Everyone seems to want to get in the last word. But, ultimately who gets the last word in each of our lives. I know it is God. God gets the last word and we can see that in His Word, the Bible. So, each week click this article link to see the latest LAST WORD for each book of the Bible. We start in Genesis.
By Mike Chaffin
24 And Joseph said to his brethren, “I am dying; but God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land to the land of which He swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.” 25 Then Joseph took an oath from the children of Israel, saying, “God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here.” 26 So Joseph died, being one hundred and ten years old; and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt. Genesis 50:24-26.
The last word, who will get it. The Bible says God will have the last word. Romans 3:19 states,
Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
So, considering God’s Word, what is the last word in each book of the Bible? In Genesis, the last words are Joseph telling his kin that he is going to die. But that is not really the last word. His last words contain a prophecy. Prophecy has a future. This prophecy was one day God will visit them and take them to the promised land. When they go, Joseph wants to accompany them, literally and figuratively, and asks them to carry his bones to the promised land. Joseph knows God is faithful and true and will fulfill his promise to his children.
The first book of the Bible ends with a promise that God will deliver. If you read the Bible you will find time after time, God comes through for his people. He did bring the Israelites out of Egypt. He delivered them from Balaam. He delivered them from harm when they conquered the land. He delivered them from invaders. He delivered David from King Saul, Elijah from King Ahab, Jonah from the belly of a whale, Daniel from the lions’ den, and Jesus from the grave. The list could have a million more examples because God still does that today. He delivers.
Jesus told us to ask and receive so that our joy may be full. Did he mean that we should ask for cars and jewelry? No, he was talking about our needs, not our wants. What do we need most? We first need to be delivered from sin. If you have never asked Jesus to deliver you from sin you are not a child of God. Only God’s children get into heaven so those who don’t ask for deliverance spend eternity in hell. Jesus came to earth to live a sinless life and provide a perfect sacrifice for our sins. His sacrifice, when we accept Him as our savior, washes away the sins in our life. We ask him to live in us and he comes in and cleanses us, making us new, born again. He delivers us from death to life. Then, as a child of God, we serve Him rather than sin.
Prayer: To accept Jesus’ deliverance from death, sin, and the grave pray this prayer; Dear Jesus, I am a sinner. I know you died on the cross as a sacrifice for my sins. I accept your sacrifice and ask you deliver me from my sins. Cleanse me and make me new. I accept you as savior. Live in me, lead and guide me. I want to be yours. In Jesus name, Amen.
By Mike Chaffin
I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you. Colossians 4:18
In the last words of Colossians, Paul reminds us of his imprisonment. Paul was imprisoned a few times however we mostly remember his two major confinements. The first occurred when he appealed to Caesar and was sent to Rome. While there he wrote Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon. In his last imprisonment, while awaiting execution, he wrote 2 Timothy.
Paul was not in prison for any crime he had committed, but for what he said. In fact, when the Roman authorities sent him to Rome the first time, they had no charges against him. Even so, he was under house arrest for two years while waiting for a hearing with Caesar.
His second imprisonment was during Nero’s reign. Nero had declared war on Christianity and was killing Christians in hideous ways. He used them as human candles, sent them to the arena to be killed by wild animals, crucified them, and in Paul’s case, beheaded some.
The only crime Paul had committed was telling people the truth. People who didn’t want to hear the truth, who had the power to hurt him, did so. This type of wickedness has continued through the centuries and has gotten much worse over the last few years here in America.
Paul never feared for his life for as he said, “to live is Christ, to die is gain.” No matter what the consequences, we are to stand firm on Biblical Christian principles. Primary of all is Christ died for our sins, was raised on the third day, and is seated at the right hand of God. He will return one day to reward His people and to judge the rest. Further, as Jesus said in John 14:6,
“I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
We are to tell everyone about the love of Christ and the free gift of salvation. People will reject that message because they don’t want to hear it. They want to silence you and call you intolerant. But they are wrong. Loving someone enough to extend the opportunity of eternal life is not intolerance. Intolerance is keeping the message to yourself and letting the sinner go to hell.
Can we be as bold as Paul? Pray that we can. Chains may be making a comeback.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you that you didn’t give me a spirit of fear, but of power, and love and a sound mind. You warned us about days when we will face opposition to your message. Fill me with your Holy Spirit and give me the words to speak. In Jesus’s name, amen.
By Mike Chaffin
Brothers and sisters, pray for us. 26 Greet all God’s people with a holy kiss. 27 I charge you before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers and sisters. 28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. 1 Thessalonians 5:25-28
Paul brings up two very important points in these last words. The first is to pray for us and the second is an emphatic, ‘read this letter to everyone’, or put another way, spread the Word!
Intercessory prayer should be an important part of every believer’s prayer life. Here Paul asks for prayer for he and his team of evangelists. Commands for intercessory prayer in the Bible include praying for the peace of Jerusalem, praying for the sick, praying for the church, among others. Praying for you enemy is even prescribed in the Bible.
The prophet Samuel said it was a sin not to pray for the family of God. Ezra instructed the citizens of Judah to pray for the king and his sons. (This king was the king of Persia.) Job prayed for his friends to receive forgiveness for their misguided thoughts about God.
Intercessory prayer leads us to better love others. It teaches us to lift each other up. It draws us closer to God and helps us grow in maturity.
Paul goes on to command they read his letter to all the brothers and sisters. He instructs the recipient to spread the Word of God, thus growing disciples and teaching those who don’t have a full understanding of the basics of Christianity. In this letter Paul talks about the resurrection of the dead, and Jesus second coming. He gives instructions on righteous living. A keynote in his discourse is 1 Thessalonians 5:16–22,
Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21 but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22 reject every kind of evil.
Great advice on Christian living. If I am in a constant conversation with God it is hard to get far from His will. It makes it easy to see the narrow road that leads to life everlasting. The last word here is don’t let prayer be the last thing you turn to.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for your love for us and your clear teaching to pray for others and to share your Word. Lord, I ask for ears to be open and eyes to see your love and offer of salvation. Give me the words to say and the opportunity to say them. In Jesus’s name, amen.