The Restraining Force


New Testament clearly portrays that prior to Jesus’ return the world systems will be in darkness, steeped in lawlessness.
Scriptures 2 Thess 2:3-6 & Rev 19:11 – 20:6 make reference to this.
Something is restraining the man who embodies the fullness of rebellion toward God!
So who or what is this restraining force?
Initially we would think it might be the Holy Spirit but His work is to woo the people of the world to Jesus (1Cor 12:3)
So how about the only other possibility and that’s the Body of Christ?
Have you ever considered that the body of Christ can restrain lawlessness as Jesus himself did by reigning in life?
Jesus said ” As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world” (John 9:5)
Is Jesus Christ still in the world?
Yes he is but its not His head, but His body – the bride of Christ. That’s us.
Scripture never refers to the Holy Spirit as the light of the world.
Jesus says “You are the light of the world” (Matt 5:14)
Christ is the head and we are His body.
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As Jesus is, so are we also.
We are the light of the world.
Light restrains darkness. Darkness can never overcome light.
Light always permeates dark even if only very faintly.
Consider this thought:
If only a few Christians in the body of Christ realize who they are in Christ, and they walk in the power of grace, then the world is dimly lit.
This is the problem in the world – we have only dimly lit the world!
But it doesn’t have to remain that way!
Imagine a light-filled body of Christ comprised of all ages, inclusive of men and women, awakening to what God has hidden within and arising in His glory and power?
Believers will live in such an extraordinary manner that multitudes will be drawn to the kingdom of God, not merely through preaching, but by the compelling demonstration of how they live and their remarkable feats!
This is what Isaiah prophesied in Isa 60:1-3
“Arise, shine;
for your light has come!
And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.
For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
and deep darkness the people;
but the Lord will arise over you,
and His glory will be seen upon you.
The gentiles(unbelievers) shall come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your rising.”
Note that although there will be darkness – LIGHT WILL COME!
The glory of the Lord will ARISE, not descend.

Many Christians are looking for a spectacular outpouring of God’s Spirit to come upon the church bringing a great revival.
BUT
What if God is waiting for us to wake up, to realize who He’s made us to be and to activate the power deposited in us.
Once we do these things and truly believe, we’ll become exceedingly bright and light up the entire world.
So let us embrace the gifts we find in the grace of God to enable us to live incredibly salty lives that will increase the light of the church in this dark world.

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