Post by PG4Him on Jan 27, 2021 9:07:37 GMT -5
(8) Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
This is what Paul wrote to Timothy, and of course it is written for us.
And some refer this appearing to either the second coming or the rapture of the church, or even the judgment seat of Christ, which some say happens at the appearing of his second coming somehow, but nevertheless, Paul was saying for us and Timothy to love his appearing, and even though Christ's appearing did not happen, and was not going to happen in Timothy's time, the believers of that day were called to love, love, love his appearing.
And let us continue to love his appearing.
And one scripture that really has to also be taken heed to, is this one:
(3) Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
(4) And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
(5) For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
(6) Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
(7) But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
(8) But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
(9) The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
And regardless to what specific coming the Peter scripture is referring to, let us look towards Christ coming back, whether it be the second coming or rapture, or even when he makes all things new at the end of the millennial reign.
God is worth getting excited for, for he is our life.
Of course Christians love His appearing. Every Christian I know would love nothing more than to see Him in the sky this very day. And none of us are asking "where is His return" in a mocking or skeptical way. Peter was dealing with scoffers and worldlings, not with believers who tried to be careful.
You'll notice that the apostles never offered political or cultural evidence to convince the early church it was imminent. Peter never said, "okay Nero signs this policy and the banks do this and the army from Gaul invades, and that's how it will happen..." Furthermore Peter never said, "I just can't see us being here another 50 years."
The apostles held to a simple position: He is near, He could act any moment, but we don't know what the trigger will be.
And even when Paul wrote to Thessalonica about his teachings on the antichrist, even for them, he still instructed them to live quiet lives, work with their hands, and need nothing from their neighbors. Sure sounds like he's telling them to settle in for a normal life while they wait. He never instructed them to read the latest political news from Rome so they could guess the time of the end.