THE CONCLUSION I
Conclusion literarily means the last part of something or the end result. It is the wrap up summary of a thing or an event. It represents the end point decision or judgment. It represents the deduction, inference or interpretation reached at the end point of a thing or an event by serious reasoning. The Bible says:
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgement, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” – Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
I believe it is not a coincidence that the ‘conclusion of the whole matter’ came as the last two verses of the writing of the wisest man that ever lived before Jesus Christ – King Solomon. The conclusion of any important thing or event is the most important part of the event. Therefore, conclusion should never be taken lightly. In the corporate world, people often go straight to executive summary of bulky proposals knowing that they would get the full gist of the proposal from the executive summary. While the word of God should never be treated like any ‘bulky proposal’; believers are commanded to give attendance to reading the word; studying the word and meditating on the word. I Timothy 4:13-15. However, maximum attention possible should be given to the conclusion as spelt out in the ‘Manual of Life’.
There is a two point verdicts from the conclusion, firstly: Fear God! The Bible says that this is the beginning of wisdom. Psalm 111:10; Proverbs 9:10. It is also said that the fear of God is the beginning of knowledge. Proverbs 1:7. It is also written that the fear of God is the instruction of wisdom. Proverbs 15:33. In the search for wisdom; it is not found anywhere but the Bible says that the fear of the Lord is wisdom. Job 28:28. It goes without saying that whatever tampers with the fear of God tampers with instruction, knowledge and wisdom. Anyone that evades instructions of God will not escape destruction of the devil. Also, destruction is inevitable without knowledge. Hosea 4:6; Isaiah 5:13. Without wisdom, life is reduced to a burden and the end result is a ‘great fall’. Matthew 7:24-27.
Secondly, “…keeping His commandments…” Keeping the commandments of God is not doing Him favor. It is not about being a good citizen or being morally upright or being a nice person; it is duty of man! It is a fundamental duty of man with immense benefits both in the now and in eternity. Deuteronomy 28:1-14. You cannot miss the blessing of God keeping His commandments. He is too faithful to fail anyone. He is too dependable to disappoint and too reliable to change His mind on blessing those that obey His commandments. I Samuel 15:29; Malachi 3:6; Psalm 89:34.
For instance, the fear of God and keeping His commandments begin with accepting His provision of salvation by accepting Jesus Christ as one’s personal Lord and Savior. No one will be able to escape tribulation after rejecting the great salvation. Hebrews 2:3. Salvation is not to be taken lightly; it is more serious than a matter of life and death, it is a matter of eternity. If you are yet to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior; please go straight to the salvation page on our website, say the prayers there and be in Church next Sunday to consolidate your decision and get empowered for your journey of Christianity.
Fear of God and keeping His commandments does not end with one’s decision of salvation, it is the starting point. There is a ‘working out’ and ‘walking with’ that are essential lifelong demands on every believer. Philippians 2:12; Hebrews 11:5-6. For instance, the commandment of soul winning is a lifelong assignment of a believer. John 15:16. As a believer, you cannot claim to be a keeper of God’s commandment if you are passive and irresponsive to the instruction of soul winning. It is one instruction of wisdom from the scriptures that demands active involvement of believers with tangible proofs. The time to respond actively is now! Today is the day of salvation for many; God desires, demands and commands action now! II Corinthians 6:2
Scriptures for meditation: Psalm 111:10; Proverbs 9:10; Proverbs 1:7; Proverbs 15:33; Job 28:28; Deuteronomy 28:1-14
Jesus is Lord!