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We have a living Savior and He is coming again (Part IV)

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Almost every mention of His return is connected with admonition for holy living: “Everyone who has this hope in Christ keeps himself pure, just as Christ is pure” (1 John 3:3). The apostle Paul in writing to Titus says, “For God has revealed his grace for the salvation of all people. That grace instructs us to give up ungodly living and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this world, as we wait for the Blessed Day we hope for, when the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ will appear (Titus 2:11-13).

The blessed hope is a purifying hope. John says that everyone who has this hope in Christ purifies himself. In addition to being a purifying hope, it is also an activating hope. Do you believe that Jesus Christ is coming again, and that He May Come very soon? If you really did, you would get some of your sins confessed, you would stop your worldly practices, and you would get reconciled with that brother before you meet your brother’s Savior.

If you really believed the time is short and you live in the expectancy of His soon return, you would be making more of your investments in the place where moth and rust do not corrupt, nor thieves break through and steal. You would be more interested in your heavenly home than preparing your earthly home as though you were to remain here forever. Unless the blessed hope is a purifying hope it means nothing at all. You may believe with your head all about it, but until it enters your heart it is just mockery.

One other result of this hope - it is a hope which make one happy. The word “blessed” means Happy. It is hope that makes one Happy. It is the one bright spot and the one Blessed Hope in this dark world. There is little hope for the future in this world, but the Christian looks out open the turmoil and the strife and cheers himself with the Savior’s promise.

It is not easy to understand the words of Scripture, “rejoice in tribulation,” unless one is able to look into the future and see the glorious hope of the Lord’s return. He said when all things which are happening about us today begin to come to pass, then “look up, for our redemption draws near.” The world may despair and wonder, but to the believer everything is all right. God’s program is running exactly on time.

Are you discouraged? Then look up! A better day is coming; and the darker the day down here, the brighter the hope of His coming. Yes, He said, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there you may be also (John 14:3). Jesus said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away (Matthew 24:35).

TO GOD BE THE GLORY AND HONOR




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