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Pastoral Letter 24 Sep 2017

In everything that we do, there is always a finishing point, even when the work or studies we do every day may seem unending. We often feel that there is no end to our work. Once we complete one assignment, another is waiting for us. But the reality is: we know that there is always an end point. For example: How long do we remain as a baby? There is an end to it because we are growing. How long do we remain in kindergarten, primary school, secondary school, junior college, polytechnic, university? There is an end to our basic education before we begin our careers. We cannot be studying all the way without entering the workforce. There is an end to our school education, and then we get on with our working life. We may change jobs as the Lord leads, or we may just stay on in one if that is what God wants. Whether many jobs or just one, there is also an end to our working life. One day, we have to stop working because of old age or sickness, or we choose to end our career because we want to serve the Lord. Or we work till our Lord calls us home. Whatever it is, there is still an end to what we do. There is an end of all ends, and that is when life ends on earth.

When we stop breathing, that is the end. What is our end? Is death the end? We know it is not. Apostle Paul in 1 Thessalonians 3:13 wrote, “To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints." So what is our end then? Paul used three words to describe our end:“unblameable in holiness.” In other words, perfection. “Unblameable” means faultless, no more blame, not even a tiny bit. Absolutely without fault. Faultless in holiness. “Holiness” means purity, sacredness, no sin, completely cleansed. This is the absolute. This is perfection. God desires us to be perfect. And we will be perfect, completely perfect before Him, our heavenly Father. Now because God desires for us to be perfect, He is not going to leave us alone to achieve it.

Apostle Paul says, "To the end He may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God." This means that there is divine help. The Lord Jesus Christ has done so much for us to save us from our sins. We owe Him a great deal and

yet there is still one more thing He wants to do for us and that is to stablish our hearts. The word “stablish” means to set, to confirm, to fix. This work of stablishing our hearts will bring about the sinless perfection in us. And only Jesus can help us. No one else has the right or power to set us perfect before God. The “heart” here refers to the whole man. And we know that man is made up of two parts: the body and the soul/spirit. Once a person dies, his body remains on earth but his soul goes to God (Eccl 12:7). The soul without the body is not complete. And so I believe Apostle Paul had in his mind a complete man with both soul and body joined together again. Christ will set and confirm the man’s whole person. And that is the glorious state. That is perfection: forever holy and faultless before God. I believe this is the glorious end because the same verse goes on to say: "… at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints." Surely it will be glorious at His return, and especially when we are found to be on His side. All His enemies will be destroyed. And He will receive us unto Himself. That in itself is already glorious. May we look forward to that Day, when we shall see our end that is most glorious. And this glorious “end” will never end. May God help us. Amen.

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Dennis Kwok