“Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.” A Heavenly visitor is on His way. For many He will be an unexpected visitor.
The Lord Jesus Christ is getting ready to return to take His own people to Himself. We have His Word on it… John 14:3, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.”
For believers, this is our glorious hope. Our great expectation.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: (17) Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Are you ready to meet Him? Of the 260 chapters in the entire New Testament, there are 318 references to Christ’s second coming.
It could happen at any moment. We don’t know the appointed time. When our Lord comes He will gather His church and God’s people will be resurrected.
The return of our Lord is a motivating force for the believer. It motivates us to keep our hearts right. It’s a blessed hope. Our Saviour’s coming back! In the twinkling of an eye, we will leave this earth and meet with our beloved Jesus, to be with Him throughout eternity. This is a joyous, happy hope.
Christ’s coming again keeps us motivated and on fire as His witnesses.
In the light of the coming of our Lord, His Word calls for purity of speech, purity of thought, and purity of conduct.
If you are to be used of God, there must be a separation from the world and a dedication to the work of God.
Grace… teaches us. Positively. Not just that we “deny ungodliness and worldly lusts”, we must also “live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world”.
“Soberly”. The Christian is to be sober in all things. This means we will have a moderation of our affections in the pursuit and use of earthly things. Grace will govern our natural inclinations and affections.
“Righteously.” Is about our dealings with other people. It is giving to each his due, dealing honourably with all; injuring none, seeking the good of all.
“Godly.” This is the attitude of our hearts towards God, ever seeking his glory.
Grace is preparing us for Glory. Are you “looking for that blessed hope”? Are you filled with the longing for your heart to be right with God? The “blessed hope” is summed up in three things. First, that Christ is coming to receive me unto himself. Second, that Christ will then make me like himself—for nothing less than that will satisfy him. Third, that Christ is going to have me forever with himself an eternity of bliss spent in his own immediate presence.
This is our blessed hope. It is comforting, purifying, and sustaining us.
Streamed live on 13 November 16 at Church For you, Elizabeth Park, South Australia.