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  Alan Jones, Editor

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"Brightly beams our Father's mercy

From the lighthouse evermore;

But to us He gives the keeping

Of the light along the shore."

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     Do you realize that what you see in the mirror is not really you? You are only looking at the tent for the invisible you (2 Cor 4:16; 5:1). You will continue to exist after you put off your body in death. Men may kill your body, but they cannot kill the invisible you, your soul (Mt 10:28). When you die, while your body goes to the grave to corrupt, your soul will go to Hades (Acts 2:31). At the resurrection, your soul will be clothed with a changed, immortal body (1 Cor 15:50-57, 2 Cor 5:2-4). You will then be judged by the deeds you did while you lived in the tent you see in the mirror and you will receive either the sentence of eternal life or eternal condemnation (2 Cor 5:10; Jn 5:28-29; Mt 25:46).

     You give so much thought and care to the man or woman that you see in the mirror. You wash and groom it, you put lotions and perfumes on it, you feed it, you exercise it, you give it rest, you give it medicine to help it to get well and to take away its pain. You give so much thought to the needs of the tent that will soon perish, but how much thought have you given to needs of the real you inside that will live forever?

     What does your soul need? Your soul needs to be saved. Saved from what? Saved from your sin and the consequences of your sin. Saved from  the wrath  of God and  eternal punishment



because of what you have done against Him. Sin has ruined your relationship with God. God is perfectly holy and without sin and cannot have a relationship with those who have sinned. And, what can you do to make amends, to restore your relationship with God, to escape His wrath? Nothing. Have you thought about your soul? You need to recognize its desperate condition. When you do, you will find yourself filled with guilt, sadness, and fear.

     But, the good news is that God reconciled you to Himself through the death of His Son Jesus on the cross. Jesus, who knew no sin, was punished for your sins. Now that a satisfactory price (what a high price it was!) was paid for your sins, God is willing to forgive you and no longer count your sins against you (2 Cor 5:18-21).

     To you, and to all who are worn out because of sin, who bear daily the burden of a guilty conscience, who anguish over their lost relationship with God, and who shudder in fear at the thought of His judgment, Jesus says, "Come unto Me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." (Mt 11:28-30) Look beyond the tent in the mirror. See the need of the real and invisible you. Let Jesus meet that need…


     Your soul needs cleansing. There is power in Jesus’ blood to cleanse your soul (Heb. 9:13-14). How and when can you be cleansed by Jesus’ blood? Peter wrote that men’s souls are purified by "obedience to the truth" (1 Pet 1:22).

     In Acts 2, Peter preached the good news of salvation in Jesus for the first time. When men believed this good news, they saw their souls’ lost condition. Feeling the pain of guilt, they cried out, "What must we do?" (2:37) Peter told those who desperately wanted to do something about the need of their soul, "Repent and each of you be  baptized  in  the name of  Jesus Christ for


the forgiveness of your sins…" (2:38) Those who gladly received his word were baptized, some 3000 in number. (2:41) These purified their souls with Jesus’ blood when they "obeyed the truth", that is, when they repented (made the commitment to turn from their sinful past to follow Jesus) and were baptized (were immersed in water, cp. Acts 8:36-38; 22:16).

     Have you obeyed the truth? Have you, upon believing in Jesus, repented and been baptized? Have you purified your soul?






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