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Unseen But Speaking

Acts 3:21-26
Heaven must receive him until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets. For Moses said, 'The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything he tells you. Anyone who does not listen to him will be completely cut off from their people.' 'Indeed, beginning with Samuel, all the prophets who have spoken have foretold these days. And you are heirs of the prophets and of the covenant God made with your fathers. He said to Abraham, 'Through your offspring all peoples on earth will be blessed.' When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways.' (NIVUK)

Jesus is not physically on earth now, but He is still speaking – through His Word and by His Spirit (John 14:26). He ascended into heaven and will remain there until He comes again in His glorified body, and in great glory, to gather His people (Matthew 24:30-31) and make everything right and new (Revelation 21:3-4).

God's promise to restore the fallen world through Christ is seen throughout the Bible. Deuteronomy 18:15-19 is God's promise through Moses that Jesus is the ultimate expression of God's Word. Indeed, anybody who will not listen to Him cannot be a part of His people. The Old Testament prophets were inspired by the Holy Spirit to speak and write about Jesus (1 Peter 1:10-12) and the Pentecost crowd were the first to hear the explanation of well known but mysterious passages of Scripture (Colossians 1:26-27) – they were all about Jesus restoring a sinful world.

The greatest blessing we can receive starts with turning away from sin. That is repentance. There is no way forward with God without listening to Jesus, agreeing that He is right, turning from what is wrong, and asking for His mercy and forgiveness.

Jesus is speaking today. It does not matter what background you have come from, inclusion into God's family is only through Jesus (Acts 4:12). Because He is God the Son, those who reject Him also reject God the Father (John 15:23). People who welcome Jesus are made part of God's family (John 1:12). The gospel about Jesus that you have accepted is not just for you; it is essential good news for all your friends and colleagues too. Jesus is still alive, still speaking, still in command and will fulfil His promise to restore everything that sin has spoiled. As you trust in Him for salvation, also trust Him to help you to tell other people (www.crosscheck.org.uk), so that they may find His salvation too.

Living Lord. Thank You that Jesus is still speaking through the Bible, which the Holy Spirit explains to our hearts. Forgive me for ignoring Jesus, either through failing to read the Bible or by being so busy that I do not allow the Holy Spirit to teach me what Jesus is saying. Please help me to be eager to listen to Jesus, obey Him and share the truth about Jesus with the people I know. In His name. Amen.
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© Dr Paul Adams