Nuggets from “An Urgent Call to a Serious Faith” by Dave Hunt – The Hope That Purifies
The “pretribulation rapture” is no mere hair-splitting thesis for theologians to discuss or a theory without practical effect. It is the overlooked secret to victory in the Christian’s life. John said, “Every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he [Christ] is pure” (1 John:3:3). Paul indicated that it had been his love of Christ’s appearing that had motivated him to holiness and faithfulness and had made him victorious – and that same “crown of righteousness” was for “all them also that love his [Christ’s] appearing” (2 Timothy:4:8). On the other hand, Christ associated wickedness with failing to love His appearing (Matthew:24:48-51).
Let us diligently and enthusiastically “seek those things that are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.” Let us “set [our] affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” Why? “For our conversation [citizenship] is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself” (Phil 3: 20-21). Praise God.