always accompanied with the truth. And if Righteousness is accompanied with the truth then it is also always accompanied with repentance as well. Truth and repentance are as inextricable as Grace and peace are – the two cannot be separated at all!
In other words, in Noah’s preaching, he was telling the people to be prepared for what is to come – something that was completely unimaginable, unthinkable, inconceivable, dreadful, and deadly for all those who did not believe and did not repent of their wicked ways.
2 Peter 2:5 (Cf. Hebrews 11:6-7; 1 Peter 3:20)
“… If He [God] did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness [a proclaim of truth and repentance], with seven others, when he brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly…”
Now, everything that I have just said all boils down the point of; us as Christians, being prepared at all times for Christ; whether He returns today, or whether we die and only then see Him, that is; if you are indeed a Christian.
The point is, we need to live our lives in complete preparedness, that is to say; we are to continually live our lives as Christians not just on Sundays but throughout the weeks and for our entire lives because none of us knows when the final second, minute, or hour will come.
WARNINGS ALL THROUGHOUT SCRIPTURE!
If one takes a closer look at the Bible then you will quickly realise that all throughout the pages of Scripture there is always some sort of continual warning given both to the ungodly and also to those who belong to God.
The Parable of the Ten Virgins!
To understand the Parable of the Ten Virgins in Matthew 25:1-10, one thing I know for sure is that the context thereof proceeds from Matthew 24:37-51.
One cannot read this parable as a stand-alone without seeing the deeper warning pronounced by Christ in Matthew 24:37-51.
The parable of the Ten Virgins is just one of many illustrations of the “Prepared” and the Unprepared”
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