Bless the Lord, O my soul,   
And all that is within me,   
bless His holy name.   
Bless the Lord, O my soul,   
And forget none of His benefits.   
- Psalms 103:1-2   
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Things Coming To An End

Our Life In This Body


Our life here is temporal and will only last for a time until God deems it to be over. And we all know that our life is going to come to an end here upon this earth in this fleshly body (Heb.10:27; Eccl, 12:7). We also know that this earth will be destroyed and come to an end (2 Pet. 3:10). We must keep in mind that our journey here in the flesh is just a short one. Those that get older and look back and reflect how time has swiftly marched by. We need to make spiritual preparations while in this body so that we may be able to stand before God in judgment.


The Call of The Gospel


The good news concerning Jesus and the call for us to repent and be buried in the waters of baptism will come to an end. There will come a point in life that the gospel call will cease. It may be at the end of time when Jesus returns. It will be when our time is ended here in this body. There will come a time when the preaching of the cross will cease. When our life is over we will not be given a chance to respond to the gospel call. The time is now to respond to the call of the gospel while it is still being proclaimed (Heb. 3:7,8; Heb. 4:7).




Yes we must recognize that things will change in our lives. Opportunities will come and go and will even come to an end. We all can look back and recall lost opportunities that came and went in our life. There very well may come a time when we could be rendered incapable of receiving and understanding the gospel or even being able to respond to the gospel call. This happens in life regardless of the age of a person. Illness and accidents which can render a person incapable of obeying the gospel call are ever present. Since opportunities will come to an end we must think hard and long before letting an opportunity past by us knowing that this may well be the very last time that I could act.




Yes even our hope will finally come to an end. Our hope of eternal life (Titus 1:2) and looking for that hope day in and day out (Titus 2:13) will finally become reality (Romans 8:24,25) and no longer be hoped for. There will come a time when Jesus will return (Heb.9:28; Acts 1:11) and receive those that are his and turn that blessed hope into joy and a blessed reality (John 14:1-4). Are we in a relationship with God the Father that we can say that we are confidently looking with hope for that eternal home when Jesus comes again and will that hope be turned into joy and not sorrow.


- Larry Bumgardner