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An Important Letter In The Mail

By Don Loftis | 11.07.12

Communication between cities was quite difficult during the First Century.  It usually required someone making the journey to deliver a letter.  It took time; it was expensive; it was dangerous.  We can only imagine the excitement within a congregation, as word spread that someone had just brought them a letter from the apostle Paul.

Such a letter was their source of information about Paul and personal encouragement for their own spiritual lives.  It was a message of religious instruction vital to their spiritual health.  That is why Paul ends the letter to the Colossians by saying, “And when this letter is read among you, have it also read in the church of the Laodiceans; and you, for your part read my letter that is coming from Laodicea.”

While we are not receiving any new inspired letters, each class and each sermon is our opportunity to hear God’s message and to learn His will for our lives. It is a time to grow in faith, because “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of Christ.”  Each assembly offers a unique opportunity for us to hear the “voice of the Lord” together.

We are all busy.  However, we must never lose the excitement that comes from anticipating a message from God.  The Lord introduces His revelation to John (Rev. 1:3) with a grand promise, “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near.”  Let’s claim that blessing this week.

 


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