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POSTED: February 3, 2014 8:00 p.m.

Expecting the weather to be bad, many people began to prepare days before the storm was to hit.
They bought extra supplies, food and water, filled gas tanks up, etc., based on information from the meteorologists. There was nothing wrong with that — in fact, that’s the way it should be.
It’s important to have the proper knowledge of weather conditions and travel with what a person needs if stranded: extra clothes, blankets, energy snacks, water, etc.  When those who know about such things advise preparation, it should be done.  
The Bible tells of an event for which preparation needs to be made — the end of time.
God’s word explains that when the Lord comes back, man must be prepared. “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the Earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing, then, that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?” (2 Peter 3:10-12)
Preparation for this event should take precedent over everything else, but many are not making any preparation at all. They fail to heed the warnings given in God’s word and by his servants, who preach and teach.
Knowledge of God’s word is a must to be prepared for the Lord’s coming. The Bible must be studied to know what steps must be taken to obey the Gospel. In the book of Acts, we have several accounts of how people did just that.
Acts 2 tells us of how Peter preached to the multitudes in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost and told them of the “good news” of Jesus. Verse 37 tells us that they wanted to know what to do.
Peter told them, “Then Peter said unto them, ‘Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost’” (verse 38).
So we see they had knowledge and understanding, but one more thing was needed: an obedient heart. Luke tells us that about 3,000 had such a heart. They were willing to obey the Gospel in order to be saved.
What happens when we are baptized? Physically, we are immersed in water. Paul described this process in Roman 6:3-5: “Know ye not that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore, we are buried with him by baptism into death, that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the father, even so we also should walk in newness of life, for if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.”
Spiritually, our sins are forgiven (Ephesians 1:7). We receive the remission of our sins (Acts 2:38), our sins are washed away (Acts 22:16), and we are added to the church (Acts 2:47).
Those who make the proper preparation for the coming of the Lord will be able to live in eternity with God.

 

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