Glorious Hope of the Christian
9:28; Revelation 22:20
The glorious hope of the Christian
is not a better job, a bigger salary, a finer home, a newer car,
more time for pleasure or being admitted to the higher echelons of
The glorious hope of the Christian
is the appearing of Jesus Christ when the Christian shall enter
into all the privileges of salvation bought for him by Christ’s
death on the cross.
THE NEW TESTAMENT EMPHASIS OF THE
the Baptist preached that people should prepare for the second
coming. Matthew 3:2,
“Repent ye; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
preached the same message and amplified it:
Matthew 13, He gave seven parables on the kingdom of
He answered His disciples’ question about the destruction of
Jerusalem, the sign of His coming and the end of the world.
He instituted the Lord’s Supper He said, “…I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on, until that
day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
the night before He died He encouraged their hearts with “Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in
Me. In my
Father’s house are many mansions:
if it were not so, I would have told you.
I go to prepare a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come
again, and receive you unto Myself, that where I am there you
may be also.” John 14:1-3
He departed Angels proclaimed His Second Coming – “Who
also said, Men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven?
This same Jesus, Who was taken up from you into heaven,
will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into
heaven.” Acts 1:11.
Story of Acts is the story of God’s people filled with
the Holy Spirit telling the world about Christ’s first coming so
they could be prepared for His second coming.
climaxes in chapters 8, 11, and 16 and each are based
on the Second coming of Christ.
3 and 2nd Corinthians 15 prepares us for
warns that those who practice the works of the flesh shall not
inherit the kingdom of God.
envisions the church presented to Christ holy and without blemish.
reminds us that our citizenship “is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus
us of the hope, which is laid up for us in Heaven.
and 2nd Thessalonians
the Second Coming of Christ in every chapter.
and 2nd Timothy
climaxes with the promise that the crown of life is reserved for
all those who love His appearing. (2nd Timothy 4:8)
us that the same grace that brings salvation also teaches us to
look for that blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God
and Savior, Jesus Christ.
the true heavenly Tabernacle to us at the Second Coming.
(Hebrews 8-9) (also 12:25-29).
tells us that the reason the Lord tarries His coming is to “to
wait for the precious fruit of the earth.” (James 5:7)
warns that scoffers of His second coming will appear on the
scene in the last days and then exhorts, “but
the day of the Lord will come.”
2nd Peter 3:3, 10.
exhorts us in his first epistle to “abide in Him lest we be ashamed at his coming” (1st
John 2:28) and stirs our soul with the revelation that when He
shall appear we shall be like Him. 1st John 3:2.
quotes Enoch as prophesying, “Behold the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints…”Jude
taken up with one subject from beginning to end – the panorama
of the Second Coming.
SECOND COMING IS BOUND UP WITH EVERY MAJOR DOCTRINE.
Jesus purchased at Calvary will be completed at the Second Coming.
us righteous before God – At His coming we will be perfectly
sets us free by the payment of a price.
At His coming we will be forever free from the Devil’s
pawnshop. When our
bodies are redeemed creation itself will be set free from the
bondage of corruption. Romans
ourselves sons of God the instant we receive Jesus as our Savior
according to John 1:12. When
He comes we shall be like Him.
1st John 3:1-2.
us from the penalty of sin and power of sin in this life.
At His coming we will be separated from the very presence
New Birth brings
us into the relation of being a child of God.
The second coming brings us into full participation of our
us into a condition of peace with God.
enables us to dwell in peace with God.
decrees that we will be conformed to the image of God’s Son.
At His Second Coming we will be.
are promised for faithful service.
At His coming those rewards will be given.
is promised a land, a people, and a nation.
At His Second Coming they will have it.
are declared to be the bride of Christ. At His coming that bride
will be presented to Him holy, without blemish and without spot.
CHRIST’S SECOND COMING IS BOUND
UP WITH EVERY EXHORTATION TO CHRISTIAN LIVING
are to be faithful in observing the Lord’s Supper “till He come” 1st Corinthians 11:26.
way we use our Christian liberty will be judged at His coming.
purify ourselves by living daily in light of the blessed hope. 1st
are to be faithful in preaching the Word because Jesus Christ
shall judge the quick and the dead at His appearing and His
kingdom – 2nd Timothy 4:1-3.
who have experienced the death of Christian relatives are
comforted by realizing Jesus will bring them with Him at His
coming – 1st Thessalonians 4:13-18.
who are sorely persecuted are to be comforted by remembering the
Lord will avenge them at His coming. –2nd
are exhorted to be faithful because when the chief Shepherd
appears they will receive a crown of glory. 1st Peter
who are living at the darkest hour of earth’s night are
encouraged that at
the close of the long night He will arise as the Sun of
righteousness with healing in His wings.
could take the auricle and the ventricle out of a person’s heart
and expect it to still pump blood to the body than take away the
Second Coming of Christ and still expect to have the message of
the Word of God.
CHRIST’S COMING IS IN TWO STAGES.
His Saints – 1st Thessalonians 4:16
His Saints – Revelation 19:11-16
As the sun of righteousness
In the air
To the Mount of Olives
To rescue Israel
As a thief
As the lightning
CHRIST’S COMING FOR HIS PEOPLE IS
The Apostles believed He could come in their time.
2. Early Christians were exhorted to be prepared for His
therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son
of Man is coming.” Matthew
CHRIST’S COMING IS THE GLORIOUS
are to prepare for His coming, not death.
coming will be the end of sin and suffering.
coming will mean our glorification.
coming will mean the receiving of our rewards
coming is the one hope for good world government
coming is the real hope for Israel
coming is the hope for universal, prosperity and blessing.
Copyright © 2002 Thomas E Berry
All Scripture quoted from NKJV unless otherwise noted