ECCLESIASTES 12:1,3,13-14 (NIV)*
1 Remember your Creator
in the days of your youth,
before the days of trouble come
and the years approach when you will say,
“I find no pleasure in them”—
3 when the keepers of the house tremble,
and the strong men stoop,
when the grinders cease because they are few,
and those looking through the windows grow dim
13 Now all has been heard;
here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments,
for this is the duty of all man.
14 For God will bring every deed into judgment,
including every hidden thing,
whether it is good or evil.
Verse 13 above would seem to nail the matter, yet we encounter an impasse, because our efforts to comply with right inexorably leads to non-compliance. Some may accumulate a better track record than others. Still, as the Apostle Paul points out:
ROMANS 3:23 (NIV)
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
And the conundrum which we all face deepens, as Paul elaborates:
ROMANS 7:13-14 (NIV)
13 Did that which is good [the Law; the Commandment], then, become death to me? By no means! But in order that sin might be recognized as sin, it produced death in me through what was good, so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful.14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin.
We spend our lives, whether we admit it or not, “looking through the window”, both wanting to know truth and live out the reality of it faithfully. Yet, truth brings knowledge of our rebellion against God and his decrees. We are in and of ourselves slaves to sin. This becomes particularly frustrating as we see ourselves hurtling through this life with none of this dilemma unresolved--as we “grow dim”.
But, praise God, there a resolution! There is an answer to the question posed by the Teacher of Ecclesiastes:
ECCLESIASTES 1:10a (NIV)
Is there anything of which one can say,
“Look! This is something new”?
The answer is yes, it is the revelation of the good news of Jesus Christ:
2 CORINTHIANS 5:17-19 (NIV)
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; The old has gone, the new is come! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
Through the reconciling love of God, we are made complete. We do not become perfect, but because God’s love enlivens us and gives us hope, our focus is not on the eventual physical dimness of humanity but on the beautiful truths of God, even though:
1 CORINTHIANS 13:12(MEV)**
For now we see as through a glass, dimly, but then, face to face. Now I know in part, but then [“when that which is perfect comes”, verse 10] I shall know, even as I also am known.
We are not dismayed by the dissonance of knowing that we have not “arrived”, for the peace found in union with Christ is infinitely better than the desperation of the soul that finds itself without hope as the human “tent” dims to its eventual conclusion on earth.
2 CORINTHIANS 4:16-18 (MEV)
16 For this reason we do not lose heart: Even though our outward man is perishing, yet our inward man is being renewed day by day. 17 Our light affliction, which lasts but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
We trade dimness of self
for dimness of glass,
where we can see images,
and trusting can last.
Our tent is fading
till the last partial is gone.
Our trust is gaining
Christ’s indelible Image.
When nothing is new,
knowledge soon slips away,
and all tongues are staid.
Yet, all things made new
detail knowledge so sweet,
mystery begets message
and prophets bespeak.
* Except where noted, Scripture is taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by Permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. Any bold, underlined, italicized and bracketed notes are mine.
** Scripture taken from the Modern English Version. Copyright © 2014 by Military Bible Association. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Welcome to Christian Forums, a forum to discuss Christianity in a friendly surrounding.
Your voice is missing! You will need to register to be able to join in fellowship with Christians all over the world.
We hope to see you as a part of our community soon and God Bless!
The forums in the Christian Congregations category are now open only to Christian members. Please review our current Faith Groups list for information on which faith groups are considered to be Christian faiths. Christian members please remember to read the Statement of Purpose threads for each forum within Christian Congregations before posting in the forum.
Please note there is a new rule regarding the posting of videos. It reads, "Post a summary of the videos you post . An exception can be made for music videos.". Unless you are simply sharing music, please post a summary, or the gist, of the video you wish to share.
There have been some changes in the Life Stages section involving the following forums: Roaring 20s, Terrific Thirties, Fabulous Forties, and Golden Eagles. They are changed to Gen Z, Millennials, Gen X, and Golden Eagles will have a slight change.
CF Staff, Angels and Ambassadors; ask that you join us in praying for the world in this difficult time, asking our Holy Father to stop the spread of the virus, and for healing of all affected.
We are no longer allowing posts or threads that deny the existence of Covid-19. Members have lost loved ones to this virus and are grieving. As a Christian site, we do not need to add to the pain of the loss by allowing posts that deny the existence of the virus that killed their loved one. Future post denying the Covid-19 existence, calling it a hoax, will be addressed via the warning system.