The Glorious End God Has In Mind
Prayer Thoughts: A monthly memo to encourage us in our prayer life
By Colin Stott, Special to the ASSIST News Service
MURRIETA, CA (ANS – Dec. 15, 2015) --“Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and the bride has made herself ready.” Rev 19:7. NIV
As we pray for world evangelization and work towards its completion, we are helping to fulfill the glorious purpose God has had planned for mankind from the very beginning! This purpose becomes clear when we compare the start of this age with the end.
In the beginning, God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit were together in perfect union. Now fast forward to the end of the age! The Godhead is still together in perfect union but is now also in fellowship with a new member of the heavenly family—His Church, the Bride of Christ!
When the dust of this age settles, when every battle is over and Satan is vanquished, this present creation will burn up. But a spotless bride for the Son of God will remain. This bride, encompassing the redeemed from every tribe, language and nation, is the glorious end God had in mind from the start!
The age-long conflict between the kingdoms of light and darkness is all about our Lord rescuing His future bride from the grip of the enemy who wants the nations and peoples for himself. But Jesus paid the bride price for us when he sought us with such longing and love.
The Church is not only the object of our Lord’s affection, but is also the channel He uses to draw people to Himself. This makes world evangelization not just an optional program for the Church but her highest priority. This makes intercession for the lost our highest priority too.
What a wonderful destiny is ours – spending eternity in union and communion with our Lord. In 2 Tim 2:12 we read that we will also reign with Him in the ages to come. So the glorious end God envisioned is really just the beginning!
Main Image: 1) Spending eternity with God. 2) Colin Stott
About the writer: Colin Stott is International Prayer Coordinator for Global Recordings Network (GRN), a mission that provides audio Bible stories in over six thousand languages and dialects. Colin was born in England. He and his wife Patti make their home in Murrieta in southern California. For more information about GRN and using its materials visit www.globalrecordings.net. For more information about reprinting this article and others in this series on prayer, contact Colin at firstname.lastname@example.org
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