Tag: coming of Jesus

Blameless in Holiness before God!

Scripture reading for June 17th:  Proverbs 26-28, 1st Thessalonians 3

Key Scriptures:  1st Thessalonians 3:9-13  “For what thanksgiving can we return to God for you, for all the joy that we feel for your sake before our God, as we pray earnestly night and day that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking in your faith?  Now may our God and Father Himself and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you, and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints.”

Paul had been encouraged by the report from Timothy concerning the faith and steadfastness of the Thessalonians.  It gave him great joy and comfort to know that the tempter, Satan, had not been successful in his tricks.  But as a true pastor, he longed to return and further instruct them in God’s Word and see their faith increase.  He entrusted them to the Father and the Lord Jesus to help them grow and abound in love.  He prayed that their hearts would be blameless before God when Jesus Christ returned.  Without holiness, no one can stand before the Lord.

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for Your Word and the working of holiness into my heart by the Holy Spirit.  Help me today to grow in faith and love towards You and my brothers and sisters that I may be able to stand before You when You come again.  Hide me in Jesus Christ on the Day of Christ.

Proverbs 27:12  “The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.”  

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Second Coming of Jesus!

Scripture reading for February 26th:  Numbers 25-27, Mark 13

Key Scriptures:  Mark 13:24-27  “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.  And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.  And then He will send out the angels and gather His elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.”  

The disciples had asked Jesus about what it would be like when He came for His people.  Jesus gave them a direct answer.  Tribulation would precede His coming along with great signs in the heavens and on earth.  Jesus would come with power and great glory and His angels would gather His elect people to be with Him forever.  We are reminded of this event in Numbers as Joshua succeeds Moses in leadership.

Numbers 27:15-18 “Moses spoke to the Lord, saying, “Let the Lord, the God of the spirits of all flesh, appoint a man over the congregation who shall go out before them and com in before them, who shall lead them out and bring them in, that the congregation of the Lord may not be as sheep that have no shepherd.”  So the Lord said to Moses, “Take Joshua, the son of Nun, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand on him.””

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for choosing Jesus (Joshua) to lead us out and bring us into Your eternal inheritance.  May we be ready when He returns in power and great glory!  Amen.

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The man of lawlessness!

Scripture reading for September 22nd:  2nd Thessalonians 2

To correct some confusion in the church concerning the coming of Christ, Paul further explained some of the events that would happen before Christ returned.  “Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to Him, we ask you, brothers, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from us, saying that the day of the Lord has already come.  Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.  He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.”  (2nd Thessalonians 2:1-4)

Paul explained that a day or time of rebellion against God’s rule and word would precede Christ’s return.  During this rebellion, a man called the ‘man of lawlessness’ would rise up by exalting himself.  He would oppose God and set himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God!  He would also come with false signs and wonders which would be empowered by Satan.  These signs would deceive those who were on the path of destruction.  “For this reason God send them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.”  (2nd Thessalonians 2:11)

“But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers, loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.”   (2nd Thessalonians 2:13)  By standing firm in the Spirit of Christ and believing the truth, salvation is assured!

 

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