looking for the mercy of Jesus Christ unto eternal life
Looking for the mercy of Jesus Christ unto eternal life. 1:21.
Thirdly the Christians should keep themselves in God's love by living in anticipation of Christ's return (John 14:1-3). This glorious theme is mentioned at least once in every 25 verses in the New Testament. There are more prophecies about Christ's second coming than His first coming. His first coming was in weakness but His second coming will be in majesty and glory. This was confirmed by angels and apostles (Acts 1:11; 1 Cor 15:51, 52; 1 John 3:1-3). Christ is coming to receive His own (John 14:1-3). He will be accompanied by those who have gone to be with the Lord before us (1 Thess 4:13-17). In fact the Bible closes with the glorious statement that Jesus is coming again (Rev 22:20). Christ’s return is our blessed hope (Titus 2:13). We are going to be with Him forever. It is also our comforting hope because we will see our dear ones who went to be with the Lord before us (1 Thess 4:16-18). It is the purifying hope (1 John 3:1-3). We will see Jesus in His glory and being like Him. Also it is the challenging hope to live a holy and a separated life
(1 John 2:28). It is a motivating hope to get busy in serving Christ (1 Cor 15:58). Are we living in anticipation of the blessed and the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ? It is interesting that mercy is mentioned in reference to Christ’s second coming (2 Tim 1:18). All that we are and hope for is by the mercy of God. If you are not saved yet, you must settle this issue before it is too late (2 Cor 6:2).
Do we anticipate Christ’s Return?
The Believers are just passing through this world and our citizenship is in heaven (Phil 3:20). Biblical hope is not a wishful thinking. It is based on the resurrection of Christ. Christ’s return is our blessed hope. The Believers are now only engaged to Christ and we are waiting for the full realization of their union with Christ (2 Cor 11:2). The Holy Spirit is the deposit of our spiritual blessings (Ephesians 1:14). So believers should remain faithful in their once for all given faith. Many Christians have marginal ideas about after life experiences. The hope of the resurrection of our body is not a wishful thinking. We serve a risen Savior. Disciples identified Christ, Elijah and Moses in their glory on the mount (Matt:17). They also recognized the resurrected body of Christ. Christ himself said that many will come from east and west and recline with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. It is going to be a great reunion. For believers the best is yet to come. The study of prophecy is not to speculate but to motivate us to serve Christ with devotion and anticipation. We will identify one another in heaven. Some believers are confused about the statement Jesus made in Mark 12:25. “There is no marriage in heaven but believers are like angels in heaven”. Of course there is mystery related to this statement. In heaven we will be like angels. Angels do not marry. But heaven is filled with real people, sharing their joy one another (1 Thessalonians 2:19). Since many names of women are mentioned in Hebrews chapter 11, we can assume that there will be male and female in heaven (Heb 11:11, 31).