Today is April 29, 2019

Verse of the Day — Colossians 4:3

Praying . . . that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ . . .


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Are you praying for the non-Christians in your sphere of influence?


MINI BIBLE STUDY FOR THE DAY

God uses believers to reach non-believers. God also answers prayers, and there is a reward, a crown, in heaven for those who are used by God to reach others.

. . . For woe is me if I do not preach the gospel. For if I do this voluntarily, I have a reward; but if against my will, I have a stewardship entrusted to me. What then is my reward? That, when I preach the gospel, I may offer the gospel without charge, so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel. For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I may win more. —1 Corinthians 9:16-19

Witnessing begins by allowing others to see Christ in you, how you do things differently than the world does things.

You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men —2 Corinthians 3:2

Then, allowing God to use you, being able to give a solid, scriptural response to any questions:

. . . always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks . . . —1 Peter 3:15

So, have a great day and “do the work of an evangelist.”

But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. —2 Timothy 4:5


QUESTION FOR THE DAY

Dear Compass,

Re: Jesus abolishing death. If in fact we go to heaven when we die, and are already with the Lord in spirit form, why would there ever be the need for the resurrection day?


ANSWER:

When you die, your earthly body rots away, your spirit goes to be with the Lord, and you will receive your heavenly body at Rapture. The Bible doesn’t clearly address in what form we will exist during the time between our natural death and the Rapture. But Paul did come close to addressing this situation in the following verses by comparing our present bodies to tents and our future bodies to houses, and in between being “naked:”

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 (tent) we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven; inasmuch as we, having put it on, will not be found naked. For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. —2 Corinthians 5:1-4

The good news is you will be raptured; the bad news is you’ll be naked until the Resurrection. Just kidding! “Naked” means without the permanent heavenly body united with the spirit. 🙂

In any event, we will clearly be with the Lord when we leave this body.

Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord —2 Corinthians 5:6

At the Rapture/Resurrection, we will receive our new, permanent, “imperishable” (“the dead will be raised imperishable” —1 Corinthians 15:52), eternal bodies similar to what Jesus has:

(Jesus) who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory . . . —Philippians. 3:21

And Jesus had flesh and bone after His resurrection, but not blood.

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