KEY SCRIPTURE :1 John 3:3 KJV “And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure”.
The hope of the Lord’s return is a very important factor for a Christian’s stability and an upright life. There is no Christian who has the hope of the Lord’s return who would live anyhow. The scripture said, such a one will purify himself even as He is pure. The coming of the Lord has so many things to inspire us unto a very serious and committed life. 2Peter 3:11 KJV “Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,”. We have to distinct ourselves in all that we do.
Now what are some of the things that His second coming would bring to us?
1.The first thing that the coming of the master would bring us is the great marriage supper with the bride or the church. (Matt 26:29)
2. There would be the separation of the sheep from the goat, or the righteous from the sinners. Matthew 25:33. And He will cause the sheep to stand at His right hand, but the goats at His left. Everyone who is not born again is a goat including those who claim to be born again, yet Jesus is not Lord of their life in practice. Every person who is born again, and indeed Jesus is Lord of his life is a sheep. The goat will be cast into the lake of fire and the sheep would be accepted into glory.
3. At His coming believers would be rewarded and crowned for their works. Everyone’s works would be judged according to his or her motives. (1st Corinth 3:13)
4. There is a crown of righteousness for all those who would love to see Him come (2nd Timothy 4:8)
5. There would be a crown of life for all those who endure temptation to the end. (James 1:12)
6 Shepherds who serve well shall receive a crown of glory (1 Peter 5:4)
7. The souls we have won would also be crowns for us (Phil 4:1,1st Thessalonians 2:19)
The coming of our Lord has so much to bring to us. These crowns would determine your status in the heavenly kingdom. In the light of all these what kind of persons are you going to be? There is a certainty of His coming, and so live in readiness of His coming. This is the essence of having on the helmet of salvation.
Dear heavenly Father, I pray that the Holy Spirit would stir in me a desire and an awareness of the second coming of the Lord. I pray for the church of God as a whole to live in the light of the second coming of Jesus.
2Timothy 4:8 KJV “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing”.
1 Corinth 3:13 KJV “Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.”