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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Anticipate His Coming

Today I found myself in a discussion on different views of eschatology. We looked at a few of the scriptures, Rev. 20, 1 Thess 4, and Matthew 24.

I wish to bring to your attention a few other verses on Christ’s second coming.

“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,” Philippians 3:20

“For they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.” 1 Thessalonians 1:9, 10

“For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you?” 1 Thessalonians 2:19

“May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.” 1 Thessalonians 3:13

“Therefore encourage each other with these words.” 1 Thessalonians 4:18

“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23, 24

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.” Titus 2:11-14

“Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure.” 1 John 3:2, 3

Notice the words used in talking about this glorious event; Citizenship is in Heaven, Eagerly await, His glorious body; wait for His Son from Heaven; hope, joy, crown and glory; blameless and holy in the presence; encourage each other with these words; we shall be like Him, whole spirit, soul and body; blameless; purifies himself just as He is pure; wait for blessed hope; glorious appearing.

These are not words of debate but of glad anticipation of something that is sure to happen.

Do you anticipate or do you argue?

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