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only faithful one, our Lord Jesus, came to minister to me. When I hear the passage, “Well done, good and faithful servant,” I hang my head in shame because I am not worthy to be called that. But Jesus, knowing our condition, does not leave us in that state of brokenness. The Apostle Paul gives us this word of assurance in Romans 7:21-8:2. “So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God – through Jesus Christ our Lord! “So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin. Therefore,

there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.” This is good news to all who fall short of the glory of God. Good news to the weak and the unfaithful alike. But there is just one more thing I need to say. I know that I will continue to face trouble in my life just like you, but I also know that a faithful Savior will be with us and that one day when all is said and done he will faithfully come for us. “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They

will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away’” (Revelation 21:1-4). Rev. Anthony Karlik is pastor of Faith Lutheran Brethren Church in Briarcliff Manor, NY. VISIT ONLINE


Revelation: The end of the story is just the beginning  
Revelation: The end of the story is just the beginning  

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