Our Blessed Hope
Let us all be encouraged to keep “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” (Titus:2:13).
I know I need that encouragement. But it’s not because my love for the Lord has cooled off; it’s because I get distracted, even drawn, from time-to-time, to the things of this world.
When one considers the history of the church regarding its attitude toward its “blessed hope” through the Rapture, it’s easy to recognize the conditions that cause apathy. As true believers got comfortable with or began to preoccupy themselves with this world, they simply lost interest in the imminent return of Jesus for them, His bride, to take her to heaven.
That loss of interest had another dire consequence, one we tend to forget about when we think about the Rapture. The doctrine with its emphasis upon imminency has us expecting our Lord’s coming for us at any moment. Such an expectation has a purifying effect upon our lives, as the Apostle John tells us: “We know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure” (1 John 3: 2,3).
Lord, keep our hearts and minds stayed upon You, doing what pleases You, and continually looking for Your appearing!
T. A. McMahon