“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth–in Him.” (Ephesians 1:7-10)
The Age of Grace or also known as the Church Age began on the Day of Pentecost in Jerusalem when the disciples and followers of Jesus Christ gathered in one accord in an upper room and prayed during the Feast of Passover and during the fifty days leading up to Pentecost. Jesus Christ had ascended to Heaven and was seated at the right hand of the Father. The Holy Spirit was sent to the Church of Jesus Christ–His followers. He came in like a mighty rushing wind and forever changed the world.
The Gospel and the kingdom of God have spread around the world ever since that day regardless of the level of evil in the world. We are currently living in the Age of Grace where the Father’s arms are opened wide to all who will come to Him through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Just as you are, He says come! He will take the broken down mess of your life and build a beautiful life out of it. He does it every single day in the lives of millions of people.
The “fullness of times” is at hand and we are now in the sunset of the age of grace. The world is racing headlong into the Great Tribulation spoken of by the prophets of old and from our Lord Jesus Christ Himself. As followers of Jesus, we are to be about our Father’s business by telling everyone who will listen about the great news of salvation. We do this because once the sun sets on this age, then it is the time of the wrath of God spoken of by the prophet Joel. “For the day of the LORD is coming, for it is at hand: a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, like the morning clouds spread over the mountains.” (Joel 2:1-2)
“For the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; who can endure it?” (Joel 2:11)
What is God saying to people today? He cries out from the pages of Joel to all people near and far:
“Now, therefore, says the LORD, “Turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.” So rend your heart, and not your garments; Return to the LORD your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness; and He relents from doing harm. Who knows if He will turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind Him?” (Joel 2:12-14)
God is not satisfied with part-time Christianity. He demands to be your number one priority. The very first commandment given to Moses was “thou shalt LOVE the LORD your God with ALL your heart, with ALL your mind, with ALL your might and strength.” He wants you to give Him one hundred percent. He is an all or nothing God. Jesus said, “I would rather you be hot OR cold rather than lukewarm.”
God is all about the heart. It is not what church you go to. It is not how many programs you are involved in or even how many prayer meetings and conferences you attend. What do you do in your private life? What do you do when nobody is around to see you? Do you have a secret place to meet with Him? Are you in love with Jesus? Is He on your mind throughout the day? Doing “Christian” activities does not mean that you know Jesus Christ on a personal level! If you answered no to any of these questions, then you need to take stock of your relationship with Him.
Jesus said it this way “Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name? And then I will declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” (Matthew 7:21-22)
Salvation begins in the heart and it must STAY in the heart. He is the vine, we are the branches. Apart from the vine, the branch dies. Our heart must be glued to Jesus. When our hearts are one with Him, THEN the world will see the good deeds we do as we obey the Father. Faith begins in the heart and faith is what empowers our good deeds to draw people to Jesus.
One day we will all stand before Him where we will see Jesus face to face. We will look into His eyes and see either recognition or a sadness because He doesn’t know you. The real question isn’t “do you know Jesus?” The real question is “does Jesus know YOU?” If He doesn’t know you through the intimate relationship, then you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.
We are living in the sunset of grace. Come or return to the LORD today while He is calling to you. If you have walked away from Him and want to return, click on this link and pray the prayer to return.
If you have never met Jesus Christ before today, click on the link below and pray the prayer. He will come to you and change you forever.