TEXT: Rev 1:7-9, Acts 1:9-11: “And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.”1 Thessalonians 1:10
In our text above, Paul was re-enacting their hopes in the second coming of the Lord. He admonished the Church to wait for Him. It is interesting to know that Jesus is still coming back.
Our hope is not a hopeless hope. You don’t tell someone to wait needlessly or endlessly for somebody that you are not sure if he is coming or not. The statement that Paul made was born out of his deep conviction that Jesus is coming again.
Jesus is coming back as he left in physical form, “all the eyes shall see him”. There may be tribulation but in all this we must learn patience that God has not abandoned us. Standing by the word of God and testimony of Jesus Christ especially in these last days will certainly bring opposition and tribulation.
There are questions that will determine the state of our hope for the coming of Christ:
- What is your present status as believers? There is a condition that you must bring yourself into if you are hoping for Him. Why? Because there is a state He’s expecting you to be in to be acceptable. And everyone who has this hope [resting] on Him cleanses (purifies) himself just as He is pure (chaste, undefiled, guiltless). 1 John 3:3(Amp). Everyone that is hoping for the coming must live ready, in such a way that when the Lord cometh shall find him so doing(Luke 12:43). Jesus is not coming back for the backsliders, He’s not coming back for the hypocrite, and He’s not coming back for those living in sin. He is coming back for the saints
- How do you relate with the reality of the end-time? The major disparity between a Christian and an unbeliever is in the hopefulness that one day, sooner or later, Christ will come for us. “There is hope in our future and there is future in our hope”. An unbeliever is somehow hopeless (1 Cor. 1:17-18, 2Thes 3:5). Living with this consciousness makes you inseparable from the love of Christ (Romans 8:35-39)
Now if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. If in the Old Testament which is a shadow of the new, purity and holiness is a standard, much more is purity and holiness demanded of the church of Jesus Christ. This is why Christ gave himself for the church, “that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but is should be holy and without blemish. Ephesians 5:26-26.
Let every member of the church of Christ therefore stand by the admonition, ‘to touch not the unclean thing”. Our hope of waiting for his second coming is worth waiting for, Live everyday with the consciousness that our Lord will soon return.
Live ready, Live holy and Live pure.