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Zephaniah 3:8-13 and the Church

I was meditating on Zephaniah 3:8-13 this last week and was again reminded that these promises have come to fruition in Christ for his church. 

“Therefore wait for me,” declares the Lord, “for the day when I rise up to seize the prey. For my decision is to gather nations, to assemble kingdoms, to pour out upon them my indignation, all my burning anger; for in the fire of my jealousy all the earth shall be consumed. “For at that time I will change the speech of the peoples to a pure speech, that all of them may call upon the name of the Lord and serve him with one accord. From beyond the rivers of Cush my worshipers, the daughter of my dispersed ones, shall bring my offering. “On that day you shall not be put to shame because of the deeds by which you have rebelled against me; for then I will remove from your midst your proudly exultant ones, and you shall no longer be haughty in my holy mountain. But I will leave in your midst a people humble and lowly. They shall seek refuge in the name of the Lord, those who are left in Israel; they shall do no injustice and speak no lies, nor shall there be found in their mouth a deceitful tongue. For they shall graze and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.”

If you compare the language of Zephaniah 3:8-13 with that of Ephesians 4:17-32 (cf., Zech 8:16), James 4:1-12, and 1 Peter 3:8-17; 5:5-6 you see how God’s end-time redeemed community is to behave as promised from Zephaniah.  Although we still struggle with sin the reality of such a lifestyle has already arrived despite waiting for the final consummation of the age when we will receive resurrected bodies (the not-yet).

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