Today is December 10, 2018

Verse of the Day — 1 Corinthians 15:49

Just as we have borne the image of the earthly, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

We get a great new body for eternity!


MINI BIBLE STUDY FOR THE DAY

Whether we die or meet the Lord in the air, we’ll get a new body to house our eternal soul and spirit. But this new body will not be the same as the one we have now. It will be similar to the new body Jesus received after His resurrection:

Our citizenship is in heaven . . . the Lord Jesus Christ will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory. —Philippians 3:20

There are at least four notable differences in this new body:

  1. It will have no sin.

    You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin. —1 John 3:5

    For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. —Hebrews 4:15

  2. It will have no blood—only flesh and bone.

    See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have. —Luke 24:39
  3. Up until that time, our “life” was in the blood (“For the life of the flesh is in the blood” —Leviticus 17:11), but we will have no need of blood as our “life” will be in Christ.
  4. We will be able to walk through walls.

    So when it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and when the doors were shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” —John 20:19
  5. It will never grow old.

    in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago —Titus 1:2

So, PTL, we’re in a temporary container, looking forward to our new container!

For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven —2 Corinthians 5:1-2


QUESTION FOR THE DAY

Dear Compass:

Regarding never getting a divorce for any reason, what about people who have been married and divorced 2 or 3 times before they are saved by our LORD? Do you think we should divorce the wives we now have and try to reconcile with our first wives? I don’t believe Jesus would have saved me just to send me back to hell. I know I made a mess out of my first 3 marriages, but since I met Jesus I have a new life.


ANSWER:

The Bible does not instruct you to divorce again; you can’t undo the past. You are to “forget what lies behind and press forward to what lies ahead” (Philippians 3:13). Through your new life in Christ, you can do all things through Him.

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. —Philippians 4:13

And please note that you are just as saved, just as sanctified, and just as pristine in God’s eyes as any other sinner, despite your three divorces or any other sin. Christians who have divorced are NOT second class Christians! Divorced men are not barred from serving as a Deacon or Elder in the church. Some Christians try to make divorce out to be the unpardonable sin, which is ridiculous. (And no, we who research the Bible for GML have never been divorced.)

The Bible does give specific instructions regarding Christians who have divorced. We wrote an article entitled “Christians and Divorce” in the Fall 2007 Compass Communique. You can download and read the article for free by clicking here.

Another resource for this GML:

You can download and watch a DVD for free from the Compass Digital Store by clicking on the title below—no credit/debit card needed.

Satan’s Top 10 Lies: Lie #1 Divorce Is the “Unpardonable” Sin for Christians – Bill Perkins

Or you can order this DVD to be mailed to you also by clicking the title above or by calling 208-762-7777.

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Regarding Santa Claus being a lie, we received these “which-Bible-are-they reading?” comments:

  • “..by taking things away from my children like the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus, you are taking away their childhood.”
  • “Sure, Jesus didn’t want us to lie to our children, but they are children.”
  • “Santa is a spirit of the season and has little to do with the birth of Jesus. I suppose that you will next condemn the tooth fairy.”
  • “Santa is not unchristian any more than Halloween.”
  • “Sounds like legalism.” (Saying that lying to your kids is wrong?!)
Therefore, to put this subject to bed, it is NEVER, NEVER, NEVER ok to knowingly lie to your children for any reason.

Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord . . . —Proverbs 12:22

It doesn’t say “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, except if you’re lying to your kids about Santa.” Therefore, all lies are wrong!

There are six things which the Lord hates, yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, a false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers. —Proverbs 6:16 (Notice lying is mentioned twice!)

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