Written by Stephen Kingery

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"Therefore gird uprepparttar loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully uponrepparttar 140690 grace that is to be brought to you atrepparttar 140691 revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves torepparttar 140692 former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, 'Be holy, for I am holy.'" (1 Peter 1:13-16) I really don't think we have a choice to be or not to be holy if we are to be a Christian. The very essence of being a Christian is to be holy. To say that we are one without beingrepparttar 140693 other is a contradiction of terms. As indeed God as said, "Be holy, for I am holy."

Not thatrepparttar 140694 above Scriptures are not sufficient to make our point, but considerrepparttar 140695 following: "But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaimrepparttar 140696 praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are nowrepparttar 140697 people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy." (1 Peter 2:9,10) It is our calling to be holy!

What does holiness cause us to do? Or, in other words, if we are indeed holy, what are some ofrepparttar 140698 attitudes and actions which we and others can and will see in our daily Christian walk? There are many!

We will show respect to our parents and others whom we may call our elders. Truly,repparttar 140699 Elders of our congregations must have our respect asrepparttar 140700 overseers ofrepparttar 140701 body of Christ. We will show respect to those in authority over us:repparttar 140702 officers ofrepparttar 140703 law, agencies in government, our supervisors at work, our parents and so forth. Even when we do not necessarily agree withrepparttar 140704 decisions being made, we will respect those who are in authority.

We will show respect, reverence and a worshipful attitude toward God. We will be faithful torepparttar 140705 worship services, faithful in our tithes and offerings, faithful in prayer and Bible study. We will literally put God first in our lives.

We will rememberrepparttar 140706 needs of others, haverepparttar 140707 right attitude towardrepparttar 140708 property of others, haverepparttar 140709 right attitude towardrepparttar 140710 less fortunate, and forgive and love our neighbors.

In short, we will haverepparttar 140711 attributes of thoughtfulness, generosity, honesty, trustworthiness, compassion, justice, truthfulness, mercy, love, reverence and moral purity. The non-Christian may have some (or even all) of these qualities, but he is not holy. We are only holy if we are set apart forrepparttar 140712 service of and glory to God.

Godrepparttar 140713 Father chose us for holiness (Ephesians 1:4), Godrepparttar 140714 Son died that we might be holy (Titus 2:14) and Godrepparttar 140715 Holy Spirit was sent to make us holy (2 Thessalonians 2:13).

Let us not be self-righteous or self-holy (for it is not we ourselves that make us so, or are even able to make us so). But let us be righteous and holy withrepparttar 140716 help ofrepparttar 140717 Holy Spirit in our lives. Let us be set apart forrepparttar 140718 service of God andrepparttar 140719 kingdom.

All Scriptures quoted are fromrepparttar 140720 New King James Version unless otherwise noted.

Stephen Kingery is an author, preacher, teacher and founder of The Home Bible Study Institute.

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The Rapture

Written by Michael Bradley

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2. This next verse talks about that those who are "alive" will be "caught up" to meetrepparttar Lord inrepparttar 140648 "air". Here isrepparttar 140649 verse:

"Forrepparttar 140650 Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, withrepparttar 140651 voice of an archangel, and withrepparttar 140652 trumpet of God. Andrepparttar 140653 dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be CAUGHT UP together with them inrepparttar 140654 clouds to meetrepparttar 140655 Lord inrepparttar 140656 air. And thus we shall always be withrepparttar 140657 Lord." (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
This verse really seems to be implying that there will be a group of saints who are going to "caught up" or pulled up to meetrepparttar 140658 Lord inrepparttar 140659 air while we are still alive! Those words spell possible "Rapture" to me.

3. The next verse tells us a "mystery"- that not all of Godís saints are going to "sleep" - and that this group is going to be changed in a moment, inrepparttar 140660 twinkling of an eye, and that this event will occur atrepparttar 140661 last trumpet. I believerepparttar 140662 Last Trumpet is Godís last call to His people, and that it implies that whoever is saved and born again when this trumpet sounds off, will be Raptured and spared going throughrepparttar 140663 horrors ofrepparttar 140664 Tribulation.

I believe thatrepparttar 140665 word "mystery" is being used to let us know that God is keepingrepparttar 140666 possibility of a Rapture a "secret," a "mystery" torepparttar 140667 rest ofrepparttar 140668 world. That is why all ofrepparttar 140669 Scripture verses pertaining to this event do not "perfectly" spell it out or state it without any shadow of a doubt. There is enough of a "hint" in these verses for His own people to pick it up, but not torepparttar 140670 rest ofrepparttar 140671 unbelieving world. Here isrepparttar 140672 verse:

"Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall be changed - in a moment, inrepparttar 140673 twinkling of an eye, atrepparttar 140674 last trumpet." (1 Corinthians 15:51)
I believe thatrepparttar 140675 words "last trumpet" tells us this event will occur atrepparttar 140676 end of times. The words "shall be changed in a moment, inrepparttar 140677 twinkling of an eye", really do describe what could be a Rapture -repparttar 140678 immediate vanishing or disappearance of Godís people fromrepparttar 140679 face ofrepparttar 140680 earth inrepparttar 140681 "snap of a finger."

4. The next verse is from Jesus Himself out of Revelations. Here isrepparttar 140682 verse:

"Because you have kept My command to persevere, I ALSO WILL KEEP YOU FROM THE HOUR OF TRIAL WHICH SHALL COME UPON THE WHOLE WORLD, to test those who dwell onrepparttar 140683 earth." (Revelations 3:10)
This verse could be literal translation - that Jesus will keep His Body of Believers that are living at this time out ofrepparttar 140684 hands ofrepparttar 140685 Antichrist. He obviously will either do it by Rapturing them offrepparttar 140686 face ofrepparttar 140687 earth or by providing some kind of physical protection for them if there is no Rapture. My guess is that He will do this by Rapturing them off ofrepparttar 140688 earth.

5. Here is another verse from Jesus stating that we watch and pray that we be counted worthy to escape allrepparttar 140689 things that may be coming our way. The verse is:

"Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be COUNTED WORTHY TO ESCAPE ALL THESE THINGS THAT WILL COME TO PASS, and to stand beforerepparttar 140690 Son of Man." (Luke 21:36)
This verse really seems to be hinting or implying once again that God is going to allow some of us to escape or be prevented from having to go throughrepparttar 140691 events ofrepparttar 140692 Tribulation.

6. Now here are some additional verses that are not quite as strong asrepparttar 140693 above verses, but do suggestrepparttar 140694 possibility that God will keep us from these events.

"... and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised fromrepparttar 140695 dead, even Jesus who DELIVERS US FROM THE WRATH TO COME." (1 Thessalonians 1:10)
This verse either means Jesus will deliver us beforerepparttar 140696 wrath comes, which would line up with a Rapture, or it may mean when He comes down forrepparttar 140697 second time atrepparttar 140698 battle of Armageddon to put an end to all ofrepparttar 140699 carnage withrepparttar 140700 Antichrist.
"FOR GOD DID NOT APPOINT US TO WRATH, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Thessalonians 5:9)
This verse could be implying that His Body will not be appointed or be subject torepparttar 140701 events ofrepparttar 140702 Tribulation - orrepparttar 140703 "wrath" could simply be pointing to people going to hell for refusing to accept Jesus and His gift of eternal salvation.

Article written by Michael Bradley of Bible Knowledge Ministries. Their website is a resource of Bible commentary and teaching. If you do not want to wait for the next article, you can go to our end times section. Copyright © 2005 by Michael Bradley. All Rights Reserved.

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