Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Sunday, October 18, 2020

Theme: THE PRACTICE OF GOD'S RIGHTEOUSNESS

Text: “And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, that there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.” – Mark 9:1.

Comment: The fact that the righteous will be in God’s Kingdom there is no doubt.  In the text for today, Jesus Christ mentioned the special grace that God will give to some righteous persons who will live until the final end of the evil world.  Such righteous persons will not taste of death but will pass from this evil world to the next world, the world without end.

Concerning those who have the special grace of passing through the great tribulation without tasting death, St. John wrote: “After this I beheld, and lo, a great multitude which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, … These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” – Revelation 7:9,13,14.

The “robes” worn by the great multitude signify the righteousness of God practised till the end.  Job the prophet spoke of righteousness, as a robe that spiritually clothes one when he said: “I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem.” (Job 29:14; Isaiah 61:10) It is a great blessing to be among those to be so clothed in God’s Kingdom.

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