O בא את אמנואל
Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known.
But we know that when He (Jesus) appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see Him as He is.
~1 John 3:2
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
~1Peter 1:3 (NIV)
Because Jesus died for our sins, and God resurrected Him from the dead, now we that believe in Jesus have been given a living hope that when we die, our bodies will be resurrected from the dead and we will "be like Him" when Jesus comes back to get us in the Second Coming to forever be with God and Him in Heaven...forever!
A fuller context of this verse is below:
Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,
To God’s elect, strangers in the world, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and
Bithynia, who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the
sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood:
Grace and peace be yours in abundance.
Praise to God for a Living Hope
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!
In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through
the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance
that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you, who through
faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation
that is ready to be revealed in the last time.
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had
to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—
of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—
may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when
Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen Him, you love Him;
and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are
filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the
goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that
was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care,
trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit
of Christ in them was pointing when He predicted the sufferings of
Christ and the glories that would follow. It was revealed to them that
they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the
things that have now been told you by those who have preached
the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels
long to look into these things.
Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled;
set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus
Christ is revealed. As obedient children, do not conform to the
evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as He
who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written:
“Be holy, because I am holy.”
Since you call on a Father who judges each man’s work impartially,
live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear. For you know that it
was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you
were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from
your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without
blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but
was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through Him you believe
in God, who raised Him from the dead and glorified Him, and so your
faith and hope are in God.
Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you
have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the
heart. For you have been born again, not of perishable
seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.
“All men are like grass,
and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall,
but the word of the Lord stands forever.”
And this is the word that was preached to you.
The saint of God has a living hope in a dying scene: a glorious prospect beyond this vale of tears.
The apostle Paul reminds us that there is laid up a crown of righteousness unto all them that love Christ's "appearing"
See 2 Tim 4:8 :
Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for His appearing.
In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.
~2 Timothy 4:1-8 (NIV)
Death is my going to Christ, but His Return is Christ coming to me.
Death is a cause of sadness and sorrow, but the Return of the Lord is a cause of joy and comfort—
"Wherefore comfort one another with these words."
Yet He now is awaited with the same urgent expectation for His second advent (as He was for His first advent, which we celebrate at Christmas), when victory over sin and death will be final. (!)
Now we eagerly await His second coming which is termed "that blessed hope" (Titus 2:13):
while we wait for the blessed hope--the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ...
~Titus 2:13 (NIV)
So Jesus now is awaited with the same urgent expectation for His second advent, when victory over sin and death will be final!
He who testifies to these things says,
“Surely I am coming soon.”
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!
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