“The greatest ‘resource’ for humankind is Christ, Son of God and Son of man,” says Saint Pope John Paul II in ‘Turn to the Creator … Build a Civilization Born of Truth and Love.’ “In him we discover the features of the new man, realized in all his fullness.”
But do we? Not always! But we try. Nonetheless, from time to time even the best of us show the sign of the Beast in our daily walk. These are learning moments. God chastises us. We reap what we sow. We become better people. Other times, we mindlessly and indiscriminately follow the Morning Star that bamboozles and ensnares the vulnerable – whether poor in spirit or pure in heart, 13“… by performing great miracles; it makes fire come down out of heaven to earth in the sight of everyone …14 And it deceives all the people living on earth by means of the miracles … 18 Its number is 666 (Revelation 13: 13-14, 18; Good News Translation GNT).” God’s closest, including but not limited to the meek, the merciful, the peace makers, are the primary targets to capitulate and serve as instruments of evil, unless they remain on guard, armored with God’s anointing (salvation), in humility, faith, and love.
And so, though many believers use their hammers to forge steel to transform something that lasts; others, use their hammers to shatter glass to harm, injure and destroy (*Page xii; Kindle Location 70). Behold! The potter of humanity, God, still mends our broken vessels to make it whole (Jeremiah 18: 6) as contrasted to “all the king’s men who cannot put humpty dumpty back together again.”
We worship the God “who IS and who WAS and who IS TO COME” (Revelation 1: 4, 8) and not the fake antichrist, the “it was and is NOT and is to come” (Revelation 17: 8). In the present, the antichrist is fraud. The Apostle John defines the antichrist by a past (he was) and a future (will be here, parestai), but with NO present (is NOT). The antichrist is NEVER here-and-now. But everything that God is and everything that God has been is PRESENT, IMMEDIATE, INVADING the HERE-and-Now. Nothing is remote, either in the distant past or in the far-flung future. In God, past and future impinge, constantly, on the present. (Eugene H. Peterson, ‘Reversed Thunder … The Revelation of John & the Praying Imagination,’ pages193-194)
Change for the better is a constant work in progress. “But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us” (2 Corinthians 4: 7 ESV).
Evil can never be present in the presence of God. Light, even a glimmer, outshines darkness.
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