When we receive the Holy Spirit, he gives us a clear view of history that helps us to see that among the chaos of the world – God is and always has been in control, his plan culminates with his judgement on the world and salvation by his grace for all those who believe in his son for his eternal glory. Knowing this helps us to boldly give up our lives for the sake of the gospel, continually saying no to the world and yes to Christ – for the reality is that our eternal lives are hid with Christ – and together we will rejoice along with all of the saints from every tribe, nation and tongue, singing praises to God and to the lamb.
We have all risen up against God in rebellion which leads to destruction, but he has responded in love with an offer of life by sending Jesus as our true eternal king, our righteous judge and our only place of refuge. Choose God’s way, take refuge in Jesus and be blessed.
On the edge of the promised land, Israel are faced with the age-old choice between love & life and disobedience & death. Moses urges Israel to choose more wisely than their ancestors so they can enjoy a long & blessed life in the land. But Israel’s decision to choose death didn’t end God’s plan to bless his people. To secure life for us, Jesus chose death for himself and broke the cycle of disobedience and death forever.