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THE LAST WORD SERIES

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.

The LAST WORD 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. 

 

THE LAST WORD – EXODUS

THE LAST WORD – LEVITICUS

THE LAST WORD – NUMBERS

THE LAST WORD – DEUTERONOMY

THE LAST WORD – JOSHUA

THE LAST WORD – JUDGES

THE LAST WORD – RUTH

THE LAST WORD – 1 SAMUEL

THE LAST WORD – 2 SAMUEL

 

THE LAST WORD – 1 KINGS

THE LAST WORD – 2 KINGS

THE LAST WORD – 1 CHRONICLES

THE LAST WORD – 2 CHRONICLES

THE LAST WORD – EZRA

THE LAST WORD – NEHEMIAH

THE LAST WORD – ESTHER

THE LAST WORD – JOB

 

THE LAST WORD – PSALMS

THE LAST WORD – PROVERBS

THE LAST WORD – ECCLESIASTES

THE LAST WORD – SONG OF SOLOMON

THE LAST WORD – ISAIAH

THE LAST WORD – JEREMIAH

THE LAST WORD – LAMENTATIONS

THE LAST WORD – EZEKIEL

THE LAST WORD – DANIEL

THE LAST WORD – HOSEA

THE LAST WORD – JOEL

THE LAST WORD – AMOS

THE LAST WORD – OBADIAH

THE LAST WORD – JONAH

THE LAST WORD – MICAH

THE LAST WORD – NAHUM

THE LAST WORD – HABAKKUK

THE LAST WORD – ZEPHANIAH

THE LAST WORD – HAGGAI

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THE LAST WORD – ZECHARIAH

THE LAST WORD – MALACHI

THE LAST WORD – MATTHEW

THE LAST WORD – MARK

THE LAST WORD – LUKE

THE LAST WORD – JOHN

THE LAST WORD – ACTS

THE LAST WORD – ROMANS

THE LAST WORD – 1 CORINTHIANS

THE LAST WORD – 2 CORINTHIANS

THE LAST WORD – GALATIANS

THE LAST WORD – EPHESIANS

 

THE LAST WORD – PHILIPPIANS

THE LAST WORD – COLOSSIANS

THE LAST WORD – 1 THESSALONIANS

 

THE LAST WORD – 2 THESSALONIANS

 

    

THE LAST WORD – 1 TIMOTHY

THE LAST WORD – 2 TIMOTHY

THE LAST WORD -TITUS

THE LAST WORD – PHILEMON

THE LAST WORD – HEBREWS

THE LAST WORD – JAMES

 

THE LAST WORD – 1 PETER

 

THE LAST WORD – 2 PETER

By Mike Chaffin

17 You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; 18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen. 2 Peter 3:17-18

          The last word here is knowledge.  Peter spends most of this letter telling its readers to grow in knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching of the Apostles. 

          Peter warns us that if we don’t have the knowledge of sound doctrine and good teaching, we won’t be able to tell the difference when we hear bad teaching and wrong doctrine.  If we don’t study the Word of God, we can be lead away with the error of the wicked.  I believe this is why Jesus warns us in Matthew 7:15-16,

          15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?

          Then he follows this up with another warning in Matthew 7:21-23,

          21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

          Peter doesn’t want any of his readers to fear the warning Jesus gives.  With knowledge of the gospel, we can be sure of our salvation. 

          First, Jesus is the only way to heaven.  We must recognize we are a sinner.  Nothing we can ever do will earn us a place in heaven.  He paid the price with his life on calvary and on the third day rose from the dead, defeating death and the grave.  One must confess their sins, accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, turn from those sins, and seek to walk with Jesus daily.  We must believe Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. We must accept it into our hearts with all our being, all our intellect and our emotions, and then seek knowledge of Him through daily prayer and Bible study. 

          Jesus said to ask and you shall receive. Ask him what you are to do and what His will is for your life. When you do good works, do it in His will, not for personal glory.

          Until Jesus takes us home, grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ and do His will.  Great last words from Peter. 

          Prayer:  Lord thank you for Peter’s warning to us all to be doers of the Word and not hearers only.  To do your will and to grow in knowledge of the love and direction you have for our lives.  Help me this day to do your will, to broaden your kingdom, and to grow in knowledge.  In Jesus’s name, Amen.

THE LAST WORD – 1 JOHN

By Mike Chaffin

Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen. 1 John 5:21

          John’s last words are direct and to the point.  Easy to understand, right? For the readers of his day idolatry was a direct threat, a sin common to the Romans and Greeks.  Many people today may not think this sin still exists.  However, idolatry, though different than in the past, is still a problem today. 

          John wrote to the churches in Asia Minor.  While many of these Christians were Jews who had fled Jerusalem, a large part of his audience are converted Romans and Greeks who had come out of an idolatrous upbringing and still lived in an idolatrous society.  Temples to many of the roman and greek gods abounded throughout the region. 

          In fact, Idolatry is such a problem in human history the first two of the Ten Commandments deal with it.  The first commandment; You shall have no other gods before me, and the second commandment; You shall make no idols, make John’s last words even more important to us today. 

          Idols come at us from all directions.  Anything we put before God is an idol.  If our jobs are more important than God’s call, then it is an idol.  If we elevate sports so it hampers our worship, we have a problem with idolatry.  Worshipping angels, or statues of Mary or another saint, is idolatry. 

          Our main desire in life should be to honor God and serve Him.  If we keep this priority number one, we are well on our way to an idol free life. 

Prayer:  Lord expose any idols in my life.  Help me clearly see anything I have elevated so much it keeps me from whole devotion to You. I want to remove it or reduce its effect from my life.  Forgive me of any sin of idolatry in me.  In Jesus’s name, amen.

 

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