Today is July 2, 2019

Verse of the Day — Philippians 3:13

. . . forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead


You can’t change the past, but you can learn from your mistakes.


To many people, this is the greatest verse in the Bible. God promises that He separates us from our sin “as far as the east is from the west” (Psalm 103:12). As Christians, we have the privilege of going through life without a penalty for our sins on judgment day! And He wants us to live each day knowing that all is forgiven. So when we mess up, we repent (change direction), forget it and move on. Never, never dwell on the past.


Yet another worth-repeating comment from a GML subscriber:

When any couple gets married as the state defines and without God, in strictly Christian terms it would seem to me that they are not married at all. In a sense, we have allowed the state to capture the tradition and meaning of marriage. Now we are stuck with whatever non-Christians decide marriage is. We have co-mingled Christian marriage and legal marriage. They are not the same.

The fact that a lawyer was needed to evaluate the state’s view of the marriage in the GML post is one of many problems that were created when Christians allowed the state to recognize and “legalize” marriage.

Marriage, as God created it, was never intended to be a part of secular government and secular laws. By merging Christian marriage with state-legalized marriage, we have opened the door for the state to re-define marriage as it or the current culture wishes, thus requiring a lawyer when it gets complicated.

Marriage is so intertwined with government now that it even is part of the tax code and employer-benefits laws. I wish the state would not recognize ANY marriage. That way, Christians can keep marriage as it was intended and everyone else can call their “unions” whatever they wish—but it will not be confused with what we and God call marriage. And, as a bonus, the government and politicians will be out of it all together.


Dear Compass,

Did you really mean to write, “. . .the departure of God’s Holy Spirit from earth . . .”? If the Holy Spirit departs this earth as you claim, what is it that will convict those that remain of sin and bring them to salvation in Christ? Please clarify.

People living in the dispensation of the Tribulation will be saved just like everyone else—”by faith.” In the four dispensations before the Church Age, people were saved by faith.
  • By faith Abel . . . —Hebrews 11:4
  • By faith Noah . . . —Hebrews 11:7
  • By faith Abraham . . . —Hebrews 11:8
  • By faith Moses . . . —Hebrews 11:23
  • And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. —Hebrews 11:6
After Jesus paid for our sins on the Cross at Calvary, He was able to send the Holy Spirit to permanently indwell born-again Believers. This was not possible prior to the cross, as the Holy Spirit can only permanently indwell a sanctified Believer. (Jesus also says He will never leave us, so that proves there is nothing we can do to lose our salvation!)

But when the Holy Spirit departs earth, taking with Him all born-again Believers, a new dispensation will begin, referred to as the “70th Week of Daniel” (Daniel 9:24-27), the “7 Years of Tribulation” (Revelation 6:1-19:21), or “The Time of Jacob’s Trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7). People in that dispensation will be saved just like the people saved in the Old Testament or Gospel period before Jesus died on the cross.

It may be helpful to remember that Jesus said:

But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper shall not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. —John 16:7

Jesus was saying, in effect, that if He didn’t leave the earth, the Holy Spirit could not come to the earth and indwell Believers. The same principle would be true in reverse—if the Holy Spirit does not depart, Jesus cannot come again for the Second Coming.


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