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1505 E. Broadway;
Bradley, IL 60915
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selection for June 2011
from May's bulletins
When We See
“...then you also will be revealed with Him in
By Jon W. Quinn
Luke records the ascension of
Jesus in Acts 1:9-11. The witnesses were told by angels that Jesus would come
again in much the same way. There are some differences. When He left, 11 pairs
of eyes watched Him ascend into the clouds. When He comes again in the clouds
at the end of time, every eye will see Him (Revelation 1:7,8). Lets look into
what the Word of God says about the next time human eyes behold the Son of
God, not in heaven-sent visions such as the apostles Paul, and later John,
experienced, for we are not apostles. Nor in our imaginations or dreams, nor
in an artist's guess, but literally in truth!
We Will Be Revealed With Him
When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with
Him in glory. (Colossians 3:4; see vss 1-4). In the context we are told to
keep on seeking the things above (vs. 1). Jesus is not coming back to dwell
here with us, but rather to take us home with Him. He has gone to prepare a
place for us (John 14:1-3). When He appears and descends, it will be a descent
into the clouds above; not to the earth beneath (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
Then, He will take those citizens of His kingdom who have risen to meet Him in
the clouds home to the Father in heaven (1 Corinthians 15:23,24). That will be
glory for us (vs.4). It will then be revealed for all the earth to witness:
sons and daughters of God rising to meet the Lord in altering states from
flesh to spirit; from mundane to glory (Matthew 13:43). It is as if the whole
of creation is waiting for that moment when the sons of God are revealed and
corruption and death vanquished (Romans 8:18-23).
Keeping the Commandment Without Stain Until His Appearing
...that you keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearing
of our Lord Jesus Christ, (1 Timothy 6:14; see vs. 13-16). Keeping the
commandments of God is a part of the process. Obeying Jesus as Lord will have
an impact on our situation when He appears again (1 Peter 1:13-16). As we keep
His commandments, we are set apart, or made holy. This is the condition we
wish to be in when He appears. It is only possible by grace. But grace is not
a license permitting us to neglect His commandments. This appearance of the
Son will occur when God says it will (v. 15). It is not ours to know when; it
is up to the One who holds life and immortality in His hand. He has fixed a
day upon which this will happen (Acts 17:31).
Charged by His Appearing, Preach the Word
I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to
judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: (2
Timothy 4:1; see vss. 1-2). Because Jesus is coming, there are some things we
need to do. This charge to preach the word is made by God and Jesus Christ,
who will judge all - the living and the dead. He will appear; and He will
deliver His kingdom up to the Father after judgment. The judge of the living
and the dead will judge the world by His own word (John 12:47-48). In addition
to keeping the commandment without stain, a very close cousin is to preach the
word in season and out of season. This charge is needed because we all will be
encouraged not to preach the word, but to change it more to the world's liking
(2 Timothy 4:3,4). But because Jesus will appear, we stay with His word.
Contrasting the Last and Next Appearing of Jesus
...so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will
appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who
eagerly await Him. (Hebrews 9:28; 26-28). Jesus appeared the first time to
take away sins by His sacrifice (v. 26). Jesus' first appearance was all about
offering Himself as a ransom. It was not an easy task to complete; it was His
love for the Father and for us that provided the motivation needed to carry
through (John 12:27) The sacrifice benefits those "who eagerly await Him";
that is, those who live by faith. His next appearing is not about offering yet
another sacrifice for sin; but rather concerning the final reckoning, or
judgment (v. 27) and to grant eternal salvation to the faithful.
The Chief Shepherd's Appearance and the Unfading Crown of Glory
And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of
glory. (1 Peter 5:4). This speaks of the victory crown of a successful
athlete. This is a symbol of our unfading (eternal) inheritance; and the
victory we have won in Jesus Christ. It is a crown of glory. What are you
going to do with it? May I suggest, when you are before the throne of Almighty
God, to take it and cast it before His throne, because you and I know that the
victory was only possible by His grace and power. What a privilege of glory it
will be to join with awesome heavenly beings in this act. And what will you
“...the twenty-four elders
will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who
lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
'Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power;
for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were
created.'" (Revelation 4:10,11).
We Can Have Confidence When He Appears
Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have
confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming. (1 John 2:28).
The secret of our confidence is abiding in Him. It is the aspect of Divine
justice and righteous judgment that he world often chooses to ignore. It will
be a terrifying ordeal to go into eternity and judgment while not abiding in
Christ (Hebrews 10:26-27; 30-31). Because of God's grace it does not have to
be that way. He has offered no sacrifice to cover those who continue in sin;
but for those who abide in His Son, there is confidence and no shame.
(Remember Peter's shame after having denied the Lord? Don't let similar
emotions overtake you at Jesus' appearing!).
We shall be like Him when He appears (1 John 3:2-3). With this hope comes the
motivation to purify ourselves. This verse is to Christians - children of God
by spiritual rebirth. When an unbeliever sins, he sins against His Creator.
When a believer sins, he sins against his Father. Therefore, though we are
imperfect children, seek to grow in our faith, and with this growth comes an
overcoming of the world with its hatreds and envy and spitefulness and fear;
and in its place comes love, joy peace and confidence. Are you His child?
From The Bradley Banner 5/19/2011
Published by the Bradley Church of Christ
1505 E. Broadway
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