The Hope of the Saints Demands It
Only Christ’s glorious, triumphant return can fulfill the hope of the saints- every true believer longs for that day. Paul characterizes Christians as those who” love his appearing”( 2 Timothy 4:8). The apostle John says, 1 John 3:2-3 (NLT2) Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is. 3 And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure.
The return of Christ will instantly usher in the fullness of our glorification.
Here is the test:” Is your hope a purifying influence on your soul? Are you looking beyond the commotion, corruption of this world with the realization that you could soon meet Christ face to face, and are you preparing your heart and soul for that?
Are you eager and watchful?
Are you filled with joyful hope and expectation? That is the attitude to which the Scripture calls for.