Birds are gathering together to begin their migration south. This phenomenon has been the study of many throughout time. What prompts them, at this particular time, to do so?
There exists a definite correlation between this established trend and God's dispensation of His grace. This grace is dispensed through the living gospel of his Kingdom. The question is, what is this correlation?
As we all know, there is a time at which the birds gather to begin their journey. They are sent on their way south. There is also a time when one who repents, according to the Scriptures (as the apostle John in chapter seven, verse 38 relates), responds to the call of God to preach to others of the treasure of living faith that he, or she, has received. An example of this is the prophet Isaiah. In the sixth chapter it is related that, immediately following his conversion, he heard the voice of the Lord, saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" Then said I, "Here am I! Send me."
When Jesus sent out 70 people to preach in the cities and places in His land, the concluding words were, "He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me." (Luke 10:16)
The disciples of Jesus likewise were given a direct command from their Lord and master to go forth to dispense this gospel of His kingdom. He said to them, "As the Father hath sent me, even so send I you." And when he had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whosoever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whosoever sins ye retain they are retained."
Who today is so qualified to assume this mission? Didn't Jesus state in the concluding words of Matthew's gospel that He would be with His own unto the end of time? And how about Martin Luther, who had confessed his belief by these words, "I believe that there is upon this earth a small, Holy flock of God's children. They have been called through the Holy Spirit, and are one body, without sect or division. Of this flock, I also am a member. I became so by hearing and believing God's word, which is the first step towards entrance. Until the end of time, when God shall call us home, He will remain in this fellowship, daily and richly blessing them with the gospel of forgiveness through His Spirit ..."
It is in this fellowship that the 84th Psalm presents two birds, a sparrow and a swallow. They read, "yea, the sparrow hath found a house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God."
So it is. Jesus awaited the time after giving up His life on the cross before sending the disciples on their way to forgive the sins of penitent sinners. But He added this stipulation, to await the sending of the holy spirit, which descended to this earth on the first Pentecost day following His Resurrection from death. This gift of living faith comes only through hearing and believing this heaven sent gospel.
This gospel is expressed in this way; In the Name and Blood of Jesus, all your sins are forgiven. St. Paul reinforces this truth by saying, "I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; ... For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith."
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