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District Apostle Kolb letter - 3.16.2020

 

 

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March 16, 2020

Dear brothers and sisters,

Truly, we are experiencing a very unique season of Passiontide, a time of reflection and pondering the Passion of Christ. In addition to our normal struggles of survival, working, and striving to remain faithful to God and endure, a new worldwide pandemic of the Coronavirus is moving around us. Discouraged, perhaps a series of questions come to mind – What is happening? Why is this happening? Are we going to be ok?

Especially in these times, it is well for us to reflect to a time when the first Christians were also suffering. The Apostle Paul wrote to the believers in Romans (chapter 8) to fortify their faith in Jesus Christ, knowing that through His life and death, they were to be free from sin and as such could be spiritually minded. Spiritually minded is life and peace, he explains. He describes the great advantage of having the indwelling of the Holy Spirit which confirms that we are children of God and heirs to Christ’s glory, thus directing us away from fear, and towards the courage and strength to suffer with Christ. He teaches that these sufferings are small compared to the future that is before us and that already now, the earth and the children of God groan or cry out in hope of it. Further, this Spirit not only strengthens us but intercedes according to God’s will on our behalf, so that we have the assurance and knowledge that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose. And then he asks the question:

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

Realizing that God did not spare His own Son but gave Him for our redemption, to freely give us all things, we begin to understand the magnitude of His love for us and we are convinced of the security it provides. Paul extends the thought on whether we can be separated from this love and security: Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

With the profound confidence in the omnipotent power of Christ, we can conclude: Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Allow me to summarize simply:

  • What shall we say, in light of our childhood in God? God is with us!
  • Who will pray and fight for us? Jesus Christ who freely gives us all things!
  • Can we overcome all these difficulties? Yes, we are more than conquerors through Him!
  • Will we be able to endure and remain with the Lord? Yes! Nothing can separate us from the love of God; we are His through Christ Jesus!

And so, dear ones, with confidence and humble thankfulness, during this Passiontide let us continue to focus on our Savior, the One who has always loved us and who will see us through, remembering, but you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.1 Peter 2:9

LR Kolb

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